Thursday, July 22, 2010

Precinct in Somerville Offers Big Servings with Little Price Tags

I love restaurants that offer outdoor seating, live music, and delicious, comforting American food. So how have I not heard of Precinct before a few weeks ago?

Precinct in Union Square offers an outdoor beer garden/patio with live music every night and a basement-level restaurant - all housed in the former Somerville Police Department. The space is comfortable, inviting and relaxing.

I visited Precinct for the first time a few weeks ago with two of my cousins, and we enjoyed several brews on the patio while we enjoyed some delicious pub grub and listened to some live music. We started with the Homemade Potato Chips with Onion Dip ($5) for the table.

The portion of chips was generous, and the chips themselves were perfectly light and crispy, and moderately seasoned. The onion dip was nothing too special, but it did pack a mean onion flavor and tasted incredibly fresh.

For an entree, I ordered the Homemade Veggie Burger ($8), which came with my choice of hand cut fries, chips, sweet fries or a mixed green salad. Since I had already gorged on homemade potato chips, I opted for the salad as my side. I love how Precinct offers several different sides with each sandwich, and that not all side offerings are starches. 

The veggie burger itself was ginormous. So ginormous, that I got two servings out of this baby (and it reheated surprisingly well). The veggie patty was buttery and crispy on the outside, but soft, chewy, and full of well-seasoned protein on the inside. Precinct even offers Dijon mustard as a condiment; you just have to ask for it. In addition to the burger, the side salad was made with fresh vegetables, which were perfectly dressed.

Because of the good food, the affordable prices, the relaxing atmosphere, and the lively crowd, Precinct was a win-win in my book. I'm not sure how I would like eating dinner inside (the place is so dimly light, I could barely find my way to the restroom), but as long as outdoor seating is available - I plan to go back.

Reminder: Tonight is my wine tasting with the folks at The Urban Grape! The get together starts at 6:30 and goes until 8 p.m. Hope some/all of you can stop by!

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  1. Ohhh great review! Precinct is definitely on my list of places to check out! Thanks Michelle!

  2. This looks great! Have you tried the house chips and onion dip at Eastern Standard? SOOO good! Sorry I won't be able to make it to your event tonight but hoping it is a success!