Menotomowhat? That might be your first thought when you hear about the Menotomy Grill and Tavern located in Arlington just over the Cambridge line. I was invited to a blogger lunch recently to sample some of the menu, and it might just be one of my new favorites.
First, let’s get the name thing out of the way. It’s a name that honors the history of Arlington, formally known during the time of the Revolutionary War as Menotomy Village. Menotomy was an Algonquin word meaning “swift, running water.”
The name might be a throwback to the colonial era, but the building is newly renovated. It used to be a Hollywood Video. For real. And you would never know it. I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere. The restaurant is gorgeous with high ceilings, lots of wood, and a wonderful working fireplace. This place feels great all year around, I’m sure, but I can’t help but think that it might just be the perfect place to grab a plate of comfort food on a cold day when the snow is coming down. There are also a few perfectly placed televisions, so it would be a great place to have a meal on game day.
Here’s a peek of what it looks like inside:
But gorgeous surroundings are only half the battle. What about the food?
First, you should know that this is a from-scratch kitchen. Even the items on the kids menu (which range from $6 to $10).
Do yourself a favor and start with the fried dill pickles. I was skeptical, but they were delicious with a very light breading and a great spicy remoulade served on the side.
My favorite, I think, was the burger. There’s nothing better to me than a great burger with a nice cold pint of cider. (Bantam cider is on tap at Menotomy.) This cheeseburger did not disappoint. It’s served with a spicy tomato jam and an optional fried egg. The burger comes with a choice of fries – herbed parmesan or sweet potato. You won’t go wrong with either, but if I had to pick… the sweet potato fries were spot on.
Actually, while we’re talking about sides… There are a lot of awesome ones to choose from at the Menotomy Grill including Mustard House Baked Beans, Edna’s Potato Sausage Stuffing (a recipe nod to the owner’s mother), and these beautiful Brussel Sprouts.
I also enjoyed the special sandwich of the day – a Ham and Swiss Club Sandwich that had a really tasty honey mustard sauce and was served with house made potato chips.
Other highlights of the menu include a gorgeous wedge salad and a grilled hangar steak with smoked tomatillo salsa verde.
If you go:
Menotomy Grill & Tavern
25 Massachusetts Avenue
781-648-1775 Call ahead for updated hours and reservations.
Monday and Tuesday
4:30PM to Midnight
Wednesday – Sunday
12PM to Midnight
Live Music on Thursdays at 9:30 PM