Backbar: A User’s Guide
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Small Plate: soy-braised pork belly with daikon slaw on a bun
Dessert: gourmet ice cream sandwiched between housemade cookies
Drink: a variety of modern spins on classic cocktails
When to Go
Backbar's open seven days a week, and each day is filled with a different special event. Here's the breakdown:
Genius Hour: The bar's spin on happy hour, it offers Internet specials instead of drink discounts. Free WiFi is available daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. so workers can skedaddle from their cubicles a bit early and finish up sending emails, compiling spreadsheets, and organizing the office softball league from within the sanctuary of the bar.
Ramen: Noodles are added to the bar's small menu for a few hours each week. In addition to being served during Genius Hour Wednesday–Sunday, ramen is also served 4–10:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
Test Pilot Dinner: Sister restaurant and next-door neighbor Journeyman (9 Sanborn Court) tests out new dishes at Backbar before adding them to its New American menu.
Omakase: The semi-secret omakase dinner only takes place on Sunday nights and requires a reservation, allowing guests who are lucky enough to snag a spot to taste the collaboration between Backbar and Journeyman. Backbar will concoct three cocktails that Journeyman will pair with three of their small, seasonal New American dishes.
Insider Tip: A downsized version of omakase, Backbar's bartenders will whip up an individualized drink—all they need to know is your favorite liquor and what fruit, if any, you want added.
Omakase: chef-selected multicourse dinner, typically focusing on sushi. The word can be approximately translated as "I trust you"—a sign of confidence in the chef's craft.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Backbar doesn't open until 4 p.m., so eat lunch at The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery (25 Bow Street) instead. Gayot called this Portuguese restaurant "a hidden gem."
After: Browse work by an eclectic group of 20 artists at Gallery at Washington Street (321 Washington Street). Their art ranges from painting and sculpting to paper cutting and bookbinding.
Casey's does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Casey's is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Casey's is fully loaded with TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Wifi access is totally free at Casey's, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Get down with a live DJ while dining and have some fun on the pizzeria dance floor.
You won't be able to make a reservation at Casey's — make sure to plan accordingly.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Casey's won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
If time is of the essence, this pizzeria's take-out option may be a better fit.
The pizzeria has catering services as well.
Street and lot parking is simple near Casey's.
Casey's provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
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Feel free to swing by the pizzeria for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
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A top British pub in Somerville, Casey's is a must for visitors and locals alike.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Redbones Barbecue in Somerville.
Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this bar, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Redbones Barbecue — just right for large and merry gatherings.
The bar's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
The bar can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Redbones Barbecue is business casual all the way.
Call Redbones Barbecue for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this bar.
Valet, street and garage parking options are readily available near Redbones Barbecue.
Avoid the hassle of driving and take advantage of public transit; nearby stops include Davis Station (Red), Porter Square Station (Red), and Porter Square (Fitchburg/South Acton).
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the bar.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the bar is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
So head on over to Redbones Barbecue, order some tasty barbecue eats, and satisfy your hunger in a flash.
Your next rack of ribs is right around the corner. Don't hesitate to swing by Redbones Barbecue for some down-home BBQ.
Find delicious sandwiches at other American favorites at PJ Ryans.
There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything.
Got kids? No problem at PJ Ryans! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
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Hop online in no time using PJ Ryans' free wifi.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at PJ Ryans as well.
You pup can accompany you to PJ Ryans, which welcomes dogs.
PJ Ryans welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of PJ Ryans to your next party or event.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
PJ Ryans patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Holland St location.
PJ Ryans is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
PJ Ryans offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at PJ Ryans, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
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For a casual American classic, PJ Ryans will serve you up a delicious meal in Somerville.
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Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Five Horses Tavern.
The cooks at Five Horses Tavern know how to get creative with gluten-free ingredients.
TVs are also on hand in the bar to keep up with the latest scores.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Five Horses Tavern, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Wifi access is totally free at Five Horses Tavern, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Five Horses Tavern can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
It can be a bit of a mob scene on the weekends, so don't take a chance on getting seated — best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Keep it casual at Five Horses Tavern, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Or, if you prefer, leave the car at home and catch public transportation at nearby stop Davis Station (Red).
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, Five Horses Tavern is located near both options.
Travel by bike to Five Horses Tavern and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
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Fill up on fries and other comfort food at The Independent, a savory spot for American cuisine.
For a new take on traditional vegan fare, check out The Independent.
The Independent also has large TVs for your viewing pleasure.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
The Independent will be able to accommodate your large party.
Be sure to swing by The Independent for frequent performances from live DJs.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
The Independent's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have The Independent cater for you.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near The Independent.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of The Independent.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, The Independent is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
If breakfast isn't your thing, The Independent also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
The friendly staff at The Independent are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
The Independent serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.