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Olde Magoun’s Saloon, Somerville

I was a little skeptical when I walked in to Olde Magoun’s Saloon; it is a dark, divvy looking bar with TVs and large projection screens on every wall. Brian wanted to watch a Sox game and suggested meeting here. I wasn’t sure a bar was the best place to bring his 8 month old infant, but luckily I’m only a mandated reporter when I’m on the clock. It was a 1pm game and the dining area was almost empty, so there was plenty of room for us and the stroller, where Noam slept for two whole hours. The menu surprised me; it had the standard bar fare but there is also more eclectic fare, such as a duck banh mi and country biscuits and gravy, among the burgers, wings, Shepard’s pie and fish and chips. Brian wanted the pulled pork nachos and what arrived can only be described as a mountain of tri colored corn chips blanketed with melty cheese, salsa, jalapenos, sour cream and topped with a massive quantity of smoked BBQ pork. It was awesomely delicious. It took us 7 innings to polish them off.

We went back again, this time with Chucky in tow and got the nachos again. Chucky decided to go with a “healthier” option and asked for the meatball flat bread, no cheese. Unfortunately for his diet, they replaced the cheese with more meatballs. It was a hysterical looking pizza; every square inch was covered in meat.

I noticed many patrons were ordering the Reuben sandwich; the menu describes it as “House cured corned beef brisket, bacon infused thousand island dressing, Swiss cheese & ale braised sauerkraut.” The sandwich is so large, everyone that ordered it, took half home in a doggy bag. If I can resist the lure of the nachos, I know what I’m getting next time.

The staff was super friendly and didn’t seem to mind that we were there for the duration of the baseball game. They were also really nice and helpful with making Noam’s bottle when he finally woke up. If I were the type to have a neighborhood bar, this might be it.

http://magounssaloon.com/

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