“You'll feel right at home”
Located around the corner from one of Chef Maws’ food idols – Julia Child’s house – in Somerville, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter’s atmosphere embodies an eclectic and cozy neighborhood vibe akin to some of the best “gastropubs” in England. “The Kirkland Tap & Trotter is an ‘every night of the week’ kind of establishment, serving favorites you would find my friends and family gathered around on a Monday night,” says Chef Tony Maws, who first introduced Bostonians to his cuisine in 2002 with Craigie Street Bistrot, later reincarnated as Craigie on Main in 2008. Chef Maws’ French-inspired “refined rusticity” and an unyielding passion for the best local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, have become his trademark. “You’ll find the same ingredients on the menu at Kirkland Tap & Trotter that you see at Craigie, but here they will be prepared simply and perfectly executed. You won’t see any swooshes on the plates here. I wanted to create a place where I could hang, and guests can embrace my jeans and a t-shirt philosophy, feeling comfortable enough to eat with their hands and play air drums,” says Tony. The 115-seat restaurant includes a 12-seat bar, with additional seating at high top tables alongside a large open dining room. The kitchen and menu centers around a large wood-fired grill set into a masonry base. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter showcases dishes that Chef Maws enjoys at home with friends and family. The beverage program features a large beer list, and an expansive wine by the glass list tilting toward Old World terroir and funky wines. Additionally, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter has partnered with Revolution Cocktails to create a unique cocktail menu with drinks that are well-crafted but “don’t take ten minutes to make.”
It’s so overpriced and very small. The atmosphere didn’t wow us either. Better places around
Chef Tony Maws's casual followup to the decidedly upscale Craigie on Main takes his local-sustainable ethos and dials back the fancy flourishes--which means rustic, stick-to-your-ribs plates like housemade spaghetti with chicken liver and brown butter sauce, and fatty spiced lamb ribs.
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Kirkland Tap & Trotter
- Sun - Thu: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
- Fri, Sat: 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
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