Foundry on Elm

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It was one of those weeks.

It was one of those harried weeks where I felt like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Bryan had been out of town on business for almost two weeks straight, and I was starting to feel the effects of him being gone. The house was slowly getting messier and messier; I was taking care of all sorts of stuff that we usually do together; and I was tired.

Really, really tired.

So when I received an invitation to come and try out the new menu at Foundry on Elm, there was a part of me that just wanted to go home. It was cold, rainy, and wet outside, and I’d had a long day.

But I was curious about this place that I’d heard so much about, so I went.
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The moment I walked through those doors, it all melted away.

There was something really warm and inviting about the space at Foundry on Elm. It was cozy and relaxing. I felt like I could just be myself. It was earlier in the evening, so the place was reasonably quiet.

And then there were the amazing people who I met there: a few bloggers I recognized; a few new faces I had the pleasure of meeting; and the staff at Foundry on Elm.
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I had a lovely time dining at Foundry on Elm, and it was fun to finally get a taste of this popular neighborhood restaurant. I can see why it won Best of Boston for Best Neighborhood Restaurant. The food is good, the drinks are great, and the menu changes seasonally.
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We began with a creative cocktail made with muddled golden beet, fennel bitters, cava, rose water, herb d’Amalfi (a lavender liqueur), lemon, honey syrup, and gin.
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As an amuse, we tasted this lovely pork croquette, which was filled with potatoes and dressed with balsamic vinegar and herb infused oil.
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For our first appetizer, we tried the Goat Cheese Fritter, which was creamy, just a bit tart, and slightly sweet but very balanced.
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I loved the love beet jam with which it was served. On the right, we had a refreshing salad of golden beets, salad greens, and fresh orange segments. It was bright and refreshing, a good complement to the heavier fritter.
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For our next course, we had a Sugar Pumpkin Butternut Squash Risotto, which was mixed with chives and tons of Parmesan cheese. I loved this dish. It was creamy, cheesy, and perfectly seasoned. I liked the textural contrast that came from the pieces of pumpkin and squash inside.
_DSC4585 We paired it with a lovely English brown ale from Rogue Ales called Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The ale is aged with hazelnuts and tasted dark and caramely. I can’t imagine a much better beer to pair with the pumpkin/squash risotto.

Overall, Foundry on Elm has a solid beer program, with 32 beers on tap (with many of them local brews), a rotating cask ale, and 20 brews by the bottle.
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The person sitting next to me was vegetarian, and thus they gave her this beautiful looking pan fried gnocchi with Brussels sprouts for our next course. To be honest, I was just a tad jealous of her meal – it looked fantastic.
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The rest of us had a nicely seared cod filet served with new potatoes, lardons, and a painted parsley soubis. I thought this dish was very well executed. The lardons added a lovely, smoky depth, and the dish paired extremely well with the bright Chardonnay with which it was served.
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For our final course, we had a beautiful crispy Pork Belly served with frisée, which was solid. This was paired with a nebiolo.
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We were pretty stuffed at this point, but it was hard to resist the comforting call of this warm gingerbread spice cake served over whipped cream cheese. We had this with a beautiful sherry Lustau Pedro Ximenez Jerez.
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It had been a lovely meal. All that comfort food plus nice wine was most definitely putting me in a slight food coma.

At least it was a relaxed food coma.
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I went home just a bit more calm, with a slight smile on my face. Yes it was raining. Yes, it was still cold. However, I’d enjoyed some great food with some great people in a warm and cozy space. To put it all in perspective, it really wasn’t so bad.

Plus, it was only a few more days before Bryan would be back.

Thanks Foundry on Elm, for inviting me to enjoy a warm, relaxing meal right at the moment when I most needed it.

Foundry on Elm
255 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144
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Disclaimer: I did not pay for this meal. All opinions are my own.

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