Just north of Boston, Everett—perhaps best known for its casino today—is full of must-try restaurants.
Welcome to Three to try. On Thursdays we share three recommendations for restaurants or dishes for the weekend – sometimes new, sometimes old, always delicious.
Last weekend I was at Encore Boston Harbor in Everett for: Boston Battle of the Burger magazine – congratulations to this year’s winner, Wheelhouse! – when I realized I’ve been eating in Everett a lot lately. Until recently, it wasn’t an area I frequented, aside from occasional trips to Night Shift Brewing, but a move to the Wellington-esque part of Medford a little over a year ago brought me next door.
This week’s Three to Try is devoted to some Everett dishes that have been blowing my mind lately. Even if you’re not as close as I am, I hope you make the trip – you won’t regret it. You can even visit Encore while you’re there and maybe make a few bucks with a Small shop full of horrors slot machine.
Pizza at Square Deli
Yes, this is the real deal. Naturally leavened dough (no commercial yeast), quality ingredients (I’m a fan of Ezzo pepperoni, and you’ll find it here), probably closest to New York style if you had to label it. It’s thin and limp, charred in all the right places, and definitely one of Greater Boston’s best pizzas. The Square Deli sandwiches look great too but you have to tell me how they are as I’m not sure how to get back here and not order pizza again.
421 Broadway, Everett, 617-389-9489, squaredeli.com.
Momo at Tukure Nepali Cuisine and Zuzu Momo
Am I breaking the rules of this column by giving you two recommendations for the price of one? Perhaps. Want me to make sure you eat enough great momo this weekend? I do. First, head to the grocery store on Main St. 115, where you’ll find shelves full of South Asian pantry staples and other groceries — and a small takeout counter hidden in the back, Tukure Nepali Cuisine, where you can order several types of momo and a few other items. I especially love the c momo, served with peppers and onions.
Then walk half a mile up Main Street to get to Zuzu Momo, a funky little restaurant and bar with an extensive Nepali menu. The momo section alone has eight different preparations, from classic steamed or fried momo to momo tikka masala. Again, I like the spicy c momo, but you can’t go wrong with any of the other options. Pick a local beer or cocktail and enjoy – and if you’re there while the weather is still nice, there’s a pleasant patio.
Tukure Nepali Cuisine, 115 Main St., Everett, 781-350-6915, facebook.com/tukure; Zuzu Momo, 291 Main St., Everett, 617-917-8140, zuzumomo.com.
Eggplant with garlic sauce at Bun’s House
Usually I’m ambivalent about eggplant at best, so it says a lot for this eggplant dish that I specifically recommend it. It’s a little salty, a little sweet, a little spicy and just the right amount of garlic, the perfect complement to just about anything on Bun’s House’s menu. The restaurant specializes in Sichuan cuisine, so order anything in that vein (besides this eggplant, of course), like the Sichuan dumplings with chili sauce or the hearty clay pot of Sichuan beef. The small spot is mainly geared towards takeout, but there are a handful of tables – and very friendly service – if you prefer to dine in.
338 Ferry St., Everett, 617-944-9198, bunshouseeverettma.com.