For an intimate outing in Somerville’s Davis Square, you need look no further than Spoke Wine Bar and Restaurant. A small restaurant with big heart offering small plates with big flavor, Spoke works closely with the growers, brewers, and makers represented on their menus to bring thoughtfully curated food and hospitality to their little neighborhood nook.
The kitchen combines New-American creativity with regional ingredients and a tapas-style mentality to provide plates and a dining experience all meant to be shared. The modest menu is divided into four sections—Snacks, Cold, Hot, and Sweet—each brimming with locally grown, hyper-seasonal goodies prepared with a focus on flavor rather than theme. You’ll find charcuterie, tartare, pasta, and meat with spices and ingredients from all over the map, and the dishes are small enough that with a couple of friends you could probably order the whole menu.
The setting at Spoke is simple, with different textures of blonde wood and chic, minimalist booths creating a modern vibe, offset by pops of fun wallpaper that looks like it was pulled from your dad’s Hawaiian shirt. It’s a long, narrow space, meaning the bar along one wall feels like a part of the whole room, which feels fitting for a cozy wine bar.
The drinks at Spoke are worth speaking about too. Being a wine bar, the menu leans heavily on fun and interesting pairings, and isn’t afraid to get a little eclectic with both varietals and flavor combinations. There’s plenty of white, pink, orange, and red available by both glass and bottle, representing small producers from wherever vines are sprouting. But there’s still plenty to sip if you’re not feeling grapey, with a well-stocked bar backing up a nicely-curated list of house cocktails, similarly focused on funky spirits from small producers.
89 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144