The Kirkland Tap & Trotter | Somerville, MA Boston


went to check out Tony Maws’s newly opened restaurant The Kirkland Tap & Trotter with pork belly and couple friends last weekend. Tony Maws, james beard award winner and chef of craigie on main, aimed to create a very relaxed neiborhood spot where he could hang and serve simple but refined and perfectly executed food and guests could feel comfortable enough to eat with their hands. lol im comfortable with eating with my hands anywhere tho. if you serve me anything on a bone, ima eat it cave man style. but no, i never lick my fingers.


i love open kitchens like this making me wanna capture all the actions in the kitchen. i liked how they played classic hiphop music too.


Santa Rosa – very good
Tequila Cabeza, Combier Peche, Cocchi Rosa, citrus

they also have a drink called The Bag or the Bat? Feeling Lucky? its a shot that whatever this guy comes up with.

wood-fired grill


Monk’s Café Flemish Sour – this tasted kinda funky. kinda like soda and sour. im not sure if i liked it but pork belly sure did. he had 2 in a row.




The Storm Cloud – very nice and light, easy to drink.
Cocchi Americano, Fernet Branca, citrus

Grilled Vadouvan Lamb Ribs, bull’s horn peppers

the lamb ribs was flop off the bone tender inside and beautifully charred on the outside. it was a little gamey for those who dont normally enjoy lamb, but i appreciated the strong flavors.


grilled corn – very flavorful as well. in tony maws dictionary, you never find the word ‘bland’ and ‘subtle’

House-made Spaghetti, chicken liver, pumpkin, brown butter – anything w/chicken liver is probably one of the things i always avoid to order. hardly anyone can cook it right and get rid of the iron-y, liver-y, gamey taste, but tony maws’s got it, the dish was creamy, rich, and flavorful.


Braised Local Skate Wing, Littleneck Clams, smoked tomatoes, beans
the skate was very tender and soft. bold flavors once again.

Choucroute Garni, two sausages, pork belly, Kirkland kraut
very well executed. pork belly was melt in your mouth soft and juicy, everything you would appreciate from a piece of pork belly. sausages were flavorful and moist. you wont go wrong by ordering anything off a pig at tony maws restaurants.

duck fat roasted brussels sprouts

The Kirkland Tap and Trotter is crowd friendly. noise level could be a little high if you are looking for a romantic/quiet dinner date. we enjoyed everything we ordered as well as the open kitchen scene. drinks were good and beer & wine list is eclectic. however, the service was not as good as i expected after being used to the impeccable service at craigie on main. felt the servers werent very experienced and were in a rush. the food took forever to come out. we finished 2 baskets of bread before the food came out. since the restaurant’s only been open for couple weeks probably still sorting things out, i’d give them time to improve. overall, it was a very enjoyable & satisfying meal and everything i expected from tony maws.

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The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

(857) 259-6585

Kirkland Tap & Trotter on Urbanspoon


pork belly bought me a new phone, iphone 5s. with a better front camera, i can take all that selfies i want <3.

here’s one


10 thoughts on “The Kirkland Tap & Trotter | Somerville, MA Boston

  1. Mouthwatering. Waiting at work for 5pm on a Friday afternoon to happen is not the time for looking at tempting photos like this!

  2. Nicely covered, although I’ll never make it that far east. I’ve heard of trading in pork bellies but I never, in my wildest imagination, figured that people actually ate the things. Brrrrr! That being said, I never could figure out exactly why people traded in pork bellies. I’ve never heard of people trading in beef livers, for instance. Why pork bellies? 🙂

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