Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Somerville, Davis Square icons . . .

Last week I put my tourist hat on and walked down Highland Avenue from my art studio into Davis Square. Over the years, Davis Square has transformed into a very "in" place filled with live music clubs, the best ribs in town, a small live theatre, multiple coffee shops, a cool hot yoga studio, and a pulse of city living with a down home spark. The Rosebud Diner at 381 Summer Street, just as it branches off of Elm, is a 1941 vintage streamliner built by the Worcester Lunch Car Company. The Rosebud one of Somerville's most cherished icons. You'll see lines of hungry breakast seekers outside the diner on weekend mornings. The bacon had the perfect crunchiness —and a generous amount of it dressed my two eggs over easy. Some of the wait staff have been there so long they've made a career of welcoming smiles and speedy service that keep the reputation of the Rosebud as one of Boston's Best.

These floor tiles are original, along with most of the tile work and stainless steel sheething. In addition to the "car," the Rosebud has expanded into the lot behind the car to add a lounge that has live music at least 4 nights a week. Dolores (below) and Helen (above) have been waiting tables at the Rosebud for years.

Some other scenes from Davis Square will give you a feel for this friendly, comfortable neighborhood where people move about with a welcoming, and unpretentious air, just like the kind that greets you when you walk into the dining car at the Rosebud.

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