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Bahia Grill - new Brazilian in Somerville - LONG


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Bahia Grill - new Brazilian in Somerville - LONG

MB | Dec 30, 2004 09:00 AM

I had my heart set on tacos from Lupitas after the gym last night. Alas they were closed (for the holidays, I presume). So I drove towards Sullivan Square to try out Bahia Grill on Washington Street. It's after you pass under McGrath O'Brien highway, kind of across from the Holiday Inn Express. It's in an old diner that is completely new and fabulous inside. Typical Brazilian buffet/BBQ with a big steam table along the counter area - BBQ is behind it - to order. By the pound, I think it was $5-$6. Tables along the windows. Dessert case behind the counter, plus typical beverages. Also a case of salgadhinos behind the counter. Not a lick of english spoken.

The buffet had a LOT of items. In the first area were the cold salads - potato (2 kinds iirc) plus mixings for green salad with some homemade dressings, hard cooked eggs, beets, etc. The rest of the steam table had A LOT of hot items. Labeled in Portuguese and English. I can't really remember all of the offerings.

The "menu" just lists what foods are on the buffet each day. For example, Wednesday:

arroz branco - white rice
arroz a grega - rice with vegetables
feijao vermelho - pinto beans
feijao tropeiro - beans with yucca flour, pork and beef
vagem con ovos - green beans with eggs
carne de porco de panela - pork stew
abobora com quiabo -squash with okra
grao de bico com calabresa - chickpeas with pork sausage
frango ensopado - chicken stew
angu baiano - corn cake baiano
farofa - yucca flour with pork and beef
batata frita - french fries

Here's wha I had last night:

Potato salad -fairly light on the mayo compared to other Brazilian places, mixed in were the ubiquitous frozen peas and carrots, but also some raisins.

White rice with the stewed pinto beans, of course. So good and salty.

abobora com quiabo -squash with okra
This was fantastic! Butternut squash and chopped okra. It was pretty oily to be considered healthy, but darn was it good. Bits of chopped greens as topping but without much flavor. Wonder if it's just the finely chopped collard greens that are often a side dish?

angu baiano - corn cake baiano - it's like polenta with some kind of meat stock, or more likely pork fat, and topped with bacon. The flavor was good, though I only had about 3 bites, which may be all I needed.

They had stewed pork ribs which had great flavor but were a little dried out.

The stewed chicken dish was drumsticks and thighs, really well seasoned and they were stewed with chickpeas - something I hadn't seen before. This and the okra dish were the two winners according to me (along side the rice and beans, of course.)

Looking over the weekly menu, there are a bunch of dishes that sound interesting:
bife a role - beef rolls (Tuesday)
risoto de camarao - shrimp risotto (Thursday)
aborbrinha verde - green squash (Thursday)
moqueca baiana - fish stew with vegetables (Friday)
vatapa - shrimp cashew nuts peanut and bread (Friday)
caruru - shrimp with okra cashew nuts and dende oil (Friday)
torta de pao assada - bread tart with chicken (Saturday)
carne de boi cozida - beef stew (Saturday)

Sunday has more comfort food: roasted chicken, roasted pork, chicken lasagne, chicken risotto, fried banana. It looks like Fridays are #1 for exploring next. What I liked about this place is that there were a number of things I hadn't seen before.

Probably best to go early, as a few dishes looked a bit dried out. The french fries had seen WAY better days.

3 Washington Street, Somerville
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
7am - 10pm

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