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30 by 30: Lunch at Foundry on Elm

July 6th, 2011 · 19 Comments · 30 by 30, Boston, restaurant reviews

Thanks so much for your nice comments on my wedding anniversary! Adam and I had a really nice night after work. I’ll share some pictures from Sportello soon! But first, I have to tell you about this fabulous lunch we had on Saturday!!

The 30 by 30 list was meant to be fun yet slightly challenging (not difficult but perhaps get me to do things I’ve been saying I’ve wanted to do but then haven’t… for whatever reason. Laziness comes to mind!). Believe it or not, this even applies to eating out!! I know, tough task… I told you I was lazy sometimes!

That thing with rarely going to Cambridge because it’s all the way across the bridge. Yeah, well – that doubly applies to Sommerville. I mean, have you ever taken the T from the Pru to Davis? I think it takes a lifetime. Or close to it for sure. Or maybe I’m a drama queen… whatever.

Anywayssss, this past Saturday Adam and I were running errands in Sommerville (that Target is awesome!!) and when we both realized there was no way we could go on without some lunch, I proposed to consult the list. Foundry on Elm in Davis Square seemed like the perfect place. Turn the car around… let’s get some lunch!


I’ve been to Davis a few times (like the Ras na hEireann 5K last year) but apparently I’ve never really looked around. What a cute little spot!! Maybe it was the gorgeous summer weather and lots of spots with outdoor seating and flowers… it just felt so fun and alive. I already want to go back!!

Foundry on Elm is a newish gastropub that’s already getting people’s attention with its high quality French food and craft beers and cocktails. The décor is a cross between a high class pub and a brasserie. The high ceilings and large windows (that used to open up but apparently are out of commission now after a few breaks) added to the bright and clean feel of the place.

Adam and I chose to sit on the high chairs by the window (I wanted the most natural light I could get… and light I got… most of my pictures were waaaaaaaay overexposed and I actually had to fight the light!). Oh and before I continue rambling about all sorts of irrelevant stuff, let me mention my Bloody Mary, which was perfectly spicy with 3 big juicy olives on top. This was going to be a fantastic lunch, I could tell!


Adam got the Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell, which came in a proper glass. He was impressed! Smile


I thought the Pretty Things glass was indeed pretty. Winking smile


I can’t pass up on anything pickled so the assorted farmstand pickled vegetables had to be ordered. In the mix? Carrots, onions, cauliflower, and peppers.


I was sort of horrified by the amount of onions on some perfectly good veggies but then braved a bite of the cauliflower and enjoyed the slight fennely twist with the addition of caraway seeds. I love the cute presentation with the mini-bucket too Smile

Next up were our main entrees!

Adam couldn’t help himself with the Italian sausage flatbread (with cherry peppers and fontina) which came over a cheesy and buttery crust with just the right amount of heat. He polished the whole thing off mmm’ing the entire way through!


I went the slightly lighter route with a nicoise saladolive oil-poached tuna, capers, egg, green beans, new potatoes, mustard vinaigrette… which was honestly perfection on a plate! [I’m kind of on a nicoise salad kick now!]


Every component of the salad was perfectly executed, from the delicious medium rare tuna steak, briny capers and olives, creamy potatoes and eggs to crisp green beans. The mesculin greens were slightly overdressed but the dressing was so good, I was still a happy camper!

An incredibly satisfying lunch at a fantastic spot! I’m looking forward to future trips to Davis already Open-mouthed smile [Gargoyles and Posto pizza are also on the list so there will definitely be future trips. No more laziness!!]

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19 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    I’ve had a handful of great dinners and nights out at Foundry. Glad the lunch didn’t disappoint. There’s a lot going on on this side of the river :)

  • #2 - Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories

    Wow, that salad LOOKS perfectly executed! And your husband eats like mine–definitely both in the “clean plate” club! :)

  • #3 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I love Foundry on Elm – they have a great burger! I’ve been visiting the Somerville spots more often and haven’t been disappointed – there are a lot of hidden gems there!

  • #4 - KellyB

    Love the Foundry, I was there just recently and my hubby also had the Pretty Things.
    And I’m glad to see Posto is still on your list, I love love love that place.

  • #5 - shannon

    davis is a pretty cute spot :) and looks like a fabulous lunch, i’ll have to remember that one!!

  • #6 - MelissaNibbles

    I go to Davis from the Quincy stop. I don’t think it’s that bad. Then again, I like riding the T. The people watching is stupendous.

    I love Foundry. It’s one of my favorite spots in Davis.

  • #7 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Looks like your 30 by 30 list is turning into a lot of fun! Glad you are enjoying it:-)

  • #8 - Beth @ Boston2Berkeley

    Foundry must have opened since I moved, since I have no recollection of it! I love Davis Square though. I lived in Porter, and would always walk up to Davis for coffee or just to hang out. It’s super cute, has tons of restaurant options, plus an old school super cheap movie theater, and excellent people watching. All around win! On the other hand, I lived in Cambridge for 3 years, and whined non-stop every time someone wanted to go “all the way” into Boston. So I sympathize on the laziness thing :)

  • #9 - Megan

    I know exactly what you mean about the trek… I live in Somerville (luckily on the Cambridge line) and getting over to Back Bay always involves a long walk, the red line, and the green line. Glad you had a great experience on this side of the river!

  • #10 - Elizabeth

    My neck of the woods! I love Foundry’s pickled veggies.

  • #11 - Corey @ the runner's cookie

    That flatbread looks amazing! I’ve never heard of Elm, but love the detailed review and am always looking for new places to try. Glad you enjoyed a nice lunch with your husband!

  • #12 - Alaina

    I need to start exploring my area more often! I usually go to Harvard or Inman Square’s but I definitely need to make it up to Davis.

  • #13 - Kerstin

    Yay for making it up to Davis :) I really enjoyed Foundry as well – their cocktail list is super fun too!

  • #14 - Daisy

    i haven’t been to Davis in awhile, but I do love it there! I need to check out Foundry one of these days!

  • #15 - Michelle

    I went to Foundry on Elm for brunch to celebrate my first 5K and really enjoyed my brunch. Your lunch looks really great too!

  • #16 - Holly

    I sure hope you had at least one bite of that pizza and man….. does that salad look yummy! I never met a bloody mary I didn’t like and this one looks divine. FUN!!

    Happy anni (a little late) and YES!! I love your new header!! xoxo

    • #17 - Elina

      Hehe, Holly – I did have a bite… for review purposes 😉 My salad was too good so there wasn’t much room for any pizza nonsense :)

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