Mediterranean on Beacon Hill: Homer.

I’d heard a lot about this relatively new place so I waited awhile to visit, hoping the crowds would die down a bit. Finally visited on a beautiful Sunday afternoon arriving about 30 minutes after they opened….and they were packed! Sat at the bar which worked out well; rather than waiting 45 minutes for a table.

I’m not that big on cocktails but I had to try the Rosa……beet juice, pomegranate, mezcal and rose water….delicious. Followed this with a Rhone based Rosé of Syrah.

We started with some pita and chickpea hummus with cumin….perfectly prepared…then we were on to the cured meats (speck and bresaola) with smoked ricotta and grilled sourdough….all the bread here should be had. The dish was outstanding. I think you may be getting the message……there isn’t anything on the menu that isn’t very good. It’s one of those places where you want to try everything.

Up next were the charred carrots with tumeric, mustard seed and chilies. Charring made the carrots all the sweeter. Much of the food makes its way to the table via a wood fired grill or oven so expect a lot of grilled dishes and baked and grilled breads. Our last choice, before the obligatory dessert, was the anchovies with harissa butter…made the dish. Dessert was a poached pear with ricotta mousse and pistachio.

Service was excellent and the space inviting but not that large….50 seats. They only take reservations for 8 or more so come early and sit at the bar. While we were there, people were also waiting for a seat at the bar so….come earlier. They have a walkup window for soft serve so keep that option in mind if you’re looking for a snack on a warm summer afternoon.

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