Nemo, and Brunch at Olde Magoun’s Saloon


Matt and I started getting a little stir-crazy when it became apparent on Friday night that going out wasn’t really an option. Now, I normally love staying in and cooking – especially on cold nights – but something about the thought of not being able to go anywhere made us both absolutely want to go out. Funny how that works. So, after being snowed in on Friday night, we wandered out to see what was open for brunch on Saturday.


We first walked down to Davis after Five Horses said on Twitter that they would be open. The walk was kind of hilarious, with snow piles towering over me and people trying to ski down the street. Unfortunately, Five Horses was not actually open.

From there, we trekked further to Olde Magoun’s Saloon. They were seemingly the only place in the area that was actually open the entire night before, and they had posted on Twitter that they would definitely be open for brunch as well.

We went to Olde Magoun’s Saloon fairly often when we first moved to the area, but tend to forget about it since it’s not on a T line and is sort of a long walk from our place. I always love it when we do go; they have a great beer list, tons of screens to watch whatever game might be on, and pretty solid pub food. It’s got a friendly neighborhood vibe, making it the kind of place you go for a beer but end up staying for three.

Green Flash IPA

Beer was just what we were after when we finally made it. I was thrilled to see Green Flash IPA on tap! (So delicious.)

Black Jack

I ordered the Black Jack Chicken with Onion Rings. The sandwich had blackened chicken, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle mayo. The chicken was tender and nicely spiced, and I loved the extra spice from the cheese and chipotle mayo. It was the perfect thing to wash down with beer.

French Toast

Matt got the Jameson Soaked French Toast, which was topped with Magner’s glazed apples and Baileys whipped cream. (He forgot to ask for no bacon…oops.) Neither of us could detect the Jameson or Magner’s, but the Baileys whipped cream saved the day. Matt, being the french toast snob that he is, wishes that it was more flavorful and a little less soggy. That said, he was still happy to be eating it after our long walk!

Potato Hash

He also ordered a side of the Potato Hash, which were really just fried potatoes.

Even though Matt didn’t love his french toast, I’ve had more good experiences than bad with their food. We were also both grateful that they managed to stay open all weekend.

Olde Magoun’s Saloon
518 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
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