Bronwyn in Somerville’s Union Square

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Pretzel with spicy horseradish mustard

October brings all things fall: pumpkins, mums, warm apple cider, and of course, Oktoberfest! With that in mind, Doug and I decided to check out a spot I’ve wanted to visit for quite a while that would be the perfect place to partake in all things Oktoberfest (beer, wursts, and pretzels galore): Bronwyn in the Union Square neighborhood of Somerville, Massachusetts.

I knew we were in for a treat as we approached the restaurant and were greeted by a large, imposing wooden door. We were seated in the back dining room that reminded me of the decor found in a medieval castle: dark wood paneling … high-back leather chairs outlined in golden trim … wrought iron candelabras hanging from above. I loved it.

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Wurst trio: frankfurter, cotechino, and bratwurst

Doug and I started with the Bronwyn bretzel (pretzel) with spicy horseradish mustard and heirloom tomato salad with fried pig’s head and a yogurt dill sauce. The pretzel was just average, but the spicy horseradish mustard was a little piece of heaven. I could slather that mustard on everything that came to our table, which wasn’t necessary since the mustard was served with both of our main dishes as well! The tomato salad was light and refreshing, and the fried pig’s head added a little bit of saltiness alongside the creaminess of the yogurt dill sauce.

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Heirloom tomato salad with fried pig’s head

For our mains, Doug ordered the giant knackwurst with kale knödel, sauerkraut, and mustard cream sauce, and I got the wurst trio, which included frankfurter, cotechino, and bratwurst, and served with sauerkraut and potato. Doug’s sausage was great, but after we sampled my three homemade wursts, he definitely had food envy. Every single one of the sausgaes was spectacular. My personal favorite was the cotechino, which actually just looked like a hamburger patty, but didn’t taste anything like it. So.much.flavor.

As much as I would have loved to end the meal with a sweet treat, there was no room left for us to order dessert.

Would I go back to Bronwyn? In a heartbeat. And since the weather is getting colder, and it’s a bit more acceptable to have more heartier foods, there’s no reason not to. Plus, I need to find more dishes to smother the mustard in!

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