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House of Blues - Cambridge, MA

By: Kellie K. Speed

House of Blues Cambridge, MA

The House of Blues, located in Harvard Square, hosts live music every night with a soul-stirring Sunday gospel brunch. The restaurant has three different rooms (Elwood, Jake and Delta) to choose from with main dining being held in the Jake Dining Room. The Elwood Music Hall has hosted the likes of Lou Rawls, Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal, to name just a few.

Cornbread We stopped by the restaurant one Friday evening for dinner. Executive Chef Juan Mesa has prepared some unique southern offerings, like crispy catfish nuggets with shoestring sweet potatoes ($6.75) and seared gulf shrimp with rosemary cornbread and Dixie beer reduction ($10.95). For appetizers, we sampled the buffalo chicken tender platter with seasoned French fries ($6.95), which were some of the hottest wings we've tasted. 

The spinach and artichoke dip was served warm and arrived with a side of roasted salsa, sour cream and tortilla chips ($7.95). We loved the dip and the extra side of salsa came in handy when the spinach dip was soon devoured. The New Orleans style seafood gumbo with sausage, shrimp, crawfish, oysters and okra sounded wonderful but we wanted to save room for dinner.

Entrees here range from the seemingly typical southern specials like slow smoked baby back ribs (full rack $15.95, half rack $19.95), which my husband ordered. Topped with Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce, the ribs were so tender and flavorful they fell off the bone. I selected the melt-in-your-mouth pan seared Atlantic salmon with shrimp and eggplant stuffing, crab claws and balsamic butter sauce ($15.95). Our server suggested we try the mashed potatoes ($1.95) and skillet of baked rosemary cornbread with maple butter ($5.95) to complement our dinners. We were glad he did - the cornbread should be sampled by all, arriving hot out of the oven.

Salads here range from the traditional Caesar ($6.95 entrée size) to seared ahi tuna ($10.95) and grilled flatiron steak salad with black beans, red onions and grilled corn ($9.95).

Other entrees included penne pasta in wild mushroom cream sauce with chicken and smoked gouda cheese ($9.95), smoked 12-ounce center cut pork chop with rum raisin sauce ($17.95) and Creole jambalaya with shrimp, chicken, Tasso ham, andouille sausage and roasted green onions ($12.95).

Be sure to save some room for dessert. We took our server’s suggested and sampled the white chocolate and banana bread pudding with crème anglaise ($4.95), which was decadent. Bread Pudding

After dinner, our server suggested we go upstairs and listen to the live blues band performing that evening. We look forward to our next visit to the House of Blues

House of Blues
114 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617- 491-2100
Fax: 617- 876-8330

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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