Puritan & Company has quickly proven itself to be a Boston area must-get reservation. This favorite in Cambridge's Inman Square is a sure bet for a sensational meal. Reserve your table well in advance, as Puritan and Company is quite popular and sees many guests return often to get their fix of locally sourced food that makes up the interpretive American menu.
When making your way through Inman Square, you'll find a variety of popular restaurants lining Cambridge Street, all mixed into the neighborhood's natural environment, making their homes on the street level of multi-families, or within blocks of this real main street.
A diverse population calls Inman Square home, and you'll find yourself among a crowd of locals who share one common thread: a love of their neighborhood.
Inman Square's food scene has been growing, with Puritan & Company as the most recent restaurant slated to be there long term.
Interior of Puritan & Company — Photo courtesy of Dave Baldwin / Puritan & Company
Once you're inside the inconspicuous entryway of Puritan & Company, you'll find a sparse space that straddles the line between farmhouse and industrial chic, the outcome of which creates a homey environment in an open space, encouraging you to sit back relax and truly enjoy your food.
Enjoy you will, as the kitchen takes great pride in every dish that's served.
It's difficult to choose just one item to order, but luckily Puritan & Company has solved that problem, offering sharable-sized menu items that can be combined to make a meal. You can choose a few to pass around.
Their creative offerings, like the swordfish pastrami – best described as a deconstructed Ruben sandwich – is a fan favorite, and for good reason. It has all the creaminess of swordfish and flavor of pastrami; it is light and fulfilling all at the same time.
Meanwhile the bluefish pate is a surprise in a puree. Perfectly briny and smooth, with just the right amount of herbs, this pate perfectly tops the hardtack crackers accompanying it, for a dip you'll keep digging into.
If you'd prefer to order on your own, start with the sticky, sweet and rich moxie-glazed lamb belly or the wild mushrooms and farm egg, and then move onto a main course. Of note is the cornish game hen. This poultry dish arrives with a crisp browned crust atop succulent, juicy meat all over faro, escarole and prune, creating an acidic dressing that plays an ideal counterpart to the meat.
Just be sure you order dessert, because the smoked chocolate tart is a well-balanced dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth without overdoing it. Dip into the malted vanilla, toasted marshmallow and stout scattered around your plate, and enjoy the final bites of a meal you'll return for.