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The Thirsty Scholar

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$2 - $15
American, Bar, Pub
Dinner, Lunch, Drinks

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Scholar Mussels
Skillet roasted mussels in exquisite fiery cream sauce served with toast points
Social Network Nachos
Melted cheddar jack cheese, fresh tomato salsa, jalapenos, black olives, and sour cream over crisp tortilla chips
A savory blend of melted cheese in a baked tortilla with salsa, jalapenos and sour cream
Cup $3.00
Bowl $4.00
Soup Du Jour
Cup $4.00
Bowl $5.00
Chili Con Carne
Chicken Wings
BBQ, buffalo or plain. Served with blue cheese, celery sticks and carrots
Crispy Chicken Tenders
BBQ, buffalo or plain
Crispy Calamari
Deep-fried, topped with cherry peppers and parmesan cheese
Potato Skins
With bacon,‏ cheddar, jalapenos and sour cream
Toasted French bread topped with fresh mozzarella, red onions, tomatoes, basil and olive oil
Add any of the following to your salad: chicken 3 shrimp 5 steak tips 6 salmon 7
Mixed Greens
With cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and balsamic vinaigrette
Warm Spinach Salad
Spinach, tomatoes, bacon, red onions, mushrooms, goat cheese and warm balsamic vinaigrette
Greek Salad
Feta cheese, kalamata olives, cucumbers, red onions and tomatoes over romaine with greek dressing
Caesar Salad
Crisp romaine with parmesan, croutons and caesar dressing
Scholar Salad
Grilled cajun chicken, steak tips, fried artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions over romaine with ranch dressing
Caprese Salad
Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil over mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
Dressings: balsamic vinaigrette, blue cheese, greek, ranch, caesar, honey dijon
Served with your choice of fries, a cup of soup or salad
Substitute spicy fries 2
Substitute sweet potato fries 3
Cup of soup
Spicy fries $+2.00
Sweet potato fries $+3.00
Scholar Burger
8 oz. Certified angus beef burger with lettuce, tomato and onion on a bulkie roll.
Cup of soup
Spicy fries $+2.00
Sweet potato fries $+3.00
Grilled Chicken Breast
Herb marinated chicken breast. Choice of: BBQ with bacon, cajun with cilantro-pesto and cheddar, plain with garlic mayo
Cup of soup
Spicy fries $+2.00
Sweet potato fries $+3.00
Roasted Turkey Club
Roasted turkey, lettuce, tomato, bacon and mayo
Cup of soup
Spicy fries $+2.00
Sweet potato fries $+3.00
Pressed with‏ ham, pulled pork, cheddar, chipotle mayo, mustard and pickles
Cup of soup
Spicy fries $+2.00
Sweet potato fries $+3.00
Open Facebook
Grilled bbq steak tips with American cheese and lettuce on a French roll
Cup of soup
Spicy fries $+2.00
Sweet potato fries $+3.00
Caprese Sandwich
Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, romaine and balsamic vinaigrette on a toasted French roll
Cup of soup
Spicy fries $+2.00
Sweet potato fries $+3.00
Ham and Swiss Melt
With chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato on a roll
Beer Battered Fish 'N' Chips
Traditional favorite with fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon
Baked Salmon
Fresh salmon baked with white wine and butter served with rice and vegetables
Chicken Pot Pie
Oven baked chicken and vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with puff pastry crust served with side salad
Steak Tip Dinner
BBQ tips grilled to order. Served with mashed potatoes and vegetables
Macaroni and Cheese
Oven finished with sharp cheddar and bread crumbs. Served with side salad
Chicken Curry
Sauteed with onions and peppers in our curry sauce. Served over rice
Vegetable Curry
Bangers and Mash
Irish sausages,‏ mashed potatoes or fries and bachelors baked beans
Chicken Parmesan
Traditional style. Served over pasta
Chicken Marsala
Traditional style. Served over pasta
Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA
Amstel Light
Heineken Light
Miller Lite
Miller High Life
Coors Light
Bud Light
Shipyard Export
Shipyard Seasonal
Longtrail Ale
Long Trail Double Bag
Anchor Steam
Sierra Nevada
Stovepipe Porter Sapporo
Blue Moon
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Usually they have about ~25 beers on tap and I'd say there are at least 6-10 beers that are from Mass/New England. It is really refreshing to try a new beer or discover a new brewery that is real close to home. They have a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

Attended a Sunday trivia night. Food was good and really cheap and drinks were also reasonably priced. Service quick and friendly. Ambience excellent and trivia was fun. Had a great time.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Gary W
Reviewed December 31, 2017

My son lives nearby The Thirsty Scholar, and we've been there for dinner a couple of times. It plays up The Social Network placement on its facade. Once inside, we've found it to be a very average pub for the area. It's dark and very...More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed November 16, 2017

While I don't think anyone expects tomb-like quiet in a bar, the noise level made conversation impossible as the place filled up. Background music didn't help, though the acoustics of the room seemed more to blame.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank critiquer862
Reviewed October 15, 2017

This little pub was just around the corner from where we were staying in Cambridge, MA which borders on Somerville, MA. It is a small cheerful pub, frequented by university students. The food was excellent the two occasions we were there and prices are reasonable,...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Lyn P
Reviewed October 4, 2017

Stopped in for lunch while in Somerville, Ma. This is a local pub with a great variety of beer and tasty food.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Monica F
Reviewed May 23, 2017

This place is fab! I visited with my student daughter who lives nearby and whom they greeted like a regular .... (why?. Ah, I've worked it out.... ) . Anyhow, as two Brits we felt entitled to pass judgment on their fish and chips (so...More

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank bikingbarrister
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Regardless of whether I sit at the bar or at a table, the servers at Thirsty Scholar always make me feel at home. They are knowledgeable and friendly and serve in a comfortable time frame, never making me feel rushed. The beer selection is bountiful...More

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank KIKIg28
Reviewed December 6, 2016

I have been going to the Thirsty Scholar for over 3 years. It has a warm inviting atmosphere, extensive list of beers on tap and an excellent food menu that spans from bar food (the Nachos are amazing!) to real meals and big salads. They...More

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank douglasJ123
Reviewed November 20, 2016

We stopped in for a late lunch after a tough morning. My coworker got the mac and cheese with bacon while I went for a burger and fries. The fries were a-ma-zing. So glad that I listed to the waitress and got the curry sauce....More

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank CrisMOS
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