Bronwyn
Bronwyn

Bronwyn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bronwynrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 776-9900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
    Thursday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 12:00pm
    Mondays Closed
    July 4th - July 7th Closed for the holiday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bronwyn
BRONWYN is a restaurant and bar located in Union Square, Somerville, featuring the cuisine of Germany and greater Central and Eastern Europe. Chef Tim Wiechmann draws on his cultural heritage to create hand-crafted sausages, schnitzels, traditional noodles and specialties such as Riesling sauerkraut and giant pretzels. An extensive list of bier and regional wein has been curated to enhance the cuisine. The chef’s wife, Bronwyn, is the restaurant’s namesake. The interior of BRONWYN embodies the rusticity of a European tavern and is adorned with the handcrafted treasures of the Chef’s travels and his family’s heirlooms. Upon entering the restaurant, one is reminded of the artistic spirit that imbues the neighborhood of Union Square.
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Bronwyn reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (88)neighborhood gem (85)good for groups (40)great for outdoor dining (36)vibrant bar scene (31)hot spot (31)special occasion (23)romantic (16)notable wine list (13)great for brunch (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Worthwhile Wurst!
    jttam
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Bronwyn provided excellent fare. The wursts were delicious, the bretzel brilliant, and overall it was a lovely experience. I enjoyed the Julius Echter Dunkelweiss beer. The staff were attentive and friendly but not overwhelming. Overall it was a lovely place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected winner
    Dimmy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Frankly, we were just looking for any early dining option and my wife had heard of Bronwyn. The online menu didn't sound too amazing. We arrived early, so I really can't speak to the bar ambiance, but our waiter was fabulous, offering us wine, beer (great draught menu), and food advice that was spot on. The food is a bit confusing but delicious, and the beers were fabulous. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Renaissance faire
    starlingtonVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Don't be fooled by the dark wood and throne chairs. Bronwyn is a great restaurant. We were greeted at the door as if they already knew us - surprising, which sort of sets the tone. The drink list is really good. We only looked at the beers and wines, but good strong selections in both. Gruner veltliners, Rieslings and so forth. I might avoid the overly floral east European wines tho. I opted for the sparkling Riesling, which was scrumptious. We decided to split the wurst trio for a starter and it had probably the best sausages I've ever had. I spent well over two years in Germany and I know what I like. I liked this. Then, for dinner I had the rye noodles with a German blue cheese sauce. Again, the best blue cheese sauce I've ever had. And it had toasted pistachios! Yum. My husband got the spicy squid goulash. Sounds weird, tastes absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, by then, we were stuffed so we did not try the desserts, but the digestive menu looked really interesting. I was tempted by the schnapps list. Real German schnapps is nothing like the sugary, syrupy dreck that sometimes passes as schnapps here. Schnapps can be as smooth as cognac. But alas, we were driving. Next time...which will be soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't be put off by German cuisine
    CherrypieVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Wagyu beef brisket and sweet and sour boar are must haves! succulent tender meat, with great flavor and beautifully served. The small dining room behind the bar feels a little cramped at first, but you don't really notice being disturbed by other diners. A bit out of the way but well worth the trip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Attempt...A Swing and Miss
    ddemarcoVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great Atmosphere and super selection of beers as well as creative cocktails...but that is where it ends. The food was lacking luster to stand up to the large amount of competition in the surrounding neighborhood(s). They need to step outside the box to make this one fit for foodies. The truth Hurts but there is time to recover.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best German Food in Massachusetts
    calinestonyford
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    As a German, I can testify to the authenticity of this amazing German restaurant in Union Square. Their hot pretzels, pumpkin soup, sausage platter and potato salad are to die for. You also get mustard with the pretzels and in the potato salad, which makes the whole experience a delicious one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • German
    Christopher
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great beers and great meats. The oversized chairs and great big table made the space feel like an old german beer hall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic German/Eastern European
    Frida
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Went with a friend to Bronwyn on a Friday night (Halloween). Great beer selections and the food was good also. Dessert menu was a trifle scanty: only two options (German Chocolate cake and a warm fruity "pastete"). The food was very authentic (I've lived in Deutschland for two years) and tasty. Noise level was not bad at all (sit in room that does not have the bar if that's your interest).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hearty german fare
    promocat
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    if you like meat & beer-than come here for good food at great prices & a funky midevil flare-come here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    great drink selection, and the food is excellent. have been here a few times and the menu keeps changing so there is a variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hard2plz
    hard2plz
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our first time there and we were impressed. Beer selection is outstanding and the food really lived up to the claims for its central European flavor. Noise was a bit loud for good conversation, but not too bad. Staff want music while they work and diners would like to talk to each other!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    As with every meal I have had at TW Food, every dish was phenomenal, the service was lovely and the atmosphere comfortable, yet very appropriate for the menu. This was my second visit to Bronwyn, and while the outdoor seating is a nice reprieve from the bustle of Union Square, eating inside on a cool autumn evening feels like the perfect setting to enjoy some dark beer, thoughtfully prepared dishes and a beautiful meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent German food
    infinitejeff
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Friendly staff, nice variety of choices on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent taste, sparse portions
    AhartpanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were looking forward to an authentic German style restaurant after seeing Chef Tim on "Beat Bobby Flay". The flavors were excellent, but we were disappointed to leave hungry (main dishes in the $20+ range). Our party of 3 had 2 appetizers and 3 main dishes. The beverage menu was huge but the food selections were limited. The dessert menu arrived with 1 item and another 1.5 pages of beverage options. I was planning a larger party there for my birthday dinner later this month, but I have since cancelled that reservation. The server was knowledgeable and helped us make decisions, but unfortunately, any of the beers we wanted to try were out, and his recommendation that was in was not to my preference. Disappointing overall experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok; Not for larger groups
    Alison
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food and beer was good, and service was good until it got crowded and noisey. Our server got a bit flustered with our group of 6 adults one toddler in a high chair and ended up rushing us out and completely forgot to serve the birthday cake I requested for my husbands birthday. We had already paid the almost $400 bill at this point and she seemed annoyed that I still wanted the birthday cake even though we already paid. The hostess kept walking by our table to see if we were gone so we definitely felt the pressure to get up and leave because of the growing crowd. I probably won't go back. Maybe only to drink beer at the bar! Food was good for a one time experience only. I'm not dying to go back because of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing German Food
    Cport135VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've been to Bronwyn multiple times and it is amazing! Between the beer cheese soup, spaetzle, and lots of wurst options there is something for everyone and it is all wonderful. The only downside is that I've never really enjoyed their cocktails so I would recommend skipping those and getting a beer in a huge mug.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative Somerville German!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food at Bronwyn is delicious: rooted in German tradition but incorporating the ideas of the local, organic food movement. Everything had a slight (better) twist than its traditional counterpart. We sampled the Oktoberfest set menu: homemade pretzels were delicious, as was the pumpkin soup and cabbage and roasted pear salad. The wursts, ribs and pork were all incredible, as were the German dumplings, made fresh with the addition of kale and mushrooms. Bronwyn is a true foodie gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be back
    MickVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our second visit was mixed. No reservations available after 5:30 so we rushed over in heavy traffic. If you like loud oom-pah music, you'll love it, but hey it was Ocktoberfest! Good food and service by waitress in fetching German costume, the original wonder bra. But she couldn't handle splitting the tab for our party of 5 by 60/40, putting more on the wrong card and less on the wrong card. From the receipts we'll be sorting this out for days to come, and one charge has still not shown up on my card. Best of all, going outside to find a $50 ticket on wife's car for parking in a resident permit only zone. By the light of day, it's clearly posted. OK for a business dinner, $50 you can deduct, but for most don't go to Slumerville.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • was better the first time
    ReadingCam
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    prices and servings both lower than my first visit 6 months ago. sons required second entre to fill up. ragout tasteless, however, schnitzle and brisket both got high marks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I am not usually a fan of this type of cuisine but the food here was scrumptious and elegantly served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique and tasty
    feedme
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had a great experience. Extremely friendly service. Very interesting dishes that you don't find on many menus. Bronwyn claims to feature the food of eastern and central Europe. They are exactly what they claim, so if that sounds appealing, you should go. Great beer list. We loved the pickles!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretzel & Wurst Trio
    Okay
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Warm pretzel, good beer, wonderful ambiance, & tasty sausage. Very clean, not too crowded
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    SeriousVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The noise level made shouting necessary. One dinner was tasty but two were just so-so and one small. Only one dessert was offered.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bronwyn better than ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Bronwyn evolves, and is better than ever: chef Tim Wiechmann keeps finding new tastes and textures - the range expands throughout the old Austro-Hungarian empire, with unexpected ingredients and flavors. The venison pastrami alone is worth the trip. Excellent middle-European wines, and still that amazing beer selection, all wrapped in excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Billy killed it on the bar! Comfortably took care of all five of us visiting from Jamaica Plain, including an enviable knowledge of Eastern European amaros/digestivos. Get the Wurst Trio. Then try everything else your friends ordered. Best meal I've had in months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PriceChopperVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We enjoyed our first brunch at Bronwyn's, outside in the Beer Garden no less! Phillip was excellent as always in serving our table, and doing it while speaking German to us!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great experience
    streakerfreak
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We decided to come here for my 31st birthday since it has become my favorite restaurant. As close to a true German dining experience one can get here in the US. They still don't carry my favorite Bavarian Beer (König Ludwig Weiss) and their German beer selection is a bit uninspired, but the food is amazing and I love the ambiance. Can't get enough of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service Put It Over The Top
    offtopic
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We arrived just as it started to rain heavily, driving already seated customers from the patio inside. Even though we had a reservation, there were all of a sudden too many diners for the number of indoor tables. The maître d' and the servers more than made up for the inconvenience. Even though we ended up seated at the bar, service was extra attentive and we got freebies from the kitchen. The food was very tasty and definitely a couple of steps up from the usual German/Austrian restaurants in this area. Still authentic, but with a bit of a fine dining foodie flair to it. The beer and wine list is great, and the servers did an excellent job suggesting beers to go with what we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    food4two
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The unusual name drew us to this specific restaurant. I had made the reservation on line and was pleasantly surprised that they seated us in a semi-private area near the windows. Great ambiance and good service. My companion ordered the brisket, serving was a bit too small and fatty, but mostly the menu mentioned cumin-orange spices, but the smell and taste of the dish had a very strong "curry' flavor. Otherwise, definitely worth the dining experience. Excellent beer and wine selections.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was good, and the service really nice. Very limited menu with few choices of the old standards.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Good food , as far as German food goes, (as we went with a German friend).However, slim picking if you're mostly a veggie/salad person who eats primarily fish and is not big on sausages etc. So not really a critique, but diners should look at menu and realize choices are narrow. Good beer choices. Wine a bit limited.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome German Beer!!
    Halo1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Best parts of our first experience at Bronwyn: house beer!!!, house pretzel!!!, imported beer selection, waitstaff Parts in need of some improvement: Dine Out week menu / food. It was pretty good, but not great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Find
    thecfamily
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our son chose Bronwyn from the August Boston restaurant list because it features German food, There were four in our party and we all loved loved the food, drink, and service. Our waiter was Phillip but they use a team of well trained staff who know all the food and drink items and work quickly and efficiently to get your food and drinks to you right away. They also have a great presence on the floor and keep your water glass full. For us it was a new find although they told us they were there for over a year. We will to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and very delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a great find in Union Square! Finally some excellent German-style cuisine without all the heft. Excellent use of herbs (not sugar and salt) to add flavor to fresh and local ingredients. Friendly and very attentive service. Will definitely look forward to a return visit.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent German Cuisine.
    FoodiefromBoston
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious authentic German food with an excellent selection of German and other European beers. My friends and I went with the three course menu since it was Restaurant Week and were extremely pleased. I will definitely be going back there again. The service was excellent as well!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    mwyse924
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We loved our meal here. A great beer list with good German food. Bronwyn has a really cool vibe inside and is definitely a local hot spot. We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but......
    ShaynaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I had been wanting to try Bronwyn and Restaurant Week was the lure to finally make the trip. Not being familiar with Union Square, we had a bit of trouble finding it but did succeed. We were seated promptly by a lovely hostess who was happy to answer our questions about the menu. It didn't take long to figure out that the Restaurant Week menu was no bargain. We decided to order what we wanted and had a lovely meal. We shared the small sausage plate for an appetizer and then shared the sauerbraten and spaetzle. All were yummy. We also ordered the bread basket and a German chocolate cake for dessert. Overall, we enjoyed the food and the authentic feeling atmosphere. But the heavy cuisine means we won't be back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything is tinged with 'yuck'
    BradVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Too much grains and chunks in the bread or no flavor at all... Lemon in the butter. Horseradish in the potato pancakes... It is like eating with the Addams family. Gross.
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  • Okay German food
    nonplussed8
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Pretty good, but sausages lacked bite and pickled salads weren't very vinegar-y or flavorful. A comparable restaurant in Germany would serve the same stuff more simply and with less fuss. The outdoor seating area was lovely and not too loud.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Bronwyn was great! The food was interesting and delicious. They do vegetables perfectly. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate