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Eat @ Kendall: Black Sheep Restaurant

Finding history in Cambridge is easy as a walk down any city block. But finding fantastic food in a historic, restored firehouse? That means a visit to the Black Sheep Restaurant at the Kendall Hotel, where the fare is flavorful and the back story smolders with firefighting lore.

Between 1894 and 1993, the restaurant served as the home of Engine 7 and its famed Black Sheep brigade. The men and women who staffed the firehouse were considered “a motley crew” isolated from other firefighters and (prior to the modernization of Kendall in the 1980s and 1990s) most of the city’s academic and residential areas.

Today, the Black Sheep Restaurant honors Engine 7 in memorable fashion. The Black Sheep Restaurant, which opens onto the hotel lobby, is a cozy spot to enjoy carefully crafted American cooking, organic and locally grown produce and carefully selected fresh meat and fish.

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The café serves delicious locally-themed lunches (e.g., the “The Black Sheep” chicken sandwich with roasted veggies sautéed in walnut pesto or the “The Kendall” salad that features candied pecans, crumbled blue cheese, green apples and maple vinaigrette), not to mention an amazing burger “Cambridge Burger” —a veggie patty smothered with Swiss cheese, avocado, tomatoes and greens.  Dinner selections feature similar nuances, including the New England cheese board loaded with handcrafted artisan cheese, the Shaved Celery Salad and Atlantic Cod, an increasingly hard-to-find delicacy that is perfectly pan-roasted and accented by lemon-braised fennel.

(Image via www.kendallhotel.com)

(Image via www.kendallhotel.com)

A visit to the Black Sheep Restaurant is not complete without consideration of a whimsical wine and cocktail list, which includes a 2007 “Hook & Ladder” vintage from Russian River Valley, a “Fireman’s Sweetheart” libation and  “Black Sheep Sangria.” Whatever the selection, the memory of Jakes from Engine 7 and home cooked cuisine will endure.