I wrote about Romey’s Gourmet recently because it was the new kid in town and, hey, I didn’t have a blog when the Branded Bear opened under new management last year. Let’s check it out.
The Branded Bear is at 8 Worcester St., almost within spitting distance of the Common area. I hadn’t stopped in before because I rarely go down this street and, from the outside, it looks kind of like a package store. But the inside is charming. I was really surprised to see how well-lit and spotless everything was.
Just a word of caution: if you’re adverse to bears, or puns, or a combination of both, the Branded Bear may not be for you. Let’s look at the menu: instead of sandwiches, they serve Bearwiches, all with the “bear essentials”: choice of cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, mayo, mustard or oil. It’s served to you on a bulkie roll, white, wheat, rye or pumpernickel, a sub roll, a Syrian pocket or as a wrap.
Sandwiches include the Hibernator (roast beef, turkey, ham and bacon), Grizzly Bear (roast beef and horseradish mustard), Bistro Bear (Italian coldcuts), Panda Bear (turkey and roast beef), Black Bear (pastrami) and Pot Belly Bear (meatballs and sauce “made in the den”), among others.
It’s a deli, so I tried a pastrami on Monday. Not at all fatty.
The deli does what appears to be a brisk coffee business first thing in the morning. The brew of choice is Green Mountain.
They also sell a variety of condiments and packaged foods. I grabbed a frozen turkey pot pie the other day and the woman at the counter said “oh my god, you’re going to love this.” And she was right — it was an awesome pot pie. They have them in a few sizes, chicken as well, and it was great with some of the veggies I picked up from the CSA this week.
They also sell a number of baked goods. The chocolate chip muffin I had for breakfast yesterday was to die for. I like that they have both mega muffins and smaller ones — you can get one for a child without worrying the bulk of it will go to waste.
They also have a full case of deli meats and offer soups and salads, as well as meat and cheese platters and other catering offerings.
And I’m going back for a bagel!