In recent years, Cambridge and Somerville have become overrun with southern-style restaurants (not that we’re complaining). Good ones, too, that all attract a crowd. You could wait and wait for Hungry Mother or cram into M3 (both very tasty options), but your best bet is this reliable Somerville spot where you can get an authentic-tasting blackened catfish po’boy ($9.95, pictured) alongside fancier offerings like wild mushroom ragout ($16.95).
150 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-625-1131. www.highlandkitchen.com