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If you needed more proof that Magoun promises to be the next hip square in Somerville — see Daddy Jones cocktail bar and slated Lowell Street T stop — Pennypacker’s pretty much seals the deal. Opened last October, three years after brothers Brian and Kevin McGuire rolled onto the fast-casual scene with their food truck of the same name, Pennypacker’s has found its niche: serving inventive and affordable soups, sandwiches and salads to the up-and-coming neighborhood.
The space is built for take-out —mostly kitchen, with a blackboard listing the day’s menu and a few small tables. That menu changes every single day, depending on Brian McGuire’s whim and what’s in season. The only constant is porchetta ($8), that luscious confection of pork belly and shoulder, slathered with garlic and herbs, and spun up like a jellyroll.