This casual burgers and dogs joint should appeal to even the most finicky eaters. Adventurous children can opt for interesting variations on the classics, like the Patriot Dog (mustard, bacon, and cheddar; $3.99).
In the area: Visit the Davis Square Spike's and stop by the Museum of Bad Art in the basement of the Somerville Theater after you eat. After a good laugh, hit the lanes at Sacco's Bowl Haven. (Spike's also has spots in Allston and the Back Bay.)
217 Elm St., Somerville. 617-440-1010. www.spikesjunkyarddogs.com