Standing atop the MIT Alps I saw a pale city splayed out in all directions. And yet here, atop the largest deposit of winter’s harvest, I saw no frozen necropolis.

Every September, East Somerville Main Streets holds a celebration of local cuisine, the Foodie Crawl. For this year’s preview, we focus on two newcomers to the scene: La Brasa and Rincon Mexicano.

You get to towns like Bryan, Texas by driving long miles. You drive past grazing cattle. You drive past trees of oak and mesquite. You drive past the ingredients, what the barbecue is made of.