Like its sister location in Cambridge, the original Lone Star Taco Bar is a delicious rebuke to the notion that you can’t find good tacos in Boston. The Texas-themed haunt serves over a half-dozen staple tacos ranging from Beef Barbacoa to a Dallas Spicy Beef served on a fried tortilla, plus inventive changing specials. Don’t forget that the name includes “bar,” or you’ll miss out on a roster of outstanding margaritas supplemented by old-school classic cocktails. (For even more of those, head to the bar next door, Deep Ellum, which is run by the same team.)
Allston has outgrown its reputation as a student-packed 'hood filled with greasy slice joints and fast food. Well, the students are still there-but they now have access to innovative fast-casual spots, excellent ethnic fare, and plenty of independent restaurants and bars that won't break the bank.
Allston was the first place that OG food truck Roxy’s Grilled Cheese decided to put down roots, and the Cambridge Street brick-and-mortar remains an excellent venue for tucking into gooey grilled cheese. It’s not like we tire of the guacamole-stuffed Green Muenster or the beefy Mighty Rib Melt, but we also love the fare you won’t find on the truck. Namely, the pimento-slathered Justin’s Burger on a sweet Portuguese roll and the hearty Poutine topped with Vermont cheese curds and house-made gravy.
Cambridge Street is also home to the first location of Whole Heart Provisions, where healthy fast casual reaches new heights. Vegan or not, you’ll appreciate the elements that turn each plant-based bowl into a riot of color, texture, and taste. For one example, consider the Cassie, a bowl with a base of grains or greens topped with pickled cauliflower, green beans, Japanese eggplant, crunchy chickpeas, and a creamy harissa dressing.
Nestled between Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Whole Heart Provisions, FoMu is our de facto dessert run after visiting either. But its creamy, coconut-based ice cream is worth a visit anytime. There’s no wrong choice when flavors include George Howell Cold Brew or Avocado, but equally delicious (and plant-based) ice cream sandwiches and ChocoTacos are worthy of your sweet tooth, too.
S&I To Go
There’s no dearth of take-out options in Allston, but S&I To Go is on our speed dial for a quick Thai fix. From standard Pad Thai options and Roasted Pork Fried Rice to house specialties like Spicy Eggplant with ground chicken, S&I delivers the goods at prices that rarely reach $10. Meat-free eaters will be well served by a dedicated vegetarian section of the menu, and those in search of a sugar high can opt for desserts like Mango and Sweet Sticky Rice or Fried Banana.