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Venturing out in Allston

Posted by Rachel Kossman  March 13, 2012 09:12 PM

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Even though I moved to Brighton more than 6 months ago, I haven't spent much time checking out the nightlife scene here -- especially in the Allston area. Aside from Common Ground and Sunset Cantina, I really haven't spent much time at any 02134 area bars.

queso.JPGI also have to admit, I'm a bit biased when it comes to Allston. And not just because I'm a husky and not a terrier, but because every time I step off the B line or the 66, I'm overwhelmed by the smokers, the dirty sidewalks and the explosion of plaid everywhere I look.

Despite all this, two Globe co-workers and I ventured to Allston on Friday night to check out Deep Ellum and the brand new Mexican restaurant next door, Lone Star Taco Bar.

Both Deep Ellum and Lone Star are tiny inside -- with no more than 8 tables along the wall plus the bar, there is very little space to walk, move, or even turn your head. Despite the lack of space, our food was fabulous.

nachos.JPGWe split the vegetarian queso (pictured, above) and an order of nachos (pictured, right) both of which were incredible, and we each ordered an individual taco -- I had the tofu, Swati had the avocado, and Lex got the chicken tostada. All 3 were delish.

Our margaritas, however, left something to be desired. We opted for the original 20 ounces, served in giant beer mugs over ice. They were bland, and just didn't quite hit the spot. I ended up adding salt to mine, but wasn't quite motivated to finish the whole thing.

photo (1).JPGThough our original plan after dinner was to head to Common Ground for 90's night (one of my favorite bar nights of all time), the line was long and it was already close to midnight, so we opted for White Horse Tavern instead. Though the bar was huge and not quite full, our drinks were strong and relatively cheap, which at 1 AM on a Friday night definitely hit the spot.

I joke about hating Allston and its dirty vibe, but I will be the first to admit I had a great time on Friday night. Not my usual crowd, but we had a good time out regardless, and it doesn't hurt that my cab ride home was only $10 instead of the usual $25.

Love Allston? Hate it? Want to rail on me for judging its dirty vibe? What are your favorite Allston spots? Comment!

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Rachel Kossman is a California girl and New England transplant who graduated from Northeastern University in 2011. She has a penchant for discovering new restaurants and bars, devouring Mexican food, More »

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