We tried out the new location for what is reputed to be the best taco joint in the area. The owners of the Lone Star Taco Bar and Deep Ellum in Allston have opened a new spot on the corner of our block!
They open 11 am for brunch and plan to stay open until 1 am.
Lone Star Taco Bar
#69 bus from Lechmere or Harvard runs along Cambridge Street
Street parking with meters
Check out the menu and the news spreading. http://boston.eater.com/2015/7/6/8900073/lone-star-taco-bar-opens-cambridge#4779434
N, a theater pal and I rolled in after work about 5:30 pm on a Tuesday night and got one of the last seats at a table in the front corner window well. The news is definitely out that the place is open. They announced they were doing this in June 2014, and everyone has been waiting impatiently for them to open.
They opened on Sunday, so I am just reporting and reserving judgement, hoping certain "new place artifacts" will smooth out.
First off... this is a bar. Maybe you like bars. I mostly don't. It reminds me of Highland Kitchen or Magoun Saloon. Good food - too crowded and loud before I can finish eating.
There was a handsome young man in a baseball cap outside on the street carding everyone who wanted to enter, including gray-haired old me! That's silly. I hope it stops soon. They turned away people with children. Come on... card people at the table who order drinks and allow kids at dinner time? I hope they're waiting for training for their waitstaff and can change this soon.
Pet peeve - three pages of alcoholic drinks focused on cocktails, tequila and mezcal. and no listing of their non-alcoholic offerings. They don't have iced tea. They were able to give me a limonada - the sparkling lemonade. So it ended well but... come on folks. Someone in just about every party should not be having alcohol! Offer some festive choices! They were serving margaritas in scotch glasses?
Second peeve - we didn't have a waiter. A very nice guy asked us about drinks. Another lady brought us food, and the bartender. A third lady asked us about dessert. And we had the dreaded "now we're ready to go (and open a table for someone standing at the bar) and we can't find anyone to bring the check, or take it to be processed."
The food falls into the "bar snacks" category. We tried nine items:
Salsa and chips
Guacamole and chips
Chili con queso and chips
Tuna ceviche and chips
Dallas Spicy Beef fried taco
Avocado and tofu soft taco
Sonoran dog - hot dog wrapped in bacon with refried beans, cheese, salsa, crema and spicy mustard
Flan with pepitas
Everything is tasty, reasonably priced, small plate size. I liked the street corn and the hot dog best.
The place got loud by 6 pm - combination of peppy music and crowd noise.
Their a/c was not keeping up last night.
I think it's a great addition to the neighborhood, will likely be quite popular. I'll go with anyone wanting to try it out! But it doesn't seem like it's going to be a favorite of mine.
Here are my photos. (Sorry I can't figure out how to upload them here) Enjoy!