Ok, so Allston’s technically outside of Boston, but to me those lines were always a little blurry.
The intersection of Harvard and Commonwealth in Allston has a special place during my 3-year stint in Boston. My first apartment after college with my then boyfriend was a thimble-sized studio apartment on Comm Ave.
We had a black mouse we nicknamed Klaus that would make frequent unwanted appearances. It was far from perfect, but it our home.
While our living quarters were less than ideal, the central location couldn’t have been better with Harvard Avenue being literally a minute’s walk from our door.
This corner of Allston was made up of students, immigrants and young professionals, resulting in a diverse selection of delicious, budget-friendly food. For me, the highlights was the Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean options that I frequently missed from back home in the Bay Area and some memorable breakfast diners as well.
A few recommendations…
Vietnamese. I was a loyal customer at Pho Viet’s in the Super 88 food court, constantly craving their summer shrimp rolls and rice noodle dishes. There’s also Le’s Vietnamese Restaurant, that has delicious boba smoothies and huge bowls of noodle soups.
Chinese. Another favorite spot in the Super 88 food court (I am not ashamed of how much I frequented that place) is Dim Sum Chief that is perfect for putting together a meal out of dumplings and small entrees. There is also Shanghai Gate, which has always been good for satisfying a bigger appetite with crispy tofu and pan-fried noodles. For a snack, Yi Soon Bakery was always a frequent stop on the way home for an egg tart or a custard bun. A few dollars can go very far at this bakery.
Korean. The trusty food court also had my go-to spot for veggie kimbap at the Misono Grill. There are also more pricey options that serve sit-down meals at places like Kaju Tofu House and Seoul Soulongtang.
Diner Breakfasts. Many a late breakfast was had at Steve’s Kitchen, a family-owned place where you can get the usual eggs and bacon, but also delicious Greek food as well. For a my change of scenery, we’d go to The Breakfast Club, which is a bit of a drive from the others mentioned here, but is worth the trek because the restaurant is in an old trailer, everything is 80’s themed and they have dishes called “The Jock” and “The Princess.” It’s awesome.
Bars. Sunset Grill & Tap is one of my favorite bars for drinks in a casual environment with pool tables and a dizzying selection of beers. A few doors down, White Horse Tavern is a solid sports bar with a good selection of burgers and cocktails.
Have you ever been to Allston? What was your favorite neighborhood?