Lolita Cocina is a Back Bay Mexican restaurant that kind of feels like a dungeon, if dungeons had margaritas and tacos instead of rats and a crazy old man who has been stuck in there ever since he made an obscene gesture at the queen 17 years ago. It’s both a restaurant and a loungy bar and it fills up quickly after work on the weekdays. The crispy cauliflower tacos are pretty good for a vegetarian option.
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Bukowski Tavern is a bar in Back Bay that looks like a dive but has far better beer than that.
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Lone Star Taco Bar
Lone Star is a tiny bar in Allston that serves big tacos and other good Tex-Mex.
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Uni is a flashy Japanese izakaya in Back Bay with a $16 spoon, hot rock wagyu beef, and lots of small plates you won’t want to stop ordering.
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