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Sep 5, 2000 03:22 PM

Taco bar

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Perhaps because it was the only thing I looked forward to in my school cafeteria, I have a profound love, both in principle and in practice, of the taco bar. For years I thought that this buffet-delicacy could only be found in the school cafeteria or at home.
And then, one day, not so long ago, I stumbled across my long lost love, taco bar, amid shelves of my newfound love, beer, at the Sunset Grill on Brighton Ave in Allston. For $5.49, you have access to an all-you-can-eat taco&fajita bar, complete with fresh pico de gallo and snipped scallions, as well as sour cream, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. There are three offerings for the meat: chicken w/BBQ, banana peppers and onions; steak w/peppers and onions and ground beef which is ridiculously dressed with BBQ sauce when it should just be left alone or seasoned with an 89 cent taco seasoning packet. Anyhow, at $5.50 it's a steal. Especially for someone like me can eat five or six fajitas and who always feels ripped off when I pay $9.99 for three tortillas and a spoonful of cheese. I guess all these years I've been paying three bucks for the TGI flair of an inedible sizzling pan.
Also on the taco bar tip, if any of you are Monday Night Football fans and ever happen to be downtown on a monday night, come join me and mine for FREE taco night at the Corner Cafe on Prince St. in the North End. It's a great deal. I mean, it's free, so that's a pretty good deal for my money (or lack thereof). Anyhow, 7:30-9:30 on Mondays. Look for the blond kid.


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  1. Is the bar available on all days of the week? Certain times of the day? Have you ever tried their midnight buffet?


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    1. re: Leo
      Tom Stebbins

      I think that the taco/fajita bar runs from 11:30 to two and it wasn't at all crowded when I dropped by at 12:30. Tho, with the students back it may get worse once they discover it.

      As for the midnight bar, I didn't even know they had one. I'd been there for drinks, but never noticed the food.

      Anyhow, if anyone knows of any other all-you-can eat tex-mex buffets, let us know! I still dream of the 'salsa bar' at the old Las Brisas, near the aquarium.

    2. > It's a great deal. I mean, it's free

      OK, what's the catch? Drink mimimum? Smoky room?

      Is the North End in one of the 100% no-smoking zones yet? If this place is more-or-less non-smoking, and does indeed serve *FREE* food (without making me buy drinks), I'll be there in an INSTANT!! For a deal like that, I could almost tolerate hearing that dreaded game pound away on the screen.

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      1. re: Jim Wong

        While the tacos are free, it's pretty much expected that you get a drink or something. Tho, drinks are not at downtown prices. Most domestic beers are $2-2.50 and cocktails are $3.50. However, there is smoking, but there usually aren't many smokers there....if any. Also, they are planning to extend the promotion to Weds because of the relative success of taco night vs. their free pasta night on Thursdays.