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Your top 5 Allston eats

Somehow I have made it 9 years in Boston without really exploring the Allston chow. I've been to Privus and Shabu Zen, but that's really it. Yoma is on my list, but I haven't made it there yet. I am ashamed and hungry.

I almost titled this "Your favorite Allston eats", but knowing that there are potentially a ton of places there I figured narrowing it to Top 5 would help keep things focused.

Looking forward to your responses!

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Shabu Zen
78 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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  1. Yoma
    Shanghai Gate
    Food court @ Hong Kong supermarket (slightly cheating - there are several places there that I love)
    Blue Asia
    Garlic 'n' Lemons

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    Shanghai Gate
    204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

    Blue Asia Cafe
    113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

    1. Rather than overlap with Allstonian's excellent list, I'll add a few more I like:

      S&I Thai
      Saray (Turkish)
      Punjab Palace
      Hanmaru (Korean: gamjatang a specialty)
      Deep Ellum (for craft cocktails, not eats)

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      Deep Ellum Bar
      477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

      S&I To Go
      168A Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

      Punjab Palace
      109 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

      Hanmaru Restaurant
      168 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        yes to all the above, especially Allstonian's list: I'd add Jo Jo Taipei

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        JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
        103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

        1. re: teezeetoo

          Yes to all of the above as well - I was trying to stick to 5, as requested, and picked my top super-favorites. It especially pained me to omit Jo Jo Taipei, and to refrain from singling out Ken's Ramen from the rest of the food court.

          I added links for a bunch of places that have been mentioned so far.

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          Ken's Noodle House
          1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

          Super 88 Market and Food Court
          1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

          YoMa Burmese Restaurant
          5 N Beacon St, Allston, MA 02134

          Saray Turkish Restaurant
          1098 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

          Garlic 'n Lemons
          133 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

        2. re: MC Slim JB

          What do you especially like / recommend at Saray? About time I gave it a try.
          Thanks

          Oh, and my own list is a lot like everyone else's
          Shanghai Gate
          Super 88 Food court - Banh mi et al
          S&I Thai
          Soul Fire (not Blue Ribbon, but love the collards and some other good stuff)
          Garlic and Lemons

        3. Here are my top 4 restaurants:

          Jo Jo Taipei
          Blue Asia Cafe
          Carlo's Cucina Italiana
          Shanghai Gate

          I'd also like to mention the Bubble Tea at Infusions, the pastries at Yi Soon Bakery, the cocktails (especially orange blossom gin fizz) at Deep Ellum, and the Bánh mì at Pho Viet in the Super 88 Food Court. And guiltily . . . the "Junkyard Dog" at Spikes.

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          Shanghai Gate
          204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

          Pho Viet
          1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

          Deep Ellum Bar
          477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

          JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
          103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

          Yi Soon Bakery
          112 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA

          Blue Asia Cafe
          113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

          1. The top of my current rotation has some overlap with above, but a couple others:

            Myeongdong First Ave
            Korea Garden
            Ken's Ramen
            Pho Viet (HK market food court)
            JoJo Taipei (though sliding on the last few visits, possibly soon to be replaced by one of the other fine places mentioned here!)

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            Pho Viet
            1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

              1. re: Beachowolfe

                It seems like folks are focusing on the stretch of Brighton Ave between Packards Corner and Union Square. I drive past the Bus Stop all the time but have never been in: what's it like?

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  It's a dive with good bar food, cheap beers, and Keno. Not exactly destination dining but a solid local, something that is lacking on the other side of LA except for maybe the Silhouette.

                  I was mostly joking because of the fact that everyone is so focused on the ethnic places.

              2. I finally have a good reason to further explore the exciting options in Allston beyond eating takeout items and groceries from Bazaar and grazing in the Super 88 Food Court - having dinner with a diverse group of 30s-40s friends for dinner on Saturday night. I liked Deep Ellum on my single visit, but it seems its all about the drinks, not the food (not that that's a bad thing...).

                It's 6-8 of us eating on the early side (maybe 6:30p or so) - we want a comfortable place (casual to even divey is fine IF it's got seating where you can carry on a conversation among a group this size - e.g., Deep Ellum is NOT it unless we go to the back deck) with really good food

                Adequate or better cocktails appreciated, beer/wine a must, and dessert optional.

                Which of the many enticing picks on this thread should we try? Do we need reservations / will they take them at these spots?

                Thanks!

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                Deep Ellum Bar
                477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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                1. re: rlh

                  no cocktails but beer and wine - soul fire barbecue for a group your size - if you want cocktails and to hear yourselves, maybe go down the road to brighton, to Devlins

                2. what about Common Ground, Grain and Salt, Sunset Grill, Alfredos and the White Horse Tavern .....

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                  Grain and Salt
                  431 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

                  White Horse Tavern
                  116 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                  Sunset Grill
                  916 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                  1. re: MABMAQ

                    Under ten bucks:

                    Pho Viet's
                    Ken's Ramen House
                    JMP International Foods
                    Azama
                    S & I Thai

                    Over ten bucks:

                    Korean Garden
                    Carlo's
                    Jacky's Table (née Chez Jacky - desperate re-branding?)
                    Hanmaru
                    Buk Kyung II