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Best place for dinner & drinks Allston

Kimberley Nov 30, 2011 02:09 PM

Hounds, I've been a suburbanite too long. Please advise as to your favorite Allston restaurant where alcohol (cocktails) is served. Any kind of food would be great. Thank you for your help/

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    teezeetoo RE: Kimberley Nov 30, 2011 02:12 PM

    go over the boundary line on Commonwealth and a few blocks down Harvard into Brookline. Have great drinks and dinner at Cognac Bistro if you are craving French/Mediterranean. Or settle for excellent ethnic with no drinks at Shanghai Gate, some alcohol at JoJo Taipei, or drinks and some very good Korean/Asian notably bon chon chicken at Bon Chon or Blue Asia.

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      Kimberley RE: teezeetoo Dec 1, 2011 08:05 AM

      Thank you! Cognac Bistro sounds good!

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        barleywino RE: Kimberley Dec 1, 2011 08:18 AM

        i like their paella

    2. Allstonian RE: Kimberley Nov 30, 2011 02:14 PM

      Many of the best restaurants in Allston don't serve either cocktails or any other alcohol. Deep Ellum is a great bar where you could start with drinks, and move on from there to someplace else for dinner. How fancy/casual a meal are you looking for? (Bearing in mind that Allston's fanciest is not very.)

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        Kimberley RE: Allstonian Nov 30, 2011 02:21 PM

        Thank you for answering. Deep Ellum does look like a nice place to start. Yes, I recall that the best places in Allston are the mom & pop ethnic restaurants. Those would be my preference. However, what we are aiming for isn't fancy, but more like a nice bar with food. So, maybe Deep Ellum is our place.

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          Allstonian RE: Kimberley Nov 30, 2011 02:26 PM

          There are plenty of bars with food in Allston; the problem is that most of them aren't especially nice. Deep Ellum is an exception! I love the drinks and appetizers there; have had more mixed success with entrees, but I haven't tried again in a very long while so they may well have improved.

          teezeetoo's recommendation of Cognac Bistro, just a block or so over the line into Brookline, is also excellent.

      2. barleywino RE: Kimberley Nov 30, 2011 10:24 PM

        If you're willing to venture as far as Coolidge corner, there's Lineage

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          Kimberley RE: barleywino Dec 1, 2011 11:48 AM

          Thank you for this recommendation as well as the paella tip!

        2. libertywharf RE: Kimberley Dec 1, 2011 03:07 PM

          The stockyard rest is not far in north Brighton. Has been here for years and two very nice separate bars. Great steak and very good fish.

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            bostonveg RE: Kimberley Dec 3, 2011 03:32 PM

            I would start with dinner at Carlo's Cucina and then walk the couple of blocks to Deep Ellum for drinks.

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