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Went to Lone Star, It Was Meh

Swankalicious Feb 27, 2012 12:08 PM

I feel like that should be the first line of a country song...

Anyway, it was fine. The place is tiny and under-decorated. It's so small, in fact, that I'm sure it's horrible to get into on a Saturday night. We went at an odd hour (2pm on a Sunday) and got a table easily. Tables are very close together.

Mr. Swank ordered grilled corn, pork taco, and beef taco. The spiced beef taco was exceptional--rich, saucy, a bit cinnamon-y. The pork taco (confit pork shoulder, salsa verde, cilantro, queso fresco) was very dry. The grilled corn was fine, but bathed in *a lot* of chili lime aioli and cojita.

I got the Victory Club nachos, a homage to the spot where nachos were invented. Again, they were rife with cojita and something resembling ranch dressing. They also came out lukewarm, with a film of congealed cheese on top. On the plus side, a grilled avocado taco was delicious. Service was quick and competent, if not exceptionally warm.

We didn't sample beverages, but the cocktail list did look interesting, particularly the spicy diablo margarita.

Anyway, Mr. Swank and I give Lone Star...a lone star.

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    Jenny Ondioline RE: Swankalicious Feb 27, 2012 12:17 PM

    Er...that's crema on top of the nachos. That is a very good thing to have on top of nachos, and was in fact on top of the nachos I made for the Oscars last night. Which were awesome, but that's another thread. Although lukewarm nachos are indeed a problem.

    I'm having trouble processing the concept of too much cojita, especially on elote!

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      Swankalicious RE: Jenny Ondioline Feb 27, 2012 05:18 PM

      Oh, but Jenny O., it wasn't your typical crema! I do in fact know what crema is :) This version tasted and looked like ranch dressing and, more to the point, it saturated the nachos.

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        Jenny Ondioline RE: Swankalicious Feb 27, 2012 09:21 PM

        That's odd. It's certainly looked and tasted like crema when I've had those nachos. I wonder if there's been some kind of weird sudden downturn since my initial visits to this place, which to be fair were at the first of the month.

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          StriperGuy RE: Swankalicious Feb 28, 2012 06:26 AM

          Sounds like the disgusting stuff they put on the fish taco when I was there. Sweet, sickly and just plain wrong.

      2. opinionatedchef RE: Swankalicious Feb 28, 2012 01:02 AM

        Swank, did you miss Striper's resounding diss of this spot? There but for the grace of striper go i. Thnx for fortifying that diss. Btw, that pork 'confit' sounds alot like carnitas; often dry and greasy. I haven't liked them anywhere in Boston except the very good carnitas at Habanero's i mentioned in another thread.

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