Places on my must-try list...feel free to critique
Basically I'm in the mood for down-n-dirty, cheap ethnic food with a couple wild cards thrown in. Here's my hit list. Any must-adds? We like everything, except Mr. Swank is no sushi fan. Love curries, spicy sauces, odd seafood.
Taqueria Jalisco, East Boston
Rino's, East Boston
Dosa Temple, Somerville
Bon Chon's Harvard Sq. branch
Tip Tap Room (not really down n dirty, but I am curious!), B Hill
Punjabi Tadka, Arlington Ctr
Daily Catch, Brookline branch
Recent finds include Tenoch in Medford (killer tortas) and Beantown Taqueria, which is actually quite authentic despite the lame name.
Swank, I know you've been around the traps for a long time, so forgive me if I'm recommending places you already frequent:
Tampopo, Porter Square
Punjabi Dhaba, Inman Square
Hong Kong Eatery, Chinatown (esp. the bbq meat soups)
The Korean stall opposite the Chinese bbq stall, Super 88 food court, Allston (ok-dol bi bim bap FTW)
Also, you specify Bon Chon in Harvard Sq. Is that one notably better than the Allston one, or is it just your local?
I can heartily endorse your first five. Tip Tap maybe needs some time to mature. Shojo just opened a day or two ago. Don't know Tadka. Would urge you to the North End original of the Daily Catch; the other two outlets always disappoint me by comparison. Note it's cash-only and has no restroom.