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Good Neighbors

A Mexican bar and grill, right beside a Texan one



here can you walk from Texas to Mexico without a hassle at the border? In Allston, of course, where an authentic Mexican bar and grill is neighbor to an authentic Texas one. The sister bar to Deep Ellum, Lone Star serves a wide selection of tacos, including the barbacoa taco with braised brisket, red cabbage, and peppers. It even has Mexican street corn, slathered in a cotija cheese sauce. No bland, touristy knockoffs here; this is the real stuff. Wash it down with any of 60 types of tequilas and mezcals. The joint is decorated with antique fans and lights. Oh, and there’s one other thing that Lone Star has in common with Deep Ellum: A stuffed head on the wall. This one’s Buffalo Trace, named for the popular bourbon. Shelbourne


The phrase “Tex-Mex” was first used as a nickname for the Texas-Mexican Railway, and later for people born in Texas of Mexican parents. It wasn’t until the 1960s that it was used to describe cuisine. Among the “Tex” contributions to Tex-Mex: yellow cheese.