by Daphne Ang
photo by Anh Nguyen
For many students, Allston may be known for its nightlife. But, a closer look proves that Allston is home to some of the most delicious, affordable, and unique cuisine. Check out this list to figure out the best eats for you.
If you’re looking for something to spice up your week, you’ve come to the right place! The smell of chili and spice hits you right as you open the doors and you know you’re in for a treat. While the menu might seem overwhelming, the Mala Pot stir fry is a great choice. The process is simple – pick a few main ingredients to go in the bowl, hand the checklist to your waiter, wait for you spicy bowl of goodness to arrive and share with your group!
Bonchon may be a chain restaurant, this Korean fried chicken is certainly special! While there are a number of options on the menu, this restaurant is well known for its Korean crispy fried chicken. You’re given the option of two sauces: soy garlic for those who want something sweet and mild or hot sauce for those looking for something with a little more kick. This place is a staple for college students and is great for meals with friends or late night eats.
For those in a time crunch, this restaurant is a great choice. Upon arrival, you are given a piece of paper with three options for your base: sushi burrito, poke bowl, or a salad bowl. Once you’ve selected your base, you fill out the rest of the ingredients you’d like in your meal. After only a few short minutes, your order is ready to go. Feel free to eat in or take away as there is a space to eat and hang out with your friends. Build your own bowl and eat on the go!
If you’re a fan of having a lot of choices, this is the place to be! The menu seems to go on forever and the options are endless. The food itself is delicious and the servings will definitely fill you up. Located close to Packard’s Corner, the restaurant is a short walk from Boston University’s west campus and close to two T stops on the green line. You’ll leave here with your stomachs full and satisfied! Also, be sure to go on someone’s birthday and tell your waiter for an insane light show with your pad thai.
Another favorite with college students is this restaurant located just across the street from Brown Sugar Café. The first decision you’ll have to make is whether you’d like your noodles in soup or dry. As you go down the service line, each bowl can be easily customized with additional toppings. When ordering you can choose from their set recipe bowl or feel free to build your own. It’s a good choice whether you’re able to eat in and take your time or if you need to dash out the door. Go after 9 p.m. on a weekday to get $5 udon – what a great deal!