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Best tacos in BostonWhere to Find The Best Tacos in Boston: Lone Star Taco Bar Review

I f*cking love tacos. I bet you didn’t know that. My first blog was even named after tacos. But really really good tacos can have profound effects on your overall wellbeing.

The passion conveyed in this post makes me re-think my current path in life. Sunday is my cheat day, sort of with food, though. I won’t gorge myself but a taco or two won’t kill my diet.

Have you ever had the rare experience of seeing a particular food or a dish, and then instantly knowing right then and there that this food is the palatable equivalent of a soulmate? You somehow already know what it tastes like and you know upon instinct your life will never be the same. I call this food at first sight. 

Best Tacos in Boston
Food at First Sight! Grilled corn with garlic aioli sauce will change your life

There are only a handful of dishes I can attribute this to. To name a few: sticky toffee pudding, Russian cabbage rolls, Vietnamese Banh Cuon, the Banh Mi sandwich (a legit good one though, not the fancy Westernized kind), and most recently, garlic aioli grilled street corn topped with sprinkles of something powerfully intoxicating to your taste buds.

We often brunch at a place down the street from Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge, MA. We eat at a Southern hole-in-the-wall spot called Tupelo which up to this point was my favorite brunch spot in Boston.

And then one day recently, I found myself scrolling through Foursquare on my phone and I stumbled upon Lone Star Taco Bar. Could it be? A legit taco joint in Boston?? I’d already given up much hope.

Best Tacos in Boston
The carnitas are really crispy and the corn tortillas are also just right

Until recently, we’ve been unlucky in finding satisfactory tacos in Boston. We discovered literally the most life changing tacos I’ve ever had in my life at the Chelsea Market in NYC, so anything we eat afterward always fails in comparison, other than our favorite Tijuana tacos in San Diego.

We showed up around 2PM (a respectable brunch time, right?) and there was a wait. Fortunately, they were super accommodating and sat us rather quickly. This place isn’t large but there’s plenty of bar space too.

The decor is cool – very casual but a bit divey. The lights hanging from the ceiling all look like Medieval castles, a detail that caught me eye.

The brunch menu offers corn jalapeno pancakes with maple syrup which unfortunately is not gluten free. I curse my wheat allergy as I fear this may be another dish of food at first sight.

I ordered some carnitas and the grilled street corn with garlic aioli sauce and my husband ordered the chorizo and the Dallas Spicy beef tacos. We both agreed that the carnitas are the best by far. My husband tried every taco on their menu over the last week, but his favorites were the carnitas and the fish tacos.

The carnitas were of the same caliber as the now world-famous taco stand in the Chelsea Market in NYC. If you’ve never been to Los Tacos in NYC, I suggest you go the next time you’re there. It’ll ruin you for life.

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The aftermath

As much as I loved the tacos, the life-changing dish for me was the grilled corn. It’s truly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. My taste buds literally died and went to heaven and for a small time, I contemplated throwing all my hard work and dieting out the window to be able to have lunch here every day for the next two years. Once I lose 10 pounds, I’ll be back at least three times a week, even if it requires an extra hour at the gym. Now, that’s what I call that motivation.

Lone Star Taco Bar seriously has the best tacos in Boston.

If you like carnitas, you have to try this place. They also may have the best fish tacos in Boston too. The fish tacos however are not gluten free.

Lone Star Taco Bar

There are 2 Locations. Allston & Cambridge. I ate at the Cambridge Location.

Contact & Directions

  • 635 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141

  • 857-285-6179

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What are your thoughts on tacos?

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All images shot on Fujifilm
Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver)

Editor's Rating

Some of the best carnitas tacos I've ever eaten and by far the best in Boston.
3 User ratings
Best in Boston 9.5


Carnitas tacos, Fish tacos, and of course the grilled street corn are all excellent and rave-worthy; Great vibe, cool decor, rarely a long wait, and super fast service


You won't find traditional Mexican tacos like Carne Asada, and we didn't love their other less traditional tacos as much
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  1. April 11, 2016 at 11:17 am — Reply


    Okay so getting to Boston from London, UK miiight be a little tricky but next time I visit I’ll be sure to go to this place 🙂

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