Give me your tired, your poor, your tacos. With much anticipation, Cambridge will open its golden doors to Lone Star Taco Bar. The restaurant will establish a second location in East Cambridge and anticipates serving their first taco in the new space by December 2014 or January 2015.
Lone Star Taco Bar (479 Cambridge St., Allston)
was opened in January 2012 right next door to its sister restaurant, Deep Ellum. With the same owners (and even the same kitchen), the two restaurants share a core mission: to provide delicious and inspired cuisine, buttressed by a lovingly curated drink menu, in an environment delightfully free of pretense.
”We’re extremely excited to get into the neighborhood. We feel that this is going to be an awesome spot and we cannot wait to open up in Cambridge,” said Chris Robichaud, executive sous chef at Lone Star Allston. Robichaud will serve as executive chef of Lone Star Cambridge when it opens its doors.
For those who have not eaten at Lone Star, the restaurant serves as a reality check for the ubiquitous but frequently misunderstood taco. Like the humble hamburger, tacos can be gussied up, refined and presented in a way which is more appealing to the gourmands and epicureans amongst us. There is something more elemental about tacos, though, which can get lost in such a fussy translation. Similarly, an uninspired taco is a mundane and joyless affair which only satisfies our basest need for utensil-free nutrition. Lone Star does justice to the taco’s pedestrian origin by plating up simple, fresh, and highly flavorful bites which belong to the everyman, everywoman, and everychild.
The new Cambridge location at 635 Cambridge St., will maintain the original restaurant’s voluminous tequila andmezcal selection as well as much of its menu. Diners, however, should expect some improvements as the Lone Star enterprise spreads its wings. Lone Star Cambridge plans to feature a larger draft beer selection and will also expand its non-taco entree offerings, according to Robichaud.