Best of Boston

2012 Best Allston/Brighton Restaurant, Neighborhood

Deep Ellum

Grungy and loaded with undergrads, Allston isn’t exactly known for its restaurants. One place we can always count on, though, is Deep Ellum, where a great meal can be had at any time of day. Start out with root-beer-glazed pork belly or soft pretzels dunked in beer-cheese sauce, then progress to bigger plates like pork schnitzel or fried catfish po’ boys. Bar too packed? Swing on over to the restaurant’s new sibling, the adjacent Lone Star Taco Bar, for killer chili con queso and micheladas.

477 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-2337,