Before the Hardy Boys cracked the case of the closed mouth, Americans could only drink protein shakes through straws. Celebrate widening culinary horizons with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of mexican-inspired cuisine and beverages at Sunset Cantina on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston.
Sunset Cantina straddles the culinary continents with a massive fusion menu that encompasses burritos, barbecue, enchiladas, burgers, seafood, ribs, salads, and more, accessible nightly until 1 a.m. Start a diverse dinner with an appetizer of five red-hot chili-pepper shrimp, which is fried crispy, coated, tossed in a sweet, spicy red-chili sauce, and served over a tropical salad ($9.99). Tex-Mex cravings can be submerged in a crock of the house-made Tex-Mex beef chili ($5.50, with jack and cheddar cheese and red, white, and blue nacho chips). Sunset Cantina's half-pound steamed beer burgers ($5.99), made from fresh ground sirloin and cooked on a steam grill to preserve the natural juiciness of a well-made patty, can be punched up with several burger topping combos, such as the Baja burger, which loads patties with a ranchero bean spread, monterey jack cheese and avocado spears ($1.99 extra). To venture north of the Mason-Dixon taste line, order the barbecued baby-back ribs—Yankee-style pork ribs accompanied by a seasonal veggie and honey-ale corn bread ($16.99)—which are slow-cooked to such tender lengths that the meat falls off the bone and into the mouth in delectable exhaustion.
Framed vintage coaster caboodles and classic beer-memorabilia posters checker the walls of Sunset Cantina and a large license plate collection winds around several beams, giving out-of-towners something to gesture at whilst reciting their state rap.
Tex-Mex culture influences every aspect of Sunset Cantina, from the distinctive Southwestern cuisine to the selection of more than 110 tequilas that helps create classic frozen margaritas—named on Boston magazine's list of 30 Best Cocktails. These icy oases offer tongues much-needed respite after they explore an expansive menu of Mexican comfort food, Texas-style barbecue, grilled new york strip steaks, and other cookout cuisine. Chefs create signature beer-bathed burgers—perhaps their centerpiece—by searing half-pound patties of ground sirloin on a steam grill. These treats as well as 38 beers on tap are available throughout the day and well into the night, as the kitchen stays open and cooking until 1 a.m.
The high-ceilinged dining area combines the scattered booth seating of a roadside diner with the intimate lighting and ambiance of a neighborhood bar. Metal lanterns hang over each table, framed collections of beer-bottle labels decorate the walls, and flat-screen televisions entertain patrons with sports and endless footage of the United States’ secretary of education playing Trivial Pursuit.
916 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02215Get Directions