We’ve previously highlighted all of the best places for an authentic burrito in and around Boston, but what if you are looking for some great Mexican and margs with more of a date night setting? We got you with three places where you won’t sacrifice bomb food for a great vibe.
With a sprawling patio, Yellow Door can’t be beat in the summertime. Although there aren’t alcohol happy hours in Boston, Yellow Door’s food happy hour is the real deal. A highlight from the menu is their octopus quesadilla, filled with gooey cheese, chunks of pineapple, and savory octopus covered in their house guac. Their tacos are anything but traditional, and we love that. There are plenty of places that do your classic run-of-the-mill tacos, but we only know one spot where you can get a chili duck taco.
Your date will be really impressed when the drinks come out. They look more like works of art than delicious cocktails. If you are looking for something outside your normal Mexican cocktail comfort zone, we recommend whichever drinks they have with Pisco, a Peruvian liquor. We had their version of a Pisco sour which had grape and berry shrub, lemon, egg whites, and plum bitters.
Described as coastal Mexican, Citrus & Salt’s flavors are super fresh and light. This is probably one of the most Grammable places around, lead by their frozé. This is essentially a rosé soft serve served with a bottle of rosé that you get to pour all over it.
Their menu is constantly changing, so you never know what Citrus & Salt will have when you stop by. However, the buttermilk hot chicken tacos are a mainstay for a reason. Crispy and crunchy, while tender on the inside, these are probably not considered authentic coastal Mexican, but they are unbelievable. Another favorite, the grilled octopus is served on a bed of citrus, melts in your mouth, and cuts like butter. Going along with their unique twist on Mexican cuisine, the churros take a page out of local favorite, Dunkin’ Donuts’ book, as they are more of a “munchkin” style churro. They are perfectly dunkable in the vanilla dulce and mezcal chocolate.
Burro Bar give you a bottomless brunch. This is a deal that’s hard to beat! Just because the food is bottomless does not mean the quality of the food suffers. Yes, the portions are small, but for us that’s a huge plus because that means you can try everything on their vast brunch menu. Plus, you can always order more of your favorites. The horchata cold brew with RumChata and espresso liquor, makes you feel a little less guilty for drinking before noon, and a little more like you are having an innocent chocolate milk mixed with cold brew.
The tacos are small, but packed with flavor, so you can just get them all. If we had to narrow it down to our top two though, it’s the short rib double stack (with juicy and tender short rib (A.K.A. carnitas) on a soft and hard shell), and the diablo shrimp (Not overly spicy but the heat is complemented by pickles, onions, and a sweet mango habanero salsa). For true breakfast lovers, their waffles are sweet and buttery. Put a gun to our head though, and our favorite item on the menu is the El Montanero “Superbeasto.” Underneath the fried egg served on top is a world of flavors that you simply need to experience for yourself.
And there you have it. Those are our top 3 spots for a Mexican margarita date night in Boston. Looking for other date spots? Here’s our guide on some great affordable spots in the city.