Eater 38 Boston Challenge #8: Trina’s Starlite Lounge

I love reading the blog Eater. When I saw their recent recommendations on “The 38 Essential Restaurants” of 2015, I knew  a challenge was in the making. So many of these fantastic restaurants are right in our neighborhood, and while Ryan and I make it a point to cook at home as much as possible, I love indulging ourselves once in a while. It is a great way to explore a city and get to know some new neighborhoods. The challenge is to try all 38 restaurants by the end of the year. I already tried seven of them in 2014 (Oleana, Jm Curley, Hungry Mother, Craigie on Main, Bronwyn, Casa B, and Gene’s Flatbread), so I have a head start. Follow us as we eat our way through Boston!

Last weekend, Ryan and I scratched off number seven on our list by going to Trina’s Starlite Lounge in Inman Square. We dined here the night of the NFC/AFC championship games, the one in which the Patriots played the Colts. You can imagine that here in Cambridge (a city full of die-hard Patriots fans), this was a very important and big day. Thus, our experience may not be truly indicative of what average service is like here. This is a no reservations type of place. Despite the crowds, we were actually seated right away. The decor here is retro and so much fun. All the television screens were playing the game and the fridge near the bar was appropriately decorated with letter magnets that read, “Keep Calm and Go Pats!”

shaddock

We started off with a cocktail called the Shaddock (above). Trina’s is known for its cocktails so pass on the beer when you come here. The Shaddock is a classic cocktail made of Genever, St. Elder, Aperol, and lemon. This cocktail was perfectly executed and delicious. Now  we cannot stop eyeing the bottles of Genever whenever we go to our local liquor store. Soon we will give in and purchase a bottle so that we can make our own version at home, I know it!

Starlite hot dog Starlite chicken and waffles

Then we got the Starlite hot dog and the fried chicken and buttermilk waffles. The Starlite dog was topped with french fries, coleslaw, and a mayonnaise based sauce (that I think had sriracha in it?). It was overall a bit too decadent for me. But maybe this is the kind of hot dog you want to watch a game and have a beer with? For five bucks, it was worth trying- but next time I’d order something else on the menu.

The chicken and waffles are one of Trina’s signature dishes. I can see why! These waffles were crisp on the outside,and the chicken moist on the inside. I would have liked more of that hot pepper sauce because it was so tasty. None of these plates came with any accompaniments. If you want a more balanced meal, order some sides. The very reasonable prices would allow you to do that and the portions are fairly large.

Decor: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Food: 4/5

Total Rating: 4.3/5 stars

I definitely see myself coming back here for a casual drink and snacks! I would love to try their “industry brunch” on Mondays some day.

Happy Dining!

-Lisa

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