Monday, August 4, 2008
Joshua Tree - Allston
Every once in a while nothing hits the spot better than a nice, cold beer accompanied by some good bar food. Seeing as I live about 30 seconds from Joshua Tree, which replaced Tonic in Allston on Comm. Ave. sometime last year, it isn't too difficult to convince oneself to make the trek over.
Probably the best part of Joshua Tree is its great deals on food. From Monday thru Friday between 5 and 7pm the entire menu is half priced. The food isn't expensive to begin with, so half-off is really great. On Wednesday nights regardless of the time all burgers are half-priced, which means for $4 you can get something like the 'Stuffed Bleu Bacon', a nice-sized burger stuffed with bacon and bleu cheese, then covered in more bleu cheese along with french fries.
Apart from the burgers, which are delicious, my favorite thing on the menu hands down is the spinach and artichoke dip. Now I've tasted a few spinach and artichoke dips in my day, including the one at Sunset Bar & Grill which is outstanding and my 2nd favorite, but this one takes the cake. The menu describe it as "a blend of sour cream, fresh spinach, parmesan, artichoke hearts, and cream cheese. Served with baked pita chips, green onions, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese." I would say it is worth the $8.99, though I've never actually paid full price on account of the 1/2 off deal.
In terms of other food, I've had their bbq chicken potato skins, tasty but nothing special, and then the California Burger, which comes with avocado, applewood smoked bacon, and cheddar. I've heard great things about their BBQ chicken pizza, basically all of the other burgers, the Ultimate Nachos, and the Buffalo Chicken Queso Dip. The only somewhat negative review I've heard was from a friend who had a Turkey burger and said that she wished it had been fresh like the beef, but instead that it seemed like your standard frozen turkey patty.
Drink-wise the best deal is to just get an $8 pitcher of Molson or Coors, and then its $14-16 for pitchers of imports and classier brews. Other drink prices seem typical, with a Blue Moon or UFO running $4-5, for example. There's a list above the bar with prices of the draught and bottled beers, which is helpful.
On weekend nights there is a line outside the door, so if you want to take advantage of a more chill atmosphere, go around dinner time during the week. There is good people-watching if you sit up front by the huge windows, which are open when the weather is nice. There are also big TV screens throughout the bar, so anyone wanting to catch a game will have no trouble doing so.