When I tire of the offerings at the dining hall, I head to Allston to get food of better quality. This area contains various food options from different countries. The next time you are heading to Allston to grab a bite to eat, try one of these places.
If you are in the mood for Chinese food, head to Dumpling Kingdom at 137 Harvard Ave. They are open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m Sunday through Wednesday, and until 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Given how late they stay open, it is the best place for a midnight snack. They have lots of options to choose from, whether you prefer meat or vegetables. Some of the best things on the menu are mini juicy buns with pork and crab meat, shrimp with scrambled eggs and tomatoes, and Shanghai noodles.
Also on Harvard Avenue is a Korean restaurant called Kaju Tofu House. They are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Although this restaurant is smaller than others and you will likely have to wait if you come during peak eating time, it is definitely worth it. Here, you can have the best taste of Korean cuisine. Some offerings at the Kaju Tofu House are beef and octopus tofu soup, tofu and beef BBQ ribs, and seafood clay pot.
On Brighton Avenue, there is a Japanese restaurant called Totto Ramen. When this brand first opened in New York, it became so popular that people had to wait 45 minutes for a bowl of ramen. In Boston, however, you do not have to wait this long. Each type of ramen is tasty, and some of the best foods they offer are pork buns, miso paitan, and the spicy paitan.
Closer to campus on Brighton Avenue is a Taiwanese food restaurant called Jo Jo Taipei. This restaurant is just past Packard’s Corner. Each dish on the menu is original Taiwanese. If you have not tried Taiwanese food before, Jo Jo Taipei should surely be your first choice.