Replacing something beloved is almost impossible, until you realize that, despite Oprah's acting tour-de-force, it was still out-grossed opening weekend by Bride of Chucky. Aiming to fill the void left by a former Allston landmark, Jalapenos, opening today.
Boldly stepping into the space left when much-admired-dive Our House shuttered, this authentic tequileria from the longtime owner of Gloucester's famed South-of-the-Border eat space slings authentic Mexican vittles/fire water in the completely overhauled five-roomed, wood-heavy, 150-seat former bar now elegantly fitted out w/ festive yellow walls, ornate clay sconces, 40-plus birchwood/ mahogany tables, and two bars -- a U-shaped 16-seater in the front, and a second semi-hidden one in the back room, like a fat kid who's phoning it in during dodge ball. Traditional grub includes a pan-seared pork loin in a spicy orange adobo sauce; Pay Azteca (chicken, cilantro, mushrooms, and poblano peppers); and the four-fish Mariscada Veracruzana combo topped w/ a tomato-based green olive/ cilantro/ serrano pepper sauce and served on a bed of Mexican rice, which is much more difficult to get into than Mexican Baylor. Other deliciousness includes a double thick-cut pork chop stuffed w/ chorizo and Monterey Jack; chicken/pork Pozole soup with hominy corn in a chili ancho, guajillo broth; and Poca Madre, which is fresh tilapia breaded with crushed tortilla chips, who're just upset because they'll never salsa.
In case you prefer to treat it like it's still that weirdly couch-filled dive, JMR flaunts a lineup of over 30 Mexican tequilas, select cervezas, and a series of signature margaritas/Martinis that include the barrel-aged Sauza Hornitos Reposado and a vodka/coconut rum/pineapple Martini named the Bikini, though, judging by the ingredients, that may only be-loved by your GF.