Authentic Mexican charm in Allston
Earlier this month, the Mexican restaurant Jalapeños opened in the former Our House site on Comm. Ave. The local chain, which has locations in Gloucester and Saugus, serves a combination of Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican fare for eat-in or take-out, from fajitas ($13.50-$18.95) and tamales ($13.95) to ceviche ($8.95). But it wouldn’t be a true Mexican restaurant without drinks. The full bar offers 11 special margaritas ($6.95-$10.95), which can be made with any of their dozen-plus tequilas. Jalapeños is dinner-only, but stays open until 2 a.m. on weekends. Explains general manager Pancho Moreno, “During the days we’re family-oriented; at night, we’re student-oriented.’’ Hence the new Allston spot. Jalapeños, 1277 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, 617-903-3032. www.jalapenosgloucester .com.