By Krista DeJulio & Leanne Signoriello – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff
In an area surrounded by college stu- dents and young professionals, Brighton is the perfect spot for Mexican restaurant, La Catrina. The restaurant, located at 1620 Commonwealth Ave, is right off the Washington Street T stop on the Boston College line.
The restaurant is deceiving in size. Patrons could easily overlook the small Mexican eatery when walking by, as many other restaurants are located on Commonwealth Ave. What is truly lovable about La Catrina is the atmosphere and decora- tions artfully hung on the walls. Custom- ers are greeted with murals of “calaveras,” or Mexican skulls, vintage movie posters, and vibrant colors. The space holds less than ten tables, but never felt uncomfortable or uninviting.
In lieu of the typical bread basket, crispy and warm tortilla chips made in-house accompanied by original salsa. Sim- ilar to the restaurant itself, the one page menu may seem small, but with nearly 10 different types of both tacos and burritos, it can be difficult to decide which Mexican classic to order. La Catrina is vegetarian friendly, and with all options below $10, wallet friendly. Each dish comes with a side of beans and rice that compliment the main course, perfect to keep one’s stomach full.
What is a Mexican dish without spices? If you prefer an extra kick, help yourself to the wide variety of hot sauces on display, on a table specifically chosen for a wide variety of taste.
La Catrina is accommodating to parties of all sizes and people of all types. The small and intimate bar located in the back of the restaurant is decorated with colorful lantern lights and festive glass- ware to draw the attention to those that are over the age of 21.
It houses a full bar with signature drinks that will make one’s mouth water. A meal here is the closest to studying abroad in Mexico, with affordable prices, endless chips, and a comfortable and in- viting atmosphere.
The restaurant is definitely worth the trip to Brighton and is open everyday Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Oh, and by the way, the guacamole is extra.