Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Trina's Starlite Lounge

Trina's Starlite Lounge in Inman Square may look like a dive bar from the outside, but once you walk in...you'll be reminded not to judge a restaurant by its exterior.

The dimly light restaurant on this Wednesday evening was bustling with patrons, who were either dining at the black-top tables or sipping a cocktail while watching the game at the contemporary bar. My cousin (my companion for the evening) and I were sat immediately, and we pored over the cocktail menu before even glancing at the food.

Starlite Lounge has an impressive list of creative cocktails (all for $9). After some intense deliberation, I went with the Violette Hour, made with cucumber vodka, lime, lavender syrup, and Creme de Violette.

Despite the curly black hair that was chillin' on the side of my glass when it was served to me, this was one dangerously delicious drink. I'd kill to sip this refreshing, sweet cocktail on my back porch in the sunshine.

For my entree, I had the Spring Vegetable Sandwich ($9), which was piled high with sea-salted roasted asparagus, three cheeses, greens, radish and herb vinaigrette. It was also served with a side of curried cauliflower salad.

The sandwich was hearty and innovative, albeit a little too salty for my liking (and I'm normally a salt fiend). The cauliflower salad was well seasoned, although heavy on the mayonnaise - it also included some form of meat, which I didn't realize until a few bites in (my fault!). Overall, this wasn't a successful dish in my book, but it also wasn't a total flop. 

Despite the lackluster meal, I'd definitely be open to visiting Starlite Lounge again in the future. Whether it be for a cocktail or one of their draft beers (BBC Steel Rail, anyone?) - or even for brunch - I'm open to giving them another chance.

Have you ever been to Starlite Lounge? What's your review?

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  1. that drink sounds great but the black hair it totally killing it for me!

  2. I hope they made you a new drink. I went twice for dinner and found the food very lackluster both times. Great spot for drinks though!

  3. I haven't been but I've heard great things. I think I'll maybe just go for drinks sometime!

  4. I've been to Trina's twice, and had good experiences both times. The food isn't fancy, but it's comforting and yummy, and I agree - awesome cocktails! The Violette Hour sounds amazing (minus the hair... how gross!)

  5. I hope you didn't drink that cocktail with a little black curly hair! (cue Phoebe Buffet singing her song little black curly hair) I've had the Mac and cheese at Starlite and really liked it! Not the best ever but really good comfort food.

  6. A hair! My skin is crawling just thinking about it. I know people love Trina's, but I've been several times and can't seem to find a meal I really love.