Super 88 is Allston’s own Chinatown. It’s split into two sections, so you can head to the back and immerse yourself in Asian ingredients or stay in the food court and overwhelm yourself with meal options. It’s a buzzing mecca of varying Asian cuisine.
Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Chinese and Thai food are at your disposal, and the only way to eat at Super 88 is aggressively. You can wander around for a while, assaulted by competing smells, extensive menus and laminated pictures of most dishes, or you can dive right in. After eating there for three years, I’ve narrowed down my three favorite vendors:
1. Pho Viet’s is my pho go-to. They have several varieties to choose from, and all are flavorful, large and under $7–a hard combination to beat. My personal favorite (predictably) is the Pho Dac Biet or “Special Beef Noodle Soup.”
It comes with slices of rare steak, well done flank, brisket, tendon and tripe, scallions, onions and cilantro. All soups are accompanied by a plate on the side of bean sprouts, asian basil, green chiles, and lime to add as you like. I enjoy throwing them all in. My perfect bite has plenty of the sweet & salty broth, a piece of tender meat, some chewy noodles, scallions, onions and cilantro.
2. Smile Thai has amazing duck pad see you. Though it doesn’t offer duck as an option on the menu with see you, you can easily ask for it. It’s a sweet stir-fry of duck, wide noodles, chinese broccoli and egg. A perfect complement to the salty pho.
3. Lollicup Tea Zone is a smoothie, milk and bubble tea franchise–its defining characteristic is the chewy boba, or tapioca balls, it offers at the bottom of each drink to be slurped up through an extra-wide straw. A great flavor to try is the Taro Milk Tea, a sweet, purple, frothy drink that’s perfect for dessert.
The final positive to Super 88? Its low prices. Although, when you walk out, you tend to feel a little greasy. But it’s worth it.
Super 88, 1095 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA