52 Gainsborough St, Boston; (617) 236-1890
Our House East is more like a sports bar than its cozy Allston sibling. Area students and professionals know it as one of the few restaurants in the area that is both affordable and attractive. The dining tables are natural blond wood, in a carpeted room adorned with polished brass. A separate bar area features wide-screen TV for sports events, with plenty of beers on tap in large mugs.
The large menu seems at first glance to consist almost entirely of appetizers. From French onion soup ($2.50) to more unusual items such as Buffalo shrimp ($5.95) and boneless Buffalo wings ($4.25), the apps alone offer quite a range. There are six different kinds of potato skins, each around $5 a plate, filled with cheese, chili, tomato sauce, sirloin tips, and more.
But don’t worry, there are plenty of sandwiches and dinners. Nine different burgers are all $4 to $5; these are charbroiled half-pounders and come with chips, cole slaw, and pickles. Bigger still is the Our House Burger ($6.95), which packs ready for this? twelve ounces. Good luck. On the dinner side, choose from a rotisseried halfchicken ($5.95), barbecued ribs ($8.95), chicken marsala ($7.25) and several others. The portions are substantial and nicely prepared.
Our House East also serves a big Sunday brunch from 12 P.M. to 3 RM. where $4.95 gets you one of several cooked egg dishes along with a bagel and pastry buffet. Hours are 4 P.M. to 2 A.M. weekdays and 11 AM. to 2 AM. on weekends.