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Trina’s Starlite Lounge in Somerville, MA is just oozing with badassness.  One step inside the dark confines sends you straight to the movie Swingers.  The place’s concept is shear genius…half bar, half chill restaurant=cozy lounge.  And I went twice in less than a week. What better compliment is there?

The menu is fairly limited, but what they do, they do quite well.  Trina’s has burgers, hot dogs, fries, etc…but much better than your typical “bar food”.  We’ll get to the grub in a second, but first, the amazing cocktails.

Going to Trina’s and not ordering one of their delicious drinks, would be like paying for HBO and not watching Entourage.

Who Wha?

Pick your poison..they’re all good. If you’re a guy, it really comes down to which drink you feel comfortable sitting in front of you.  Take, for example, the Who Wha? (Silvertone’s famous raspberry-infused vodka, Mathilde peach, lime and cranberry juices). It’s delicious, but fruity (both in looks and taste). I enjoyed splitting one with my wife, but certainly favored the next drink.

And that would be the Corn and Oil (Mt. Gay Rum, velvet falernum, lime, lots of Ango bitters, nutmeg). What a drink! I enjoyed the citrus taste and beautiful presentation, but the real surprise was the sprinkle of nutmeg on top. Nutmeg is usually associated with heavier drinks such a Milk Punch. I’ve never had it with something so light and refreshing. My only complaint, a little less ice and a little more Corn and Oil! This drink hasn’t seen the last of me.

Speaking of light and refreshing…The Violete Hour (cucumber vodka, lavender syrup, lime juice, creme de violette). Such a floral cocktail, with a taste that’s almost too smooth. You could knock back a few of these with ease. On a warm summer day, it’s hard to imagine a better drink.

Corn and Oil

The drinks do a damn fine job of putting patrons in a jolly mood. But Trina’s food seals the deal on a memorable dining experience.

If you are looking for something light and quick, I’d go with the plain hot dog. The juicy, split down the middle wiener, is charred and served on a soft bun. Very simple, but done so well. Add a little mustard and ketchup and you’re good to go.

I wouldn’t leave Trina’s without getting an order of fries. An enormous portion of thick, rectangular-cut potato sticks should be split with two people.  If I still went out to bars and/or clubs, these fries would definitely hit the spot after a long night of socializing.

Strawberry Gazpacho

I tried something a little different on my second visit…the Strawberry Gazpacho. I pictured thick and chunky. But what I got was a beautifully presented bowl of smooth liquid, with a heavy dose of basil, and topped with slivers of dried strawberries. The gazpacho was very unique. That’s code for, “I should have ordered a cup rather than a bowl of it.” It was good, but a bowl is a bit much. Heck, in my humble opinion, they should think about serving it in a shot glass and charging a $1.

I already can’t wait to get back to Trina’s and try another one of their $9 cocktails….and, of course, eat! Something that shouldn’t be overlooked was the excellent service I received both times. The hip, fit, and inked up waitresses know their sh*t.

3 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143


Ranjani August 24, 2011 at 7:31 am

Their vegetarian options, while limited, are quite tasty too!

The Mighty Rib August 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

Ranjani…I forgot what you ordered…could you refresh my memory?

Megan August 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

You were right in my neighborhood! Trina’s definitely has some great drinks. I’ve yet to try a hot dog there, but it sounds like it’s a must.

    The Mighty Rib August 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Have you had their fries? Almost as good as the drinks…almost:) BTW, I love that neighborhood.

Ranjani August 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I got the “3 sides + cornbread plate” with garlicky sauteed spinach, sweet potato hash (not vegetarian), and a green salad. I think my favorite was the cornbread – so good!

    The Mighty Rib August 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks Ranjani!

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