At Yellow Door Taqueria, Ken Casey of the band Dropkick Murphys put his money where his mouth is, literally, as the co-owner of this popular Cali-Mex taco haven. Casey and his business partner, Brian O’Donnell, have brought all the taste and charm of an evening in Baja to the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester, which is just a mile or two away from where Casey was born and raised before penning hits like “Shipping Off to Boston.”
The tacos are the star here, which are all made on house-made tortillas, and include some standard classics with shredded beef, pork, chicken and veggies, with a rotating selection of delightful offbeat proteins and flavors, and you can add a combination of chips and dips to your order or some elote, plus warm, sweet house-made churros. Jarek Mountain, who oversees the menus for Yellow Door as well as their sister restaurants, Lower Mills Tavern, Lion’s Tail and McGreevy’s, designed the drinks list which is naturally heavy on the agave with a thoughtful collection of tequilas and mezcals that are available alone or in margaritas and other taco-friendly cocktails, as well as a selection of Mexican imports and regional craft beers and a succinct collection of wines by the glass and bottle.
The cozy dining room, which previously housed an antique shop and apothecary, was designed by Taniya Nayak, whose work includes sibling restaurants Yellow Door Taqueria in the South End and Lower Mills Tavern in Dorchester. The room retains some of its original charm with distressed cabinetry, reclaimed wood, and a pair of antique neon signs, and features a 15-seat granite bar with turquoise bowling-alley-style tufted stools. There is room for around 60 people in the 1,000-square foot space, which means there's sometimes a wait – but it’s well worth the ride on the Mattapan trolley!
2297 Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02124