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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

This trip, Guy’s roadtrippin’ all over the country for some home-style cooking. In Boston, the funky neighborhood joint cranking out Southern staples, like chicken and waffles and off-the-hook tots. In Carmel, Calif., Robert Irvine’s riding shotgun to check out the cool cafe centered around scratch-made classics, like amped-up biscuits and gravy and brisket chili. And […]

Southern-inspired comfort food served in a highly evolved dive bar setting

Somerville’s Inman Square lies at the core of Boston’s hipster scene. Around here, it’s pretty difficult to pull off a cocktail bar or restaurant that keeps the regulars coming. Yet with its kitsch-infused ambience, thoughtful cocktail program, and decadent southern-inspired eats, Trina’s Starlite Lounge hits the mark and never goes out of style. Read more

TSL on Phantom Gourmet

Chicken and Waffles dripping with hot pepper syrup, old school mac and cheese topped with Ritz crackers, and a burger piled high with just about everything. There’s only one place serving up food that looks and tastes that good: Trina’s Starlite Lounge, located on the Cambridge-Somerville line. This laid-back neighborhood hangout specializes in soul-satisfying comfort […]

Where the Fridge, Not the Bartender, Hands Out Advice

The first time I walked into Trina’s Starlite Lounge in Somerville, Massachusetts, I immediately noticed two things. One, that whoever owned this place shared my favorite style of decor: anti-minimalism. The other was a small fridge behind the bar covered in those clunky, colorful magnetic letters I used to get hooked on phonics back in […]

Winner: Best Industry Hangout

For years, this intimate Inman Square hangout has been a bright beacon summoning service pros to its famous industry brunch on Mondays. It still shines. The retro, ’60s roadhouse-inspired decor has a vaguely rockabilly air, augmenting the cultish street cred of a spot where servers, cooks and bartenders—and interloping neighborhood hipsters—chow Cajun-style fried chicken and […]

The Absolute Best Brunch in Boston

Brunch on Sunday and… Monday? We’re down, especially when they do a White Russian with chocolate milk. It’s a smorgasbord of low-fi deliciousness: the Pizza Bagel, the House-made Pop Tart, the Tex-Mex Lasagna. And that’s before you even attack the Fried Chicken & Buttermilk Waffles with hot pepper syrup. In other words, there are plenty […]

USA Today 10Best

Trina’s Starlite Lounge is a funky find that serves comfort food you’ll find yourself craving. Having received numerous local and national accolades for homestyle favorites like their fried chicken and hot dogs, you can be sure you’ll get a taste of home at Trina’s Starlite Lounge. A visit to Trina’s can be yours for brunch […]


From the decor to the drink menu to the people working behind the bar, Trina’s Starlite Lounge is a space where you feel more than welcome: You feel like family. The most (in)famous aspect of this hospitality-in-action manifesto is a weekly tradition that started roughly six months after Trina’s opened its doors in 2009 and […]

2020 Best Dinner with a Mission

The Order: Chill out during a socially distant summer with the frozen whiskey smash ($12). It gets a hit of crème de cacao alongside the standard lemon and mint. The Cause: Two bucks per drink—made with booze from a Black-female-run Tennessee distillery named for Nathan “Nearest” Green, an enslaved man who taught Jack Daniels whiskey […]

Nostalgia is one hell of a drug

It’s a thought that occurs every time we enter Trina’s Starlite Lounge, a delightfully weird proto-dive perched on a corner of Inman Square. From vintage signs advertising the cola and cigarettes of yesteryear to a reconstructed retro kitchen, the decor evokes a 1950s America that’s a little less Norman Rockwell and a bit more David […]

Unorthodox goodness shining through the dark

Trina’s Starlite Lounge is not so easy to describe. It’s noir — as in dark (they only put in windows a couple months ago). It has craft cocktails, but not classics; draft beers, but only six taps; 17 bottled beers, but that’s including Miller High Life, Bud Light, and Black Label. It’s nostalgic (old beer […]

‘Without the assistance of the state, we’re not going to survive’

Emma Hollander, 36, is managing partner at Inman Square’s Parlor Sports and Trina’s Starlite Lounge, neighborhood mainstays that are now closed, without takeout or delivery service. After a lifetime of 12-hour days, she’s adjusting to staying home — and worrying about her 37 workers. Continue reading

Mass. Restaurants And Bars Prepare To Shut Down To In-Person Diners

“We’re a neighborhood restaurant, neighborhood bar,” said Trina’s co-owner Emma Hollander. “And we wanted to make sure … that our staff took as much as physically possible yesterday because, you know, everybody is going be out of a job for three weeks. And then we just cooked the rest off, so the neighborhood could come […]


16 Breakfast Salad

sunny side egg, frisée, bacon lardons, roast beets, sweet potato, parsnip, dijon vinaigrette
add chicken +7
add steak +9

15 Starlite Slam

two eggs, hash browns, griddled sourdough, and a choice of bacon, sausage patties, links, or vegan sausage

16 Tofu Slam

tofu scramble, vegan sausage, hash browns, griddled sourdough

14 Trina’s Biscuits & Gravy

add two eggs +4

17 Health Nut

two sunny side eggs, quinoa, pinto beans, baby spinach, corn salsa, radish, avocado crema
add chicken +7
add steak +9

20 Curry Bangers & Mash

two over easy eggs, chicken sausage, breakfast links, mashed potatoes, curry hollandaise

20 Fried Chicken & Buttermilk Waffles

hot pepper syrup

10 Honeyed Fruit

with yogurt and granola


14 Chicken on a Biscuit

pickle-brined fried chicken strips, american cheese, honey mustard, Suzi Q’s house-made pickles

12 Good Ol’ Breakfast Sandy

biscuit with american cheese, two eggs over easy, and a choice of bacon, sausage, or spicy tomato sauce

11 Double Burger

bacon +4
over easy egg +2
cheese +1
gluten-free bun +2

9 Single Burger

bacon +4
over easy egg +2
cheese +1
gluten-free bun +2

13 Brunch Burger

double with cheese, fried egg, bacon


13 Big Girl (Sparkling)

mimosa, mango, peach, grapefruit, or pineapple

13 Adirondack

butter infused bourbon, maple syrup
add chocolate covered bacon +3

13 Somerville Speedball

emma’s infamous “espresso martini”

13 Matt’s Quickie

it’s a white russian with chocolate milk, y’all…
add green chartreuse float +3

13 Rural Squirrel

amaretto, crème de cacao, grenadine, coffee, cream

13 It’s Summertime Somewhere

currant infused aperol, bubbles


  • Griddled Sourdough – 3
  • Hash Browns – 4
  • 2 Eggs – 4
  • Fruit Cup – 5
  • Biscuit – 5
  • Griddled Bagel – 5
    w/ herb cream cheese
  • Bacon – 6
  • Sausage – 6
  • Vegan Sausage – 6
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