You’d be forgiven for experiencing déjà vu when walking into Amelia’s Taqueria in Allston. The name alone recalls the local micro-chain Anna’s Taqueria, which has six locations around Greater Boston, including one on Harvard Street in Brookline, barely more than a half-mile from Amelia’s. Add to that the fact that both restaurants serve food lunch line-style, with meals prepared as customers work their way down the counter, and you might suspect a copycat.
But a closer look reveals subtle contrasts, says Amelia’s owner Amir Shiranian. “I’ve had some people ask, is this the same as Anna’s Taqueria? But when we explain it and they look at the menu with the extra items that we have, they see we do things different,” says Shiranian, who opened Amelia’s in late May under the female form of his first name.