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Soul Fire Restaurant Review: This bright and bustling barbecue joint in Allston Village has "student hangout" written all over it. Not only is the 'cue plentiful and cheap, but the tunes are so old-school they're new again. As the name suggests, soul music from the golden era of Stax and Motown rules the airwaves as well as the countertops, which are plastered with old LP covers. Not subscribing to any one style, the kitchen turns out baskets of fries and corn dogs as well as dry-rubbed brisket, smoky ribs, fried catfish and pulled pork. There is a homemade-sauce bar --- three are heated, two are cold --- where flavors range from a sweet “Pitboss” to a fiery South Carolina mustard sauce. It won't blow your mind, but it's certainly serviceable when you've got a hankering and it's good washed down with a microbrew. Finish with Kentucky pecan bourbon pie. Also located at 737 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-232-8000.