Hey Boston 'hounds! I'm in your lovely city fairly regularly for work and always have enjoyable dinners when I'm there. But this week, I let my client (also from out of town, but there regularly) pick dinner, and he wanted to go to Silvertone. He described it as "really cheap, with great drinks and great food". After seeing the menu, I was leery, but figured that this was one of those places that makes great comfort food (which I love). The four of us ordered 6 apps (the first 6 after the soups section), and 3 mains to share (mac and cheese, shepherd's pie, spaghetti bolognese).
I'm sad to say that this was the worst meal I've had in a long time. The apps were just "meh" (the mussels were cold, the wings were soggy, the calamari was ok). But the mains were truly awful. The mac cheese was disgusting -- if there was real cheese anywhere in that sauce, I would be truly surprised. It tasted of plastic, seriously. The only saving grace were the crispy bits of bacon on top. The shepherd's pie was also horrible -- watery mashed potatoes over flavorless, soupy ground beef with a few frozen peas thrown in. Ugh. The spaghetti was the best of the three mains and that is damning with faint praise.
3 of us had a a couple of bites of each dish and just stopped. My client that picked the place was happily eating away. After a really humorous discussion, he had the sudden insight that he has no taste in food. Really! He said "wow, I just realized that I've never eaten at a restaurant that I didn't like!" So that explains how we ended up at Silvertone. :o) But I came here and did a search and was surprised to see Silvertone recommended frequently to people looking for restaurants near the theater. Is its only redeeming quality it's proximity to the theater? Did we just totally order the wrong things? Or am I missing some other quality that the locals like?
I should probably mention that service was perfunctory at best. Oh, and the glass of sauvignon blanc I first ordered tasted like vinegar. The bottle of zin we got next was much better. I will say that I did appreciate the low markup on their bottles. $59 for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot...whee!