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Joanie May 16, 2007 11:18 AM

I just read a blurb in the Sidekick section of the Globe talking about B-Side's steak and tuna at $26 and $24. Was it really that long ago that almost everything was $15? It seems like just yesterday but time flies when you get old.

  1. Sal Monella May 16, 2007 11:39 AM

    I know what you mean Joanie. I feel the same. I've loved the B-Side since it opened but the price creep has become noticeable...especially with the mixed drinks also. We still go because we enjoy the scene as well the menu.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Sal Monella
      tallullah May 16, 2007 02:08 PM

      I don't go nearly as much as I used to...I'm pretty sure they were going to ask me to start paying rent. Now we tend to go for drinks and apps only.

      1. re: tallullah
        horrible May 16, 2007 05:22 PM

        Same here. Loved it when it opened, still love the bartending and the room. I never eat there anymore though.

        B-side's menu used to update regularly with nteresting choices at a decent price point. Now it seems stuck at roast chicken, steak, a fish, two salads and a burger. I can't bear to order the melted gouda app anymore.

        Anyone remember the guest chef nights they used to host?

        1. re: horrible
          Sgt Snackers May 22, 2007 04:48 AM

          I've recently 'rediscovered' the food menu at B-Side - after a few visits with pretty awful food - and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I seem to recall them having specials and at least on two recent visits the menu had been updated (not a good sample size, of course). Creeping prices aside, the food was quite good - a notch or two above your typical pub menu to be sure. The good bartending propels the place above threshold for me anyway.

          1. re: Sgt Snackers
            tallullah May 23, 2007 12:43 PM

            When Tomas left to pursue catering and the chef they brought in just wasn't the same...

            But then Tomas came back! And all was well in the kingdom again :)

            1. re: tallullah
              ponyboy May 23, 2007 12:54 PM

              Tomas works at Specialty Foods. The guy cooking there now worked there a while back went to Plough and Stars and is now back.

              1. re: ponyboy
                tallullah May 23, 2007 01:10 PM

                humm, last time I was there, Tomas was in the kitchen for brunch. That was a while ago...

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      beksis1 May 22, 2007 08:19 AM

      I went to the B-Side for brunch on Saturday-their sweet potato biscuits w/gravy and chipotle grits will make a regular out of me-in fact, I went back on Sunday just for the grits! They make a very good spicy bloody Mary too- with tomolives-yum.

      1. MC Slim JB May 22, 2007 08:55 AM

        B-Side just got recognized by Esquire magazine as one of America's Best Bars: http://www.esquire.com/features/best-... . A well-deserved honor, in my book, though that list is kind of odd otherwise.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB
          DoubleMan May 22, 2007 11:25 AM

          Yeah, weird list. The B-Side description seems to be of another bar. While the cocktails at B-Side are great, I don't think they reach the level of refinement found at ES or No. 9.

          I think B-Side is more of a drinking place, so the price creep on the food, though strange and annoying, doesn't concern me too much.

        2. ponyboy May 22, 2007 11:56 AM

          The price hike seemed to come from the fact that business has kind of dropped off from the past. Eastern Standard and to a greater degree, Green Street have kind of taken some of their clientele.

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          1. re: ponyboy
            tatamagouche May 22, 2007 12:29 PM

            Then they might consider lowering prices to lure folks back...makes more sense to me...

            1. re: tatamagouche
              ponyboy May 22, 2007 12:43 PM

              Seemed to work for 647... they appeared to go through a slowdown when Rouge opened, now they dropped menu prices and usually seem pretty busy.

            2. re: ponyboy
              MC Slim JB May 22, 2007 02:04 PM

              While the price creep is evident (there's been a slow and steady uptick since it opened, I think), I haven't seen a dropoff in the crowds, certainly not on weekend nights, when it's always jammed. Has anyone been in on nights earlier in the week and seen this?

              1. re: MC Slim JB
                DoubleMan May 22, 2007 03:30 PM

                I was there on Saturday and really didn't think it was that crowded. Most seats were taken but there wasn't many people standing. Maybe it was the weather. I've seen it much more crowded.

                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  beksis1 May 23, 2007 06:52 AM

                  I was there last night after 11 and the bar area was full-quite a few booths were taken as well.

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