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Oct 6, 2007 10:21 PM

The Independent, Somerville - worst meal in a long time

Here goes:

Mixed greens - bitter greens, benign, practically tasteless dressing

Fish and Chips - good french fries, tired fish that was almost inedible. Fry job had a weird beige/yellow color and tasted like it looked

Steak salad - small amount of dried out meat on greens

Cheeseburger - prepared properly and while average, was a least edible

Service was nice, but two of the entrees arrived about 10 minutes after the first two arrived

The temperature of the restaurant went from too warm to freezing and back again at least twice.

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  1. My experiences have been very different, I've always thought the Independent offers some of the better pub food around.

    Was there something else that made the experience particularly bad? The review doesn't seem so horrible as to warrant such a strongly negative title.

    Did you have any drinks? I just want to know if you thought the whole restaurant was off or if it was limited to the kitchen.

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    1. re: DoubleMan

      Funny you should ask. The margaritas were too sour the first time. When some of us ordered again we asked that they add more triple sec. They came out the same way.

      As to the title, that was my experience. I'm glad yours was different.

    2. KansasTornado, I'm so sorry you had a crap experience at the Indo. Like DoubleMan, I've had great pub-gub meals there, and have in the past quite enjoyed the fish and chips in particular. I hope that you experience is an anomaly, and not an indication of a downward trend. I haven't eaten there in, probably, 3 months or so. But I will say that the last time I had drinks,which was much more recently, the usually terrifically mixed inventive cocktails just weren't up to standards. I was hoping it was a one-off problem, but perhaps not?

      1. I went once myself and was underwhelmed by the pressed veggie sandwich I got (not much flavor and bread too charred), though I did like the bar bite of fried almonds I got to start. There sure is worse, but it's not my first choice.

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        1. re: bachslunch

          four years ago i lived around the corner and would frequent and it was always decent food but the vibe in general was non-descript. i still frequent union but really only go to the bar at independent. i feel the menu and food are tired and the staff uninterested. *sigh how i wish the nog was still around there....

        2. Sorry to hear that. It's a local go-to place for us, and we're there once a month. The only bad experience we've had was the very first meal there, right after they opened (which excuses the problems we had in my book). The food has always been solid, and the service always good -- and usually very nice too. We tend to stick to drinks (their taps selection is great), apps, and sandwiches -- but do get the occasional entree (which has never missed, and once or twice been outstanding). In fact, I'd say our continued enthusiasm is a surprising, as when it opened, we were expecting a bit more of a Burren/Tir na nOg vibe from it, but it's always been a bit more restaurant than pub.

          1. Sorry to hear that. The Independent always does me good. If you had told me their fries were bad, I would have dropped from my seat. :) Probably the best fries in town. Great cocktails too.