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I tend to pretty much be dining creature of habit and round robin through the same 7-10 places all the time. I eat out a lot and it is just easier to frequent places that have become familiar, sometimes adding or deleting one. This past weekend I made the decision to "venture out" and hit 2 places I had never been.....Silvertone & Stoddards.

For a while I have noted all of the positive press on Silvertones on this board and walk by it all the time. Went there Friday night and it was pretty clear why folks like this place. Ate at the bar (the steak tips were excellent).

I hit up Stoddards on Saturday night and had one of the best burgers I have had in a long time (along with an order of the home made "pot of pickles). Started out with martinis and then ventured into trying one of their many beer selections. I noted a clown shoes ale on the list and gave that a try. My server/bartender was great (providing tastes of 2 other clown shoes ales for me to experience). Am not typically a beer drinker, but experimenting can be fun.

Now that I will be adding 2 new places to me expending "short list" what do others recommend trying for menu or cocktails at these 2 places.

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Silvertone
69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

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  1. At Silvertones, I really like the goat cheese crostini, especially when you add some cracked pepper to it. Their fried calamari is quite good, always tender and topped with a delicious aioli. As for entrees, I do like the mac & cheese, but the meatloaf usually wins out. They also have a very good wine list which changes frequently.

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    Silvertone
    69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

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    1. re: Pegmeister

      I will agree that their mac and cheese and meatloaf are other standouts but for me, I love ordering their tuna melt (so simple, I know) with a side of their addictively delicious greens!

    2. Bistro style chicken at Silvertone. I get it absolutely every time I go. The fries are so good.

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      Silvertone
      69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

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      1. re: MaggieCat

        Pretty much EVERYTHING on the Silvertone's menu is good. Haven't been there in a while, but yes, the mac n cheese is always a favorite, steak tips, burger, meatloaf --all good. You can't go wrong there (unless you get there at 7:30 on a Friday night....then you'll have to wait around for a table)....

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        Silvertone
        69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

      2. Stoddard's is offering a deal this week (apparently a "thanks for being patient while we took forever to open" party) - any app + entree (full menu included) + a cask ale, for $18.68. I went last night to try it out.

        Food: The gouda fondue is to die for - I'll be going back specifically for that. The charcuterie plate was monochronistic and visually bland, but good tasting - country pate and rabbit galantine in particular were delicious, the quail egg sausage nothing special. For entrees, the heritage pork was amazingly tender and delicious; the accompanying smoked ham grits a sad let-down. I had never had rabbit ballotine before so have no idea what to compare it to - I found it okay but nothing special.

        Service: Bad. Initially the waiter was good - friendly, informative, etc. But once the appetizers were dropped (by a runner), we never saw the waiter again. My beer (and water glass as well) was empty by the time the entree was served, but I was never offered any refill. More than 10 minutes after we were done eating, my DC went to find the waiter and ask for the check (which still took several more minutes to arrive). I would have happily had another drink or two (one with dinner, one after) but had no way to order. Also, I was overcharged $1 for the wine I did order before dinner - no big deal, but annoying when I was already frustrated with service.

        In summary, I'd go back for the fondue and possibly the burger, maybe as an afternoon snack, but definitely not for dinner.

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        1. re: laura jean

          I find it odd that you would say "amazingly tender and delicious" and then refuse to return for dinner. Were the ham grits that bad?

          I went last night and found the service to be fine though it seems like they were not accostomed to being quite that busy and the server was a bit rushed at times. I still managed to get several drinks and a prompt check back once the food was dropped for each course.

          1. re: Beachowolfe

            The grits were thin and watery, and the smoked flavor of the ham was nowhere to be found. These grits are why many Northerners think they dislike grits.

            I specifically *did* say I'd return for bar food - I much prefer bar dining over dining room/table dining, especially when a place has proven to have very slow/bad service in the dining room. I can't imagine having to wait 30 minutes for a drink refill at a bar....

            Since all reviews of this place have mentioned the wait, the crowdedness, the after-work popularity, etc, I find it absurd that they would be "not accustomed to being quite that busy." I just think their service is subpar.

            1. re: laura jean

              That's funny as the grits were great when I had them, loaded with ham flavor, and thick, not watery at all. It seems the biggest problem so far with Stoddard's is inconsistency, and the problem of running out of entrees early (I got the last pork entree the Saturday we went, and that was at 7:30pm!). I did really like the charcuterie plate, though, one of the best I've had in town, though that may also suffer from inconsistency, it seems.

        2. My wife was served raw turkey tips at Silvertone last night. The first tip she ate was OK. The table was engrossed in conversation, and I suppose she didn't pay close attention upon upon cutting and taking a bite of the second one. She could tell something was off right away, excused herself and expelled the offending food in the bathroom. Turns out she had just eaten half of a completely raw turkey tip (with a very slight char on the outside). She was particularly thrilled to have consumed raw turkey as she is 7 month pregnant. Bravo Silvertone!

          I had already been shying away from ST, as despite having comically huge rocks glasses for cocktails, they seem not to be adequately filled with booze. This little incident will earn it a longer timeout, if not an outright ban from my wife's perspective.

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          Silvertone
          69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108