Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“Silvertone has an eclectic, diner-esque sort of vibe to it.”
Address: 69 Bromfield Street
Date of Visit: Monday, August 1, 2011
Server Name: ID #8 (No name on check 😦 )
Silvertone has an eclectic, diner-esque sort of vibe to it. Located about a block from the Park Street T-stop, it’s in the basement of a building on Bromfield Street- basement means no natural lighting, but it sort of adds to the feel of this place. It’s somewhat classy 50s – with the walls covered in old radios and assorted framed pictures. They also have hand written “guest checks” which adds to the old school charm. The seating isn’t the most comfortable in the restaurant side; the booths have straight wooden backs with no padding, and there’s some seating that is right up against a metal railing (that’s where we were seated and it was not the most pleasant, the bars were cold!). Despite this, we loved the feel of Silvertone and Eric really liked the t-shirts the servers wore. The food was great too, and we give the burger and steak tips 5 stars each.
Review: Remember my love for blueberries? Well this is when I admit that I really have a love for all types of berries. Therefore, the raspberry fizz on Silvertone’s menu caught my attention. I had high hopes with it being homemade raspberry vodka. My little berry friends let me down here though, as I was not a fan of this beverage. It wasn’t bad per-se, but it wasn’t good either. First off, most of the glass was filled with crushed ice. I am not a fan. There wasn’t much flavor here either, and I couldn’t taste any alcohol. The concoction reminded me a bit of lightly flavored tonic water – severely lacking.
Eric’s Drink of Choice: Shaddock
Ingredients: Gin, Aperol, St. Germain, lemon juice, straight up
Review: This was as close to an apertif as you’ll find outside of a straight liquor (or Vermouth, as experienced in my time in Italy). It truly did its job in getting the saliva going in preparation for Silvertone’s delicious steak tips. While refreshing, the drink gave way to its traditional apertif roots, exhibiting a slight medicine-like flavor while still providing a bite at the onset. While this would NEVER pair well with food, this is something I would order again, but while I sat at the bar and waited for my table (as you’ll sometimes do on weekends at Silvertone) rather than directly prior to the meal. The main reason this apertif doesn’t get any more cheers is based on the fact that it is a strong drink in a very weak glass. Boo. Simply not enough for the price (this was described by Val as a “baby glass”)!
Wine Prices: Assorted whites and reds by the glass starting at $6 each.
Beer Prices: Five taps at $4 or $5 each; eleven bottles at $3 to $5 each (including cider) and also Anchor Porter by the bottle for $9.
Other: Silvertone had four seasonal coctails (including the Shaddock) for $9 each. They also have eight listed mixed drinks at $8 each. The “Silvertone Specialties” made us laugh out loud – they included three different kinds of “Happy Meals” which all include Miller High Life for $9 each, as well as our favorite item, “Laura’s Lost Weekend,” which is five bottles of Veuve Clicquot, one bottle of Black Maple Hill bourbon, and a Bette David DVD collection. However, at $500 it was a bit outside of our $25 maximum!