The slightly out-of-the-way location makes this groovy lounge an unlikely hipster hangout, but city types trek here to dine ... More
The slightly out-of-the-way location makes this groovy lounge an unlikely hipster hangout, but city types trek here to dine with Kendall Square techies and neighborhood old-timers. Everyone comes for the creative drinks, funky atmosphere, fried chicken and (no kidding) the free hard-boiled eggs at the bar. The delicious menu, which is far too good to be called 'pub grub', includes Braised Veal Shank and GrilledSsalmon. Details magazine wrote up Joe McGuirk as a great bartender, making him a local celebrity.
I don't really know what has happened to the B-side in the past year or so. The place used to be great. I would rave about it to friends and family. The food and drinks were incredible. That was then.
As of late, the service has been getting slower and slower. The food has taken a nosedive. I was willing to overlook several of the deficits in the recent months, but due to my last visit this week, I can officially say it will be my final visit to this once great institution.
The short of the story is I went there with a friend. We got a table. The waitress walked by us at least 6 times without acknowledging us. She was busy waiting on the people who had sat after us. However, after twenty minutes with not so much as a water or a "I'll be right with you", we decided to take off. I talked to the hostess on the way out and she said she would comp the food and would send the waitress right over. Now, since it was getting late and I didn't want to drive to another location, we agreed. We sat back down. Several minutes later we were still there, waiting at the table. The waitress finally came by, but, instead of stopping to take our order, she gave a dirty look and kept going. At that point, I decided I would no longer put up with this horrid lack of service.
When talking with the hostess on the way out, I told her what had transpired and asked to speak to someone who was in charge. Her response? "There really isn't anyone in charge here right now." At that point, I had given up all hope of the B-Side Lounge remaining what it had once been, a friendly, local hang with great food and drinks. It's now the complete opposite.
One good thing did come out of this though, I found a great place with better food and drinks! Oddly enough, the place is called The West Side and it's on Mass Ave. in Cambridge. Save yourself an hour of frustration and just head over there first.
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