Tucked away between the main drag in Charlestown and the historical sights in the area, it is easy for the untrained eye to overlook the Ironside and skip over to the more popular Todd English restaurants (Figs and Olives). However, this is a mistake. Not only does the Ironside have a very friendly atmosphere, but they boast one of the best bar menus in all of Boston. They have your standard pub food like fries and appetizers, but they also have substantial burgers, exotic entrees like seared tuna, and excellent pasta dishes. Even the fries come in more than one variety—from hand-cut steak to sweet potato. Everything tastes surprisingly wonderful as well.
The prices at the Ironside are on the lower side with few entrees above $15. Beers are all about $3 to $4 and martinis are $8 to $10. Things can add up after a couple of rounds, but for the most part the value here is pretty good.
The service at the Ironside leaves something to be desired at times. On my last occasion dining there, the waitress bought out the wrong entree, over-charged for drinks we did not order, and was generally unknowledgeable about the menu. However, she was very nice and more than happy to make the changes we requested.
The Ironside always has whatever popular sporting event that happens to be going on broadcast on their plasma screens. On top of having a very clean and well-kept bar, they have a nice outdoor seating area which is perfect for when the weather is agreeable. Overall this is a very nice establishment and is very well recommended for out-of-towners and locals alike.
June 30, 2006
From journal Historic Charlestown