Tonight I met one of my college roommates at Dillon's on Boylston Street for dinner. After 26 years of living in Boston, I somehow managed to never set foot inside Dillon's despite going to every bar that surrounds it - Cactus Club, Lir, Pour House, Kings . . . I could go on. I was thrilled to finally check out this place I know is a favorite of many locals.
Dillon's sits right at the intersection of Boylston Street and Dalton Street, right next to the fire house. In the warm weather they have a very spacious patio for outdoor dining. I'm sure its a hopping after work spot in the summer and on weekends.
The place was relatively empty tonight and we got seated at a high top table toward the back of the bar. The restaurant was incredibly dark and we had one tea light candle on the table to shed light on the menu as we decided what to order. Since the tea light was barely helping, we wound up taking out our phones to get a clearer view.
For dinner we decided on the "build your own burger" option. I ordered a veggie burger with cheddar cheese, avocado and tomato and my dining companion ordered the turkey burger with American cheese. All burgers come with a choice of side. I went with the sweet potato fries and she went with the waffle fries (both equally enticing choices).
The burgers arrived on long, rectangular, white plates with the burger on one side and a small basket of fries on the other. I really liked the presentation.
My veggie burger was flavorful and cooked perfectly. I love avocado on anything, so that was a definite plus. The sweet potato fries were cut like steak fries and were the perfect level of crispy. I tasted a few waffle fries which were also delicious.
The menu had several other options that looked great - starters, salads and entrees. I would definitely go back and eat there again. I'd also go back for the 8th grade slow jams they were pumping all night. As we walked out, the speakers were blaring Boyz II Men "End of the Road."
I imagine the scene at Dillon's is much more lively on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night and that on those nights, no one minds the darkness or the slow jams.