On paper the happy hour menu at Bonney Read looks pretty good. Walking in the place looks good, the crowd is a little older and the music is also old school. So far so good.
But, as they say, the proof is in the tasting. First up was their touted Chowder Dog - a hot dog covered in NE clam chowder. The most I could muster for this combo was a half-hearted, “Not bad.” So onto the mushroom escabesh which was a one note dish that was so boring we didn’t even finish the small plate. A plate of chorizo and clam fritter suffered from a lack of both clams and chorizo and was basically a mildly flavored hush puppy. Finally we shared a moule frite, which was the flavor highlight of the night and had a decent amount of mussels though curiously only a tiny bit of fries. Worst of all this came with not even one small piece of bread to dip in the nice sauce.
All this food and two drinks came to about $35, but we left unsatisfied and craving something else to eat as most of our meal stayed on the plates uneaten. Skip it.