Quick summary: Good casual dining is available in this historic community bar that obviously knows good food and good music. Great place to hang out with friends, enjoy a microbrew and listen to live music or people watch. Recommended--I'd go back again, and I would send friends or family members there.
Detail: Mac's Place is a casual bar & grill located in historic downtown Silverton, right across the street from The Palace Theatre, another of this quaint Oregon town's historic landmarks. It is part of a local chain of bar/restaurants that includes the two Wooden Nickel bars located in West Silverton and in Sublimity. This is a classic old bar and community gathering place that provides a real touch of Americana, with a lovely carved bar back that features several oil painting reproductions of old-fashioned reclining "ladies of negotiable affection" and a couple of well-placed TVs for sports. Decor includes beautiful painted murals, historic photos of Silverton, and elk and moose antlers on the wall. They have a single, lit pool table in the back, near the door to their outdoor deck overlooking Silver Creek, which is beautiful to see but is sometimes filled with smokers. This is a very active live music venue that books great regional and touring acts on its small, mural-bedecked stage, mostly blues and rock. Even on a Sunday night, we enjoyed good live music from 7-9 p.m. The waitstaff is friendly and sassy, but service is not super-attentive and can be slow; your server may also be the bartender. You may have to mosey up to the bar yourself to pay or make a request. Full bar with several good microbrews available; specials poster advertised hard apple cider. The food is better-than-average pub fare; it's clear from the ingredients and preparation that they know and care about good food. Their hand-made pizzas and huge juicy burgers are good, but menu standouts are the elk burger, the spicy Cajun tots, the hand-cut French fries (served with a spicy marionberry catsup), Damewood's smoked sausage, and their signature "Mac's Place Macs," different variations of housemade mac-and-cheese made with curly corkscrew (cavatappi?) pasta and different meats. Check out the menu on their website for details. Typical entree prices (as of Dec.2012) run from $9-$12 each. Their salads seemed a bit overpriced at $12.95. I don't recommend their BBQ; their pulled pork and brisket were very disappointing to this ex-Texan BBQ lover. Luckily, there are many other good things on the menu to choose from, and I've found the non-BBQ food choices to be consistently good.
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