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Concord NH Lunch

I've been hearing about In a Pinch for years, and finally had the time to stop in today for lunch at the one near the high school. It didn't give the appearance of being very clean and had that old house smell.

I had the chicken mushroom tarragon soup which was pretty good but was a little heavy on the tarragon. My companion had a cup of the Sweet Potato Soup. It was inedible. First of all , I am certain it was made from canned sweet potatoes, was very heavy on the sugar, and was as thick as a scoop of sweet potato- not a soup at all. I brought it back to the counter and said that we were unable to eat it, and she said "okay". No offer of a substitution, cash refund, or even an apology; just "okay".

I had the Turkey and Bleu Cheese Panini. It was just okay. I asked if they made their own bread and she said that it was made elsewhere. I thought it may be from Pigs Fly or Borealis, so I asked specifically where it was from. Her only comment was that it was from a supplier. It was white and commercial.

The desserts looked pretty good, but there was a pumpkin whoopie pie that had to be 8 inches in diameter! It was big enough for a whole family.

I don't think I'll go back.

Oct 18, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible.

Everything? There's not a diner with a good hamburger or slice of pie or a cafe with an interesting chicken salad? Someplace with a good clam chowder? I'm not familiar with the area, but I wonder if while there may not be a gourmet bistro there, maybe there's a nice little mom and pop shop. Just wondering.

Sep 06, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

Any recs along the Dover, Somersworth, Rochester, Farmington, NH corridor?

The last I heard it had changed to a Mexican place, but we drove through recently and it didn't look open.

Sep 03, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

Friendly Toast Cambridge and Portsmouth

I've been hearing that the Toast is having some issues and is about to close. Stopped in today for breakfast, and asked what was going on. Our waiter said that the Cambridge location is doing very well and there was a sign up on an easel that the Toast/Cambridge got Best of Boston- didn't have time to read the whole thinkg.

I'm happy to say that the food was as good as ever! Has anyone heard anything?

The Friendly Toast
121 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Aug 16, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

Any recs along the Dover, Somersworth, Rochester, Farmington, NH corridor?

Try Spaulding Steak and Ale on Wakefield Street. We stop in on occasion and have never been disappointed. Out on Rte 11, there's the Granite Steak and Ale. We've eaten in the tavern downstairs and have had some good meals.

Slims Tex Mex and Fat Tony's (both owned by the same guys who own the Spaulding) have some reasonably priced and very good items on their menus.

Don't discount Rochester. The restaruants I mentioned and those I didn't are every bit as good as those you'll find in Dover.

And speaking of Rochester, come during the day and visit Artstream and Jenny Wren galleries. While you're here, take the walking tour and see the " If These Rocks Could Talk" public art exhibit with sculptures around the down town area. Pick up a map an most down town businesses.

Aug 01, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

So disappointing

Bewley, give Dantes another chance. I know what you mean because for years, I really hated the place. I have a thing with servers calling me hon, but that's another rant.... My friend loves their lasagna, but I've never tried it. My husband always has something with seafood and is always happy, and I've had and loved the chix parm (as I mentioned before) and the olio (you know what I mean). And the caesar salad is worlds above the one at 3 chimneys!

Jun 21, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

worst dining experience I've ever had

I hope you write a letter to the owner or manager. Things like this need go to the top or they'll never know what happened. If you never want to go back there, let them know in you letter that you don't expect a gift certificate but just wanted them to know how rude their staff was to you. Maybe they won't care, but at least you've tried.

Jun 21, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

So disappointing

I am in the business, but I own a cafe that serves lunch and we also cater. It hardly makes me an expert on casual fine dining, but I know what I like. Service is always the deal breaker for me. If that's good, the food can be a little less than wonderful, but if the service isn't great and the food isn't either, I'm not happy!

We had a really good Asian meal at Mei Wei in Durham recently. The food was fresh, presented nicely, and the server was attentive and professional.

Dante's in Barrington is very good lately. I like their Chicken Parma which isn't the breaded, fried, cheesey, gloppy mess that you find in most Italian restaruants. We also like the Calamari there; the dipping sauce is good enough to drink. I believe it may have a balsamic base, maybe even a reduction. They make much of their own pasta, but the rolls come straight from the Market Basket up the road- rather a let down.

We often go to the Lazy Lion in Deerfield as it is close to home, the waitresses know us, and their food is consistently good. Their winter menu has a very good curry, but it's gone until the fall. The fish and chips is delicious and huge! The Jim Beam is good there too. Oh wait; it's good everywhere....! The chef used to be a waiter there and bought the business a couple of years ago with his brother. He has come a long way! He loves food and you can tell.

Lazy Lion Cafe
4 North Rd, Deerfield, NH 03037

Jun 20, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

So disappointing

Sorry about the incomplete post. I rarely post here, and obviously missed a few pertinent details.

Jun 19, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

So disappointing

We end up there every few months because my husband likes it, but each time we go, I am left feeling like we could have spent the $100 on much better shampooing the carpets or paying the credit card bill.

Tonight was no different. I didn't want to pay $11 for a glass of chardonnay, so I opted for the $6 house brand. It was about as flavorful as dishwater. We split the calamari to start. The breading was salty and bready. It was stuck together in big clumps and there were as many hot peppers and limes as calamari. It was, however, better than the last time when there was a puddle of oil in the bottom of the dish.

I overheard the table beside us being told of the specials. Our server didn't mention at least 2 of the items their server mentioned. The draft beer list was longer at the other table also!

My husband had the mixed grill which had a home made sausage that was interesting. Mild, but with a spicy finish. The tenderloin was excellent, and he enjoyed the scallops.

I had a Caesar salad with grilled chicken. The chicken was cut very thin so the ends were overcooked and dry. The dressing was absolutely tasteless except for the asiago. There were no anchovies although the menu said they had them. The server didn't mention them so I assumed anchovies would be on the salad unless I requested not to have them.

Our server was pleasant, but disappeared for long periods of time. We sat for 15 minutes after we finished the meal and another 15 until she returned our credit card.

Has anyone been to Three Chimneys lately? It used to be so good about 5 years ago. We were always pleased with the food, service, quality, and value. Lately, it's hit or miss; heavy on the miss....

Jun 18, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

The White Apron Catering - Dover, NH - any feedback?

I am another local caterer, and I've heard nothing but good things about White Apron.

Feb 21, 2010
susan jr in Northern New England

New Trader Joe's yea/nay thread - 1st quarter 2010 [OLD]

We just tried the Smoked Salmon and Spinach Crepes from TJ's. All I can say is Yuck! My husband ate his reluctantly, but I threw mine in the trash and got a bagel and cheese. No flavor- none at all, the filling was slightly slimy, and the crepe may as well have been a piece of styrofoam. Do not buy these!!!

On a good note, the chocolate croissants from the freezer case are really good! Four for $3.99. They proof and bake to be 4 times the size they are in the box and are worth every calorie.

Feb 09, 2010
susan jr in Chains

delivery for sick friend in leominster

Check with local personal chefs or smaller catering companies.

Jan 17, 2010
susan jr in Southern New England