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New places coming to Nashua

We just ate at JaJaBelle's. It's a walk-in coffee shop with pastries and salads that you order from the counter. The pastries are excellent. The salads are OK, but it doesn't really matter; it's very new and it's changing as the owner continues to let her Colorado training and upbringing shape her ideas. There are tables inside. It's an excellent alternative to Martha's Exchange across the street which has the horrible nightmare of nasty construction taking place in front of it at this time.

Jun 10, 2014
bunnyr in Northern New England

New places coming to Nashua

Teavana has been at Pheasant Lane for a while now; it's expensive but it's really quite good for loose leaf tea purists.
I hate the Cheesecake Factory chain with a hate beyond hate so the longer they take to open, the better.
Nashua's lesser known non-chain places are actually very good... Surf, Pizzico, Meena's Kitchen, La Caretta - they are where to go (among others, those were just off the top of my head).

Jun 10, 2014
bunnyr in Northern New England

Crush Pizzeria, Nashua?

Portland Pie is a chain. It's not a big chain, but it's a chain.
It's a bit on the noisy side, but if the weather's nice it's a good location.
Pizza isn't bad for a chain.
Crush is better, but it's also entirely different.

Jan 30, 2013
bunnyr in Northern New England

Pizzeria Maria - Nashua

I am impressed that Nashua is getting more pizza places that are not chains. There are now several.
I liked this one; it may not be perfect for those who like the thinnest crispiest crusts, but otherwise it was definitely a cut above the "houses of Greece" type pizza places.

Jan 30, 2013
bunnyr in Northern New England

lunch in Nashua?

"Thousand Crane" may be one of the more underrated restaurants in the Nashua area; glad it's appearing on more lists.

Jan 30, 2013
bunnyr in Northern New England

lunch in Nashua?

It's excellent but reservations are Required!
and it's 20 miles west of Nashua, about 45 minutes away.

I think they really do a good job over there and it's worth the trip even if it can be a tight fit in there.

Jan 30, 2013
bunnyr in Northern New England

lunch in Nashua?

Meena's kitchen is the best of the Indian restaurants in Nashua.

Jan 30, 2013
bunnyr in Northern New England

lunch in Nashua?

I missed this discussion and wish "Surf" had been added to this list.
Oh well, it's probably too late, but here's the web site:
http://www.surfseafood.com/nashua.html

Jan 30, 2013
bunnyr in Northern New England

I give God 10%...

I just saw this article. Clearly the "Pastor" was not really a pastor. Real pastors don't act like this .

And I find the idea of 20 people being charged a total of $34 dollars a tad on the suspicious side. Talk about cheap!

Jan 30, 2013
bunnyr in Not About Food

Dinner at Waterville Valley?

Just a note, however on "Tell's". The original proprietor (the original restaurant "William Tell Inn" was in Alton NH) has closed up shop. It is no longer the great Swiss style food that it once was. The former inn in Alton is for sale (at last look). Their affiliate near Waterville Valley (I thought it was nearer Campton than Thornton, but what do I know) is already much different. So be aware that it's not the restaurant it was. It may still be the best option near Waterville Valley however.

Nov 03, 2012
bunnyr in Northern New England

Looking for Merrimack-area dinner suggestions

Whoops, wrong thread!

Jun 29, 2012
bunnyr in Northern New England

Restaurants at the Merrimack Outlets?

The new outlet stores are actually pretty good (though the discounts are sometimes not as advertised).
But man, they dropped the ball with the food court. Maybe a new and better place will open up with the phase two area.

Jun 29, 2012
bunnyr in Northern New England

Restaurants at the Merrimack Outlets?

The Lindt outlet in Amherst is better with more discount/discontinued truffle packages.

Jun 29, 2012
bunnyr in Northern New England

Looking for Merrimack-area dinner suggestions

I came in late for this thread. But I was curious what people thought of the Merrimack restaurant scene particularly with the new outlet mall attracting new visitors.
Those of us who were used to how it was just 10 years ago are a little discouraged at how it's changed. With good places such as Silo's, Hannah Jack and others now gone, and the downhill slide of the once cool Florence's, the selection has surprisingly dwindled.
The Common Man now occupies the beautiful building that once was the Hannah Jack restaurant. It is your classic fillerup chain restaurant, nothing too adventurous, but nothing special I thought. Buckley's is a very good steak house - though good steak in New England is still very pricey. The Lobster Boat was OK... haven't been there lately... is it still OK? (It's not as good as the better coastal Maine seafood places, but it's OK). I like Pizzico in Nashua and it's the same people in Merrimack - nothing pretentious, nothing fabulous, but now better than Florence's. The original Homestead in Londonderry was kind of nice - 18 years ago when I last visited. I'm sort of surprised that it chose the old Silo's site; didn't seem like a match to me, but who knows.
Buckley's is the best restaurant here I think, pricey as it is, but the owners have a really good reputation in Nashua with their Michael Timothy's/Surf restaurants. However another good restaurant would be nice for the Outlet Mall crowd now coming in.

Jun 29, 2012
bunnyr in Northern New England

Matzos...why are the prices so high? Is there something going on I don't know about?

I wasn't clear.
What I really meant is that S and M are selling Matzos that wouldn't normally be used during the high holidays at this current time. I didn't mean to say they weren't Kosher brands.

Wheat prices have doubled you say... OK, I'll go with that.

We eat matzos year round; I dunno, i just like what they taste like, that's all.

RSW

Jan 24, 2011
bunnyr in Kosher

Matzos...why are the prices so high? Is there something going on I don't know about?

I have been shopping at our local supermarkets up here in Nashua NH and in northern MA. The two brands of Matzos on sale here are Streit's and Manischewitz,

Last year they were consistently in th $2.75 to $3 range. Not this year!! They are between $3.75 and $4.25!

COME ON!!! They're *MATZOS*!! They can't suddenly have gone up like this unless there's some major reason I don't know about! What is this reason?

....And keep in mind that many of these matzos aren't even Kosher!!

RSW

Jan 22, 2011
bunnyr in Kosher

The Tea Leaf in Waltham MA, some afternoon tea concerns - other tea places???

Wenham Tea house has been recommended to us before. Must be good.

Jan 22, 2011
bunnyr in Greater Boston Area

The Tea Leaf in Waltham MA, some afternoon tea concerns - other tea places???

For those of you who don't know already, Sally's "The Tea Leaf" is an excellent afternoon tea place that also doubles as a great place for conversation, sipping, relaxing, etc.

But we wanted to bring up something that is a bit surprising to us. Sally has also been suggesting other tea places in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You see, the number of tea places has dropped to the point where they are now banding together to try and save this form of eating out. For those who have not experienced "afternoon tea", please give it a shot.

It's hard to say why the business is starting to struggle, but what it comes down to is that a lot of the entrepreneurs have retired or have moved. Only a couple have not attracted enough business. Some have gotten some bad publicity (Only God knows why the Phantom Gourmet gave Antiquiteas in Salem NH such a lousy review.)

So while looking for a restful quiet "pretty" place to have a family outing or reunion (or something similar), please consider a local tea room; these places may be just what you're looking for.

RSW

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Tea Leaf
487 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

Jan 05, 2011
bunnyr in Greater Boston Area

New bakery in Nashua....Sweeties

That area could use something like this. Will have to take a look.

Jan 05, 2011
bunnyr in Northern New England

Maine lobster

Disagree re Warren's, but the other places are good; there are numerous bad reviews of Warren's! Be careful.

Oct 08, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

Portsmouth NH for Dinner

Really? Bad reviews from tripadvisor?
Wonder what happened.

Oct 07, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

South End Chef Boots Whiny Patron

Tremont 647 has been getting a lot of press lately. They sound like they could hire one or two more people to serve their apparently growing clientele, after all the food is pretty expensive.

That being said, this customer was out of bounds when she started chasing other customers away.

Oct 07, 2010
bunnyr in Food Media & News

IHOP coming to Nashua NH

It's also a really a bad restaurant for [any] spot.

Sep 30, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

Trip Report - Portland, ME (sorry it's long!)

I must confess your report on the B&B was shocking; Maine B&B's and Country Inns have tremendous competition and can't afford to serve "Bananas with ice cream and chopped almonds" (Eeew!!) I hope this doesn't sour you on staying at Maine B&B's which are generally very good... because they HAVE to be to survive!!
RSW

Sep 16, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible.

" Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible....Just a little warning in case you should find yourself passing through. Keep right on driving..."

Driving where?? :-)
I guess it's a nice fall foliage are being besides a bunch of beautiful lakes and at the foothills of the mountains.

Maybe you should eat at Waterville or Augusta on the way up?

As a Chowhound, I must admit that the Homestead Bakery sounds like something I'd definitely try, but then again I've had no reason to visit Farmington!! (Maybe if I get a college job there...)
RSW

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Homestead Bakery Restaurant
186 Broadway, Farmington, ME 04938

Sep 16, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

Request for "reviews" of four Nashua NH restaurants

I haven't gone through the Chowhound lists very thoroughly, so apologies if reviews have already been posted for these...

1. Manhattan on Pearl (which I thought we had visited, but we hadn't)
2. The Seedling Café
3. Peddlar's Daughter
4. (Unknown restaurant at 116 West Pearl St. that replaced "Jasmine's")

I have not eaten at any of these, but we pass them a lot as we go through downtown Nashua.

We take a well behaved six year old daughter with us, and we do NOT drink.
(Which may mean that you have to give to both recommend and not recommend these restaurants at the same time??)
RSW

Sep 10, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

Turkey restaurant in New Hampshire

Yeah, like others have said, she's describing the Green Ridge Turkey Farm.

About five years ago I talked to a waitress who had worked there for almost two decades. Apparently the owner was getting old and surly... apparently 30 years of business was enough.

The Green Ridge Turkey Farm was not only a good restaurant, but a well-known landmark ("...just look for the revolving turkey and turn right...") It is now a Barnes and Nobles book store surrounded by other quite unremarkable store and restaurant chains; perhaps a sign of how our country has changed too.

Sep 10, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

Turkey restaurant in New Hampshire

Bring your pocketbook and an empty belly, they don't skimp!
Baked goods are very good.
I'd love to see other reviews of the Public House; the atmosphere is really nice but I thought the food had a kind of "relentlessly the same" feel about it... or am I wrong?

Sep 10, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

Need recs for good restaurant in Nashua New Hampshire

No, .... so are you saying it's worth a trip...with a six year old?

Sep 01, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England

Meena's Kitchen in Nashua

"Meena’s shares the street with a tattoo and body piercing shop, a carpet store, and a Pentecostal storefront church."... They kind of poo-pooed the entire street, but that carpet store has an excellent reputation built on decades of business. The neighborhood is completely innocent and not the slightest bit "weird" as it's implied here.
FWIW...

Aug 31, 2010
bunnyr in Northern New England