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Portland options [split from Boston]

Was in Portlad last month on a weekend mid afternoon and while the line outside Duckfat was insane, we had no problem getting a table at East Ender. Interesting menu, we were quite happy. And the fries were pretty good - maybe not as good as what I've heard about Duckfat, but still quite good.

Feb 11, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Chen Yang Li Nashua NH closed?

Rt 101A westbound , exit 7 off Rt 3. Less than a mile down on the right.

Jan 13, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

Closer yes, but still out of the way. I don't drive out to BTs as a destination, but rather hit it when I am travelling to/from CT on 84 . Its literally about 1 minute off the highway. Winthrop is pretty far off the beaten path when I am in the Boston area.

Jan 09, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

I have heard good things about Blackstrap. Problem is that it really is off the beaten path for me and many others I suspect; the temporary closure of the Callahan making it even more so.

Jan 08, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

Lesters recently changed hands. I went a couple weeks ago and it wasn't as good as past visits, but one visit is obviously not a trend necessarily. I do wonder if turnover ( of food ) was a reason - the location is in a relatively quiet area.

Overall I'd still give the nod to BT's, but Lesters is certainly more convenient for a lot of people in the Boston area.

Whether you like the brisket at BT or not, one other advantage of them is that they always have specials, some of which are quite creative. This sets them apart from most other BBQ places. They post them on their Facebook page...its all I can do not to drive down there when I see of them.

Jan 03, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Nashua area news?

That would seem to be an unlikely spot for a Cheesecake Factory, which seems to always be located in a higher end mall or lifestyle center .

Oct 29, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Anything good to eat at Market St. Lynnfield?

It is the same developer as Legacy Place in Dedham, so expect chains.

http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/...

Aug 29, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

No Name restaurant

Has their food actually gotten worse, or have your taste buds gotten more discerning ? I went there about 20 some odd years ago and remember it being decent; I am sure if I had the same exact meal today I'd be less charitable. Back then the options for seafood were a lot more limited than they are now.

Aug 27, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Whole Foods Nashua??

In a perfect world, they would allow you to access the parking lot directly from the exit 7S offramp from RT 3 South. Probably not enough room to slow down though.

Aug 15, 2013
Msample in Northern New England
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Whole Foods Nashua??

Whether you have a jughandle or a left turn only lane, that stretch of 101A is narrower than it is further west. Traffic even now gets backed up . Its going to suck no matter what they do, esp when WF first opens.

Aug 15, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

I too was thinking the Bedford size format is about what it will be. Its been a while since I have been in the now closed MB, but I think it was bigger than the Bedford WF.

While I would love to see something on the scale of the mega Dedham WF go in, I know it wouldn't be practical up here. Still a win for the area though.

Aug 14, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

Yes a coworker heard that they are working on improving access into and out of that plaza . Razing the PJ would be a good place to start. That said, the traffic backup to get into the jug handle to make the left turn off of Rt 101A headed east is going to get even worse.

Aug 14, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Supermarket Wars

The Trader Joes in Nashua ( which used to be in Tynsborough ) is always busy - but that's because they get a lot of MA residents who trek over the border. But I don't think Salem would get as many - the MA border area south of Salem is less affluent than the area south of Nashua. So I don't know that a TJ in Salem would do as well . And overall the Salem retail strip/mall area is not as nice as the Nashua equivalent.

Aug 12, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Supermarket Wars

Ah, makes sense . Much better than the old location , that plaza was a dump and way off the beaten path .

Aug 12, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Supermarket Wars

Both the other businesses ( a pizza parlor and a Blockbuster ) are now empty next to the Milford MB. I wonder if they'd just expand into that space. The pizza shop space was totally gutted last time I looked in the window. Probably a lot cheaper than moving across town. They get a lot of people who shop there from towns west of Milford, moving to the east side of town would not be good for those people.

Aug 12, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

The Milford one is too far off the beaten path IMO. The locals wouldn't shop there, that's for sure . Bedford on the other hand is much better located, as well as offering better access off the highway .

An renovated Market Basket would be nice in the Milford S&S space to bring it in line with the other two along 101A. But I have a feeling the existing one, although smaller is pretty cheap to operate and thus highly profitable . I don't know if they would get enough traffic to support the much larger footprint one of the new deluxe MB requires.

Aug 07, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

Add to that Shaws announced they are closing a half dozen NH stores, although I don't think any of those locations would support a Whole Foods ( or better yet a Wegmans) .

http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/shaw...

The S&S in Milford is relatively new , but the few times I went in there was mostly deserted . The two recently renovated Market Baskets on 101A must have put the final nail in the coffin .

Aug 07, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

B.T. Smokehouse Southern Barbecue: The Real Deal in Sturbridge

If you were put off by the small dining area inside in the past, think again. I went for the first time since early Spring and was very impressed by the expansion they added in late March. Indoor seating has probably tripled in capacity, and they've added a center bar type table where you can stand and eat . They've also moved the soda fountain out from behind the counter so you don't have to wait for the often busy count staff for refills.

The food as usual was excellent.

Jul 20, 2013
Msample in Southern New England

June 2013 Openings and Closings

But how much of his "empire" is he directly tied to financially, versus just having his name on the door while investors put up the cash while he collects some sort of royalty ? Boston I could see, since most of it was before he spread out all over the place . But the outposts in other cities ? I wonder.

Jul 03, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

June 2013 Openings and Closings

How the hell does he remain financially solvent at this point?

If he was so far past due on rent in the Olives space, one wonders why the landlord let him go that long in the first place. Maybe letting him renovate after the fire was a ploy to get someone else to pay for the refurb before he seized it.

Jul 03, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary Dinner, Portsmouth

I've been to Surf in Nashua and although it is a fine place, it is a step down from Island Creek . The latter has a more imaginative menu.

Jul 03, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

what is the single best restaurant you've been to in Boston area?

Finally hit Neptune Oyster this past weekend. Icredible. Me and DC spit a lobster roll, which was quite good and lived up to the hype here and elsewhere. What really impressed though was the seared scallops on a bed of brussels sprouts and duck confit. Wow.

Jun 27, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Awesome grill store discovery today!

Haven't used the Gas-Go specifically, had something similar in college. Inconsistent heat, and those little propane canisters don't last long . You get what you pay for...I'd go for a Q series myself if you're looking for portable . You can either use the little cylinders, or hook it up to a standard gas grill tank.

Jun 27, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Awesome grill store discovery today!

If you're looking a little closer to Boston try:

http://www.bbqbarn.com/

A bit off the beaten path, but very nice little shop with a wide variety of both grills and smokers .

Jun 25, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Anyone have experience with RedBones catering?

I've used a variety of BBQ caterers over the years, as Boston Otter points out, there are varying levels of service you can get. On site cooking will cost a fair bit more, both because of the need to haul cooking equipment as well as paying staff. A mandatory service charge can sometimes be included, be sure to get a detailed quote.

On site prep can cost more, but for large groups its worth considering IMO. Not only does it add to the atmosphere, but you are much more likely to get stuff cooked fresh. Dropped off 'Q, as others have mentioned, often does not travel well . Brisket and pulled pork can take on a pot roasty/steamy texture.

Jun 24, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Nashua area news?

There is a new building going up on 101A in Amherst, across the street from Longhorn, just past the KFC/Taco Hell. Looks like some sort of chain eatery based on the facade, anyone know what it will be ?

Jun 17, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

That plaza seems a bit dumpy for a Whole Foods, I'd be shocked if they go there.

Jun 17, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Need a BBQ caterer in NH

KC Rib Shack is probably the closest option that I can think of .

A bit farther away is Goody Coles Smokehouse. I prefer their Q over KC, for the most part . For sides, Goodys wins , the sides at KC were a little bland the times I have been there .

Read the reviews on this site to give you a rough comparison between the two as well as find other places. The reviewer has been to a lot of places, and luckily for you they seem to be two of the better ones in NH:

http://www.pigtrip.net/Directory-main.htm#NH

Goody Coles:

http://www.pigtrip.net/review-GCSH.htm

KC Rib Shack:

http://www.pigtrip.net/review-KCRS.htm

Curiously, their catering page indicates some reluctance to go over 50 people .

http://www.ribshack.net/catering.html

Either way, I think you'll do fine with either one. Just book soon if its a weekend.

May 13, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Need a BBQ caterer in NH

One thing you should consider is on site cooking vs "drop off" cooking . The former costs more, but it not only adds atmosphere, but you can usually see it being cooked and can get better quality. Plus, it doesn't travel well over longer distances, tending to get a steamy flavor/texture.

Also, time of day is important vs type of meat you order. Recently we had an event catered and my friend ordered pulled pork and chicken . The chicken was fine, but the pulled pork ( needing much longer to cook ) was obviously cooked before hand and reheated on site, with a predictable and disappointing effect on texture and taste. Ribs and chicken take half the time brisket and pulled pork do, something to keep in mind.

Some BBQ places do good food, but do not have catering licenses. Generally though, if they do catering, their website will have it. If you are planning on a summer weekend, book soon as those dates tend to fill up fast.

To the OP, knowing where in NH you are located would help.

May 13, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Nashua area news?

It certainly won't measure up to BTs, but their brisket is very solid, in Goody Coles range. Just ate there last night. The only funky thing is that he closes early, around 6:30.

Apr 11, 2013
Msample in Northern New England