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dmc Nov 16, 2002 10:20 PM

My family and I are new to Peabody and haven't been able to find much in the way of good eats. There seems to be more chain-style establishments. Any dining suggestions outside the scope of chain restaurants? Also, anyone have any suggestions for great breakfast spots? We only know of IHOP, which I'm not a big fan of.

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    Shaebones Nov 17, 2002 01:35 AM

    My favorite dive (and its not THAT divey) is Brody's Pub right in Peabody square.
    Have been going there for years. Great steak tips and greek salads. Fast friendly service and they keep the beers comin' We go all the time.

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      Mary Lou Nov 17, 2002 08:46 PM

      If you are looking for something quick, Land and Sea on Lynnfield Street in So. Peabody has good roast beef sandwiches, fries, onion rings and most of their fried seafood is also quite good.

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      Lily Nov 17, 2002 07:40 AM

      The Wardhurst on Lynnfield St has been around for years. Known for shish kebab...also have nightly specials, steak, fish, etc.

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        clams247 Nov 19, 2002 01:09 PM

        I second that emotion.

        Depending on your sensibilities, the Wardhurst might seem divey or else quite romantic and cozy. Terrific grilled foods, especially shish kebab. I have never had anything less than a great meal there (although that was years ago).

        Pronounced "Wadhurst." Any arguments?

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        ladyfish Nov 17, 2002 07:48 AM

        We just tried the Courthouse Pub in Peabody Square last weekend. They're under new owners, excellent county-style ribs and tips, schrimp scampi pizza was awesome, and they have the best breadsticks. Beware, if you sit close to the bar area, it can be kind of smokey.

        Also Belinnos from Wakefield just opened up in the Square. It's located where Piece O Pizza used to be. Haven't tried the Peabody one yet but the Wakefield spot is always good.

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          Chris VR Nov 17, 2002 08:01 AM

          I had a good suburban Chinese meal at Su Chang's on Lowell Street (link below).

          While you are in that neck of the woods, pick up some cider from Brooksby Farm, some of the best around IMO. It's up behind North Shore mall on Felton Sreet.

          For breakfast, I like the diner on Rte. 1 N (Bel-Aire, I think). Nothing fancy, just good greasy spoon fare.

          O'Fado is great Portugese food, althought not sure how much longer it will be around (do a search of this board for O'Fado- galleygirl has written some great reviews.) Fire Bull is a Brazilian rodizio not far from the square, although I've never been I've heard good things.

          And you're not far from the best ice cream around, Richardson's on Rte. 114 in Middleton (west of the intersection of 114 and Rte. 1). Super-premium ice cream of the gods. And cows for the kids.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            chuck s Nov 17, 2002 08:16 AM

            The Seawitch on Rt 1 north just before Lowell St. Pretty good seafood without having to go to clam mecca.

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              Clams247 Nov 19, 2002 01:13 PM

              I never cared for the clams at Seawitch, but the occasional smelts special is nice.

              I miss the clams at Vic's Drive-In, which became the Sylvain Street Grill. Just not the same. (Same kitchen, though!)

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                Clams247 Nov 19, 2002 01:14 PM

                Correction: "Grille"


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                  galleygirl Nov 19, 2002 04:34 PM

                  I gottah go with Chuck S on the Seawitch, esp. the lobster dinners..Steamers are usually great when they have them, as well as the fried oysters.

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                Linda from Boston Nov 18, 2002 08:34 AM

                I recently attended a luncheon at Grassfield's in Waltham. Some women were speaking about the many restaurants in the "Jimmy's" family and mentioned an additional one on Route 114. I believe the name to be Frank and Tony's. It's in a strip mall -- people seemed to like it -- I haven't been there.

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                  Patti Nov 18, 2002 09:10 AM

                  It is Nick & Tony's. It is located on Rt 114, just across from Kane's Flowers, in a strip mall that runs sideways, away from the street, so it's hard to see. I think that part of 114 is in Danvers. They specialize in Italian & seafood. I enjoyed it the one time I ate there. Nice, casual atmosphere, reasonable prices, good food. Certainly not "gourmet greatness" but still good.

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                  Suze Nov 19, 2002 08:42 AM

                  The Grapevine in Salem is fantastic Italian.

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                    Lily Nov 19, 2002 09:08 AM

                    For breakfast...in nearby Salem there is Maria's on Jefferson Ave., Puleos on Highland Ave., Reds, Central Ave; Taste of Thyme, Washington St and Cafe Graziano, Washington St (the last 3 are considered the downtown area of Salem)
                    In Peabody the Century House on Rt 114 serves a good breakfast

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                      Nancy Nov 20, 2002 11:03 AM

                      Bellino's in Peabody is *great*. My family and I have been there a number of times - although we've only gotten pizza and salads. The pizza has a nice thin crust (although not too thin), great sauce and fresh toppings. Antipasto is really tasty and fresh. Family friendly.
                      In nearby Salem there are a number of places we enjoy including the Grapevine and Finz. Never a bad meal at either place.

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