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Kitty Mar 14, 2002 07:38 AM

We just bought a summer place in MA right over the border from Rindge, NH. We've been going to this area for a while and have already been a # of times to these restaurants: Victorian House in Ashburnham, Brass Pineapple in Winchendon, Lily's in Rindge, Little Anthony's in Winchendon. My question is: what other chow is out there??? We'd love some recommendations for other local places, from cheap to $$$, as long as the food is good. We've not been so impressed with the Brass Pineapple, to be honest. They have an ambitious menu, but the prices far outstrip the quality of the meals we have tried so far. On one occasion, I was served cream cheese in place of what was supposed to be a goat cheese tart. Not good. Any suggestions appreciated!!!

  1. m
    M. Maxwell Apr 10, 2002 01:43 PM

    Try the Old Traveler's Restaurant across from the Town Hall in Winchendon. The food is very good and innovative for Winchendon. Much better than the Brass Pineapple and less expensive. Check their hours, they aren't open every night. Get there early for a seat !

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    1. re: M. Maxwell
      k
      K Jun 12, 2002 10:04 AM

      Just saw your post! Thanks for the tip. I've seen this restaurnat and wondered, but never tried it!

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      Miss Lak Feb 8, 2008 09:06 AM

      We have a Summer place in Fitzwilliam and run into the same issue that you have. I haven't been to the BP yet, I did hear that it's not so great either. I found Little Anthony's to be overpriced and the wait staff to be rude. Lily's is nice, but also a bit pricy for the area. We usually head up to Keene and there are tons of nice litte places downtown (great outdoor ones in the Summer) They usually have something going on in the center of town on the weekends. We've even found a few spots along the way. And, it's a really nice drive.

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      1. re: Miss Lak
        Kat Feb 8, 2008 09:31 AM

        Hey there! I had forgotten about this old post, but we're still looking! I love eating outside, so can you suggest your favorites in Keene? The BP closed a while back, and I don't think the Old Traveler is in Winchendon anymore either. Peterborough, NH also has a few nice spots, Pearl is one and there is an upscale-ish restaurant right downtown by the river where you can sit outside in summer. Forget the name at the moment. I like the Peterborough Diner as well. How is the Fitzwilliam Inn since the rehab? Do you know if they have a decent brunch?

      2. whs Feb 8, 2008 09:47 AM

        Aylmer's Grille in Jaffrey: http://www.aylmersgrille.com/index.php

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          Tedmom Feb 8, 2008 09:58 AM

          Kimball's Farm in Jaffrey NH in the late spring/summer/early fall for fried fish/claims/lobster rolls and ice cream; Acqua Bistro in Peterborough NH for nice upscale dining, drinks, Sunday brunch; Del Rossi's in Dublin NH for Italian; Lee and Mt. Fuji in Marlborough NH for Chinese.

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          1. re: Tedmom
            Kat Feb 9, 2008 04:08 AM

            Acqua Bistro! That is the name of the Peterborough place I was suggesting. I had a mental block. I love Kimball's as well, the portions are so big, enough for two to share. I'll have to get the map out to find Dublin and Marlborough, NH, not sure where they are in relation to our place. The mention of Aylmer's Grill reminds me of another place in Jaffrey where we had a nice dinner, the Jaffrey Inn. Seemed to attract an older crowd, but good food nonetheless.

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            RandyL Feb 9, 2008 11:22 AM

            Victorian House appears to be closed as well (thank God).

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            1. re: RandyL
              Kat Feb 9, 2008 03:03 PM

              When did that happen? I only ate there once or twice and the food was OK, as I recall, but I just couldn't abide the fussy decor, hearts and lacy thingies everywhere.

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