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Are there any houndworthy restaurants in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire? I mean around Dublin, Jaffrey, Keene, Nashua and Peterborough - the Southwest corner of the state. My friends have told me it's pretty poor but I can't really believe it. Help me prove them wrong. All the best John Slater.

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  1. In Nashua:

    Michael Timothy's http://www.michaeltimothys.com/

    Surf http://www.surfseafood.com/index.html

    San Francisco Kitchen http://www.sanfranciscokitchen.com/ab...

    And yes in the other towns, but I haven't been there in a very long time so don't want to comment.

    Maybe not Boston type standards, but all pretty good for a lot less money.

    1. id take san francisco kitchen off the list, been about 5-6 times. Not good. Especially stay away from the hot and sour soup if you go! Its some strange red based soup with Zuchini in it! BAD!

      There is a good vietnamese noodle house aprox across the street from it though. Basically a hole in the wall but great Pho.

      Giant of Siam is decent thai food in down town nashua also.

      I will agree that Surf is good. I wouldnt say its a lot less money then Boston. Its priced all of what Skipjacks or Legals would be if not more.

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      1. re: hargau

        The "red based soup with Zuchini" (sic) in it is a Thai-style hot and sour soup, sometimes referred to as Tom Yum. It may not be the hot and sour soup you get at some (most?) Chinese restaurants, but it has its own adherents. That being said, the best (by all means!) "red based" hot and sour soup can be found on Rt. 3A in Hudson at a place called "Dynamite 1." It's a Japanese sushi restaurant with Korean and Thai dinner items for a good all-around Asian experience.

        I agree on the Vietnam Noodle House on Main Street in Nashua. Great soups, and terrific food. Be aware that the menu is divided in two, with the first half showing exclusively vegetarian food, and the second half with meat.

        Near Michael Timothy's, Surf, San Francisco Kitchen, and the Vietnam Noodle House, there's Manhattan on Pearl (on Pearl St) for martinis and Martha's Exchange for beer nearby for people looking for a good cocktail hour experience. All are in downtown Nashua.

        Nashua is a veritable delight for the Chowhound, with cuisine from nearly every ethnic group well represented. I was lucky enough to work there for ten years and managed to try just about every place around.

        As for the original poster, I think it is quite a stretch to consider Nashua in the Monadnock region...!

        1. re: lar3ry

          Im a big fan of tom yum soup and quite familiar with it. What they have at SF Kitchen is like none I have ever had anyplace. Nor did I find any of their food very good at all.

          I think its quite a stretch to call what they serve Tom Yum soup. Have you actually had this soup at SF Kitchen?

          Sorry I left a C out of Zucchini, but I still stand by my review.

        2. re: hargau

          When I eat at SFK, I don't eat off the chinese menu. I think their dinner menu is quite good.

          My husband just had the Sesame Encrusted Rare Tuna there last week, and said it was melt in your mouth. I don't do seafood so can't relate.

          Anyhow, I think their dinners are pretty good.

          Needless to say you don't have to agree.

          Regarding Surf - their prices have increased with their newest menu, so okay maybe not cheaper than Boston, but at least the parking is a bit better, yes?

          You may also disagree on this, but I've come to like Ristorante Italiano on 101A for Italian.

          My fav is Piccola Italia in Manchester, but not always willing to do the drive.

        3. It's been a few years since I visited but I liked the restaurant in Peterborough that used to be a theater, also the diner. Both are within walking distance of each other on a side street. The Toadstool bookstore almost next door has a little coffee shop.

          1. Keene has mostly chains (Olive Garden, etc.). Margarita's is awful; but I've heard that Armadillo's (tex-mex) is pretty good...haven't tried it yet though.

            1. Was just in Jaffrey this weekend for a trip to Kimball Farms. It is a casual place with good seafood platters, personal favorite the lobster roll. There is indoor seats and picnic tables outside. The ice cream is the real reason to go there.

              1. Acqua Bistro in Peterborough is very good, and you can sit outside by the river. I've heard positive things about Pearl Restaurant, which is a tiny seafood place in P'bo just below the intersection of 101 & 202. I second Kimball Farms in Jaffrey--it's a classic ice cream & hot dog place next to the airfield. They have a decent lobster roll. Keene has a great Italian restaurant called Nicola's. If you are going west from Nashua, the French Bistro in Milford has exceptional cuisine. Nashua is kind of its own thing--lots of places like Michael Timothy's, Surf, Fody's, Cucina Toscana, Thon Khao (Thai), Takumi (great sushi), YouYou Bistro, Mezza (Lebanese)...I could go on.

                1. A follow up--we had dinner at Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Peterboro last night and it was excellent. They have a selection of very fresh oysters, as well as Asian-influenced items on the menu. Everything was very good--including a raw tuna appetizer with udon noodles, cumin rubbed pork ribs, hangar steak with sriracha sauce and a pain perdu berry shortcake type of thing for dessert. Note: they don't take reservations except for 6 or more and it can get busy. Our wait for a table was about 20 minutes.

                  1. I second Acqua Bistro in Peterborough. I've only been for Sunday Brunch, but it's a nice menu, great drinks and a nice ambience inside or outside.

                    1. Has anyone been to the Salmon Chase Bistro in the EF Lane Hotel? (Keene) I might be in Keene this wkend and the menu online looked good. Acqua Bistro sounded good as well.

                      And what about the LA Burdick's restaurant in Walpole?

                      1. Here is a review of Salmon Chase: http://www.newhampshire.com/article.c...

                        I think Burdicks is more of a pastry shop/tea room. They make their own chocolates, which are served in very high end restaurants like Bouley, etc. If it weren't 96 degrees outside, I'd recommend the hot chocolate!

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                        1. re: whs

                          Thanks for the review!

                          The Burdick's in Walpole NH is the only one w/a full service restaurant, they serve lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch - menus look great.