Keon's 105 in Haverhill
i was at Keon's last night (and most thursday nights) and i feel i must mention how impressed i am with the quality of the plates coming out of this tiny kitchen.
i was able to sample a blackboard special that was really really good. this special was presented on a rectangular plate with two jumbo shrimps with crabmeat stuffing (way more crabmeat than filler), a four ounce filet (cooked perfectly to medium rare), a luvly mashed potato and a nice arrangement of asparagus. i don't remember the price but i have seen dishes like this coming out of boston kitchens in the very high $20s to low $30s. they were also moving a lot of a marscapone ravioli dish that was topped with a very large compliment of lobster. looked really yummy, but i did not get a chance to try.
this place is really worth checking out if you are in the neighborhood, and even if you’re slightly out of the neighborhood.
I believe there has eeen a change of ownership and chefs since the first few years, when I was a semi-frequent and enthusiastic patron. Haverhill is improving, but this was one of the best dining -- and as you say, serious cocktail-making -- options to come along in that neighborhood in a long while. I'm glad to hear it is still good; I hardly ever get up that way anymore.
I had the pleasure of attending the monthly wine dinner a few months ago. 5 courses paired with nice wines for $65/person. It was so much fun and the food and service were excellent. Very creative dishes and an enjoyable atmosphere.
They do these on the first Sunday of each month and I've been meaning to go again.