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Nice dinner before show in Manchester-Cotton, Fratellos or Commercial St. Fishery??

lexpatti Dec 7, 2006 06:24 PM

Looking for a really nice dinner before a show in Manchester. I like creative, great presentation, excellent service (attention to detail), great tastes and flavors. Ya, not much to ask right? Haven't done Cotton or Commercial St. but heard great things. Any comments?

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  1. kparke30 RE: lexpatti Dec 7, 2006 08:09 PM

    Cotton is great - you should not be disappointed. Busy on event nites so may want to call ahead for reservations. Richard's Bistro is another great bet.

    1. whs RE: lexpatti Dec 7, 2006 08:42 PM

      Fratellos is mediocre at best. Cotton is very nice--try the Kung Pao Calamari. Richard's Bistro is more of a gourmet experience and a little pricier. Piccola Italia is good Italian. Have not tried CSF. BTW, thanks for the Cockeyed Gull rec in Portland--we enjoyed it.

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        lexpatti RE: whs Dec 8, 2006 05:55 PM

        glad you liked Cockeyed Gull, I loved their Calimari and had the best platter of smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, red onion and lemon there for breakfast.

        Have you done the brazialian Goucho's in Manch on Lowell St. - very very nice, have done several (lowell, boston, etc.) but Manch is by far the best.

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          whs RE: lexpatti Dec 8, 2006 10:37 PM

          Haven't been to Gaucho's, though friends love it. There's a Brazilian place in Nashua called Sabor with similar rodizio items--not as upscale, but a little cheaper. Good capirinhas.

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            lexpatti RE: whs Dec 9, 2006 02:05 PM

            Kewl, we love Brazilian and Nashua is close. I should start a new topic but you seem to be in the same somewhat area, there's a new place in Chelmsford that I'm hearing about - something grill - just off Rt. 110. Heard anything?

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        lexpatti RE: lexpatti Dec 7, 2006 10:38 PM

        Thanks for the feedback, I do love Piccola Italia too. I'll have to check out Richard's as many have talked about that one. Has anyone tried the ChopHouse on Hanover St.? OOOOOh, I was just totally diverted to Richard's website - why havent' I stumbed onto this place before? This looks like my kind of menu.

        1. kaszeta RE: lexpatti Dec 11, 2006 01:18 PM

          Both times I've been to Cotton it's been phenomenally good. Hanover Chop House is also quite good.

          I keep meaning to check out Gaucho's, it even had a healthy Sunday evening crowd last night when I dropped by the Red Arrow for a snack.

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            lexpatti RE: lexpatti Dec 11, 2006 02:02 PM

            Thanks all for the feedback, I think I'll make res for cotton and splurg for Richard's when it's only the two of us.

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