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Steak-Birthday Dinner; New Hampshire or North of Boston

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I am looking ideas for a good casual restaurant for steak either North of Boston or preferably in the Southern NH area. Price range would be in the $20-30 range, not too expensive, and NO chain restaurants. I'm looking for someplace unique, off the beaten path, etc. any thoughts?

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  1. How about the Hardcover on route 1 Peabody/Danvers? I am not a beef eater but my friends love the filet mignon.

    1. There's a relatively new place in Peabody - I think it's called Pellana, on Sylvan Street - that has gotten excellent reviews (although I haven't been):

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/330219

      http://www.pellanarestaurant.com/ - they have a VERY impressive wine list with what seems (to me) pretty decent prices.

        1. Michael Timothy's in Nashua is very good. http://www.michaeltimothys.com/

          Apparently the owner has recently opened a steak house in Merrimack but I haven't heard much about it.

          I'm not certain that Portsmouth is exactly "southern" NH but Lindbergh's Crossing is *amazing*. http://www.lindberghscrossing.com/

          I forget with magazine named it best restaurant outside of Boston. It's one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. It's more expensive than Michael Timothy's but the food is far superior. The steak entree is $30. If you want to keep it casual sit upstairs in the wine bar. It's very cozy and casual and they serve the same menu as the dining room.

          1. I'm not so familiar with places up north, but I recently had dinner at the Black Cow in Newburyport with a supplier. They had at least 3 steak options on the menu and my sirloin was cooked perfectly. Casual atmosphere and it's right on the water. Big beer menu too, which is always a plus for me. Mid - high 20's for steak.