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Aug 31, 2007 01:24 PM

Manchester, NH Area Restaurant

We're visiting our daughter at St. Anselm College this weekend and looking for a restaurant to take her to in the Manchester area. Thinking Steak/Seafood -- she's already sick of pasta. I know there is an Outback chain nearby. Any great independents? Thanks!

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  1. If you don't mind spending $$$, the Hanover Steet Chophouse in Manch: or Buckley's Great Steaks in Merrimack: A cheaper indy steakhouse is Silo's, also in Merrimack:
    For seafood, you could try Commercial Street Fishery in Manchester:
    C.R. Sparks in Bedford has both:

    lexpatti, one of our great NE hounds, loves Tinker's Seafood--haven't tried it yet but am planning to, based on her rave.

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    1. re: whs

      Thanks whs, your picks are great for steak and most likely great seafood too and more upscale. Tinkers is very very casual - awesome seafood but not a nice dinner out per sa with the family, it's your typical paper plate, red checker table cloth place with fabulous clams, lobster rolls, etc.

      1. re: lexpatti

        Hannover Street Chophouse is extremely expensive and feels like a place where you'd take business clients. CR Sparks is owned by the same guy, is cheaper and has a more fun yet intimate atmopshere, and is closer to St. Anselm. The menu also has a lot of variety so there's something for everyone.

        Cotton is good as well. A little less pricey than CR Sparks. Fewer menu options, not presented quite as fancy, but the food's just as good. Plus there's outdoor seating which is wonderful at night.

    2. Cotton is another all-around great restaurant... food is "American bistro" (always well executed), cozy environment, and great bartending.

      I also like CR Sparks, and the while I haven't been to the Hanover Street Chophouse, it's run by the same people so I would expect it to be very good.

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      1. re: Rabbit

        love love love Cotton!!! I've also heard great things about "Z" but haven't been yet.

        1. re: lexpatti

          Have been to Z a few times. Food is very innovative and atmosphere is very fun. The scallops are some of the best I've ever had, sweet and cooked to perfection. It's a must try if you live in or around Manchester.