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Help me Chowhounders! I am going on a date Wednesday night. The destination is going to be somewhere on Route 1. Ugh. It seems to be the half way point from where we both live. Where is a good place to meet up for some decent grub, wine/beer? Heck, I will even go off the beaten path.. Please don't mention Hooters. That's the last place I need to bring a guy for the first time... Birdy is very nervous, so I need to feel a little bit comfortable too. Thanks for your help!

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  1. Isn't Donatello's on Rt. 1 North supposed to be pretty good?

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    1. re: Joanie

      Hi Joanie - I just spoke with my friend about that place. She said that back in the day, all the servers from Prezza came from there which MEANT is was good. But I don't know about now. Someone told me that it's better to sit upstairs, yes?

      1. re: birdy30

        Actually Donatello's is still quite a nice restaurant. The food is delicious and the servers all know what they're doing... and are helpful. It's our go-to resturant when we want a pleasant and satisfying dinner without breaking the bank or going too far afield.
        http://www.donatello-restaurant.com/

        Since we don't know what the "half way point where [they] both live"...I was going to suggest the Hardcover in Danvers on Rte. 1 north....
        http://www.barnsiderrestaurants.com/1...

    2. How about Uncle Pete's on Route 60 in Revere for some good BBQ and beer? It's just off the Route 1 exit, about 1/4 mile east of the intersection.

      1. Casual dining chain wasteland! I can only think of two places I ever stop: Karl's Sausage Kitchen (a retail outlet, no help there) and Brothers Kouzina, which is a pretty okay Greek-American diner type of place with some actual Greek dishes on the menu, but all the ambience of Denny's.

        The Hilltop could have some kitsch appeal, though I think it's pretty weak by mid-range steakhouse standards; I think I'd actually rather eat at Jimmy's Steer House.

        You could do worse than Bertucci's or Naked Fish.

        Is your date adventurous enough for Vietnamese? I haven't tried it, but there's a place call Pho Triple 888 (that's nine 8s for extra luck, I presume). Neither have I tried a nearby Thai place, Sri Thai Blossom.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Bertucci's or Naked Fish might be good. He's coming from Burlington and I will be coming from Reveeyah if that makes it more helpful. I laugh out loud suggesting Karl's Sausage Kitchen - I don't want to scare him away! And I don't know how adventurous he is because I haven't met him yet... Gulp.

          1. re: birdy30

            If it's Burlington and Revere, how about Sushi Island in Wakefield?

            1. re: beetlebug

              And, if the date goes well, you can go to Methlebarb's (sp) ice cream for dessert.

            2. re: birdy30

              Naked fish is much too noisy... just sayin'.

          2. Out of Asia - Route 1, is pretty good casual Chinese.

            Or take the right onto the Lynn Fells Parkway for 1/2 mile. La Vita Mia, is really good Italian.

            1. The Hardcover is a little up RT.1. They are decent for what you're looking for. Shouldn't be super busy on Wednesday either. Afforadable American type cuisine.

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              1. re: Mervyn Cruddy

                Sake
                Out of Asia
                Hardcover
                Angela's Coal Fired Pizza

                1. re: lulu806

                  Yup, I was gonnah suggest Angela's....Donatello's isn't casual enough for a first date. Angela's; lighter, casual food, beverages, casual, yet not chain (even tho it is one ) atmosphere...
                  And not too expensive for an exploratory date....Lower price points, but slightly cool atmosphere go far in lightening the ambiance....(This from a woman who did her share of those!!!!)