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Feb 15, 2010 09:08 AM

Cassidy's Grille, Amherst NH: Meh.

Checked out this café on 101A for the first time today; it's in the old J. Beaners location. I had some time to kill and brought my laptop to take advantage of their free Wifi along with coffee and breakfast.

A white board directs you to seat yourself anywhere and wait for a server to come to you. The restaurant is separated into two sections: one with standard table and chairs for dining, the other with "bar" type set-up and stools, which is where I sat with my computer. The first problem is that it took over 10 minutes for the waitress to acknowledge my presence. There was one other gentleman in the bar area at the time, and the waitress--she seemed to be the only one working--was refilling his coffee and chatting with him in between waiting on the customers in the dining area, but seemed not to see me until I fought to make eye contact with her on one of her trips behind the counter to the register. And therein lies the crux of the problem. This one waitress had to do everything: she was taking orders, pouring coffee, serving the food, clearing plates, taking the checks and giving back change, in addition to serving the take-out customers. Frankly, that's ridiculous. Anyway, by the time she got over to me, she had her pen poised take my order, then sheepishly realized I'd never been given a menu. Not off to a good start.

I had coffee and ordered Eggs Benedict. I pretty much order this everywhere whenever I go out for breakfast; I can't resist it, though they offered "Farmers' Wraps", omlettes, and pastries as well as other breakfast standards. It took just under 20 minutes for my food to be brought to me. One of my eggs was slightly undercooked, but it was otherwise unremarkable. (Not that I was expecting anything out of this world; I'm well aware that this is not an overly complicated dish.) It was just...fine. Nothing special, nothing horrible. It was served with roasted potatoes and a half slice of orange, for $6.99. The next problem: the waitress never came back to ask how it was, or if I wanted anything else. She didn't reappear until I was 5 minutes past finished with my meal, when she came to clear the plate. She did refill my coffee at that time, which was nice (45 minutes after the first cup). She never came back with the bill; maybe she didn't want to rush me as I nursed the second cup of (weak) coffee and surfed the net. I eventually got up and presented myself at the counter to pay. By that time, a second waitress had appeared, so maybe other customers didn't have to wait as long as I did; I can't say for sure.

As I said, the food wasn't anything to write home about, but what I ordered wasn't exactly earth-shattering. If I had been more adventuresome, I might have been more impressed with what they had to offer. If they work out their staffing issues, and make better coffee, it could be a nice place to linger.

Cassidy's Grille & Coffee House
25 State Route 101A, Amherst, NH 03031

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  1. J Beaners was terrible, but was one of those places the Amherst/Hollis housewives congregated to..the lot was always full of the high end sport utilities..Could never understand this.
    This place is all too familiar...and to think they offer catering.

    No thanks

    6 Replies
    1. re: ctroutman

      Has anyone heard anything about Cassidy's? It seems to be closed frequently when I drive by--if not every morning, then many, and that's in the morning when it's key for a breakfast/lunch place to be open. I didn't care for the place, but seemed to be a sustainable amount of activity there recently, based on the number of cars in the parking lot fairly recently. Just curious if there's been any news... and very curious as to what might go in there next if they are closed or closing.

      1. re: Tante

        I have searched and searched online for information (including Facebook) but haven't found anything. I'm going out on a limb and saying it's closed for good...I've driven by quite a lot in the past 2 weeks and it has been closed every time.

        1. re: solargarlic

          I drive by the site 2x a day every day. Cassidys definitely appears to be toast.

          I thought the food was a few shades tastier than meh.

          1. re: cringle22

            I went once and that was enough. The food was mediocre at best and the service left something to be desired. Too bad, as it's a nice space.

            1. re: cringle22

              Yup, definitely closed now. It was weird--I swear that for a while there, I'd drive by and some days it would be open and some days it wasn't. Would be so nice if something good went in there, and lasted.

              1. re: Tante

                Somebody should open a good burrito/taco place there. They'd make a fortune.