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beandog Apr 29, 2010 01:51 PM

Anyone know of a decent place to grab some dinner not too far from the Fairgrounds on a Friday night? Was going to drive to the Clambox but was wondering if there was anything a bit closer. 1 Adult & 2 kids, nothing fancy just good quality and I dont really know the area that well.

Thanks

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    Cheffrank Apr 30, 2010 04:41 AM

    The 466 is right up the street in Danvers, a local hangout with decent sandwiches, great steak tips, good drinks and super atmosphere. Just head south on route 1 and you will be there in no time.

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      Billie Jean Apr 30, 2010 01:18 PM

      I would second the 466. 1 minute from the fairgrounds. The restaurant has 2 sides--a family sit down side and the bar, which is always crowded with Red Sox and other local sports on tv. Would recommend the pizzas--try the Caesar Salad pizza!, steak and cheese sub, specials. The only thing I don't like there is the Buffalo wings because the coating is not fried but kind of crumb-y. Prices are reasonable and there is a large selection of good homey and pub food.

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      PrincessBakesALot Apr 29, 2010 08:16 PM

      Alex's on Main Street in Topsfield center is better than you'd expect for a Greek pizza place. I don't love their pizza but their onion rings are really good, thin, crispy and not frozen. I really like their steak tips and salad, the fish and chips is done well too. I haven't tried their other seafood but everything I have had is fresh and tasty. It is an "order from the counter" sub shop, nothing fancy but the food is good.

      1. Infomaniac Apr 29, 2010 05:26 PM

        The American BBQ in Rowley is a little closer than the Clambox.
        http://tabbq.com/
        Great for kids and quality BBQ.

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          hhookk Apr 29, 2010 04:22 PM

          Agawam diner is a great call. If you go in the other direction towards Danvers theres a place called The 466 right on Route 1 before you get to 95. Nice clean little sports bar. Kid friendly. Great pub food. Here are some Yelp reviews:
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/four-66-pub-a...

          1. almansa Apr 29, 2010 02:51 PM

            I am a fan of Ithaki in Ipswich for really fresh and bright Greek cuisine, but I haven't been in a while. I've always gone dressed casually and with my kids.

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              treb Apr 29, 2010 03:26 PM

              I heard somewhere that Ithaki was closed for remodeling. I'd 3rd the Clam Box then go to White Farms, you'll pass it going to Clam Box, for some great ice cream.

            2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 29, 2010 02:21 PM

              Well, from the fairgrounds, it's just a few miles up Route 1 to the Agawam Diner in Rowley, which isn't the greatest food ever in the world, but much of it's decent and the atmosphere is nice and the kids would like it.

              But honestly, the Agawam is at the corner of Route 1 and Highway 133, and if you go east on 133, at that point you're only...what, three or four miles, tops?...from the Clam Box. And this early in the season, the wait at the Clam Box, even on a Friday night, isn't gonna be anything like what it'll be after Memorial Day.

              If it were me, I'd go to the Clam Box.

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              Agawam Diner
              166 Newburyport Tpke, Rowley, MA

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                beandog Apr 29, 2010 02:43 PM

                That was my first thought, I just thought I would ask around other hounds that may know the area better than I. Thanks much.

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                  chuck s Apr 30, 2010 03:58 AM

                  Actually the food at the Agawam Diner is pretty good. Their clams are almost as good as what you would get at the Clam Box (they are related) and the kids would love the pies.

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                  Agawam Diner
                  166 Newburyport Tpke, Rowley, MA

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