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Any recs along the Dover, Somersworth, Rochester, Farmington, NH corridor?

oopboromom Jul 19, 2010 09:49 AM

Hi Hounds, periodically I'll meet my dau 1/2 betw. Portsmouth and Wolfeboro for dinner & was wondering if anyone has any recs along the Dover, Somersworth, Rochester, Farmington, NH corridor.

  1. 3catsnh Jan 10, 2011 02:39 PM

    Hey, has anyone been to Quick to Go--in a CITGO GAS STATION (?!) in Somersworth? The reviews on YELP are great and they are doing feature on them and their Mediterranean food on NH television tonight. Any Chowhounds been there? I am very intrigued!


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    1. re: 3catsnh
      bewley Jan 10, 2011 04:48 PM

      It's an excellent place for chicken shawarma and falafel. Owners are from Lebanon. Nice people.

    2. 3catsnh Jan 9, 2011 07:38 AM

      What about the Silver Moon in Dover for crepes? Haven't been in a while but it was very nice.

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        humin Aug 3, 2010 10:26 AM

        If your willing to go to Newmarket - "Big Bean" is a fantastic spot for breakfast/brunch. One of the best breakfast places I've found in NH.

        Also in Newmarket is Rocky's Famous Burgers. Excellent hand made burgers.

        Both restaurants are extremely small.

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        1. re: humin
          bewley Aug 3, 2010 02:31 PM

          I really like the Big Bean as well, but the OP specified a place for dinner.

          Newmarket is a bit out of the way from Route 16. I've eaten at Rocky's twice, but don't think it's worth going out of the way for (regardless of their Phantom Gourmet 'hidden jewel" rating). I could never understand the Phantom Gourmet rating anyway. Gilley's in Portsmouth only got a 77 rating and I love their burgers. If Rocky's were in Dover or Rochester it may be more accessable--actually Wild Willy's Burgers in Rochester (just off exit 11) has really good burgers as well.


          1. re: bewley
            oopboromom Aug 26, 2010 05:12 AM

            Thanks, All. Does anyone know if the Italian restaurant in Farmington (Il Risorante?) is still in business? If not, what happened?

            1. re: oopboromom
              susan jr Sep 3, 2010 07:44 PM

              The last I heard it had changed to a Mexican place, but we drove through recently and it didn't look open.

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          susan jr Aug 1, 2010 06:41 PM

          Try Spaulding Steak and Ale on Wakefield Street. We stop in on occasion and have never been disappointed. Out on Rte 11, there's the Granite Steak and Ale. We've eaten in the tavern downstairs and have had some good meals.

          Slims Tex Mex and Fat Tony's (both owned by the same guys who own the Spaulding) have some reasonably priced and very good items on their menus.

          Don't discount Rochester. The restaruants I mentioned and those I didn't are every bit as good as those you'll find in Dover.

          And speaking of Rochester, come during the day and visit Artstream and Jenny Wren galleries. While you're here, take the walking tour and see the " If These Rocks Could Talk" public art exhibit with sculptures around the down town area. Pick up a map an most down town businesses.

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          1. re: susan jr
            bewley Aug 2, 2010 05:47 AM

            I've known many people who have eaten (and few who have worked) at Fat Tony's and their sister Slim's Tex Mex and most have said "Don't waste your time." I have heard Granite Steak and Grill offers simple, basic and consistently good food. Nothing fancy here. Sad to say, but overall, the whole area lacks good places to eat.

          2. aadesmd Jul 26, 2010 10:39 PM

            Boy, I could not think of a worse area to try to find reasonably good food.

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            1. re: aadesmd
              bewley Jul 27, 2010 08:29 AM

              I would avoid Rochester and Somersworth.

              Dover, eh . . Sara Thai (close to exit 9 off Spaulding Turnpike) or Taste of India (downtown Dover).

              Taste of India
              55 Main St, Dover, NH 03820

              Sara Thai Restaurant
              92 New Rochester Rd, Dover, NH 03820

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