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Non-chain dinner options in Littleton/Bethlehem NH?

Nothing haute cuisine or pricey (under 20/plate), but we want to steer away from the chains, too. TC and I liked The Clam Shell in Littleton, which is now, sadly, a chain drugstore as part of a rapidly urbanizing stretch of 302. We've done Littleton Diner/Topic of the Town for breakfast and have had good (very good) and bad (quite bad) experiences in both. Italian Oasis, if still there, was just myeh two years ago.

We are not picky eaters....we loved the Clam Shells salad bar, but doubt we'll find one in the area. Steaks/seafood or any ethnic cuisine is fine, as is typical New Englandy stuff. We'll be there for a long weekend.

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Italian Oasis Restaurant
Parkers Market Pl, Littleton, NH 03561

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  1. I'd recommend Chang Thai (http://changthaicafe.com/) in Littleton, between Village Book Store and Northern Lights Music. In Bethlehem, you might like Rosa Flamingo's (http://www.facebook.com/rosa.flamingos). Both are consistent. Another option--it's really hit or miss, depending on who's cooking--is Alburitto's on Union Street (Route 116, a mile or less east of downtown). Was impressed with the fish tacos (seared haddock, cheesy, thick soft shell, with veggies on the side.)

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    Rosa Flamingos
    Main, Bethlehem, NH 03574

    Chang Thai Cafe
    77 Main St, Littleton, NH 03561

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    1. re: dayvuu

      My Chang Thai recommendation is no longer valid.

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      Chang Thai Cafe
      77 Main St, Littleton, NH 03561

    2. Check out Cold Moutain Cafe in Bethlehem. I would avoid Allburritos...the food is ok but the service is horrible. Even the locals don't go there. Another great place is Baliwicks in Thayers Inn. A little pricey but wonderful food. Also check out Wendles in Franconia for funky sanwiches and MoJOs (Franconia) makes the best chcken salad sanwiches and ice cream! Hope this helps.

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      1. re: runningonfaith

        I'm a local who generally agrees/agreed about the service at Alburitto's. We had guests in town this week and ended up going twice. Service and speed of delivery was much better than a.) expected and b.) ever before. Don't know if it's a trend or not. One can only hope.

        Baliwicks is nice, but probably above the original poster's target range. Cold Mt. could be a good option; food quality is good, don't remember service, but the menu is lacking the variety that some families/groups may want.

        Haven't tried Wendles or the chix salad at MoJos.

      2. We had the best meal we've ever had in Littleton last Fall at the Beal House.
        The service was outstanding the portions were large,and the quality of the food was excellent.
        This place is surely an excellent choice.
        I noticed that no one has mentioned this place recently.
        We've also done the Martini Bar at Baliwick's which was good
        for drinks and appetizers although we've never had a formal sit-down dinner there.
        We love the Littleton Diner,especially for their home-made hash.
        The breakfst at the Coffee Pot was very good also but their coffee did not agree with us.
        Please let us know your experiences as we're heading up that way again next month.
        thanks!

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        Coffee Pot
        30 Main St, Littleton, NH 03561

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        1. re: catnip

          Beal House has undergone some changes over the past nine months. Perhaps folks are reserving judgment until they get back into a groove.

          1. re: dayvuu

            Thanks for your opinion dayvuu!
            We'll try the place again but it sounds,from the other posts here,that the place has slipped.
            We'll report back on our experiences there.

        2. Thank you all--TC has dined at (and has liked) Rosa Flamingos w/ golf buddies. We may also be staying at Thayer's since it's pet friendly and we are w/hound so Baliwicks sounds wonderful. I will print out your suggestions and bring them along. PS I am much in love with Asian cuisine, so I might have to try Chang Thai and MoJo for dessert. Catnip, is the Beal House pricey?
          Will let you all know how everything was.

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          Rosa Flamingos
          Main, Bethlehem, NH 03574

          Chang Thai Cafe
          77 Main St, Littleton, NH 03561

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          1. re: pinehurst

            Beal House has a Beal Deal (maybe 4-6 pm?). Two entrees and a bottle of wine for $40, I think. We went within the last month or so, but outside of the Beal Deal hours. We spent $120+ for two and were thoroughly disappointed. Food was mediocre at best. That said, it was much, much, MUCH better than the service.

          2. If I'm not mistaken, a number of former Clam Shell management/employees ended up at either Bailiwicks or 99 in Littleton.