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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      My Chang Thai recommendation is no longer valid.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.

            1. Okay, our little food tour of Bethlehem has finished! We never got to Rosa Flamingo's since it was closed, oddly, on the Tuesday night we drove by.

              Breakfasts: Topic of the Town, Littleton Diner. Diner's hash was slightly not as great as it once was, but the eggs were cooked to perfection (poached, not easy to find) and service was attentive. Topic of the Town was good but a little hurried and a little "sticky"....I like clean, clean clean. TC was happy, I wasn't.

              Snacks: Bishops Ice Cream, and an ice cream parlor next to the Theater in Bethlehem...can't remember the name. TC thought his mint oreo to be so-so. My grapenut ice cream was outstanding, but the "single scoop" was less than four oz, a bit too soft out of the bin, and frankly, 3.50 for a couple of tablespoons of ice cream is too much for me. They also charge 25 cents if you ask for a cone when getting ice cream in a cup....necessary for the runny grapenut.
              The place next to the theater on 302 in Bethlehem was fab. Very small, busy, very generous in portion size and spirit.

              Lunch: one liquid lunch was spent in Baliwicks. TC loved his Tanquerary martini and I, my Ketel One. Not cheap, but worth a stop. That was our splurge.

              Dinners: One dinner at the Wayside Inn, Bethlehem. Owners/chefs a married Swiss/Austrian (I think?) couple. Excellent dinner. TC had Pork Victor, tenderloin in a savory mushroom sauce. I had the Veal Zurich, small medallions in a rosemary cream sauce. Lovely. Excellent and ample side of garden string beans with each, and excellent French onion soup to start. Our waitress, Lois, was attentive but not intrusive. Not incidentally, I had the best decaf in town there after dinner....smooth and mellow.

              Second dinner, with golf companions, was at a chain (gawd) but not bad! We went to the 99 in Littleton....the Mediterranean Chicken (9.99) was juicy and had a nice accompaniment of grilled portabello cap with sundried tomato. Very good, very fresh. TC had the chicken fajitas, which he liked. I thought the portion size was a bit on the small size. Cheap draft beer, too, 1.99 for a pint of many domestic brands.

              Last dinner was Chang Thai. Lovely, lovely, with unexpectedly great decor (the chandeliers!). I had red curry lamb (special that evening) and TC had Pad Thai. Beautifully rendered, beautifully served, impeccable in every way..the hit of our trip.

              Ah, one last thing. Finally got to Chutters....the "world's longest candy counter" post Chang Thai. Not sure it's the longest, but there is a great assortment, esp of Jelly Bellys, as well as some cool local sauces/marinades/jams, too. A litle pricey, but worth a look.

              Hope to get back in the fall. Thanks to all for your help!

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              Wayside Inn
              Pierce Brg, Bethlehem, NH 03574

              Rosa Flamingos
              Main, Bethlehem, NH 03574

              Topic of the Town
              30 Main St, Littleton, NH 03561

              Littleton Diner
              170 W Main St, Littleton, NH 03561

              Chang Thai Cafe
              77 Main St, Littleton, NH 03561

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              1. re: pinehurst

                Just happened across this post. Saw you mentioned having gone to 99 and Bailiwicks. 99 is a lot less chain than most, at least in my opinion. Actually, it and Bailwicks account for much of the old Clam Shell crew (including cooks!).

                1. re: dayvuu

                  We stay in Litttleton every year on our way to Sunday River and have really enjoyed;
                  1) 99- food was fresh, juicy beef and popular! going again this year.if its a chain, who cares, its great. I would take a great chain over a mediocre independent any day.
                  2) ChangThai is fine for thai but never feel like Thai in the winter.
                  3) Been to the Diner several times, foods good, just wish it looked cleaner or brighter.
                  4) Have also done pizza on the main street- forgot name , near Chutters and it was also a hit.

                  1. re: tastest

                    The pizza place is Gold House. (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pa...). A hit for pizza with locals and visitors.