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momto3 Aug 22, 2010 05:58 PM

We are going to stay at the Radisson in Nashua and I was wondering if there are any good restaurants in the area. Can be anything Italian, seafood or maybe even bbq. Thanks

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    hummingbird RE: momto3 Aug 22, 2010 08:35 PM

    Do you want to keep it really close, or within say 10-30 minutes drive?

    I'll check back tomorrow am, as I need to get off line right now. I'll also post a bunch of websites for you to check out.

    You should get a lot of response by then

    1. SuperGrover RE: momto3 Aug 22, 2010 08:57 PM

      Cucina Toscana is right around the corner on Amherst St

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        dafood RE: momto3 Aug 23, 2010 09:21 AM

        Really close to that area is tough, since you're in chain restaurant central at that end of Nashua. For Italian close by, we've always had good luck at Lui Lui on DW Hwy (amazing rolls and dipping oil!). You're better off heading downtown/Main Street area -- you could get seafood at Surf. We also like Stella Blu right off Main Street -- tapas with a good amount of variety.

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        Surf Restaurant
        207 Main St, Nashua, NH 03060

        Lui Lui
        259 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH 03060

        Stella Blu
        70 E Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

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          momto3 RE: dafood Aug 23, 2010 02:07 PM

          Thanks for the help. It doesn't have to be really close, 10 - 30 miles is fine. thanks again to all

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            momto3 RE: momto3 Aug 23, 2010 02:35 PM

            sorry meant to say 10-30 mins. not miles

        2. whs RE: momto3 Aug 23, 2010 05:08 PM

          On Main Street, Michael Timothy's and Surf are the two stand-bys. Brunch at MT's is an institution. Surf has inventive seafood dishes. Neither is cheap. We've enjoyed San Francisco Kitchen, which has an inventive Asian Fusion menu, including sushi and shabu shabu. Have not been to Stella Blu in a while, but it's a fun cocktail bar with small plates. Meena's Kitchen serves the best South Indian veg cuisine in NH. We know the owner of Cucina Toscana--reliable Italian, more authentic than most. If you engage Davide, you will have a good meal.

          If you're willing to travel 30 minutes, Manchester opens up a whole new set of possibilities. But I think you will be happy with the choices in Nashua.

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          Michael Timothy's
          212 Main St., Nashua, NH 03060

          San Francisco Kitchen
          133 Main St, Nashua, NH 03060

          Stella Blu
          70 E Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

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            lexpatti RE: whs Aug 23, 2010 06:16 PM

            Ditto for whs input! Haven't been to Stella Blu yet but it's on our list. Love MT and Surf!!!

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            Stella Blu
            70 E Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

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            PutneySwope RE: momto3 Aug 23, 2010 05:52 PM

            Stay away from Unums. It's horrible.

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            Unums
            49 E Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

            1. ecwashere7 RE: momto3 Aug 24, 2010 01:08 PM

              I'll second Michael Timothy's, Surf and Stella Blu (just don't call it tapas). For inexpensive tacos, definitely go to Tacos Colima. For an "Irish" gastropub, check out Peddler's Daughter. Their wings and fish 'n' chips are very good.

              If you want good BBQ, go to KC's Rib Shack in Manchester. It would easily hold its own in Memphis.

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              Michael Timothy's
              212 Main St., Nashua, NH 03060

              Stella Blu
              70 E Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

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                hummingbird RE: momto3 Aug 24, 2010 03:39 PM

                Here's the list i mentioned I'd do a couple of days ago.

                I'm sure I'm missing some and listing some that have already been mentioned, just thought it would be easier for you to look at it this way. If any look good and you have questions, someone will surely answer.

                http://www.cucinatoscananashua.com/
                http://bugaboocreek.com/details.php
                http://www.chenyanglinashua.com/
                http://www.fodystavern.com/
                http://lilacblossom-nh.com/
                http://www.meenaskitchen.com/
                http://www.michaeltimothys.com/
                http://www.thepeddlersdaughter.com/lo...
                http://www.pizzicorestaurant.com/
                http://www.thesaffronbistro.com/
                http://sfkitchen.com/
                http://www.stellablu-nh.com/
                http://www.weathervaneseafoods.com/in...

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                  bunnyr RE: hummingbird Aug 29, 2010 05:42 PM

                  Quick comments....
                  Bugaboo Creek is a chain we wouldn't particularly recommend (and one of the all time worst happy birthday songs, EVER.)

                  Surprised no one has recommended Pizzico, one of our favorites; reminds one of the little central New Jersey-type Italian restaurants.

                  Not a fan of the San Francisco Kitchen, but you might like it.

                  I've been told that the definition of "tapas" is an appetizer (with Spanish/Hispanic origin) served with a popular alcoholic beverage. If this is your idea of a good appetizer, then this may be your place - Stella Blu. But we have heard of it only by word of mouth and haven't gone in.

                  Weathervane. WEATHERVANE??? Really??? I thought it was very average at best; am I wrong? It's a rather large chain with restaurants all over NH and Maine.

                  I need to check out these fairly new Irish places in Nashua; if you visit, tell me if the clam chowder is any good.

                  "Meena's Kitchen", ah yes, the Nashua Indian restaurant scene. Four of them (that I know of)!! Wow! And all of them are worth at least one visit. You have this one which tries to be a selective type of place which seems OK (though we liked others better). You have Indian Village up on Amherst St. which is quite good, very efficient with a very friendly crew indeed. You have Mehmaan down across from the Pheasant Lane mall (which replaced another Indian restaurant) who has a lady owner who couldn't be nicer, and a kind of sweetness to the food, too which might be the cleanest of the four places. And you have Café India on Elm St, very close to Meena's which is kind of a more "downtown chomp and go" type of place which we've visited twice, and literally can't remember what we ate now. But I think it was OK. I guess we'd rank it 1 - Indian Village, 2 - Mehmaan, 3 - Meena's, and 4 - Cafe India. ..... But again, I'd visit them yourself and decide.

                  Michael Timothy's/Surf (same owner), good food, good settings, a tad pricey, but they are definitely worth it if you have the $$$.

                  You have to understand, I want people to visit ALL of these places; I am just thrilled with the fact that Nashua's non-chain places are starting to get more notice. For a while, Nashua was literally the City of Chains.

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                  San Francisco Kitchen
                  133 Main St, Nashua, NH 03060

                  Cafe India
                  6 Elm St, Nashua, NH 03060

                  Stella Blu
                  70 E Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

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                    whs RE: bunnyr Aug 30, 2010 05:58 PM

                    I'm puzzled by your critique of Nashua Indian restaurants. Meena's is very specific, Hyderabadi vegetarian restaurant, akin to eating in a private home in india. India Palace, on Amherst Street, serves North Indian cuisine, and English bastardizations of Indian food i.e. chicken tikka masala and the like. No comparison, like comparing a Japanese restaurant to a Chinese restaurant.

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                      bunnyr RE: whs Aug 31, 2010 07:39 AM

                      You have to understand, we are eating with a six year old, so we have to plow all exquisite tastes and palettes under our specific needs (though not entirely). Should have emphasized that we take our child with us; we appreciate how well she behaves at all restaurants, something that we praise God for every time we go.
                      Also, you may notice that I mentioned that we ate at Meena's just once. I thought it was a very specific kind of place (exactly what you said).
                      I highly regret now ranking the restaurants; that wasn't fair. I did say however that each one was worth visiting so you can make your own decision, and I wish I had stuck to that.
                      We liked Indian Village more for the service than anything else; they were very nice and the food was fine, if kind of typical.

                      But we haven't had chicken tikki yogurt redsauce in many years.

                      We have seen the reviews (several!!) of Meena's. We have been there once. It just didn't seem a match for our six year old... maybe that colored our view of it a bit; it is certainly WELL worth visiting.

                      I get SO confused when Indian food is regionalized (ugh...spelling).... north that and southern this and Mumbai yada and Tandoor whatchamacallit. All we want is a satisfactory experience for an entire family with good food. We are not Indian scholars by any means... in fact we know others from India and they aren't either!

                      I DO have a specific request for ALL New England restaurants with an Indian cuisine: DUMP THE BACKGROUND MUSIC. (That is all.)

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                        whs RE: bunnyr Aug 31, 2010 05:04 PM

                        Sorry if I came across as snarky. At least your six year old eats Indian, that's a start! I agree about background music--my favorite Vietnamese place plays awful elevator music.

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                          gryphonskeeper RE: whs Aug 31, 2010 05:49 PM

                          whs, are you talking about Vietnam Noodle House? I have one worse. I went there and they were playing... Für Elise and Le nozze di Figaro!

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                          Vietnam Noodle House
                          138 Main St, Nashua, NH 03060

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                            whs RE: gryphonskeeper Aug 31, 2010 05:58 PM

                            haha--no, Golden Bowl, if I hear one more instrumental Carpenters cover, I may say "what the pho?"

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                            Golden Bowl
                            124 Queen City Ave, Manchester, NH 03103

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                              solargarlic RE: whs Aug 31, 2010 06:09 PM

                              Ha ha, the one thing I remember aside from the food at Golden Bowl was the crazy music! If you want to hear some odd covers, you haven't heard anything till you've heard the Korean version of a Michael Jackson song at H-Mart!

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                              Golden Bowl
                              124 Queen City Ave, Manchester, NH 03103

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                          gryphonskeeper RE: bunnyr Aug 31, 2010 05:35 PM

                          Bunny, Have you tried Gill's Indian in Manchester? It blows the doors off of Meenas!

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                            bunnyr RE: gryphonskeeper Sep 1, 2010 10:01 PM

                            No, .... so are you saying it's worth a trip...with a six year old?

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                              solargarlic RE: bunnyr Sep 2, 2010 08:40 AM

                              Sorry that this is not food related, but the SEE Science Center with it's awesome Lego model of Manchester is a nice way of rounding out the trip to Manchester to eat, with a little something for your six year old to look forward to. Plus most libraries carry their membership cards for free/discount entry. I'm thinking now I'd like to do the same thing myself!

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                    rizzo0904 RE: momto3 Aug 24, 2010 04:32 PM

                    Downtown Nashua: Surf, Michael Timothys, Saffron Bistro

                    West of town: Lucia's Tavola in Brookline...awesome!

                    IMO Cucina Toscana is not as good as it used to be.

                    Casual: Cedars Cafe off exit 8...middle eastern and delicious

                    Shira Kiku has good Korean

                    Vietnam Noodle House downtown.

                    Hot cocoa at Swan Chocolate is excellent.

                    Riverwalk Cafe has nice dessert.

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                    Michael Timothy's
                    212 Main St., Nashua, NH 03060

                    Saffron Bistro
                    80 Main St, Nashua, NH 03060

                    Lucia's Tavola
                    181 Route 13, Brookline, NH 03033

                    Vietnam Noodle House
                    138 Main St, Nashua, NH 03060

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                      momto3 RE: rizzo0904 Aug 24, 2010 05:58 PM

                      I can't thank you all enough. I've heard that the food at the hotel isn't the greatest so these recommendations are really appreciated.

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                        bunnyr RE: momto3 Aug 29, 2010 05:45 PM

                        The Radisson (the old "Sheraton Castle" as we called it) is just too plain pricey for the kind of food it serves.

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                        bunnyr RE: rizzo0904 Aug 29, 2010 05:44 PM

                        Oh yes!! Swan's!!! Nashua, with its parent place in Merrimack! Support it, I don't want them to leave!! Chocolate heaven.

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                        shoes RE: momto3 Aug 31, 2010 01:06 PM

                        I also agree with those who recommend Michael Timothy's. We had a wonderful meal there this spring. Excellent service, lovely atmosphere, fresh and well-preared food. Not pricey to us, since we are in southern Conn., but maybe a bit up for the NH crowd.

                        Whatever you do, DO NOT EAT at the hotel. I had probably the worst hotel breakfast of my life there. The service was bad, the eggs were cold, the oatmeal was dried out and undercooked. And it was pretty expensive as I recall. We left without eating, and we refused to pay for it when we checked out. We ended up getting egg sndwiches at Dunkin' Donuts - and they were WAY better.

                        Anyone have breakfast recommendations for the area? We took a walk downtown and did not see anything that was open for breakfast on the main drag.

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                        Michael Timothy's
                        212 Main St., Nashua, NH 03060

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                          whs RE: shoes Aug 31, 2010 05:09 PM

                          Jackie's Diner : 168 Main St
                          City Room Cafe: 105 W. Pearl St.

                          We don't get to Nashua much anymore, but these have been good.

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                          Jackie's Diner
                          168 Main St, Nashua, NH 03060

                          City Room Cafe
                          105 W Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

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                            momto3 RE: whs Sep 8, 2010 07:20 AM

                            Thanks for the breakfast tips, I love diners. Does any one know if there is a movie theatre around the area. I am looking for a newer type theatre, you know like stadium seating. thanks

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                              solargarlic RE: momto3 Sep 8, 2010 09:28 AM

                              http://www.cinemagicmovies.com/

                              This is in Merrimack, but very close by...has stadium seating and 3D. On the opposite end of the spectrum for movies is the Drive-In in Milford. Obviously NOT state of the art, but fun for the experience. They have 4 movies (2 on each screen) Fri and Sat. There is also Chunky's off exit 6 in Nashua, which has a full lunch/dinner menu, bar...you sit in old Lincoln seats at tables.

                              http://www.milforddrivein.com/
                              http://www.chunkys.com/

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                                momto3 RE: solargarlic Sep 9, 2010 07:41 AM

                                Thanks solargarlic. I haven't been to a Drive- In movie in ages. I just might check it out.

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                                  southie_chick RE: solargarlic Sep 9, 2010 07:01 PM

                                  You read my mind solargarlic - I was gonna suggest Chunky's too. Not a modern, stadium seating type place - like solargarlic said, you sit in ond Lincoln car seats (most of which recline - just use the switch on the side like a regular car seat). They do burgers, tips, & sandwiches - nothing fancy - but I think your 6 year old would probably get a kick out of it. I just got an E-mail from them saying they're in the process of making the screens 3D compatable too. Check out the website, which solargarlic was kind enough to include. And, there's a Hannaford in the plaza next door, which comes in handy for picking up supplies/munchies for back at the hotel, instead of paying a fortune at the vending machines.

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                                    momto3 RE: southie_chick Sep 10, 2010 07:49 AM

                                    Hi, I'm not the one with the 6 year old but I did enjoy looking at the website. Thanks for the tips on Hannaford, I think we will go to the Drive In weather permitting and picking up munchies ahead of time is a great idea.

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                                      solargarlic RE: momto3 Sep 10, 2010 05:02 PM

                                      Good thing...it looks like right now they are only showing two adult films, no more kid movies. I would recommend picking up snacks and drinks, they do have concessions there, but nothing really worth buying, except maybe the popcorn and candy for the heck of it. It's also recommended that you arrive pretty early, there's quite a long line that forms in the driveway and I'm sure people like to get there early to get a prime spot. We went late and could see fine, but I'd rather get closer.

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                                        momto3 RE: solargarlic Sep 10, 2010 07:25 PM

                                        Thanks for the tips. Seeing that the weekend I will be there is the last weekend for the drive in, I will definitely need to get there early.

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