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So what new restaurants are you looking forward to trying this year? Or what old favorites will be seeing more of your business?

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  1. Looking forward to closing night at Primo on Jan 8. A restaurant I won't be able to go anymore is Lily Bistro (also Rockland). They shut their doors in early December...blaming it on the 6 week Rockland "Big Dig" that virtually caused the lower end of Rockland to become a ghost town. It's too bad really...they were the only "true" French Bistro in the area....

    And I hope to frequent 4 Points BBQ and Blues House up in Winterport more often...the BBQ there is DIVINE.

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    1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

      My sister lives in Bangor and took us to 4 Points....yummy!

    2. I'm thinking the Salt Exchange will be my new favorite restaurant in 2012 (I think I said Street and Company in another thread, but I meant The Salt Exchange!). But I'd also like to get to Petite Jacqueline, Five Fifty Five, Emilitsa, and Miyake. Four restaurants I have yet to try.

      1. I just wanna eat more Nosh and more Paciarino and then eat at them twice more after that.

        On a serious note, probably try Figa, maybe Bresca for lunch, and actually Elevation Burger for a chain once it opens soon out near the mall.

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        1. re: grittys457

          Is Bresca now open for lunch??? We were in Portland just after Xmas en route to Manchester airport and looking for lunch. We ended up at the Corner Grille which, although having the right "look" for what they're trying to do, had rather mediocre food...pizza crust tasted like dry crackers! Yuk.

        2. We never venture over to Portland...gotta get there this year and try some of the yummy restaurants I read about on here.

          We are big fans of Lucia's Tavola in Brookline, so we will be there many times in 2012.

          Also love a nice lunch at Pickity Place.

          Want to branch out and try some Indian for the first time. Any recs? (Nashua)

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          1. re: rizzo0904

            I recommend Meena's Kitchen on West Pearl St in Nashua. Vegetarian Indian cuisine, and it's divine. The service leaves a little to be desired--often just one semi-confused waiter who doesn't think to clear dirty plates--but oh my, the food. Went a few weeks ago and can't wait to go back.

            1. re: Tante

              thanks!! what dishes would you recommend? we eat anything, and our two boys are pretty adventurous too.

              1. re: rizzo0904

                Rizzo - your choice is easy! Do their "buffet." Search on the boards for discussion on Meena's buffet for some feedback. It's a great way to go.

                1. re: Dave B

                  Sadly, we didn't have the same experience, well, except for the service. We took our two teens there for dinner last summer. The service was lackluster, as mentioned. Additionally, almost every one of our dishes tasted of old grease. We had high hopes, as our daughter is vegetarian, but we are hesitant to return.

            2. re: rizzo0904

              Haven't tried Lucia's Tavola yet but that's on my "to do" list for 2012, as is the new BBQ place (Memphis BBQ & Blues) in Milford.
              Also planning a "road trip" to Burdick's in Walpole NH soon - it's 1 1/2 hours away from me each way so I don't go as often as I'd like.

              1. re: southie_chick

                I can't wait to try Burdicks. I've never been. I'm trying to lose 20 pounds (down 5 so far), so maybe that'll be my treat when I hit my goal. I may do the Cambridge location since it's closer. Is one better than the other?

                I'd like to try the BBQ place too....if you like real BBQ, try BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge Mass if you are ever down that way. It is excellent.

                As for Lucia's, Chef Mark is great. His food is much better than the previous owner/chef. I love the risotto dish that comes with scallops. And the homemade bread to start the meal is yummy!

                1. re: rizzo0904

                  FYI Rizzo0904, the ONLY Burdick's that serves "real food" (lunch/brunch/dinner) is the Walpole location - the others only serve pastry, chocolate & drinks. It's a nice trip up, & they use a lot of local meat & produce.
                  Want to try BT's too, but don't get out thay way too often (but maybe I can talk my hubby into a trip to Yankee Candle in Deerfield, which isn't too far from there!). Will probably be heading to Sweet Cheks in boston soon since it's only about 20 minutes from my office - I'll let everyone know how it was.
                  Lucia's is at the top of my "to try" list - hope to try it in the next couple of weeks!

                  1. re: southie_chick

                    Thanks for the info on Burdicks.

                    As for BT's, we stop in on way to and from NJ. It's sooo good!

                  2. re: rizzo0904

                    I just posted in the thread about the BBQ place. In short, OK but it is early. Early Yelp reviews have not been kind.
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                    Agree on BT in Sturbridge. Best place in New England by far. Haven't tried Sweet Cheeks in Boston yet.

                    1. re: Msample

                      Thanks for the "heads up" Msample - just read your review & I'll probably wait a little while for them to "work out the kinks" before I give them a try.

                      1. re: Msample

                        Best place in NE that YOU have been to. I'm always wary of absolutes.

                        1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

                          MidCoast....I've tried a lot of BBQ and I agree with Msample on BTs. I would put 4Points as the 2nd best I've had. I like the pulled pork at 4Points better, but the brisket at BTs. I like the sides better at BTs. But they are both delicious.

                          Question??? How is Friar's Bakehouse? They were closed last time I was in Bangor and I had really wanted to try it.

                          1. re: rizzo0904

                            I'm really just making a generic observation. I don't think one can call something "the best" when they haven't tried them all. You can certainly say it's the "best one I've been to", etc.