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Jan 21, 2012 02:28 PM

Looking for Merrimack-area dinner suggestions

I'll be going out to dinner next weekend for my birthday, and I'm looking for recommendations near Continental Blvd/Cinemagic in Merrimack. I've been to Buckley's and wasn't that impressed; last time we went to El Tapatio, it seems they'd changed chefs and the food just wasn't as good as it had been previously. Mikada and Giorgio's are ok, but would really like another suggestion that's not too far from the movie theatre. I'm not terribly familiar with that area and the only other place I can think of is The Common Man. I'd rather not go into downtown Nashua since we'll be coming from the west and I don't want to have to backtrack. Any ideas?

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  1. Not a fan of Common Man.

    Homestead is where Silo's used to be...I've never been so maybe someone else here can give a review.

    Go to Swan for some dessert...I really love their hot cocoa.

    1. You've really listed all the restaurants in the immediate area. I prefer the Common Man to the Homestead, but neither is amazing. I just haven't had much luck at the Homestead, but others seem to enjoy it, especially the upstairs bar when they have a band.

      If you want to trek to 101A, I really enjoy Crush Pizza. Some think it's pricey, but they really use quality ingredients, so I think it's worth it. It's a bit closer to ext. 8 off the Everett rather than 11 for the Cinemagic, but you could get to the theater in 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic lights if you go up 101A.

      1. You might consider giving Buckley's another try. Perhaps on your single visit the stars just weren't aligned that day. I've had several very good meals at Buckley's, and their beef stroganoff is a now a favorite I discovered by accident (stealing a few bites from someone else's plate). I'd definitely place them above Common Man and Homestead.

        Buckley's is certainly conveniently located for you too. Go for it.

        1. Why not try Florence's on DW Hwy for good red sauce Italian?

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          1. re: PutneySwope

            Florence's is just meh IMO. Went there a few weeks ago. Bread is like the crap you get at a Chinese restaurant. Salad is subpar. The lemoncello dessert was awesome and my inlaws loved the sole dishes they got. The bolognese sauce is great. Did not like my chicken dish at all...way too greasy.

            1. re: rizzo0904

              Wow. I've never been to a Chinese restaurant that had bread.

              1. re: SuperGrover

                All of the ones I went to growing up gave us bread...just kinda generic Italian loaf bread. Always thought that was normal.

                1. re: rizzo0904

                  Nope, not normal at all. You must have grown up in some Bermuda Triangle of Chinese wackiness. Did they serve it with butter, or did you dip it in soy sauce, or what?

                  Xing Wang Chinese on Milford Road isn't too far from Cinemagic. How about the Black Forest Cafe in Amherst?

                  1. re: jackattack

                    we always just put butter on it. i grew up in mass and this was a very common thing...strange.

                    1. re: rizzo0904

                      Lol, while I do find bread at Chinese restaurants bizarre, I do know of it from friends who grew up in Mass. (especially south of Boston)

                      1. re: solargarlic

                        I always get bread - or rolls - when I get Chinese food in Boston. Plus, if you're in Southie, you can get french fries & gravy (they use the egg foo young gravy), which is another "local" dish (never have seen it anywhere else). It's especially popular for an "after the bars close" meal. ; )

          2. Pizzico has a Merrimack location, not sure exactly where. Now I haven't been to the Nashua one in years, so I'm not necessarily endorsing it, just throwing out an idea! :)

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            1. re: solargarlic

              solar, Pizzaco is just a couple minutes to the Cinemagic, it is in the plaza with Shaws, NH Liquor and Radio Shack.. Anytime we go to the movies there, we head over after to get pizza at Pizzaco, especially if it is before 3:00pm to get the lunch special. Happy hour isn't bad either.


              1. re: solargarlic

                Thank you all for the suggestions! I'm leaning toward Homestead or Pizzico just to try someplace new; not sure I'm up for trying Buckley's again yet. Maybe I'll make out better if my expectations aren't as high.
                And I'm another former Mass resident (north of town) who was always served bread with Chinese food. Not very good bread, but with enough of those foil packets of butter, you almost couldn't tell.

                1. re: Tante

                  Maybe you might like the tavern at Buckley's? They have the best burgers and sandwiches but you can order off the regular menu too.

                  1. re: SuperGrover

                    Thank you, good to know! I love a good burger...

                    1. re: Tante

                      we much prefer the tavern side to the dining rooms.