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Riverreader Dec 30, 2012 01:42 PM

Looking for an inexpensive dining spot for 8-10 people.

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    catsmeow Dec 30, 2012 03:17 PM

    A friend of mine was just telling me about the Phonecian in Haverhill. He use to like Bishops, which has closed, and a lot of the staff and Boshop's dishes are at the Phonecian now. He was raving about the baked stuffed lobster.

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      BlueMagic Dec 30, 2012 05:51 PM

      It is the same dishes and recipes as Bishops. I loved Bishops. It was a New Years Eve tradition for my family for years. However, I have a hard time recommending the Phoenician to anyone because of the service. When Bishops closed, the Phoenician opened in Salem NH. The service was terrible. I had hoped that when they moved to Haverhill it would improve.. It hasn't.

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        cjd260 Jan 5, 2013 02:55 PM

        I'm a week late and sure the OP has moved on by now, but I have to defend the Phoenician. I've been there probably over a dozen times with my in-laws, and while the service has been hit-and-miss, the misses have been rare, and have never been so bad that it interfered with our meal. I know that doesn't sound like much of an endorsement, particularly given the 50's-bar mitzvah decor, but the lamb, filet, hummus, grape leaves and (oddly enough) baked stuffed shrimp are all superlative, and not overly expensive. I live in Newton and have been known to get in the car and head 50 minutes north for the Phoenician. Maybe I'm crazy, but seriously, the food is good.

    2. mcel215 Dec 30, 2012 03:31 PM

      Joseph's in Haverhill is really good and not too expensive. It's been awhile since I've been though. Their creamy polenta was exceptional.

      www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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        BlueMagic Dec 30, 2012 05:49 PM

        Joseph's is one of my favorites..but the entrees start in the $20 range so not sure what the OP's definition of inexpensive is.

      2. BlueMagic Dec 30, 2012 05:46 PM

        For inexpensive- Krueger's Flatbread or Maria's in Haverhill. In Amesbury, the Barking Dog

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          harry_sparrow Dec 31, 2012 09:47 AM

          Or the Barking Dog's sister restaurant the Amesbury Ale House - great beer list and good food.

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            ScubaSteve Dec 31, 2012 10:30 AM

            Or the brand new Barking Dog Ale House in Haverhill.

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          NorthShoreFoodie Dec 31, 2012 06:58 AM

          Phat Cat Bistro in Amesbury is very good. Make a reservation if you are going on the weekend.

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            Riverreader Jan 5, 2013 06:37 AM

            Our group went to Krueger's Flatbread in Haverhill on Thursday night. The Bradford pizza was delicious as were all the salads we sampled. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had a great night. Thanks for the help in finding Krueger's, we will definitely go back.

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              ParisLady Jan 5, 2013 05:12 PM

              I have been to the Phoenecian a number of times. I grew up going to Bishops in Lawrenece. There is no comparison. The Phoenecian may have the same recipes BUT the food and service will never compare tio what you remember as Bishops. Actually, I am Greek and I will never go back there again because the service is so poor, waiters do not really care, food comes out whenTHEY are ready...eh (even for my Mom's 90th birthday party) or any regular visit. I will stop now. Plenty of other places to visit with great Mediterraean foiod! If you do go, I suggest take-out...hummus, grape leaves are good.

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                treb Jan 6, 2013 06:24 AM

                For good Mediterraean, I'd head up to Shadi's in North Andover. I do agree about the service at Phoenecian.

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