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dover, nh, with 2 kids


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dover, nh, with 2 kids

njpm | | Jul 15, 2014 06:22 AM

I'll be staying in Dover this Thursday and Friday with a 7 y.o. and a 5 y.o. and will be looking for dinner each night. I used to live in the area many years ago and know that much has changed, and I'd like to stay away from chains. My kids aren't super adventurous but we all appreciate quality over the Sysco frozen stuff. A couple things to note: we'll be tired from going to the beach/visiting friends near Lake Winnipesauke, so casual but efficient service is ideal. Also, we'll be heading to Portsmouth over the weekend so I'm focusing on Dover and a 15-minute radius during the week.

With that being said, I'm considering the 15-minute drive out to Dante's in Barrington on Thursday evening because I remember it was more than decent for casual Italian in a welcoming space. I looked up The Spaghetti Stain for something closer but it got horrible reviews online.

For Friday's dinner, I'm thinking about La Festa (going on the earlier side because I imagine it gets crowded on a Friday night) but also glanced at the Farm Bar and Grille website, which sounded basic but good.

Other thoughts are picking up something to go at Terra Cotta Pasta or venturing out to the UNH dairy bar for a sandwich and a cone. Is Oriental Delight a step above standard Americanized greasy, gloppy Chinese food, or should I not even consider it? If I feel energized enough to try to go somewhere for a glass of wine and a good meal while the kids have some options as well (standard hot dog/chicken tenders with fries are fine), is that a possibility among all of the sports pub-type places that seem to be prevalent?

Any thoughts or other suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.