I didn’t spend all my time in Chicago at the Catholic Marketing Network, I had to eat sometime so I went to Solano’s Pizza in Libertyville and talked to the Owner Michael Solano
The food was well worth the trip
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Saturday after doing Conservatively Speaking on WCRN AM 830 and a home show with DaWife we stopped by Dario’s Restorante on River Street Fitchburg a new restaurant that occupies the spot the French Marceau Diner & Variety did for decades.
Years ago this was an area of factories where the French & Greeks from the neighborhood worked with the Italians who came from the other end of town.
Today it’s a much tougher neighborhood than when location at the Corner of River Street & Sheldon street was an intersection point for Greektown, Cleghorn (the French Canadian Section) and Main Street. Most people who come to the street do so for the DQ ice cream stand less than a block away or to visit one of the half-dozen used car dealers in the small area.
But when you walk inside you will find an oasis amid an area past its prime. You will find two rooms a back area next to the parking with a mix of tables and wooden booths with a counter station and a Front area with a mixture of booth and a front area with a series of old-fashioned diner stools facing a classic soda dispenser and bar.
Now ambiance is always nice but when it comes down to it what matters is the food. The menu is not large but with more than enough variety to satisfy the hungry diner.
We started with an appetizer called Garlic Twists
The twists were delicious but just as good if not better were the greens that a person might mistake as a garnish but that came sprinkled with cheese and an oil/butter. It was almost a mini side salad that really complimented the twists & Marinara dip.
As it was lunchtime and my wife would be working in a few hours she decided to go with the steak sub.
While I wanting to try from the dinner menu ordered the classic chicken parmigiana.
Now while the still images wets the appetite I think the video conveys things even better.
The side Salad with the steak was a surprise. The wife gave me a taste of the veggies and they were of a very high quality.
The pasta was baked rather than boiled, it had a good flavor. The Chicken Breast was a big as it looked and & I found it delicious. The only critique if any would be I’d have liked a bit more tomato sauce.
There were some good dessert selections but my wife did not have the time and after that prodigious chicken breast I had not the capacity for it.
Our meal came to $33 and was more than satisfied for my money.
Now there are a few drawbacks. The Restaurant is only open till 9 PM Mon-Thursday. Till 10 PM Friday & Saturday. (Closed on Sunday) Furthermore the amount of parking available is less that one might desire. The place is not open on Sundays
If Fitchburg is going to come back, we need to reward places like this willing to take a chance on the city and its neighborhood, particularly when they provide a high quality product for a reasonable price.
Dario’s a a good place, it deserves your patronage.
After the Honor Your Oath Rally in NH I joined some friends for a late lunch early supper at the Barley House on Main street in Concord NH
Tavern is the word for them as they have a wide selection of spirits to satisfy your taste for an adult beverage. Their web sites pushes their burgers and with reason, their menu has a rather interesting selection available. I had the Bison burger, it came with bacon, cheese and fries
For a little extra Sweet potato fries can be substituted but the regular fries were so good I don’t see any reason to get others.
The Burger was cooked exactly right, the Bison was tasty and as I’ve already said the fries were first-rate. Considering the size of our party (over 20) the service was rather prompt as well.
The burgers were a popular choice at the table, shrimp and brusque were other popular choices but the most interesting thing I found was the Pizza
It’s been my experience that a lot of Tavern Pizza’s are inferior but this one had respectable size, tasty looking toppings and was at a more that reasonable price and if those sitting next to e are to be believed.
If Burgers and Pizza aren’t your gig, here are plenty of choices from assorted fresh salads to fish to steak, scallops and a curry beer battered Fish & Chips.
My verdict? The Barley House is an excellent and affordable choice if you have reason to visit New Hampshire’s Capital.
Update made a return visit with DaWife, I should mention if you are a whiskey drinker this place is for you:
My wife had the Buffalo chicken Salad, she loved it
Is it any wonder that it won this award?
I’ve had the burgers, believe me they deserve it.
Make sure you get down to the Barley House you won’t regret it.
Today’s Saturday Diner is the West End Diner 247 West Street in Leominster mass.
I was unaware it was an award-winning location:
The very first thing I noticed was the giant menu board
All of the specials are in large letters all over the walls, that’s very good since I forgot my glasses again today and must be very handy for any older customers.
Many places to eat have HD TV’s in their places but in a retro move the individual booths have small Monitors with their own controllers.
They are incredibly creative from the individually named stools to the ceiling tiles.
Oh and you’ve heard of “Hungry Man Specials”? Well they have a hungry man special to end all specials:
Of course in the end, the way you judge a diner is the food…
and the food was GREAT! The eggs were exactly how I like them and the pancakes were better than most. Lots of places tend to give you giant pancakes with a small taste, these are normal sized pancakes with an over-sized taste.
Without a question this place makes my top three Diners since I’ve began the feature. I very much recommend it.
Today’s Diner is the Fitchburg Airport Restaurant located just below the control tower at Fitchburg Airport
If you’re not careful you might miss the restaurant part
As you might guess there is a definite airplane theme within
And the view attracts families who come to watch the planes takeoff and land
that would account for the amazing selection of Pancake combinations
But like any restaurant the star is the food
And the verdict is good. One oddity they give three slightly smaller patties for sausage rather than two larger ones, but no matter how you like your sausage, you will like the Fitchburg Airport Restaurant.