Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
NOV 2015 UPDATE
ADD TO THE LIST – ARTIST CAFE 22 Washington St Haverhill, Massachusetts (978) 374-6704 https://www.facebook.com/Artist-Cafe-460456277309268/timeline
Park in a municipal lot and walk to this restaurant, it will help stimulate your appetite for a wide variety of breakfast treats.
What sets them apart? Commitment too emerging artists, willingness to try new things, and being accommodating to guests dietary needs….oh yes, and the loveliest velvety hollandaise.
The atmosphere is very convivial you walk in and are great with such enthusiasm you feel like they are so happy you personally came in. The walls are laden with a variety of art mediums from a long list of artists. Artist Cafe embraces innovation – they’ll try out things like Friday Night Game night, or the comfort food dinner night on Nov 18 2015 or pie baking classes to see what their guests are interested in. And they are helpful – a customer watches salt intake, so chef cooked up some unseasoned home fires on the spot., Wait staff is so enthusiastic about the different offerings it was hard for them to recommend a fewer than 5 favorites.
NEW OCT 2015 – DUFFY’S 8 Knipe Rd (on Rte 125 at the Ward Hill Connector) , Haverhill, MA 01835 978-891-3656 Open M-Sat 5:45-1:30 M-Sat, Open Sun 5:45-1:00pm
What sets them apart? A pretty restaurant, homemade corned beef, very reasonable prices, easy free parking, and an extensive menu.
Duffy’s sister restaurant is the long established Casey’s on Rte 125 over the border in Plaistow, NH. So these people know what they are doing when it comes to breakfast (and lunch). Big plentiful windows bathe both the separate breakfast counter and dining room in bright natural light, exposed beams add architectural interest. The staff creates a fun and engaging atmosphere where you may be invited in for a kitchen tour. You can create your own omelets from a long list of ingredients.
Mr D’s 181 Groveland St, Haverhill, MA 01830 Phone: 978-891-3877 www.facebook.com/Mr-Ds-1406707152964858/?fref=ts
What sets them apart? Passion! Dino, the owner seems to check in with each and every guest for feedback, value for dollar, largest omelet and muffins ever.
Enormous servings of simple good food. Breakfast all day and lunch. Chef/Owner Dino visits table to table asking for input. Open M-Th 7a-2p, Fri 7a-7p, Sat/Sun 7a-2p Most things made from scratch. Rich cornbread portion the size of a brick! and the biggest blueberry muffins around. Super fresh fish on Fridays only; come early it’s gone when they sell out! Family run business.
Jimmy K’s – 101 Plaistow Rd (Rt 125) 978-377-0003 www.facebook.com/Jimmy-Ks-Restaurant-144835135606655/?fref=ts
What sets them apart? Big servings, unique specials, parking, homemade hash.
Jimmy K’s is on the last stretch of Haverhill on Rte 125 before it becomes Plaistow NH, that makes it an excellent stop before or after shopping. They serve breakfast all day. The restaurant was originally in Georgetown, but moved into Haverhill for more traffic and better parking. Jimmy K’s serves breakfast all day. Servings are large, staff is friendly, and the restaurant itself is bright and open even when busy. Mon – Wed: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm, Thu – Sat: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sun: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
ORIGINAL POST MARCH 2013
This week when asked, “What’s the best thing about Haverhill”, 87% of locals gave food-related answers. Haverhill is a food lover’s paradise. And one of the best food revelations about Haverhill is its preponderance of choices for the most important meal of the day – Breakfast. It’s especially a great meal when you want to go out for a treat but still keep an eye on your budget.
Every town, probably every corner in every town has a Dunkin Donuts with its familiar menu and decent coffee, but The Heartbeat of Haverhill checked out the non-chain, unique spots where people crack an egg and a smile. And what we found in Haverhill is a very supportive restaurant culture. We learned of a different breakfast spot from every proprietor we asked. At Mark’s Deli we were told we had to include Heav’nly Donuts in Bradford. When we protested what we assumed was a chain, we were put straight. The Bradford location is independently owned, everything is baked on site, and it’s worthy of a visit. At Leah Mae’s, we learned of The Grill Next Door. And with a community this supportive of each other, one begins to understand the culture that nurtures more breakfast joints per capita than apparently all of the surrounding communities.
A funny thing about these breakfast restaurants, none boasts about WiFi. Instead they encourage striking up conversations with your server, your dining partner, neighbor and complete strangers, and that can be just as satisfying as the meals themselves.
Readers let us know which are your favorites and why, and while you get that discussion going, we will point out some of the unique qualities and most memorable traits of each place we visited.
What sets them apart? Inventive culinary combinations and frequently changing menu.
Partners Shauna and Raif pointed to their weekly specials menu (avocado and bacon omelets!) and guessed no one else has homemade mango salsa on the breakfast menu, either. We were treated to a sample of their crunchy new apple slaw being developed for the lunch menu. We first learned of the Breakfast Café from a Facebook update where a friend proclaimed that she just found the best Florentine Benedict ever; we headed over within a half an hour.
The Grill Next Door 653 Broadway, Haverhill, MA (978) 241-7337 http://thegrillnextdoor.net/ head to the menu page for breakfast offerings.
What sets them apart? Breakfast cocktails, and off-the-chart attractiveness.
It’s really pretty inside. This place is not at all appealing on the outside, it looks like a well-worn bar, but overcome your hesitation and step in. The woodwork, windows, the bathroom, even the copper inlaid tables and the waitstaff are contemporarily good looking. No one calls you Honey or Sweetie. The Grill Next Door earned multiple awards for its beer selection and while that isn’t on my breakfast menu, homemade corned beef hash is.
Heav’nly Donuts 55 Main St. Bradford, MA 01835 (978) 521-4693 http://heavnlydonuts.com/locations/bradford-ma/
What sets them apart? The biggest donuts. Low prices. Customer accommodation.
I had not intended to include Heavnly Donuts, assuming it was a chain; it is not. It is a regular hangout for the town’s early risers and deep thinkers; the crowd begins gathering at 5:30 am. Owner Vasso Saragas has been known to dash to the baking area to custom-create a donut to fill a customer request. In a testament to their efforts to give back to our community, Heav’nly Donuts earned the 2009 Citizen’s Appreciation Award.
Leah Mae’s, 179 Rosemont St, Haverhill, MA 978-372-0889 http://leahmaesandstoplightcafe.weebly.com
What sets them apart? HAS SINCE CLOSED Teas & Treasures. Homemade Devonshire cream for homemade scones.
THIS SHOP AS SINCE CLOSED Tins of different teas line an entire wall in Leah Mae’s. Two dining areas, one a little fancier encourage lingering over afternoon or morning tea. Owner Sharon Tripp notes the menu is created as much from locally sourced ingredients as possible, and it helps that Srybny Farm is around the corner. The whole place recreates her grandmother’s house with nooks & crannies filled with for-sale estate treasures. And that Devonshire Cream is a treasure; it’s super creamy, slightly sweet and entirely irresistible.
Marks Deli 2 Railroad Square Haverhill, MA 01832 (978) 374-9402 no website or active Facebook page
What sets them apart? The people! Staff and customers.
Everybody knows your name and if they don’t, they smile broadly as if they do, and you’re sure they’ll remember you next time. Mark’s Deli is a diner where owner/grillmaster Steve knows a regular guest’s order by heart. The front tables are filled with the city’s movers & shakers who congregate from 7-10 am, among them judges, businessmen, and town officials. If you want to know what’s going on in town, stop by for an earful as well as a mouthful.
What sets them apart? Very reasonable prices, Good food and the “Hollywood” Connection.
RAFF’S MANAGEMENT SHIFTED TO FORMER EMPLOYEES WHO OWN IT NOW.
Yes, Raff’s was used as a set for the movie “CO2”. And while you might not always get a chance to hobnob with art world luminaries, I’m sure they’ll come here when they can, because the food is inventive as well as good, and no one can resist a good deal on breakfast. Raff’s is very bright and clean and offers so many specials they flow over 3-4 white boards. Turkey hash is like Thanksgiving for breakfast, and the asparagus & ham omelet could serve 2.
Village Square Restaurant 109 S Main St, Bradford, MA 01835 no website or active Facebook page HAS NEW OWNER EFFECTIVE JUNE 2016
What sets them apart? All homemade breads, most especially the grilled cornbread and cinnamon swirl.
I first learned of this restaurant from my accountant. He’s a regular customer here, and when I mentioned his name to my waitress, (she’s relatively new) she knew who he was and what he orders. It’s that kind of place. My husband and I have a meal deal where we share what we try, but if I could have hidden that cornbread, I would have! Servings are big; we brought home half a steak tip omelet.
©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell