Food & Dining

DINING IN THE VALLEY

Phat Cats’ comfort food and warm ambience melt away wintry blues

Make a reservation before you head to Phat Cats Bistro in Amesbury. This intimate hideaway welcomes diners with impeccable service and deliciously prepared cuisine. Maybe it was because I visited on a rare date night or because it was a night when snow was falling, but I became smitten with Phat Cats at first seating. It is rare and refreshing […]

Dining in the Valley

Bistro’s comfort food, warm ambience melt away wintry blues

Make a reservation before you head to Phat Cats in Amesbury, Mass. This intimate hideaway welcomes diners in with impeccable service and deliciously prepared cuisine. Maybe it was a rare date night or the snow falling outside, but I became smitten with this bistro at first seating. How rare and refreshing it is to receive service that is both attentive […]

DINING IN THE VALLEY

Asian cuisine that delivers comfort through the holidays

When the holiday season rolls around, I feel nostalgic, craving the memories and food of my childhood. On Christmas Eve growing up, we’d gather on the town green of our small town in New York, awaiting the arrival of Santa. The street shut down for this special evening. Parents’ shoulders held their sitting children, whose hands were warmed by paper […]

Dining in the Valley

Asian cuisine delivers comfort through holidays

When the holiday season rolls around, I begin to feel nostalgic, craving the memories and food of my childhood. On Christmas Eve growing up, we’d gather on the town green of our small town in New York, awaiting the arrival of Santa. The street shut down for this special evening as parents’ shoulders held their sitting children, hands warmed by […]

DINING IN THE VALLEY

Middle Eastern flavors and a neighborhood feel

On a recent Monday evening, the crowd at Shadi’s, a Lebanese restaurant off of Route 125 in North Andover, grew rapidly as the night wore on, a good sign indicating that this is a favorite weeknight stop for locals. Having ordered takeout after a night of trick-or-treating earlier in the week, I returned knowing I wanted another order of the […]

Dining in the Valley

A taste of the Middle East with a neighborhood feel

Shadi’s is no ordinary place. It’s the neighborhood bar off the bustling Route 125 in North Andover. It’s a restaurant with heart, with history. Having risen from the ashes like a Phoenix, Shadi’s faced adversity after their previous Methuen location burned to the ground. Their resilience brought them to this modest spot that’s easy to miss. Dining with my family […]

Tuscan feeds hundreds at uplifting salute to veterans



“An outpouring of thanks.” That’s how Tom Morris, who served in the Air Force during much of the 1960s, described the recent celebration for veterans that was hosted by Tuscan Kitchen. Hundreds of veterans and guests enjoyed a free Veterans Day meal at the Main Street restaurant. “The meal itself is absolutely wonderful,” said Morris, a Londonderry resident. “Just a […]


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