Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Restaurant Review, Burton's Grill, Nashua, New Hampshire, Better than most chain restaurants

A number of years ago my wife and I were heading down Route 3 on the South Shore in Massachusetts when I noticed that the car was in need of fuel. By chance we pulled off Exit 16 in Hingham and that is when we discovered the Derby Street Shoppes, a cute little mall. Anyway, at this mall we noticed a restaurant called Burton's Grill. Back then, it was the only one around but the company has since expanded and there are now 5 New England locations as well as one in Virginia Beach. We have never been fans of chain restaurants but I have to tell you that Burton's Grill is very different. In fact, we have dined in the Hingham, Andover and Fenway (which recently closed) locations. After hearing that they opened in New Hampshire, of course, we had to check it out.

Burton's Grill is at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua and it seems that this is one of their formula's for success locating their restaurants at malls. We arrived on a busy Saturday evening dinner and were quickly seated at a booth in the back.

As I looked around what comes to mind is that this has the qualities of a classy restaurant: dark wood and low lighting with subtle art on the walls. They also have a large bar area. We have always been happy with the drinks and service. My wife loves their martini's and, if you partake, I'm confident you'll agree.

You will see that there seems to be much thought put into the menu offerings as there is something for everyone. Although I think they are more of a steak place, you will also find fresh seafood, salads, pasta and sandwiches as well as gluten free and vegetarian items.

On this night we started with the grilled stuffed zucchini that was nicely prepared with a strong parmesan cheese flavor. I also suggest the Buffalo Chicken dip that I have had on many other occasions.

For dinner along with another guest, I ordered the chicken with wild mushroom ravioli which we both enjoyed, although mine could have been a little hotter. Another guest had a Reuben and was pleased with his selection. My wife chose the lobster and shrimp pasta and could not stop raving about how good it was. Naturally, I had to take a bite and she was right. The shrimp were huge and there was a decent amount of lobster meat.

For dessert, we were all in a chocolate mood so we ordered two warm chocolate tarts. It was a dense wedge of chocolate covered in a chocolate sauce. This is a must order for chocoholics!

Our server did a good job and she was efficient and friendly.

So there you have it, I do strongly recommend Burton's Grill as one of the better chain restaurants.