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The Grill Next Door
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: (978) 241-7337
(Place added by: JimFalzone on 12-10-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I have visited The Grill Next Door twice in the last month and I definitely plan on going back again on a regular basis. The tap list has broad ranging selections that seem to offer something for everyone's tastes. I have ordered a Brooklyn Double Black Chocolate Stout, Delirium Tremens, and a Troeg's Mad Elf. The beers were served in appropriate glassware and at appropriate temperatures. The prices are very reasonable.
The food has been decent so far. The pulled pork sandwich was flavorful, but it was SMOTHERED in barbecue sauce. I do plan on ordering it again, but the next time I will ask for light sauce. The chicken parm is pretty good. My wife ordered a chicken caesar wrap that was nothing special, but the second time we went, she ordered the grilled chicken panini which was much better.
Edit: 04/13/2011 - The beer selection is still above average for the area, but the food the last time my wife and I went was below average.
03-17-2010 19:48:48 |
More by gameface23
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
First the good:
The quality and selection of beers is exceptional. Quality might be a notch below The Alehouse in Amesbury, but there are generally some real gems on the tap list. With 36 taps, you can certainly find something great. Where the Alehouse seems to focus more on Belgians and European (as well as domestic) rarities, GND seems to be more into (relatively) mainstream American IPAs and Pale Ales. Not necessarily a bad thing. If you're a beer geek, you'll be happy but you're not likely to be blown away by something rare and wonderful here. Then again, Arrogant Bastard Ale is almost always on tap, which is a very, very good thing.
I found the (bar) staff to be friendly and reasonably knowledgable. All beers are served in appropriate glassware. Unlike other reviewers, I found the value to be quite good. Case in point: $7.50 for a full pint pour of Southern Tier Unearthly IPA. At 11% ABV, one may be all you need...
Now the bad:
The food is pedestrian, chain-quality, New England pub fare. I would hope they would try to match their beer selection with some more upscale and interesting food selections. How about a cheese plate? A Ploughman's lunch?
Here is the real issue I have - the Vibe/Atmosphere. Nearly every time I have gone into the place - usually between 5:30 and 7:00 on a weeknight - after struggling with the tiny parking lot, I find the bar area is completely packed to the point where there are no empty seats. And most of the patrons are drinking... what's that? Bud Light? Coors Light? White Zinfindel??? I understand there is no accounting for taste and its a free country and all, but to go into a place like this and order a Bud Light is like going into an authentic Italian trattoria and ordering a hot dog. Essentially, this is a beer-geek bar with a townie clientelle that doesn't actually realize they are in a beer-geek bar.
So maybe this is a call to arms: Fellow Beer Geeks, head to Haverhill and reclaim the Grill Next Door! (And demand better food while you're at it...)
01-17-2011 20:15:53 |
More by BigStarFan
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
**** Re-review 9/25/10 ****
I noticed in a recent visit that the prices are out of control. $7.50 for a short pour of Avery Stout? $6.50 for Bershire Coffee Porter? $9.50 for Ommegang Zuur? $6 for Wachusett Blueberry? Huh? Am I at the Publick House in Brookline??? Also noticed the bartender mis-informing customers about beers and up-selling to even more over-priced Belgians. Oh yeah, and the food still stinks.
Afraid I won't be back - if you're in the area head to the Tap in downtown Haverhill or continue up 495 to the Amesbury Ale House.
Original review 5/19/10
GND - I want to like you. I appreciate your concept of an unassuming beer bar and pub in the far suburbs. You are almost there, but an upgrade in the menu and/or chef needs to happen.
I've been 4 times now and have an appreciation for as coaching legend Bill Parcells says "You are what you are". In this case, an OK place run by decent people who want to do well but fall short in a few areas.
It's a comfortable place - horseshoe bar off to the side of a large dining room. Obviously new construction within the past few years.
Selection of beer is right up my alley - concentration of New England microbrews, but I've noticed they are reaching for overpriced "ticker" beers and Belgians (read: high margin) recently. Local beers are reasonably priced; Ticker beers and Belgians are priced like Boston bars (booo!)
Service is attentive, anxious and friendly. Good in my book.
Where this place falls down is the food....MEH. Having been to many Merrimack Valley haunts, this place fits in. Non-adventerous fare not made well. I've had fare varying from burgers to seafood to their "famous" french fry plates (Blech) and the food is sub-par. At some point soon the owners need to re-evaluate their menu and the execution...neither is working. The potential is there for simple food done well at a reasonable price!
All in all, I will come back. I want to see a beer bar in the far Boston suburbs succeed.
05-19-2010 01:16:18 |
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