The Puritans established Haverhill during the 1600s and it has a lovely historic district. This quaint New England town overlooks the Merrimack River and is the site of Bradford College. Today, there are museums, parks, boardwalks, and even castles worth visiting. Of course, over its long lifetime, Haverhill has also become home to some tried-and-true culinary excellence. Here are our favorites.
Krueger Flatbread serves delicious Italian favorites like brick oven pizzas, pasta, and tiramisú. The dishes are made with fresh ingredients and many of them arrive covered in gooey Italian cheeses. As for the pizza, try the JG Whittier with caramelized onions and sausage or the three-cheese Hillie pizza. You can also enjoy other New England classics like clam chowder. Wash everything down with a beer from their substantial selection on tap. With consistently great food and friendly staff, Krueger Flatbread is bound to keep you coming back. In fact, we should warn you that this place does draw a sizable crowd.
The Grill Next Door has a casual setting and a menu with a focus on burgers and other comfort food specialties. Perhaps their greatest attraction is that they offer over 30 microbrews on tap. If you’re spending time in the American northeast, it’s important to dabble in the microbrew culture. The Grill Next Door is one of the best places to do it if you’re in Haverhill. Additionally, this restaurant serves award-winning mac & cheese as well as many other kinds of American-style cuisine. We especially recommend the steak bomb mac & cheese. The orange-colored walls and timber flooring make the interior warm and inviting.
It’s not always easy to find quality Mexican street food in New England. Tacos Lupita, however, serves your quintessential Mexican dishes with an emphasis on authenticity. Come here for burritos, gorditas tacos, quesadillas, pupusas, and other more daring fare like menudo, which is a soup made with beef stomach. Wash your meal down with a refreshing Mexican coke or horchata. This is a great spot to grab something yummy on the go at an unbeatable price. You can also pull up a chair and enjoy your food in the restaurant while catching a few minutes of the football game or telenovela that is likely playing on the TV.
Bradford Seafood Restaurant & Fish Market is a family operated establishment that serves some of the freshest seafood around. Fried seafood dishes are lightly battered so you can still taste the delicate flavors of the fish beneath the breading. It is possible to order items ranging from squid to haddock, to swordfish, stuffed shrimp and scallops. If it’s hard to choose, consider the seafood platter, which comes with two sides. Bradford Seafood Restaurant & Fish Market also serves a selection of homemade Greek dishes, as well as hamburgers and hot dogs. You can get takeout and even purchase seafood to cook at home.
Located in quaint downtown Haverhill, Wicked Big Café offers all of your coffee shop essentials. They serve excellent, aromatic brews of coffee, light lunch foods like sandwiches and paninis, and provide free wifi. Popular drink items include the ‘hot turtle’ with caramel syrup and the ‘almond joi’ espresso drink. Their wraps and sandwiches are likely to leave you raving. The interior is pleasant with antique crown moldings, exposed brick and a large chalkboard that lists all the menu items. This is the perfect place for getting comfy and enjoying some tasty treats.
Barking Dog Ale House is a traditional American pub kicked up a notch. In addition to the usual beer selections, the serve a diverse array of locally sourced craft beers along with high quality variations on typical bar fare. The friendly bartenders are knowledgeable and full of great beer recommendations. Try the pub steak and fries, Mediterranean-style wedge salad, fish and chips, buffalo perogies, clam chowder, and the cinnamon bun sandwich for dessert. They also serve brunch. This is a fun spot to come with friends or on a casual night out with a significant other.
Olivia's, Haverhill | Courtesy of Barking Dog Ale House
Olivia’s is an Italian trattoria located in a warmly lit brick establishment with rustic wooden ceilings. Entrees are beautifully presented. They offer a variety of pastas and antipasti including artichokes, penne in vodka sauce, osso bucco, and Italian-style seafood. Finish your meal the Italian way with a tiramisú and an espresso. Expect large portions for a good price; this is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in the area. It’s worth noting that Krueger’s and Olivia’s are actually a joint operation. The restaurant is called Krueger’s in the afternoon for lunch, and it is transformed into Olivia’s for dinnertime.
Wang’s Table is a Japanese–Chinese fusion restaurant that specializes in sushi and boasts a full bar. If you’re feeling festive, order a ‘scorpion bowl’ for a drink. The sushi is always creative, fresh and of high grade. You can also order interesting seafood dishes including the giant clam, Florida golden crab, and California sea urchin. The restaurant’s interior showcases an industrial style with lots of traditional decor from the Far East. Wang’s Table easily accommodates large groups, and many of the menu items are served family-style. They even serve craft sake ordered directly from Japan. Wang’s Table provides delivery, too.
A-1 Deli Incorporated serves classic deli fare with roast beef as a specialty. There are two sides to this establishment: the deli and the restaurant-cafe, which also serves food cafeteria-style. It’s the place to be if you’re looking for some home-cooked comfort food dishes that have withstood the test of time. Try the succulent hamburger steak with mashed potatoes and A-1’s notorious zucchini. Not only do they offer lunch, A-1 Deli serves up a pretty hearty breakfast, too. This is an ideal place to visit when passing through, instead of the fast food chains in the area.