Henry David Thoreau took a canoe trip down the Merrimack River. I don't know what he ate along the way, but if he were alive today, I think he would have mixed feelings about Norm's White Horse. What he wouldn't like is the noise level during the dinner rush hour. After all, he spent a year alone not far away at Walden Pond. Why so noisy? Well, it's the food! It's tasty and filling. The menu is varied. I had the Linguini with White Clam Sauce. The flavor was rich and hearty...the garlic supercharged the sauce. I bit into a large slice and the powerful taste made my eyes water. But, I was loving it. The Crab Cakes were done to perfection.
The service was fast and friendly. The bar area was packed with Red Sox fans. The informal ambiance was relaxing. The wine list was adequate and complimented the dishes well.
Just beyond the parking lot, in the back, flowed the gentle Merrimack River. It's a little under 30 miles from downtown Boston and it was worth the drive. To sum it up: great food served informally in a quiet neighbor.
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