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“Our Favorite Restaurant!”
Review of Puritan Backroom

Puritan Backroom
Ranked #5 of 408 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Yes, you will have to wait if you go during peak times because it is a restaurant that is very popular. However, if you go when it is not peak, you get right in as we do. All it takes is maybe an hour before 5:00 pm and you can get right in. This is our favorite go-to restaurant. We go ever wedding anniversary or family celebration. My husband loves the fried clams, I am partial to the Fried Chicken Tender Chicken Cacciatore. Our usual for and appetizer is the stuffed mushrooms which I have been trying to duplicate at home without success, they are delicious! I have yet to get something there that I didn't like. Service is good and can be great if you get veteran waitresses.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We were very surprised at this restaurant because it has been around for many years but, service was sooooo............ slow!! My lunch was middle of the road and my husband's burger he said, was the worst he ever had, it was totally over cooked and dry. We went with friends who were not impressed with their chicken cordon bleu, it came with a funky barbeque sauce (horrible!!!). Their menu is so large that it is obvious that they have lost total control over the years to produce some sort of quality food. They are a lot of family style restaurants out there, check them out but ,not this one!!!

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Had heard nothing but good things about the Back Room. Finally tried it for ourselves. Had to wait about 40 minutes, but they gave bowls of party mix to snack on while you wait. Once seated, we were treated as if we were the only people there. We barely waited for any of our food or drinks and the amount of food was extremely generous. We noticed that not one person left without a to go box. The food was yummy and we too left with to go boxes.

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Thank Lianna L
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We've been coming here for about a 30 years. In a city with restaurants which rarely rise above mediocre, the Backroom is a standout. Big room. Good cocktails. Reliable stand-bys including: Greek salad, spinach pita, burgers (especially good), French fries, grilled salmon, club sandwiches, lobster roll, fried seafood. Not fancy, but simple food that is well prepared.

Efficient service which is occasionally friendly.

Child friendly in that it's a noisy place already, so one more unruly child won't matter. They do serve pizza and chicken fingers.

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Thank StanRuth
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Puritan Backroom has a great menu. They are "famous" for their mudslides, which I hear are excellent (but I don't drink). It is well lit, the staff is friendly and accommodating. There is almost always a wait and they don't take reservations. Clean eating area & bathroom. Their coconut chicken tenders are delish. Their caesar salad used to be large but has shrunk in recent months. Lamb can be great or horrible, depending on the night. Tomato sauce on varying dishes tastes like the can. Hummus is excellent; chicken & beef are usually good; fish is either excellent or tasteless or too fishy depending on the night (& possibly the chef). It's still a "go to" spot in the area. Huge variety of food so usually everyone leaves satisfied. They also have an ice cream / take out operation in the front of the restaurant. The ice cream is competitively priced, very flavorful, many choices, and large servings. Most of the menu inside the restaurant is available for take out at this entrance. Definitely worth the try!

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Thank Carol C
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