Once, quite rundown, with many of the buildings boarded up, downtown Haverhill has become an exciting destination for the locals to visit, including a selection of Haverhill MA Restaurants.
Mayor Fiorentini has overseen the revitalization of the downtown area since the early 2000s. It is now becoming known for its unique boutique shops, an artist epicenter and now the home of over 25 restaurants.
Not only have shops and restaurants moved into the downtown, but there have also been some exciting residential developments like the Heights a luxury apartment community overlooking the Merrimack River.
The options for restaurants in downtown Haverhill are expanding on a regular basis. Menu options provide some excellent food choices, including tacos, burritos, traditional Italian, gyros, pizza, flatbreads, deli sandwiches, breakfast, specialty coffee and more…..
A majority of the Haverhill restaurants are found on Washington St. and extend down the side streets and behind Washington Street.
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Food in Haverhill MA- Living in Haverhill
Living and buying a home in Haverhill presents a unique opportunity.
It is one of the few small cities around with a destination downtown. There are a lot of great reasons to visit downtown Haverhill.
Lately, the reasons have gotten greater. The downtown has spurred quite a food scene that draws not only the locals but diners from neighboring communities as well. Within a very short distance, you can walk to over 20 restaurants in the downtown.
If you look hard enough, there is a bit of something for everyone. The downtown Restaurant District has also been coined Restaurant Row and you can find some of Haverhill’s best restaurants in the restaurant district.
Downtown Haverhill MA Restaurants To Check Out
Barrios– Who doesn’t love tacos!! The Barrio tacos are served up with a modern twist. Make your own tacos with a variety of ingredients and pay for the taco!! The protein choices and toppings are extensive. Barrios serves up the best tacos in a hip and trendy environment. It also has one of the best outdoor seating areas with a great scenic view of the Merrimack River.
The Tap Brewing Company– The Tap Brewing Company is an American pub offering traditional pub fare while pouring a serving up their own award-winning draft beer brewed on-site. The food doesn’t light the world on fire but I love their outdoor seating area overlooking the Merrimack River. And of course, grab a draft of Haverhill’s own beer.
The Hidden Pig– A great place to go for two things. Burgers and Tater Tots! Forget the french fries and order the tots. The menu is a bit more extensive than burgers but if you are looking for a great burger this is a great place to go. It has limited seating and a few seats on a back deck overlooking the river.
Essex Street Grille– Looking for something a little more upscale check out the diverse menu at the Essex Street Grille. And, don’t forget to start your meal with one of their specialty martinis.
Sparky’s Wings and Things– If wings are your thing, don’t forget to pick up an order of wings on your way by. It’s a hole in the wall but there are 33 different flavors of wings available plus specials. I crave the Bayou Dry Rub wings, mildly spicy and with no sauce just a dry spice rub. Grab some cheap eats at Sparky’s for a relaxing Friday night
A1 Diner– If you just want some good, old diner food don’t forget the A1 diner. A long-time favorite staple of the downtown Haverhill food scene with a classic 40-style diner setting. If you want the best waffles try their orange poppy seed waffles.
Peddlar’s Daughter– Looking for some traditional Irish fare? This pub favorite can serve you up some Scotch Eggs, Fish and Chips or Cottage Pie. Reminiscent of an Irish pub, you can also catch some live Irish music towards the end of the week. There is also a fantastic beer selection of some Irish favorites. Talk about tapping into Haverhill’s manufacturing routes where many of the Irish settled coming to the United States to work in the many local factories.
Wang’s Table– Wang’s Table serves up some solid, classic Chinese and Japanese fare. The sushi and maki roll menu is extensive. If you are looking for a great Asian meal in the Haverhill Restaurant District, check out Wang’s. I find it to be one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city.
Casa Blanca– Find some casual family dining at Casa Blanca serving up traditional Mexican food. Don’t forget Taco Tuesday where you can get two tacos for a $1.75 alongside a great Margarita.
Barking Dog Ale House– The Barking Dog Ale House is a local favorite serving up signature dishes as well as pub favorites. Don’t forget to check out their Buffalo Mac and Cheese along with a signature Martini or Infused specialty cocktails.
Butch’s Uptown– Serves up lots of classics with good portions in a pleasant atmosphere. Lots of pasta and fried seafood choices at Butch’s Uptown.
Downtowns Coffee Shops and Cafés
Wicked Big Cafe– The Wicked Big Café is another of the many café offerings to be found downtown. Stop by for a specialty coffee drink, pastries, breakfast sandwiches or lunch sandwiches. Walk out with one of their fruit smoothies as well for a non-coffee treat!
Battle Grounds Coffee Co– One of my downtown favorites (I meet a lot of clients here). Some great coffee is roasted fresh on-premises with a wide variety of coffee drinks, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and lunch sandwiches. A great casual atmosphere highlighting some characteristics of an old mill building found in Haverhill. Great to grab a quick drink or bite to eat. The menu is limited but the food is good.
Kaldi’s Coffee Shop– Another great Café in the downtown. Offering coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches, it is a great place to relax and catch a quick breakfast or lunch. All their coffee is organic and fair trade and serves up some delicious omelets as well!
Boba Tea and Ice House– If Boba Tea is your thing this establishment is a perfect spot to choose from a large selection of teas and grab a quick snack. Other offerings include Mochi Ice Cream, Macroons and Bubble Waffles.
Pizza Places in Haverhill MA Downtown
Spazianos– Located in the heart of the downtown, Spazianos offering are of a typical pizza shop. Pizza can be ordered thick crust, thin crust or Sicilian. And of course they have an array of hot and cold subs, salads and more.
NH Beach Pizza– Beach Pizza is a very regional favorite, made popular by Tripoli’s Bakery in Lawrence and now is offered by a few other shops. Beach pizza is known for its thin crust, sweet sauce and sprinkling of mozzarella and the option of provolone. Now you can get beach pizza in Haverhill’s downtown.
More Restaurants In Haverhill MA
Not only is downtown’s restaurant row a great spot to eat, there are other great eateries across the city.
The Northside of Haverhill on the New Hampshire border along 125 is now considered the second “restaurant row in Haverhill” and you can find some great food there as well. Haverhill’s second “restaurant row” is filled with mostly chain restaurants you have Kobe Japanese Steak House, Chipotle, Panera, Five Guys, Unos, Longhorn Steakhouse, Applebees and much more to select from.
And don’t forget the many other restaurants in downtown Haverhill’s Restaurant District as well as across the entire city.
Support Haverhill’s local restaurants while having a great experience with a take-out meal provided by online ordering or dine-in with a great atmosphere. Or, enjoy the many outdoor seating areas provided by the restaurants in Haverhill.
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