Food — Weekly Dish

Pizza, wings and Quiznos...Oh my!

By Amy Diaz

New slice:  Expect the smell of baking pizza to fill the former home of Cityvibes at 10 Lake Ave. (between Elm and Chestnut streets).  A sign advertising Tony Tomatoe’s Pizza and Wings has appeared, promising Verizon Wireless Arena-goers another place to satisfy their pre- or post-game appetites.

Also, the downtown’s sandwich landscape is about to get a bit bigger. Quiznos, 990 Elm St., is in the hiring stages for its new storefront on the corner of Elm and Mechanic streets. A chain with only one other store in New Hampshire (on Central Avenue in Dover), Quiznos is best known to the sandwich connoisseur for its practice of toasting its sandwiches.

Dessert you don’t have to make: Fill your last-minute cookie needs with the gingerbread cookies, peanut butter Kiss cookies, sugar cookies and more delicious treats available at the Coffee Break Bakery, 260 Mammoth Road, 622-7582. The bakery offers a variety of cookies sold individually or on prearranged trays for between $10.50 (for a small tray) and $29.50 (for a large tray).

If you go the route of picking your own cookies, might I suggest the New England molasses cookie (not-too-sweet and full of rich molasses flavor) or the rum ball (chocolatey and nutty, these are entirely decadent treats)?

Last-minute gift with a local touch: Looking to stuff a stocking with a few local touches?

Michelle’s Gourmet Pastry and Deli, 819 Union St., 647-7150, offers a handy and handsome black plastic cake or pie server for $1. A useful item to anyone who spends time in the kitchen, it also serves as a subtle reminder that, hey, why not bake a pie?

The other kind of merry Christmas: Sure, some people are all about the big roast animal and the fresh baked whatever but for some Christmas is all about DVD marathons (the original Star Wars trilogy, the first few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the first season of The X-Files are my recommendations for a very happy holiday) and food you don’t have to make.

Though most restaurants do take the day off, several stay open to give you something to eat (or, if the family convergence gets a bit too much, somewhere to go) on one of the slowest business days of the year.

In addition to the usual suspects of sporadic fast food and some pizza delivery franchises, here are a few other places from which you can get your traditional kun pao.

Aloha Restaurant, 901 Hanover St., 647-2100, Open at 11:30 a.m.

All-U-Can-Eat-Buffet King, 1525 S. Willow St., 625-2888. Open 11:30 a.m.

Basil’s Restaurant, 2 Highlander Way, 625-6425.

Cheung Kee, 665 DW Highway, 626-1689, open at 11 a.m.

Feng House, 484 Main St., 622-9832, open at 11 a.m.

House of Choi, 333 Valley St., 668-9688. Open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

JD’s Tavern: 700 Elm St. (inside the Radisson), 621-9040, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Jillian’s, 50 Philipe Cote Drive, 626-7636, Open at 7 p.m .

New Taiwan Garden, Willow Tree Plaza, 575 S. Willow St., 641-9040. Open from noon to 8:30 p.m.

New Yee Dynatsy, 830 S. Willow St., 625-5500. Opens at noon.

Nutfield Ale & Steak House, Sheraton Four Points hotel, 55 E. John Devine Drive, 666-3030. Open 4 to 10 p.m.

OK Parkers, 89 Hanover St., 645-1106, Open 6 p.m.

Peking Garden, 845 Second St., 623-2270 or 967 Elm St., 623-6767, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Red Arrow, 61 Lowell St., 626-1118. Opens at 6 a.m.

Shogun Japanese Steak House, 545 D W Highway, 669-8122.

Stage Door Café, 96 Hanover St. 625-0810, Opens 4 p.m.

Szechuan House, Maple Valley Plaza at the corner of Maple and Valley streets, open at 11 a.m.

Tandoor, Maple Valley Plaza at the corner of Maple and Valley streets, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from  5 to 10 p.m.

Wild Rover, 21 Kosciuzko St., 669-7722, open at 8 p.m.

- Amy Diaz

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