As those of you who live north of Boston (including the North Shore region) probably know, there are a number of Brothers restaurants that can be found throughout the area, including one in Wakefield, another in Salem, and still another that will soon be returning to Peabody after many years. But the focus of our review here is for the New Brothers Restaurant and Deli in Danvers, mainly because of its slightly out of the way location in the center of this tidy, laid-back town, and also because it has arguably better food (and in fact is not affiliated with the other Brothers delis, though there is a loose connection between it and the upcoming Peabody spot).
Upon first glance, New Brothers feels a bit like another Greek cafeteria-style dining spot in Woburn called The Restaurant. And while the two places are indeed similar to an extent, New Brothers may be the preferred choice for those who want cheap, quick Greek food, as it focuses exclusively on that while The Restaurant in Woburn turns into a slightly more upscale spot at night and it also has a bar as well. The setup of New Brothers is simple, as customers grab a tray, pick from the items behind the counter, and pay at the register at the end of the counter.
The menu at New Brothers Restaurant and Deli includes a nearly endless list of Greek and American dishes, including breakfast specials (served all day), salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta dishes, seafood, full dinners, and desserts. The menu also features a huge number of daily specials, though granted some of the specials (including the fall-apart tender pastitsio, the hearty and meaty stuffed grape leaves, the flaky and rather filling spanakopita, and the creamy and rich macaroni and cheese) are offered much of the time. Nearly all of the familiar Greek dishes are offered at New Brothers, including a thick and rich chicken egg lemon soup, big hunks of moussaka, chichen kabobs, and roast leg of lamb. And don't forget the sides, as the roasted potatoes at New Brothers are among the better in the Boston area, while the rice pilaf is deliciously fresh and fluffy.
New Brothers Restaurant and Deli is a true anchor in the center of Danvers, as it is a place that locals (and especially Greek locals) return to again and again. It may not be gourmet dining, but this unassuming eatery is very good at what it does, and really is the type of place that every downtown area should have.
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