Welcome to Andovers a la Carte! Every week in this column we explore dining experiences in Andover and North Andover that you must know about.
Every Thursday morning, as you begin to plan your weekend, you will learn about the best kept secrets, local favorites, and even the best of what the big chains have to offer.
This week we look at the Andovers’ best options for pizza and sub shops. These three lunchtime destinations that have options, flavor, and character.
What is your favorite pizza or sub shop around town? Let us know in the comments. Here are ours.
This hidden gem is tucked away on Post Office Avenue in Andover. My Brothers is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. except for Sundays, and the newly renovated dining room is suitible for sharing a pie with friends or devouring an Italian sub while watching TV.
Wish for this Dish: Pita Bread Pizza. My Brothers’ Pita Bread Pizza not only promises a healthier option than traditional pies, it also packs a crunchy punch. Pita Bread Pizzas come in a single size for under $6 that you may not want to share if you are very hungry. Try one topped with their buffalo or barbeque chicken.
On 114, next door to Stop & Shop, you will find Jasmine Plaza. Within the plaza is a little taste of the Mediterranean that is different from other pizza shops in town. Their pizza is classic Greek style, but the Mediterranean flavor of their food is what sets this place apart. Spring for a Steak Shawarma, Shish Tawouk or even some Baba Ganoush and you won’t be disappointed.
Wish for this Dish: Falafel Rollup. The Falafel Rollup is a steal at only $4.50 and it’s a very popular meal throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. A falafel is made by mashing chickpeas, diced onions, spices, and herbs together and rolling them into balls or hockey puck shapes. Deep fry the finished product and you have a crispy, flavorful, and hunger satisfying falafel. The falafels are then topped with creamy tahini sauce and rolled up in a fresh pita with vegetables.
Opened in 1984, this North Andover staple serves famous pizza sticks and, of course, famous roast beef sandwiches. Harrison’s has many little specialties such as the mozzarella sticks and fresh pickles, but perhaps the most notorious are the crinkled French fries whose unique charm many find irresistible. Swing by Harrison’s on Chickering Road, just passed the 114 intersection and experience what longtime North Andoverites have loved for years.
Wish for this Dish: Medium Roast Beef with Cheese and Extra Sauce. The extra sauce is key to add a tangy taste and smooth texture to the sandwich. With regard to portions, the medium sized sandwich is perfect considering each sandwich comes with a very generous helping of delicious roast beef. Adding a side of those crinkle fries will complement the meal nicely as you relax in the very spacious dining room.