Written by Penny Gourmet
BEST ROAST BEEF & MORE
Wheelieson Route 198 is among our long-time favorites. If you never pass through
Newmarket center , this is your reason to discover an upcoming old factory town
on the Lamprey River.
96 Main Street
The less we eat meat, the more attention we pay to the meat we eat. That’s hard
to do with fast food these days, which is why beef has almost disappeared from
our menu – except here. Wheelies does roast beef like nobody on the Seacoast.
A roast beef sandwich from Wheelies is as different from one at Arby’s as food
is different from the container it comes in. We’re told that is because the Newmarket
eatery cooks all its meats in-house following a long, loving, family recipe. The
roast beef is tender, flavorful and, dare we say it – healthy tasting. It is not
disguised in sauces like the chain-store stuff. Drop that beef into a fresh grinder
with veggies and "hots", toss in great fries and a Greek salad, and you’ve got
a serious pleasure-thing going on.
Any time we pass through Newmarket, we stop. It’s that simple. And it took more
than a dozen stops for us over three or four years to stretch out and try something
different here. The pizza, we can now report, is great. The chicken is great.
The onion rings are great. We hear the same is true of their pitas, Friday’s fish
special and Wheelies pork. But it’s difficult to skip our roast beef fix when
passing through old Newmarket town.
The prices are solid "house of pizza" level, $6.25 at this writing for a large
roast beef sub. It’s a pizza place ambiance, which is to say, not much, although
the scent of cooking from the back kitchen is many notches up the aroma-zone from
your average pizzeria.
Counter service is friendly, but not as warm as the food. It feels a bit like
ordering from your Greek neighbor’s kitchen, and your neighbor is distracted by
the game on TV. But the food is so good, you just cannot stop knocking on that
door. We were the only ones in the place not greeted by name, so this is clearly
a spot for Newmarket regulars. That means it is a New England "in" spot for tourists
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