looking for good food in Manchester, Londonderry- Derry , New Hampshire area
- edinaeats Sep 28, 2003 07:48 PM
Looking for good food in the Manchester area- all suggestions welcome and greatly appreiciated!
As Manchester center is one of my favorite areas for a short trip I'll mention a few places I've enjoyed or hope to. In the latter category is the Three Clock Inn south of Londonderry just off VT rte 100. It has been mentioned here and sounds like a place not to miss.
For less formal and perhaps less expensive fare Johnny Seesaw on Rt 11 just east of Bromley serves very pleasant meals at a reasonable cost and provides a very comfortable atmosphere. Closer to Manchester center also on Rt 11 just east of new Rt 7 in Laney's which provides lighter fare at a modest cost and would serve well for families with or without children in tow. Bistro Henry's is gone I believe. South of Man. center on old rte 7 is the Black Swan - a gorgeous looking place which always appealed to me until I ate there. Going north on Rt 100 from Rt 11 in Londonderry leads to Weston VT and the Weston Inn - it has always been recommended to me by the owner of a local motel but I've only been there myself for breakfast several years ago. I know this is rather scattered info but I hope it offers some help.
My boyfriend and I are always looking for good restaurants to try. Some of our favorites in the area are The Cotton (manchester), Richard's Bistro (Manchester) - it's upper scale, but to die for food. Also try Loafers in salem! Let me know which one you ended up at!
Moved to NH a few years ago from Massachusetts: Here are my favorites so far: All are excellent; and this is coming from a very picky critic.
Chinese "cuisine" -- Chen Yang Li in Bedford, NH (off rte. 3). The BEST
Vietnamese: Pho Golden Bowl on Granite Street Manchester, NH Great soup and Pad Thai is excellent. Owned by 2 sisters; food is served hot and everything is cooked to order; nothing reheated or kept warm.
Italian cuisine -- Piccola on Elm Street Manchester -- Very small quaint restaurant. MAKE A RESERVATION ... if not, it's worth the wait.
Mexican -- La Carretta 545 Hooksett Rd Manchester, NH (Authentic and fresh)
Steakhouse -- Hanover Street Chophouse, Manchester Hands down, the best steak anywhere outside of Boston with impecable service. Must have is the Macaroni and Cheese with Lobster... OMG!
MAKE RESERVATIONS! A bit EXPENSIVE, but worth every penny. Perfect for a special adult evening... or if you're trying to impress anyone.
Sandwiches/Wraps - Cafe 324 Manchester -- Cheap and AWESOME !!!
Wine/Dinner & a quiet relaxing Adult Nite Out -- There's only one place...Unwin'd -- 865 Second St, Manchester, NH - (603) 625-9463 Classy place. My favorite place to go in New Hampshire. Scot is the proprietor; he's young, hip and adorable. Did I say that out loud? Food is excellent also; all prepared by an executive chef. Great jazz also.
Pizza -- Pizza Man in Hooksett or Merrimack. No cookie-cut out pizzas.
I tend to agree with most of your suggestions.
However... despite the fact that I don't like pizza myself, my wife (who was born on Long Island and whose brother owns a couple of pizza places back there) just loves Sal's Just Pizza. She says it's more "authentic" to her, as opposed to the Greek-inspired pizzas she finds most other places. That could just be a matter of personal taste, though.
Santarpio's - Italian
C&K's - Diner type
Sandwiches/Subs: USA Subs
Thai: Thai Chef
Chinese: Master Wok
Mexican: La Caretta
Sandwiches: Wrap Shak
American (w/ambience): Homestead
American (w/ambience): The Common Man
Italian: La Picola
Fine Dining (w/Ambience): Richard's Bistro
Fish: Commercial Street Fishery
Steak: Hanover Street Chop House
Pizza: Alley Cat, 900 Degrees
A good place for breakfast or lunch (the hand-made hamburgers are the best around) go to the Roadhouse on Rte 102 in Londonderry, just south of the Manchester line. This is an old-time place with license plates on the wall. Don't expect much visual appeal from the road. You might even ask yourself "what am I doing here." Give it a try. If you can find a better burger in the Manchester area, I'd love to hear about it.
Chinese- Mei's Chinese Restaurant in Allentown, NH (Very Fresh)
American and more -The Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH (kinda weird atmosphere best chicken tenders on the planet... hands down)
Airport Diner in Manchester, NH (very good lunch)
Spatt's in Auburn/Manchester, NH awesome prime rib
I am with you on the Puritan, long waits, spotty service, the tenders are tough but plentiful , the dipping sauce is good, but all there is to it is apple sauce mixed with regular ducksauce and loads of sugar. I do NOT like the drinks either, they are small, (unless you buy the nasty bastardized frozen premixed mudslides) weak (including said mudslides) and the bartenders have the friendliness of a Spartan.
We tried Asian Breeze in Hooksett a few weeks ago. Many were ordering their hot pots...where you cook your own stuff...or reheat it..not sure. They are asian fusion with a good mix of japanese chinese cantonese korean and sushi is good. We tried a mix....really like it. Word on the street is that the chefs/owners are from the tapei tokyo restaurant in bedford i think?