Recent finds in Manchester(-ish), NH??
Has anyone found anything new and worthy around Manchester, NH? Or is there any old favourite that you'd like to promote?
I'm a Torontonian spending time in NH who often has trouble finding somewhere to eat. Money is not an issue. I do like somewhere atmospheric where you can linger and cocktail. I have an adventurous palate, so type of food is open, as long as it's authentic (no fake "Italian"). I don't like chain restaurants. Cotton is my current local favourite, Baldwins was good, CR Sparks is OK but sometimes feels a little too big to be intimate. I liked 55 Degrees in Concord... ideas?
Soul Food--Premier Palate
BBQ--Down n Dirty
Upscale contemporary--Richard's Bistro
Local color/glorified greek diner--Back Room at the Puritan
Upscale country inn--Bedford Village Inn
Chinese--Chen Yang Li
Fish--Commercial Street Fishery
and if you wish to venture further afar:
Seafood (probably the best in NH) Surf in Nashua
Sushi--Takumi in Nashua
Italian--Cucina Toscana in Nashua
Thai--Thon Khao in Nashua
Asian-Fusion--YouYou Bistro in Nashua
Chinese--Lilac Blossom in Nashua
Mexican--La Carreta in Nashua (I think they just opened in Manchester too)
Italian--Angelina's in Concord
Mexican--Los Hermanos in Concord
Fabulous list for manchester area! Can we update this for 2008?
I'd add the new St. Louis style BBQ place City Flame Smokehouse. It's amazingly good, very moist meat with great glaze, and very friendly owners and staff. I'm not normally a big meat or barbecue eater, but we lived in Texas for a while so I know from brisket. We got a sampler plate and it's all good there - chicken, ribs, brisket beef, pulled pork. The usual sides are all good, the mashed potatoes are amazing, and even the Bulgarian owners specialty roasted red pepper salad is great with the meat.
363 Chestnut St, Manchester 603-622-6022
I'd also add El Mexicano Jr. and Consuelo's Taqueria for Mexican even instead of La Carreta (there is one in Mancester)or Hermanos in Concord.
I just read recently that Premier Palette will be closing because the owner is moving to Philly. Sad.
Sadly, we have to take Premier Palette and Down n Dirty off the list. Word on this board is that Gaucho's and Piccola Italia have slipped. I would add Z Bistro and The Way We Cook to the list as worthy additions to the food scene. 900 Degrees seems to be "hot" right now (sorry). Gill's for Indian food is a great choice. Seven Hills has wonderful Turkish cuisine in Nashua. Also in Nashua--Saffron Bistro is a chic little spot.
Had lunch at "Z" and was not impressed. Had the Asian Nachos and iceberg wedge salad with chicken. Nachos were OK, though sour cream was not substantial at all (two little drips), and the salad was terrible...five dollars more for two small pieces of (cubed?) chicken. Would not return.
We just enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Yuki Japanese Grill on S. Willow St. - fabulous tuna tataki, several sushi's (salmon, shrimp, eel, mackral), the best edamame EVER (I always get this), really great miso soup and a very creative maki. Very pleasant place and excellent service.
Well, then I would have to concur with gorgo--Richard's Bistro is intimate, relatively sophisticated, and makes a good martini. http://www.richardsbistro.com/
We miss Baldwin's, which was a little more "edgy". You might also consider Michael Timothy's in Nashua, which to my taste offers a more interesting product: http://www.michaeltimothys.com/
CR Sparks feels a little corporate, but we like eating at the bar. Service is a little more attentive, and it's fun to interact with the bartenders.
I'm finding I have very similar tastes as whs:
Just discovered LaLa on Elm - loved it. Love love love Goucho's - best Brazillian and I've been to several (Boston and north). Love Cotton. and Piccola. Richards is on my list. Best Mexican - La Carratta (hooksett/manch) and Hermano's in Concord
All of Michael Timothy's places great - I've been to Michael Timothy's in Nashua and going to Surf either tonight or tomorrow but hearing great things about his place in Merrimack too. http://www.mtdininggroup.com/
Personally, I much prefer the tavern menu at Bucley's, and the appetizer menu at Surf (never been a Michael Timothy's fan), the onion soup at Buckley's and the mussel appetizer at Surf are favorites of mine, and either makes a nice light meal with wine.
Also agree with Lexpatti about La Carretta, although we've had uneven experiences there, but still love their tamales.
A bit outside Manchester and just a strip mall eatery, but I've had very excellent Italian at Pasquale's in Candia. Two other places seldom mentioned, but very good, Tiya's and the Schezwan House - both oriental and downtown.