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Cotton, Manchester, NH-

edinaeats Nov 29, 2007 11:16 AM

Did you see the "review" in the UL? 3.5 stars

Although I dislike the way the UL reviews- I am happy for Cotton.

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    observor Apr 3, 2008 11:04 AM

    Dined at Cotton last night as part of eats week. Had the pork saltimboca, companion had the turkey schnitzel. Perfectly presented, mashed potatoes were rich and smooth, with the occasional dotting of skins, if a little lukewarm (perhaps intended). Pork chop (thick) was hot and juicy, with perfect cross-hatched sear marks. The Madeira sauce added a wonderfully tangy contrast to the robustness of the meat. The occasional mushroom and sage leaf had textural differences and added a vegetal accompaniment. Was lacking in prosciutto for some reason, as was intended to be with the dish.

    The turkey schnitzel as well was hot and juicy, quite fresh, with a minor crunch from the coating. Didn't like the bread (some type of whole grain), as it was dry and not very flavorful. The butter was overly chilled and didn't seem to be salted. The decor was very nice, good service and atmosphere, would enjoy going again, definitely impressive procedure.

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    1. re: observor
      lexpatti Apr 3, 2008 12:49 PM

      If you love lamb, Cotton is definatly the place. Had the best lamb chop ever - the last time I was there. melted in mouth, very nice portion, flavor was over the top.

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        ctroutman Apr 7, 2008 03:51 PM

        Cotton ONLY suffers from an occasional "burp"

        I have had some of my best meals there, as well as the memorable "first meal sent back". Skipped it for awhile and it seemed to return to form for a bit (lately)

        Richards is more consistent for sure

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      Ratatouille Dec 5, 2007 03:16 PM

      I eat at Cotton a lot, but I wish they'd post their specials online, because in the two years I've been going there they haven't once changed the menu, aside from the weekly specials, and I can only go there so often to find the special isn't something I'm interested in only to be left to eat the same dishes I've been eating there since forever.

      Also, I wish they'd have that fish cowder of theirs on the menu all the time. I don't like clam chowder, and all the fish chowders I've tried elsewhere like Legal Seafood, are bland. But cotton's fish chowder was a blend of many types of fish. Some swordfish and tuna I think mixed with haddock, poatoes and bacon... and it was so good. If there was a way for me to know when they were serving that for lunch I'd have a reason to go there again three times a week.

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      1. re: Ratatouille
        Rabbit Dec 5, 2007 06:20 PM

        I agree, Ratty. Although it's one of my faves, it's time to switch up the menu at Cotton.

        (just don't get rid of the meatloaf!)

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          foodnut101 Dec 5, 2007 08:09 PM

          Rumors close to the source say Cotton has a new dinner menu coming in the next week or two. Have to wait and see.

      2. whs Dec 3, 2007 10:17 PM

        I love the Wedge--iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing and crumbled bacon--a guilty pleasure.

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          hdb Dec 3, 2007 01:44 PM

          I tried Cotton for the first time last night. Service was excellent. I had the calamari appetizer and stopped there. The oily taste in my mouth afterward was not pleasant. The white bread in the bread basket was pedestrian. After reading all the positive reviews, I was quite disappointed.

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          1. re: hdb
            edinaeats Dec 3, 2007 02:32 PM

            Unfortunately the only restaurant in Manchester that does a notable bread basket is Richard's. There- I'd rather have him give me less of a bread basket and knock a few bucks off his menu.

            In terms of Cotton- although a popular spot- it can strike out like any other place. I hope you give it another look.

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            lexpatti Nov 29, 2007 04:40 PM

            I'll have to read it, I love Cotton. Best Best Best Lamb ever - great service too.

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              gryphonskeeper Nov 29, 2007 05:19 PM

              Lex you and I should do lunch someday.

              1. re: gryphonskeeper
                lexpatti Nov 30, 2007 12:36 PM

                Really, although easy said then done!!!! I liked life better when I wasn't self employed - I had lunch hours because someone gave me them!! My days actually ended at a certain time. :-)

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                  gryphonskeeper Nov 30, 2007 06:07 PM

                  lol, boy can I relate.

                  if you ever wanna though, email me at my username @ comcast.net

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