Looking for something new... Tired of Portsmouth, NH
I moved back to Manchester, NH just over a year ago and I think the dining scenes in the Concord-Manchester-Nashua corridor have a lot going on and are worth the trip. I am a downtown sort of guy hence my bias with the following list.
Downtown Manchester has 5 quality restaurants that fit your bill.
There is Z on Elm St... My personal favorite right now...super creative, great food and cocktails, great atmoshere.
Cotton... in the Millyard has this cool retro feel with great meatloaf and upscale comfort food.
Richard's Bistro... classic French Bistro style with premium ingredients and service.
Havover St Chop House... Big City Steak House with all the pomp you would expect.
Commercial St Fishery...super fresh fish, good creativity, nice looking room in an old mill building.
Downtown Concord has.
55 Degrees...doing the wine and small plate thing. Very cool.
The Granite Room @ Centenial Inn... tres chic with the food to match.
Downtown Nashua has...
Micheal Timothy's and Surf... owned by the same people. Micheal Tim's has been the stantard bearer for good food in Southern NH for years. Surf is his seafood concept across the street complete with a great raw bar.
I second Anneke Jans. Great place. Also, have you tried Bandaloop in Kennebunkport?? On Cape Porpoise, for a casual but great meal try the Ramp, which is behind and underneath Pier 77 Restaurant. For a very casual seafood shack that is quite reasonable and serves good fried fish, clams etc. try Fisherman's Catch in Wells. Have not been yet but the Front Porch in Ogunquit has expanded their restaurant on the first flook inOgunquit and it gets good reviews. WE will try it this week and also will go to Blue Sky this week and will report back.
You are welcome. Front Porch in Ogunquit center was quite good-loved the corn fritters! It is a bit noisey. BLue Sky in York Beach was wonderful. The restaurant is beautiful, service was nice and the food was very good- what you would expect from Lydia Shire and Susan Regis- both excellent chefs.