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bunglebungle Aug 18, 2010 07:54 AM

I'll be in Manchester, NH for business in a couple of weeks. I searched and didn't find anything as specific as what I'm asking. Are there any restaurants in town that concentrate on preparing fresh, local ingredients? i.e. local pastured meat, seasonal vegetables from local farms, etc. Any cuisine is fine, though if there's such a thing as "New Hampshire" food that would be great.

Thanks

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  1. ecwashere7 Aug 18, 2010 10:35 AM

    A very short drive will bring you to Sunny's Table in Concord. Heavy focus on locally produced foods with Asian influences. I live in Nashua and regularly drive up to Sunny's. Another place I've heard uses local ingredients is The Republic in Manchester. I haven't had any direct experience with it, but heard its solid.

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      elctrnc Aug 18, 2010 02:30 PM

      I would suggest Republic. Local ingredients and very good. Casual atmosphere. http://republiccafe.com/

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        Poembound Sep 26, 2010 01:49 PM

        Thanks to all who recommended Republic. Went last week and it was fantastic. By coincidence, also went to Sunny's Table in Concord recently so could compare the two in a relatively close time. Republic was outstanding, Sunny's was only okay.

      2. whs Aug 18, 2010 04:05 PM

        Republic is terrific. Ed (the owner) loves to engage you if you show interest in the menu. He'll tell you that the greens were picked in the morning, describe the difficulty of sourcing local beef, and want to hear your feedback about the day's special, which could be zucchini blossoms stuffed with local cheese. Another place that features local ingredients is Richard's Bistro: www.richardsbistro.com. It's a white tablecloth place, fancier than Republic, but Matt (the owner) takes the time to stop by your table and talk about what's fresh that day. The bread basket is famous. If you want "New Hampshire" food, go to Chez Vachon and have the pork pie and poutine, none of which is fresh or locally sourced ;).

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        Richard's Bistro
        36 Lowell St Ste 1, Manchester, NH 03101

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          gryphonskeeper Aug 18, 2010 06:48 PM

          I could not reiterate more about Richards Bistro. While it will be more expensive than Republic, you certainly get what you pay for.

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          bunglebungle Aug 19, 2010 07:26 AM

          Thanks for the recs! Those look great. Hopefully I'll have time to check these out and not just be stuck by the airport/office. Sorry if the "New Hampshire" looked goofy - of course I meant regional specialties. The poutine fits that bill as I've never heard of it!

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            gryphonskeeper Aug 19, 2010 07:34 AM

            You can also try some local foods at the farmers market on Thursday. Buy the wine from local wineries and some hand made goods. It is well worth the time to go, you will be pleasantly surprised. It is located right in front of the Library between Pine St and Chestnut Streets by the Park.

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            bunglebungle Aug 19, 2010 07:43 AM

            Ah, the itinerary said Comfort Inn Airport, but it looks like it's actually at 293 & 3, which looks walkable to area Republic (and some other stuff) is in, which is great. There doesn't look to be much of interest right near the hotel except mostly chain restaurants, and maybe KC's.

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              gryphonskeeper Aug 19, 2010 03:00 PM

              That hotel is right off the highway, on near both Elm, and Second Street. Not entirely the best area, but there are many choices to eat within a 5 minute cab ride, or 20 minute walk. Republic and Richards are 2 miles away (approx) You can also try Cotton, which is close, and believe it or not, Lakorn Thai which is right up the street has some delicious Thai food if you are interested in that.

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              Lakorn Thai Restaurant
              470 S Main St, Manchester, NH 03102

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                whs Aug 19, 2010 05:27 PM

                The Comfort Inn is a LONG, ugly walk to Cotton, Republic and Richard's. You will not want to do it. If you have no transportation, Siam Orchid has re-invented itself and it's across the street, now called Muse Thai Bistro. If you walk over the Queen City bridge, Pho Golden Bowl serves good Vietnamese food, about a half mile from the hotel. Other options are pretty bleak. (Taxi service is available in Manchester.

                Here's a link to Chez Vachon, one of the last hold-outs of Manchester's French-American community: http://www.chezvachon.com/

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                Golden Bowl
                124 Queen City Ave, Manchester, NH 03103

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                  gryphonskeeper Aug 19, 2010 08:00 PM

                  How could I forget Pho Golden Bowl? Slap Slap.

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                  Golden Bowl
                  124 Queen City Ave, Manchester, NH 03103

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                    dfrostnh Aug 20, 2010 04:28 AM

                    It's not NH food but if you're over a weekend you might want to stop in at the Saigon Asian Market on Maple Street for fresh bahn mi and other freshly made food. They get a delivery on Sat and Sun mornings around 11:30 am.

                    Fresh corn is fabulous right now. Hope you can find a place that doesn't overcook it. Get the free newspaper Hippo Press for great listings on food happenings, wine tastings, etc. The farmers market is a great suggestion although I'm not familiar with the one in Manchester. The blueberry season is just ending up around Concord but if you can find some fresh berries, they are great just mixed with vanilla yogurt.

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                    bunglebungle Aug 20, 2010 07:32 AM

                    Maps say less than 2 miles, which I don't mind, unless it's not safe. I don't know if we'll have a car or not. I did see a couple of Asian options around there - those sound good as well. I love Vietnamese food.

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                      mcel215 Feb 19, 2011 04:54 PM

                      whs,

                      I was up in Manchester with a friend today and remembered what you said about The Golden Bowl. I have to thank you for the best recommendation, our food was fantastic.

                      So fresh and everything was so, so good.
                      Thanks

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                      Golden Bowl
                      124 Queen City Ave, Manchester, NH 03103

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                        whs Feb 20, 2011 05:34 AM

                        One of the pleasures of Chowhound is when a fellow food lover enjoys a rec! Glad you liked it--some of our new faves are the vegetarian salad and the beef sate noodle soup.

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