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debbed Jul 27, 2011 01:34 PM

My husband and I are going to be spending a substantial amount of time in the Newmarket area over the next few months and are looking for recs for (mostly) casual dining. We eat anything, and do prefer sitting at a friendly bar when possible. Suggestions for great local seafood would be most welcome!

We are planning to spend some time in Portsmouth, as well as southernmost Maine. Suggestions for those areas would be great, but we would especially love to hear about places right in Newmarket, or within a 10-15 minute drive.

Two places about which I have already read positive reports are Riverworks and Rocky's Burgers. Any comments?

TIA

  1. MABMAQ Jul 29, 2011 06:32 AM

    not so much a rec for restaurant as a rec for an activity coming up - on Saturday, Aug 13th Newmarket is holding Old Home Day in the downtown - they'll be an oyster bar, a beer tent, bbq meats, assorted vendors, live bands during the day, a parade ... nice way to immerse yourself into a classic summer event in NH.

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      d
      debbed Jul 29, 2011 01:34 PM

      Thank you so much for this! It sounds delightful, and the timing is perfect, as we will be moving into our short-term rental on August 9. We will have enough time to get ourselves oriented, then attend the festival!

      (But I take it, then, that perhaps the restaurant options are not that great?? I'm sure we'll find something to our liking.... )

      I am now so ridiculously looking forward to Old Home Day! Thanks again :-)

      1. re: debbed
        MABMAQ Jul 30, 2011 05:28 AM

        good steak and seafood restaurant in Newfields (next to Newmarket heading towrds Stratham) is Ship to Shore -right on rte 108. also, the restaurant at Three Chimneys Inn on 108 heading the opposite way towards Durham is not bad either. Jays gas station mentioned has awesome takeout lebanese foods (right outside of downtown on 108 as well .... though everything is on rte 108 i guess ...) travel souh towards Exeter and you have Las Olas mexican, Loaf and Ladle and Blue Moon Evolution - check these online - I think you'll like them.

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      Nicks Jul 29, 2011 04:12 PM

      Big Bean is wonderful for breakfast and lunch on all fronts. Rocky's Famous Burgers is also worth a stop, and Riverworks for beers, a fish fry, and mussels. Also check out the take out Lebanese at Jay's gas station coming into town. Above everything in Portsmouth I would recommend Anneke Jans and Tulsi in Kittery.

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      Anneke Jans
      60 Wallingford Sq., Kittery, ME 03904

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      1. re: Nicks
        d
        debbed Jul 30, 2011 05:32 AM

        Thanks, nicks. A reliable breakfast lunch spot is a beautiful thing. Tulsi looks intriguing, and Anneke Jans seems like a perfect "special" dinner place.

        I'm not sure I've ever had Lebanese food, but a new (to us) cuisine served up in a gas station is absolutely irresistible. We will definitely seek out Jay's! Is there a large Lebanese population in the area, or is this just serendipity?

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        foodsmith Jul 30, 2011 07:00 AM

        "Get The Scoop" is a great crepe, ice cream, and breakfast shop. It's right on the main street, highly recommended!

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          foodsmith Jul 30, 2011 07:18 PM

          Some thoughts on this.

          1) Rocky's in New Market, I am a vegetarian (pescatarian) so I can't comment on the burgers, but the fries and the onion rings are exceptionally good and hand cut.

          2) Anneke Jans was sort of ho hum for their fish (Cod), but their desserts are top notch (get the bread puddings).

          3) Tulsi is actually temporarily shut down in order to move down the block to a larger venue. Coming from NYC, I'd say they're overrated, however compared to what's in Portsmouth, and the surrounding area, they're definitely very good. Still the food is overly heavy IMO, too much oil, and the service was pitiful and rude.

          4) Get the Scoop, well full disclosure the owner is a friend of my family. I think they do a great job, and they're one of the best places in the area. It's not the most authentic French crepe, but that's not what they're going for.

          5) Las Olas is a favorite of mine, not because the food is amazing, but because it's reliably consistent, always fresh, and just tends to hit the spot. I'll have to try Loco Coco's.

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          Anneke Jans
          60 Wallingford Sq., Kittery, ME 03904

          Get the Scoop
          80 Main St, Newmarket, NH 03857

          1. re: foodsmith
            d
            debbed Jul 31, 2011 08:25 AM

            Thanks, foodsmith and bewley. There is more going on in and around Newmarket, food-wise, than I had suspected! We will most certainly be trying both the Turkish and Lebanese places, as these cuisines are new to us. We do like Greek food, so I think we'll enjoy these.

            The ethnic-food-at-gas-stations phenomenon is new to me. Can anyone rec their favorite gas station for Thai? lol

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              minibrings Oct 28, 2011 11:41 AM

              Thanks for the full disclosure. I know for a fact some restaurant owners lurk on CH promoting their restos and giving negative review of competition. Unethical.

              My full disclosure: I have no connection to the owner of Get the Scoop. I can add that I go twice a week and I enjoy her crepes. She shops every 1-2 days so the ingredients are fresh (no Sysco restaurant food deliveries). She also supports NH businesses by selling NH soda and catsup.

              One thing she has that the Silver Moon in Dover does not have is all you an eat desert crepes during certain days (times)? of the week. I took advantage and had 2 Nutella repes yesterday (my friend had 3!). she also stocks things certain customers like.. an elderly couple was in there ordering lobster rolls.

              So nice people, fresh ingredients and if you want it an all you can eat crepe experience for $5-6. A+++

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              Get the Scoop
              80 Main St, Newmarket, NH 03857

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                m
                minibrings Oct 28, 2011 11:50 AM

                Appreciate the full disclosure. you'd be surprised that restaurant owners who lurk in CH promoting their businesses and who give lackluster reviews to competition. Unethical!

                Full disclosure: I have no association with Get the Scoop. She does a nice job. She shops every 1-2 days (fresh ingredients) so there is no Sysco truck delivering food. she stocks things that certain customers like (she had 2 customers in for lobster rolls) and one thing she offers that Silver Moon doesn't is all you can eat desert crepes at certain times for $5-$6 dollars! I had 2 nutela crepes, my friend had 3! I now go here 1-2x a week and I'm always satisfied and I like your family friend even more. What a nice friendly welcoming owner! I always ask her when she is movng to Durham (as a joke).

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                Get the Scoop
                80 Main St, Newmarket, NH 03857

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              minibrings Oct 18, 2011 05:45 PM

              Get the Scoop is the creperie in Newmarket. When I have the urge for a crepe I head over there from Dover. Its my new go to place. Owner is delightful. We should support her business.

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              Get the Scoop
              80 Main St, Newmarket, NH 03857

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