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amyk00025 Apr 21, 2012 08:47 PM

I'm riding along with my husband on his business trip to Manchester next week. I plan to eat 3 meals on my own on Thursday. Can anyone recommend your favorite coffee shop, lunch and dinner spots? A few parameters: I'm a coffee snob, so I'd love to find a place that takes espresso seriously. The more local, the better. I'm not very fond of greasy or exceptionally unhealthy food. I love clam chowder. Does this sound like hypocritical nonsense or what! :) Thanks for your help! Amy

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    JPR Apr 22, 2012 01:59 PM

    The Republic Cafe has a good rep.

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      amyk00025 Apr 24, 2012 08:54 PM

      What is a rep?

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        GyroBall Apr 26, 2012 05:13 PM

        Reputation. And yes, Republic is your best bet. It's the best restaurant in Manchester.

    2. whs Apr 22, 2012 04:33 PM

      If you're staying downtown at the Radisson, you can walk to a lot of good restaurants. Republic is a wonderful spot serving locally sourced foods with a Mediterranean accent. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and yes, a good espresso. The owners are semifinalists for the James Beard award--best restaurateurs. A nice lunch/dinner spot is 36 Delux on Lowell St, you can sit at the bar and Matt will prepare inventive seasonal dishes. $5 lunch specials. Or for a splurge, go to Hanover Street Chophouse and have a dozen oysters and their clam chowder, which is fabulous.
      http://republiccafe.com/
      http://36delux.com/
      http://www.hanoverstreetchophouse.com/

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        amyk00025 Apr 24, 2012 08:53 PM

        Thank you so much! I had actually bookmarked Republic Cafe already, so I'll definitely hit that one. I think I'll stop eating now, so I'm hungry enough for 3 big meals on Thursday!

      2. ChardonnayQueen Apr 23, 2012 06:58 AM

        Shaskeen has great pub food. I love their mussels. If the weather's good, eat them outside. Go to Piccola Italia Ristorante for good Italian dishes and a great Caesar salad.

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          amyk00025 Apr 24, 2012 08:53 PM

          Thanks!!

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          elctrnc Apr 27, 2012 03:58 AM

          I've been impressed with Mint Bistro, which has an extensive menu including sushi. Also love Republic and they use local ingredients.

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            calliope_nh Apr 27, 2012 04:45 AM

            I love A Caribbean Affair which is right downtown on Elm Street. I have no affiliation with the place but always recommend it. It is inexpensive and has items we don't typically see in the area. The seating area is small and there is not a lot of atmosphere, but the people are friendly and always willing to describe and explain unfamiliar dishes and ingredients. My favorites are the ox tail and the goat roti.

            http://acaribbeanaffair.com/

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              whs Apr 27, 2012 03:09 PM

              Love that place! I would recommend Lala's Hungarian Pastry Cafe as well. http://www.lalashungarianpastryandres...

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              amyk00025 May 1, 2012 09:26 PM

              Thanks so much guys! Looks like I may be going back to Manchester a couple more times this year. So I'll try the others suggestions too. I have to say, Republic was AMAZING. I was completely impressed with the food and service. I picked up takeout from Delux and the items I ordered were a little more greasy than I usually prefer. Maybe it was what I ordered, but even the dinner rolls seemed to be oiled up. I also found a pit in one of the dates in my salad. grrrr.

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