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Apr 21, 2012 08:47 PM

24 hours in Manchester NH

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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    1. The Republic Cafe has a good rep.

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        1. re: amyk00025

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

      1. 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.

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        1. re: whs

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