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Apr 24, 2012 09:49 PM

Foodie Weekend Suggestions in Portsmouth NH - or should we go somewhere else?

Hi All,

The wifey and I are thinking about a weekend trip to a new spot in NH or Maine in May or June to eat a few good meals and do a little strolling around and sightseeing.

We've done the Berkshires a bunch as well as Boston, and most spots in RI and CT. We came across Portsmouth NH which seemed to have a lot of restaurants and plenty of trustworthy, affordable hotel options.

Any recommendations for places to eat or things to do? We're big foodies, so anything goes!

Also, are there any other towns or cities that might be better? Thanks

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  1. Visit the farmers market
    We haven't been to Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in several years but it's not far to drive. Visit When Pigs Fly bakery outlet in Kittery Maine. Also the Stonewall Kitchens store. Go on the inland rivers cruise. If you need some Asian ingredients, Lo's Oriental Market on Woodbury Ave (near Fox Run Mall). I think they get a fresh prepared food delivery on the weekend but not sure when. Fresh produce prices are usually very reasonable plus I've found things like galangal that I can't find elsewhere.

    Portland ME should also be on your list. Last fall we enjoyed the culinary tour of the Old Port Area.

    1. I've always wanted to try this place, but haven't gotten there yet.

      In Portsmouth, just walking around and visiting Strawberry Bank or downtown is a really nice
      place to go. The restaurants are good, but I don't think exceptional. We usually go to The Portsmouth Brewery for excellent Pub Fare. Jumpin Jays is another good one. The one thing I love to go to is the Wentworth Hotel's Sunday Brunch, its out of this world. More things than anyone can think of, but a little pricey. Aneka Jens is right across the bridge in Kittery, for an excellent meal too.
      Portland, Me. has some outstanding restaurants and nice shops to walk around and see as well.

      Have fun, it's a great area.

      1. There are a ton of good restaurants in Portsmouth...Definitely go over to Popovers for the popovers with maple butter and the desserts...Breaking New Grounds right nearby has fabulous coffee...and honeslty, it just depends on the type and variety of food you're looking for. I'd also say if you're looking for things to do, there are a few cute little shops, and you can always jump on a boat to check out the Isle of Shoals.

        1. I would say if u want a first rate foodie weekend, head to Portland.

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          1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

            I agree, Portland is hands down a better town for foodies. We live much closer to Portsmouth, but always end up driving to Portland to eat.

              1. re: bewley

                Well said, bewley. We also live near Portsmouth and usually drive to Portland or Boston for dinner. The Portsmouth food scene is really quite dismal, dominated by tourist joints.

                1. re: terrystu1

                  Just went to The Black Birch in Kittery for an outstanding dinner, terry. In case you'd like something closer than Portland or Boston.

                  1. re: mcel215

                    Thanks for the tip, I'm always open to saving some gas.

                    1. re: mcel215

                      we went to the black birch w/ an out of town friend a few days ago. excellent food, slightly disorganized service, i wouldn't call it a destination restaurant, but if i were in portsmouth for dinner (are they open for lunch?), i'd happily go again.

              2. I agree that Portland wins this battle (unfortunately for me since I live in Seacoast NH) but I have had very good experiences at Black Trumpet. Since this thread is fairly current...we were thinking of going into Portsmouth tonight. I had been wanting to try Mombo but they are not open on Sundays. I am considering two other places I have not tried--Cava in Portsmouth (some say overpriced?) or the new Black Birch in Kittery. We have been to Anneke Jans and could return but I wanted to try someplace new. One non-meat eater. Any opinions?

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                1. re: 3catsnh

                  Just an FYI regarding the new Black Birch in Kittery. The place is outstanding, albeit small. I hear it's packed most nights. We went around 5pm on a Saturday and it was near empty, but we knew ahead of time that they don't take reservations. The food was excellent though and well worth the odd time, or even a long wait if you don't want the off timing.


                  1. re: mcel215

                    We finally made it to Black BIrch early in the evening on Tuesday (good time to go apparently) and it was OUTSTANDING. We sat at one of the community tables and ended up in a nice conversation with the group there. I usually order wine but the beer selection was amazing and we sampled some good ones. We started with small plates--the best deviled egg assortment ever, pickled vegetables, beer battered onion rings and then I had the roasted cauliflower and the beet salad and my husband had the poutine which he said compared favorably to what he has enjoyed in Montreal. There is a lot of energy in the place so it is loud, but the service is excellent as is the food.

                    1. re: 3catsnh

                      Taking two friends there Saturday night for an early dinner. So glad you liked it, my son and his friends live nearby and go all the time. They rave..

                      When we went we shared the Kimchee mussels, duck confit, lobster roll with tarragon and a couple of sides. All were excellent.

                      I hear the deviled eggs are a must try and will convince my friends. ;)