Recommendations for Portsmouth? [moved from Boston board]
thound, i know you didn't ask me,but in case this might be helpful:
The Friendly Toast is a funky retro ephemera filled spot with a wild and crazy menu of casual food ; it opens early and closes late.
Black Trumpet is my fav dinner restnt between Boston and Portland ME. BT is both a neighborhood gem and a destination dining spot for foodies,and has an adventurous chef/owner with a love of local, seasonal, and seafood, with culinary influences strong in Mediterranean, Spanish and French. It is housed in a 19th c. ship'd chandlery, all dark candlelit brick walls and exposed beams, and its bar is well known for craft cocktails. BT is both grazing and full meal- friendly; the menu is divided into small, medium and large plates.
The Green Monkey is a warm and friendly dinner bistro spot for very good International foods and a good bar program. While in Portsmouth, make sure to stop at When Pigs Fly Breads, a store for the extremely popular Maine bakery that specializes in dense classic and artisanal breads with a large variety of unusual flavors like Potato, Roasted Garlic and Onion; ; Sauerkraut Rye; Chocolate; Blueberry & Raspberry w/Lemonade; Olive and Sundried Tomato, etc.
Street 360 (I'm not sure if that's the formal name) is a funky, casual place with "international street food" about a 3-minute drive from downtown Portsmouth. Website: http://streetfood360.com/
Had the cemita with fried chicken, which was incredible, and my two kids enjoyed their hot dogs. If I lived closer, I'd be there every day.
On the second floor of the Atrezzi wine store, there's a small chocolate counter with some decent handmade chocolates sold by the pound. I liked the variety of sea salt caramels but wasn't too thrilled with the homemade peppermint patties, which I found to be waxy and a weird texture.
For higher-end chocolates that are amazing, there's Byrne and Carlson (http://www.byrneandcarlson.com/), right near Prescott Park.
Enjoy your trip! Portsmouth is one of my favorite towns, and I miss living close to it dearly.
Love love love the Kitchen - Michael and Matt, chefs and co-owners, make incredible sandwiches, salads, homemade pickles, and also cater events large and small. They just did my son's wedding reception for 250 - an inventive burger bar with excellent side salads. They are also open for dinner some nights...very talented crew and kitchen!