According to chef and co-owner Leslie Judice, one of the best words to describe Tavern 27 (2075 Parade Road, Laconia, 528-3057, tavern27.com) is “eclectic.” Housed in a 234-year-old building, the large menu focuses on tapas, Judice said, as a way to make sure all kinds of flavors — from New England to her native Louisiana — are available. She hopes that anybody who walks through the door at Tavern 27, whether they be gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian, is able to find something delicious to eat
What is your must-have kitchen item?
I’m going to say besides the cliche great knife, you have to be surrounded by great people. I don’t know what I would do in the kitchen without them.
What would you choose for your last meal?
I would choose my mom’s shrimp and okra gumbo and potato salad.
Favorite restaurant besides your own?
That’s a hard one. We don’t have a go-to place … we have a local circuit of local restaurants that we’ll revisit. … We have one day off a week so we try to hit our circle of places.
What celebrity would you like to see eating at your restaurant?
Well we like to laugh around here so I’m thinking if Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell came into my restaurant I don’t know what I’d do. I’d be so happy to see them.
What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now?
I just read an article that said New England hosts the most farmers markets, so I think that local is always a trend here. Trying to inspire our farmers to grow stuff that people like to eat around here.
What is your favorite meal to cook at home?
That changes seasonally as well. I love to make soups, and as summer comes in probably a gazpacho with vegetables.
What is your favorite dish on your restaurant’s menu?
Because our menu changes seasonally, I think right now the favorite on my menu is we do the spicy cucumber roll where we take a cucumber and shave it and do a quick pickle on it and stuff it with either chicken or lobster salad. It fits nicely into our tapas menu.
— Allie Ginwala .