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2015: 50 Favorite Restaurants
Hippo readers’ picks for 2015’s best places to dine

04/30/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



What a tasty place to live.

Whether you’re in the mood for the white tablecloth treatment or comfort food favorites, our part of New Hampshire has a lot of delicious options. With so many spots to choose from,  we are always interested to hear your recommendations for the best places to eat.
Each year in our readers poll, we ask people to weigh in on their favorites and pick a Best Restaurant Overall. In March, we announced the winners of our Best of 2015 poll. (Go to hippopress.com, click on the current issue of the paper to get to our flipbook and then click on the calendar icon on the bottom left side of the page to find the March 26 issue; the story starts on page 14). 
In our Best of 2015 issue, we listed the top vote-getters — the best of the best as well as the next highest vote-getters in the Concord, Manchester and Nashua areas. Our list of 50 favorite restaurants comes, as it does each year, from a deeper look at the votes in the Best Restaurant Overall ceatgory. And  it’s worth mentioning that the list could extend way past 50 — any spot on this list  means an eartery has a solid base of fans.
As is true every year, you’ll see some familiar favorites as well as some new recommendations. We’ve also tried to note which restaurants received other recognition in Hippo’s Best of 2015 readers poll (look for “More ‘best’”). Many of the places listed here also garnered “bests” in categories such as burgers, fine dining or breakfast.
A few notes about the restaurant information listed here: It is based on the restaurant’s websites and, in cases where noted, Facebook pages. Hours, menu listings and prices can change. Descriptions of the restaurant’s cuisine are based on how they describe themselves. Sample dishes aren’t necessarily an example of all dishes on the menu or all price points, but are dishes we thought were worthy of note — likewise, drinks mentioned in “in your glass” don’t represent the totality of the restaurant’s offerings but a glimpse at one type of beverage that might be available. Got allergies, picky eaters or a hankering for something specific? Call ahead to make sure what you want is still on the menu and to confirm hours.
Whether Hippo readers’ choices prompt you to check out a restaurant for the first time or return to a favorite to try a new dish, here are 50 top-notch options here to choose from.
 
1. Republic (1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com. Hours: The kitchen is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cocktails are available Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Eclectic Mediterranean cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.
On the menu: The main menu includes mezze (such as red lentil cake with frisee and lemon caper remoulade and house recipe falafel patties with hummus, cucumber, onion and tomato salad and tahini dressing), cold antipasti (such as salt wrinkled potatoes and red quinoa, beet and Moroccan spices), flatbreads (such as balsamic pear and Great Hill blue and lamb Merguez sausage), salads (such as Endive and Tartine), and panini (such as chicken with goat cheese, roasted reds and pesto and Nutella and banana). The plates menu includes dishes like Moroccan red lentil stew (with bulghur wheat and spicy stuffed eggplant with cucumber and tzatziki sauce) and falafel fried fish (with hand cut frites and two sauces). Look for daily specials, which often include several seafood dishes and other seasonal, locally sourced fare. There are also breakfast and dessert menus.
Sample dish: Chicken confit: chicken leg and thigh, aromatic spices, haricot verts and herbed potatoes ($19).
In your glass: Republic’s wine list includes two house wines on tap, served by the taste, glass, half-liter and liter, as well as a selection of wines divided into $25, $35 and $45 sections. 
More “best”: Republic was named Best of the Best for Best Restaurant Overall, Best French Fries, Best Bartender (Jack Wholey) and Best Chef (Edward Aloise). It was named Best of Manchester for Best Cocktail (for the Moroccan Old Fashioned, made with Old Overholt Rye, Berber syrup and bitters). 
 
2. The Puritan Backroom (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Takeout opens at 8 a.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: A piece of Manchester history with an extensive menu of classic American dishes with Greek and Italian-American influences to suit all tastes. 
On the menu: The dining room menu has appetizers (such as broccoli and cheese puffs and stuffed mushroom caps), sides, entrees (such as the immensely popular chicken tenders, lobster pie and Guinness steak tips), sandwiches, salads (such as Julienne salad and Greek salad), soups, pizza, and desserts (such as sundaes, banana split and strawberry shortcake) as well as a kids’ menu, take-out menu and gluten-free menu with its own appetizers, entrees, side dishes and more. A weekly specials menu features multiple items served Monday to Saturday. The street-side take-out pick-up location also serves the Puritan’s house-made ice cream, lowfat hard yogurt, pre-packed ice cream and ice cream sandwiches (available at a walk-up window in the warm months). 
Sample dish: Greek macaroni & cheese made with gruyere cheese, a hint of cinnamon, spinach, scallions and shallots, topped with feta cheese and breadcrumbs ($13.95).
In your glass: Try the Jack-of-All-Trades Slide, one of the 13 mudslides offered on The Puritan Backroom’s drink menu. It has Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey, Kahlua and Baileys.
More “best”: The Puritan Backroom was named Best of Manchester in the Best Restaurant Overall category. It was also named Best of the Best for Best Menu Item (chicken tenders), Best Ice Cream, Best Restaurant for Kids, Best Cocktail (the mudslide, made with Bailey’s Irish cream, Kahlua and vodka) and Best of Manchester in Salads.
 
3. The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery (58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com. Hours: Tavern open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Butchery open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: A modern take on American tavern fare with in-house butchery.
On the menu: The Tavern’s playfully named menu items are divided into sections: garden and pot (such as greens, eggs & ham salad and lobster chowder), burgers (such as Two Pigs & a Cow with pulled barbecue pork, bacon and cheddar and Big and Sloppy with sloppy joe and beer cheese fondue), baked (such as New England seafood pie and mac and cheese), grilled (such as Colorado bison tips and pork and beans), fried (such as fish net with shrimp, haddock and clam and fish ’n’ chips) everything else (such as sloppy joe and jam ’n’ veggies with roasted vegetables, fontina cheese and sweet tomato jam) and other good stuff (such as bruschetta portabella and scampi’d salmon) as well as starters, sides, desserts and a kids’ menu. The Butchery, a meat market that opened three months before the Tavern in 2012, sells high-quality specialty meats such as hand-crafted sausages, marinated chicken and burgers in addition to chicken salads, potato salads and more. 
Sample dish: The Whole Tuckin’ Farm made with an Angus cow burger, fried chicken, smoky bacon, Tuck sauce and cheddar cheese ($12).
In your glass: With at least 20 New England craft beers on tap at all times in addition to a large selection of cellared beers, embrace your inner beer enthusiast with a brew from Rockingham Brewing Company in Derry, Blue Lobster Brewing Company in Hampton or Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway.
More “best”: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery was named Best of Manchester for Best Mac & Cheese, Best Butcher Shop and Best Steakhouse, and won Best of the Best for Best Waiter/Waitress (Sarah Barnes).
 
4. Mint Bistro (1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, mintbistronh.com. Hours: Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, from 4 to 10 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: A contemporary fusion menu and sushi bar. 
On the menu: The dinner menu features tapas (such as poke tuna, hazelnut goat cheese fritters, chicken satay and sweet and spicy pork belly), salads (such as poached pear salad, house cured Faroe Island salmon and bistro greens) and main dishes (such as grilled Buckspork of Maine rib chop, vegan shepard’s pie and 13-herb marinated coconut curry chicken). There is also a sushi menu and lunch menu with tapas, salads, sandwiches, entrees, bento boxes and sushi. 
Sample dish: 603 Bipimbap, which is marinated filet mignon bulgogi, baby carrot, spinach, bean sprouts, poached bell pepper, red onion, scallion, bamboo-infused jasmine rice, fried egg, veal demi, crispy Latin banana, sweet ghost chili, gochujang ($26).
In your glass: With a selection of wine, beer, signature cocktails and sake, try the Japanese sake mojito, Black and Gold Sake, fresh muddled mint, Domaine de Canton and a float of Prosecco — one of Mint Bistro’s signature mojitos. 
More “best”: Mint Bistro was named Best of the Best in the Best Date Place category.
 
5. The Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com. Hours: Open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday.)
When you’re in the mood for: Upscale American pub cuisine and craft beer.
On the menu: The dinner menu sections include small plates (such as blarney puffs, cheddar, scallion and potato fried dumplings with Guinness cheese sauce, and firecracker shrimp), soups & greens (such as roasted squash salad and apple, craisin and spiced walnut salad), larger plates (such as tequila-cilantro-lime sea scallops and Irish whiskey steak), favorites (such as Guinness beef stew and Smithwick’s curry fish and chips), burgers (such as the vegetarian black bean burger and Texas BBQ bison burger), sandwiches (such as the lobster BLT and kalua pork and cabbage) and tavern pizzas (such as roasted veggie and chorizo sausage). There is also a lunch menu, dessert menu (with sweet treats such as homemade bread pudding with maple whiskey sauce and brownie sundae) and a gluten-free menu with small plates, entrees, burgers/sandwiches and dessert options.
Sample dish: Crispy brick pressed maple chicken, made with all-natural semi-boned half chicken, cranberry walnut topping, mashed potatoes, vegetable du jour ($18).
In your glass: The Barley House has a large selection of on-tap and bottled beer, wine and cocktails, as well as a number of select whiskey choices.
More “best”: The Barley House was named Best of Concord for Best Restaurant Overall as well as for Best Pub, Best French Fries, Best Menu Item (Dublin Burger, which is peppercorn charred with whiskey gravy, creamy blue cheese, crispy onions), Best Beer Selection at a Bar or Restaurant, Best Bartender (Corey Garland) and Best Pub Trivia Night. It was named Best of the Best for Best Burgers.
 
6. Surf Restaurant (207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com. Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Extremely fresh and uniquely prepared seafood.
On the menu: Dinner menu features small plates, Surf style sandwiches and tacos, healthy lifestyle, Surf specialties (such as portabella-stuffed flounder and sesame seared tuna), a raw bar and sushi menu.
Sample dish: Flax and quinoa crusted haddock (from the healthy lifestyle menu, sautéed red potatoes with asparagus and oven-dried tomatoes, fennel, watermelon radish, and arugula salad, yellow tomato vinaigrette, sweet pea puree, $24).
In your glass: Cocktail menu features drinks such as Ruby Gimlet (Absolut Ruby Red, basil syrup and fresh lime) and Hartbreaker (Mezcal, tequila, Campari and pineapple with fresh lime and a sugared rim).
More “best”: Surf Restaurant was named Best of Nashua for Best Restaurant Overall and Best of the Best for Best Seafood Restaurant.
 
7. Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com. Hours: Open for lunch Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.; bar open Monday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to close and Sunday from 4 p.m. to close.)
When you’re in the mood for: An elegant and urban designed steakhouse with fine dining atmosphere and service.
On the menu: Dinner menu has starters, steaks and chops, filet mignon, “surf board” and house specialties (such as Boston strip steak “frites” and grilled salmon filet). 
Sample dish: Wagyu beef carpaccio (spicy radish, sesame seed, scallion and ponzu, $13).
In your glass: Wine list comprises a collection of at least 30 wines by the glass that change on a weekly basis.
More “best”: Hanover Street Chophouse was named Best of the Best for Best Fine Dining and Best Steakhouse.
 
8. Cotton Restaurant (75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, cottonfood.com. Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m; open for lighter fare Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.; open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Eclectic American comfort food in a casual upscale environment.
On the menu: Dinner menu sections include starters (such as Rhode-Island-style calamari and Asian pot stickers) and entrees (such as butternut squash ravioli and almond-crusted turkey schnitzel).
Sample dish: Creole Jambalaya (from the entrees menu), a Louisiana creole rice dish with fresh vegetables, spicy andouille sausage, spicy tasso ham, chicken and shrimp topped with a spicy Creole tomato sauce ($18.95).
In your glass: Cotton features over 40 wines by the glass and an extensive menu of creative cocktails like the espresso martini and blueberry basil mojito.
 
9. Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, copperdoorrestaurant.com. Hours: Dining room open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; lunch menu available from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; bar open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. with specialty bar menu available until close.)
When you’re in the mood for: Approachable new American and upscale comfort foods.
On the menu: Dinner menu features snacks, soups and salads, butcher cuts, prime seafood and Copper classics (such as buttermilk fried chicken and prosciutto and ricotta pizza).
Sample dish: Lemon thyme brick chicken (from the Copper classics menu)— haricot verts, bread stuffing, baby sweet potato, roast chicken gravy ($20).
In your glass: Extensive menu includes beer, wine, and cocktails such as the Hibiscus Sidecar and New-Fashioned Margarita, found on the Adventurous Classics menu.
 
10. Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com. Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m.; bar/lounge open at least an hour after dinner hours. Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday dinner from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Comfort dining and classic American fare.
On the menu: Dinner menu sections include starters, soup, salad, land (such as bacon-wrapped bistro steak), sea (such as pan-seared scallops), classics (such as the Firefly burger), pasta and vegetarian (such as pad thai). 
Sample dish: Bourbon Street fettuccine (from the pasta menu), which is blackened shrimp, crawfish, and andouille sausage with tomatoes and green onions in a spicy cajun cream sauce ($19.95).
In your glass: Enjoy a selection of sparkling, white, red and dessert wines, beer, and cocktails like the signature Elderflower martini, made with St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, sauvignon blanc, fresh lemon juice and a splash of  soda water.
More “best”: Firefly American Bistro & Bar was named Best of Manchester for Best Date Place.
 
11. The Common Man (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463, thecman.com. Hours: Open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Bar ‘n Grill serves lighter fare daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: American fare with a New England flair.
On the menu: Dinner menu includes great beginnings, soups and salads, yankee favorites, from the coast and Common Man specialties (such as turkey pot pie and pork tenderloin).
Sample dish: New England cottage pie (from the yankee favorites menu), which is beef chuck roast, slow-braised with aromatic vegetables in a rich red wine gravy topped with corn, peas, mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese ($16.99).
In your glass: Wine menu includes a selection of white, red and sparkling wines, Champagne and ports.
 
12. MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com. Hours: Open for lunch Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Pizzas available for dinner until half hour after close.)
When you’re in the mood for: Creative American fare in a casual setting.
On the menu: Dinner menu features starters, salads, wood-grilled pizza, sandwiches and entrees (such as roasted butternut squash crepes).
Sample dish: Truffled goat grilled cheese (from the sandwiches menu) on sourdough with cheddar, roasted tomatoes and charred onions ($12).
In your glass: Try the current wine flight, featuring a trio of wines from a specific region, grape or winery. 
More “best”: MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar was named Best of Nashua for Best Restaurant Wine List.
 
 
13. Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com. Hours: Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. Tavern opens at 4 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Fine food and steaks.
On the menu: Dinner menu includes appetizers and salads, sides, steaks and house specialties (such as steakhouse bruschetta salad). 
Sample dish: Cowboy steak (from the steaks menu), a 26-ounce bone-in rib-eye steak marinated in signature house marinade served with red wine demi-glace ($42).
In your glass: Head to Riddle’s Tavern, with a menu of entrees and lighter fare, for a microbrew or warm bourbon.
More “best”: Buckley’s Great Steaks was named Best of Nashua in the Best Fine Dining, Best Burgers and Best Steakhouse categories.
 
14. Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano (11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, angelinasrestaurant.com. Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Classic Italian cuisine.
On the menu: Dinner menu features antipasti, salads, vegetarian selections, pasta specialties (such as linguine fruitti di mare), chicken dishes, veal dishes, grilled dishes and desserts.
Sample dish: Scallops griglia (from the antipasti menu), which are sea scallops wrapped with prosciutto then grilled and topped with crumbled gorgonzola cheese on a bed of field greens ($11.95).
In your glass: Wine list features a selection of wines including special Italian reserve wines.
More “best”: Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano was named Best of the Best for Best Italian Restaurant.
 
15. O Steaks & Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com. Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., open for dinner nightly at 5 p.m.; tap room open Monday through Saturday at 2:30 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: An inventive twist on the classic steak house.
On the menu: Dinner menu sections include starters, salads, entrees and house specials (such as surf and turf mac and cheese), steaks, racks, chops, fowl and hand cut Kobe and prime NY strip. 
Sample dish: Braised beef shortribs (from the entrees and house specials menu), with corn pudding, braising liquid ($24).
In your glass: Enjoy a glass of wine from the wide selection of chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, malbec/zinfandel, rieslings and more.
More “best”: O Steaks & Seafood was named Best of Concord for Best Fine Dining, Best Mac & Cheese, Best Steakhouse and Best Restaurant Wine List.
 
16. New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: A farm-to-table American grille with a pub-style atmosphere.
On the menu: Menu features appetizers, soups and salads, Tap House flatbreads (such as buffalo chicken and margherita), entrees, burgers, wraps, classic sandwiches, and gluten-sensitive sections. 
Sample dish: Reuben (from the sandwich menu), which is beer-braised shaved corned beef and sauerkraut with melted baby Swiss cheese and bacon on a porter rye roll with chipotle thousand island dressing ($11).
In your glass: Try Tuckerman’s Pale Ale, one of the 48 beers on tap. New beers are featured each week in addition to the tap selection.
More “best”: New England’s Tap House Grille was named Best of Manchester for Best Burgers and Best Beer Selection at a Bar or Restaurant.
 
17. Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, tuscanbrands.com. Hours: Monday and Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Regional and authentic Italian cuisine.
On the menu: Dinner menu includes antipasti, pizza, salads, pasta, secondi (seafood and meat dishes) and gluten-free options.
Sample dish: Wood-roasted beet (from the salad menu) made with yellow beets, shaved chioggia beets, frisse, goat cheese “in carrozza,” hazelnut vinaigrette.
In your glass: Cucumber Cosmopolitan, made with Citron vodka, orange-infused liqueur, hand-muddled cucumbers, white cranberry juice.
 
18. Cask and Vine (1½ East Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, caskandvine.com. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to midnight.)
When you’re in the mood for: Small bites and rich desserts to pair with unique beers and wines.
On the menu: Menu features small plates, sandwiches, soup and salads, appetizers (such as steak and cheese spring rolls) and entrees.
Sample dish: “Pigs in blankets” (from the small plates menu), which are Andouille sausage and baby Swiss wrapped in puff pastry with maple mustard ($6).
In your glass: On-tap craft beers like White Birch Royal Belgian IPA and Smuttlabs Rye Stout are updated regularly and listed on their Facebook page.
More “best”: Cask and Vine was named Best of Manchester for Best Sandwich (Duck Duck Duck Goose, made with smoked duck, duck bacon and duck confit with candied shallots, Jarlsberg cheese and fois gras mayo), Best Restaurant Wine List, Best Chef (George Craft) and Best Waiter/Waitress (Joanie Schneller). 
 
19. Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com. Hours: Dining room open for breakfast Sunday through Saturday from 8 to 10:30 a.m., for lunch Sunday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for dinner Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tavern open Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Corks Wine Bar open Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., Sunday from 4:30 to 8 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Contemporary New England regional fine dining cuisine in the dining room or with a laid back twist in the Tavern.
On the menu: Fine dining dinner menu has charcuterie and cheese, starters, cuts and entrees (such as Scottish salmon filet). 
Sample dish: Crispy Jonah crab cakes (from the starters menu) with Korean peanut sauce, chili lime slaw, toasted peanuts ($15).
In your glass: Try a glass of fine wine from the extensive menu. 
More “best”: Bedford Village Inn was named Best of Manchester for Best Fine Dining.
 
20. North Side Grille (323 Derry Road, Hudson, 886-3663, hudsonnorthsidegrille.com. Hours: Monday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Quality, simple American comfort food.
On the menu: Dinner menu features appetizers (such as fried ravioli or poutine), entrees, North Side classics and pasta. Breakfast and lunch menu also available.
Sample dish: Pot roast (from the entrees menu), made with slow cooked with mashed potatoes and vegetable of the day ($14.99).
In your glass: Enjoy a fully loaded Bloody Mary during breakfast, with New Amsterdam vodka, celery, olives, lime, lemon, bacon and shrimp.
 
21. The Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com. Hours: Restaurant open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pub open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: New American cuisine like seafood, steaks and a variety of pub fare.
On the menu: Dinner menu sections include soups and salads, appetizers, luncheon entrees, main entrees, sandwiches and pub fare (such as fish and chips) in addition to a Sunday breakfast buffet.
Sample dish: Cashew-crusted pork chop (from the entrees menu) topped with sage maple cream sauce ($16.99).
In your glass: Check out the Peanut Pub for $3 drafts and $1 off cocktails during happy hour (Sunday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.)
 
22. T Bones Great American Eatery (25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6100, t-bones.com. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Full menu offered in the bar until 12:30 a.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Classic American cuisine.
On the menu: Dinner menu has appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, burgers, classics (such as roast turkey dinner), steak, seafood and desserts as well as vegetarian, gluten-free and healthy option menus.
Sample dish: Baked stuffed seafood casserole (from the seafood and healthy options menu) with scallops, haddock and large gulf shrimp topped with garlic crumbs and baked with herb stuffing, a touch of lemon, wine and butter ($19.99).
In your glass: ManchVegas margarita, with Patron Silver tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and a splash of lemonade.
 
23. Cactus Jack’s (782 South Willow St., Manchester, 627-8600, go2cjs.com. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Full menu offered in the bar until 12:30 a.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: American cuisine with a Western flair.
On the menu: Menu has appetizers, luncheon fare, Mexican favorites (such as pork carnitas and empanadas), rancher burgers, salads and soups, wraps and sandwiches, steaks, house specialties, Texas BBQ, and vegetarian and healthy option menus.
Sample dish: BBQ mixed grill (from the Texas BBQ menu) with ribs, skewers of chicken and sirloin tips all BBQ style, with corral fries and cactus slaw ($20.99).
In your glass: Monkey juice, a house cocktail with fresh banana puree, cream of coconut, Bacardi, Malibu rum and banana liqueur.
24. Granite Restaurant & Bar (96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, graniterestaurant.com. Hours: Open for breakfast Monday through Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m.; brunch Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Eclectic menu influenced by French, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
On the menu: Dinner menu features appetizers, soup and salad and entrees (such as cinnamon and brown sugar brined pork loin). Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dessert, bar and nosh menu also offered. 
Sample dish: Yellowfin tuna tartar (from the appetizers menu) — wasabi dressing, sesame scallion sticky rice, seaweed salad, soy lime emulsion and crispy lotus root ($13).
In your glass: Selections from the extensive wine list offered by the glass, half bottle and bottle.
More “best”: Granite Restaurant & Bar was named Best of Concord for Best Chef (Corey Fletcher).
 
25. Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022, fratellos.com. Hours: Open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; open for dinner daily from 4 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Italian-American favorites, pizza, steaks and seafood.
On the menu: Dinner menu includes antipasti, soups and salads, fish dishes, chicken dishes (such as chicken piccata), veal dishes, steaks, pasta, sandwiches and pizza. 
Sample dish: Veal saltimbocca prepared with prosciutto ham, garlic, sage and roma tomatoes finished in a Madeira wine sauce, topped with melted fontina and served over angel hair pasta ($20).
In your glass: Try Italian Punch, made with Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka, white wine, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and Sprite, from the spring cocktails menu.
 
26. Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar (17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com. Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: New and traditional American fare.
On the menu: Menu includes soups and salads, grazers (such as stuffed potato skins), Tex-Mex specialties, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, meals and plates. 
Sample dish: Chicken and waffle (from the sandwiches menu), which is Belgian waffle with fried chicken, bacon and spicy maple mayo ($10.99).
In your glass: Bloody bad day, a Cheers Bloody Mary with Sobieski vodka, hand shaken in a rimmed glass with skewers of olives, cheese and pepperoni.
More “best”: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar was named Best of Concord for Best Burgers and Best Salads.
 
27. La Carreta (1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705; 545 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 628-6899, lacarretamex.com. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on South Willow Street; Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. on Hooksett Road; Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Classic Mexican fare
On the menu: Menu includes appetizers, salads, combination specials, house specials (such as burritos and carnitas), chicken, steak and seafood dishes, quesadillas, fajitas and vegetarian options. 
Sample dish: Camarón Yucatán (from the seafood house specials menu), which is grilled marinated shrimp cooked with mild peppers, yellow and green zucchini and onions. Served with rice, sour cream and guacamole salad ($16.99).
In your glass: Enjoy a margarita like the raspberry margarita, made with El Jimador Reposado, El Jimador Blanco, Chambard, sour mix and a salted rim, a recent special from the restaurant on Hooksett Road.
More “best”: La Carreta was named Best of the Best for Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant.
 
28. T Bones Great American Eatery (77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677, t-bones.com. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Full menu offered in the bar until 12:30 a.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Classic American cuisine.
On the menu: Dinner menu has appetizers (such as buffalo chicken egg roll), soups and salads, sandwiches, burgers, classics, steak, seafood and desserts as well as vegetarian, gluten-free and healthy option menus.
Sample dish: Corned beef pretzelwich (from the sandwich menu) — warmed corned beef, melted Gouda cheese, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato and red onion stacked on an oven toasted pretzel roll with Dijon-mayo ($11.99).
In your glass: Jerry Jam punch, made with fruit juices spiked with Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Malibu, creme de banana and orange liqueur.
 
29. Restaurant Tek-Nique (170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5629, restaurantteknique.com. Hours: Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.  to 3 p.m., dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to close, Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: New American and French fare in a casual fine dining setting.
On the menu: Menu features salads, appetizers, grilled pizzas, seafood and meat entrees, pasta (such as potato gnocchi) and desserts.
Sample dish: Baked Alaska (from the dessert menu), which is roasted pineapple, vanilla ice cream, meringue, Gosling’s Black Rum.
In your glass: Wine list offers an array of red and white wines served by the glass or bottle.
 
30. Hermanos Cocina Mexicana (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com. Hours: Restaurant open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; lounge open Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m.; open for takeout Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Authentic Mexican cuisine.
On the menu: Menu features appetizers, nachos, soups and salads, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, Mexican pizza, tostadas, tacos, quesadillas and house specials (such as stuffed green chili con huevos).
Sample dish: Tilapia burrito (from the house specials menu), a whole-wheat tortilla wrapped around a filling of tortilla crusted tilapia, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, scallions and chipotle sour cream ($12.99).
In your glass: Try the cuba libre, made with Montanya Platino Rum, Coke and fresh lime juice, from the extensive drink menu of specialty cocktails, beer and wine, and dessert coffees.
More “best”: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana was named Best of Concord for Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant, Best Burrito, Best Cocktail (Hermanos Margarita, made with freshly squeezed lemon lime mix, Pepe Lopez tequila and triple sec) and Best Waiter/Waitress (Barb Avery).
 
31. Campo Enoteca (969 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0256, campoenoteca.com. Hours: Dining and cocktails open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Contemporary Italian cuisine with a focus on modern Rome.
On the menu: Menu includes charcuterie, antipasti, salads, pasta, classics (such as Scampi) and plates.
Sample dish: Vegetable ravioli (from the plates menu), which is house-made pasta filled with rabe, tomato and ricotta with Vesuvius rosa sauce ($16).
In your glass: Try a Campo cocktail like a limoncello martini with vodka and Fabrizia Limoncello.
More “best”: Campo Enoteca was named Best of the Best for Best New Eatery and Best of Manchester for Best Menu Item (Classic Roman Carbonara, made with bucatini pasta, Parmesan, guanciale, local eggs, black pepper, parsley, no cream).
 
32. Ignite Bar & Grille (100 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-0064, hookedonignite.com. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (dinner served until 10 p.m.), Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight (dinner served until 11 p.m.), Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: American bistro fare.
On the menu: Menu has appetizers, soups, salads, hot sandwiches and dishes (such as blackened Mahi Mahi Reuben sandwich), burgers and entrees.
Sample dish: Raspberry pecan chicken (from the entrees menu), which is chicken breast coated with a pecan breading and pan-fried. Served with a raspberry butter sauce, vegetable and potato ($18.99).
In your glass: Try the Maple Manhattan, made with Maker’s Mark bourbon, sweet vermouth and maple syrup.
 
33. KC’s Rib Shack (837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Barbecue.
On the menu: Menu includes appetizers (such as bacon sriracha deviled eggs), salads, chili, stew, barbecue specialties, entrees, sandwiches, burgers, and dessert. 
Sample dish: North Carolina Pulled Pork Pladda (from the barbecue specialties menu), which is pork shoulders mixed with special mid-NC barbecue sauce, piled on slices of white bread ($15).
In your glass: Electric blue lemonade, made with Svedka vodka and blue curacao liqueur with homemade lemonade.
More “best”: KC’s Rib Shack was named Best of the Best for Best Barbecue.
 
34. Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar (524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939, giorgios.com. Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Italian and Greek cuisine
On the menu: Dinner menu features appetizers, soups and salads, a raw bar, grilled pizzas, Greek dishes, grilled entrees, homemade pasta and timeless classics (such as chicken, eggplant or veal Parmesan).
Sample dish: Chicken souvlaki (from the Truly Greek menu), a skewer of marinated chicken and thick-cut vegetables served with oregano over roasted potatoes, multi-grain wild rice and tzatziki sauce ($17.99).
In your glass: Sapphire flower, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, drops of rose water, St. Germain and rose petals.
 
35. The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern (641 D.W. Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022, homesteadnh.com. Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for dinner Monday through Saturday starting at 4 p.m., Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Traditional American fare with wide variety.
On the menu: Dinner menu sections include something first, garden and entree salads, entrees, steakhouse (such as teriyaki steak), favorite combinations, sandwiches, comfort food, burgers, flatbread pizza and paninis. There is also a gluten-free menu.
Sample dish: Meatloaf Wellington (from the comfort food menu), a classic meatloaf wrapped in puff pastry served over mushroom demi-glace with rice pilaf ($16).
In your glass: Homestead Nectar, made with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel whiskey, Wild Turkey American honey whiskey, triple sec and lemonade, a specialty cocktail.
More “best”: The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern was named Best of Nashua for Best Mac & Cheese.
 
36. Piccola Italia Ristorante (815 Elm St., Manchester, 606-5100, piccolaitalianh.com. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Authentic Italian cuisine.
On the menu: Menu includes antipasti, soup and salad, pasta, Italian classics (such as cacciatore or toscana), greens from the grill and house specialties. 
Sample dish: Tableside Caesar for two (from the salad menu), a traditional Caesar salad prepared at your tableside ($19.99).
In your glass: Drink specials seen via Twitter include a Nutella martini and blueberry lemon drop martini.
More “best”: Piccola Italia Ristorante was named Best of Manchester for Best Italian Restaurant.
 
37. Sunny’s Table (11 Depot St., Concord, 225-8181, sunnystable.com. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Eclectic upscale-casual dining with an Asian flair.
On the menu: The menu offers small plates (such as Thai beef salad) and large plates (such as twice cooked beef short ribs).
Sample dish: Beef be bim bop (from the large plates menu), a Korean rice dish with veggies, sweet egg and chili sauce.
In your glass: Try their beer and wine offerings.
 
38. Beefside (106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208, beefsidenh.com. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: American fare like roast beef and seafood.
On the menu: Menu includes salads and soups, entrees, smoked barbecue dishes, seafood, burgers, specialty sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, Beefside favorites (such as the Beefside club) and desserts.
Sample dish: The Giant (from the roast beef sandwiches menu), a 6-ounce roast beef sandwich on a warm or grilled bulky roll ($7.40).
More “best”: Beefside was named Best of the Best for Best Sandwich (Famous Roast Beef Sandwiches).
 
39. El Colima (116 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 889-8226, elcolima.com. Hours: Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Authentic Mexican fare.
On the menu: Extensive menu includes guacamole, appetizers, soup and salad, nachos, vegetarian options (such as stuffed jalapenos), burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, quesadillas, chicken dishes, fish dishes, beef and pork dishes, 
Sample dishes: Flautas poblanas, four chicken flautas poblanas topped with traditional mole sauce. Served with mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole and beans ($12.79).
In your glass: Try Mexican Jarritos, authentic sodas with flavors like mango, pineapple, fruit punch, lime, cola, sangria and mandarin.
 
40. T Bones Great American Eatery (39 Crystal Ave., Derry, 434-3200, t-bones.com. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Full menu offered in the bar until 12:30 a.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Classic American cuisine.
On the menu: Dinner menu has appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, burgers, classics, steak (such as center-cut N.Y. sirloin), seafood and desserts as well as vegetarian, gluten-free and healthy option menus.
Sample dish: Shrimp fajita and pita salad (from the salad menu), which is sautéed shrimp, peppers and onions alongside fresh greens topped with pico de gallo, black olives, chipotle corn and black bean salsa, mixed cheeses and crispy red tortilla thins. Sided with grilled pita bread and salsa ($11.99).
In your glass: Candyland cosmo, made with Malibu rum, Peachtree schnapps, orange and pineapple juices and a hint of grenadine.
 
41. Purple Finch Cafe (Woodbury Court, 124 S. River Road, Bedford, 232-1953, purplefinchcafe.com. Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Breakfast with a local flair.
On the menu: Breakfast menu has omelets, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, lighter fare (such as parfait), sweeter fare (such as French toast) and combination dishes. Lunch menu has appetizers, sandwiches, flatbreads, wraps, salads, burgers and soups. Gluten-free menu also available.
Sample dish: The Finch-wich (from the Best of the Nest breakfast menu), a breakfast sandwich with fried egg, cheddar cheese, sausage patty and hash browns on a grilled bagel served with sweet potato dots. 
In your glass: Try one of the New England Coffees.
More “best”: Purple Finch Cafe was named Best of Manchester for Best Breakfast.
 
42. 900 Degrees Pizzeria (50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, 900degrees.com. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: A selection of wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, soups and desserts.
On the menu: Dinner menu includes appetizers (such as Tuscan spicy wings), soups and salads, pasta dishes and pizzas.
Sample dish: Florentine pesto wood-fired pizza (from the signature pizzas menu), which is basil pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and extra-virgin olive oil ($15.75).
In your glass: Try a drink from the drink specials menu, like the Neopolitan greyhound martini, made with Absolut Ruby Red vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, Prosecco float, straight up.
More “best”: 900 Degrees Pizzeria was named Best of the Best for Best Pizza, Dine-in.
 
43. Stella Blu (70 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 578-5557, stellablu-nh.com. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: American tapas and a martini bar.
On the menu: Menu features classic tapas, American fare (such as lobster mac and cheese), Italian dishes, Latin fare, Asian fare, salads and desserts.
Sample dish: Peking duck crepes (from the Asia Town menu), which is slow roasted wild duck confit in light crepes with cucumber salad, drizzled with sweet ginger soy reduction ($12).
In your glass: Stop by for craft beer Wednesday with specially selected brews.
More “best:” Stella Blu was named Best of Nashua for Best Cocktail (for martinis; its drink menu features 22 specialty martinis) and Best of Nashua for Best Date Place.
 
44. El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant (22 Loudon Road, Concord, 224-9600, el-rodeo-nh.com. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Authentic Mexican fare.
On the menu: Menu options include appetizers, beef dishes, chicken dishes, seafood dishes, fajitas, house combinations, vegetarian options, house specials and quesadilla dinners (such as grilled vegetables or grilled shrimp).
Sample dish: Jalisco burrito (from the house specials menu), a 12-inch tortilla filled with rice and beans, grilled ribeye, chicken, pork or vegetables, topped with cheese and red burrito sauce ($11.50).
In your glass: Try a house margarita or sangria.
 
45. bluAqua Restaurant & Bar (Salzburg Square, 292 Route 101, Amherst, 673-4321, bluaquanh.com. Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: New American cuisine with New Orleans and New England inspirations.
On the menu: Menu features starters, soups and salad, and dishes divided by “aqua” (such as pan-seared scallops) and “terra” (such as short rib shepherd’s pie).
Featured dish: Rack of lamb (from the terra menu) with potato gratin, root vegetables, demi-glace ($30).
In your glass: Try the Katrina, bluAqua’s version of the famed New Orleans “Pat O’s Hurricane” cocktail.
More “best”: bluAqua Restaurant & Bar was named Best of Nashua for Best Menu Item (Cochon five-ways, which is wild boar rib chop, tenderloin medallion, pork cheek, pork belly, cochon reduction potato puree and root vegetables) and Best of Nashua for Best Chef (Chris Noble).
 
46. Martha’s Exchange Restaurant & Brewing Co. (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com. Hours: Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: A restaurant, brewery and sweet shoppe all in one.
On the menu: Menu includes appetizers, pizza, soup and salad, sandwiches, surf and turf and Martha’s classics (such as lollipop lamb chops and gorgonzola balsamic chicken).
Sample dish: Black Jack salmon (from the surf and turf menu), which is pan-blackened and served with sautéed shrimp, scallops and crabmeat topped with a light fire-roasted tomato sauce ($21).
In your glass: The brewery has a range of IPAs, ales, pilsners and stouts on tap. Can’t decide? Try a sampler.
More “best”: Martha’s Exchange Restaurant & Brewing was named Best of Nashua for Best Beer Selection at a Bar or Restaurant.
 
47. XO on Elm (827 Elm St., Manchester, 560-7998, xoonelm.com. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight; tapas served until midnight on Friday and Saturday.)
When you’re in the mood for: Creative and elegant fare with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
On the menu: Menu features tapas, small plates (such as baked brie or lobster medallions), soups, salads and entrees.
Sample dish: Escargot (from the tapas menu), sautéed with white wine garlic herb butter and served over toasted crostini ($8).
In your glass: Try a dessert martini like the Some Mores, made with Three Olives chocolate vodka, creme de coco and Godiva chocolate liqueur, served with a graham cracker crust and a roasted marshmallow.
 
48. 110 Grill (27 Trafalgar Square, Nashua, 943-7443, 110grill.com. Hours: Sunday through Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Creative American cuisine.
On the menu: Dinner menu includes starters, soups and salads, burgers (such as the blue cheese burger) and sandwiches, main dishes, fish dishes, beef dishes and lighter fare. 
Sample dish: Tuna burger (from the burgers and sandwiches menu), which is ground tuna with Cajun seasoning, artisan greens, thinly sliced cucumber, red onion and pineapple, finished with a hoisin teriyaki glaze and sriracha aioli ($13).
In your glass: Check out a signature cocktail like The Revolution, made with Applejack apple brandy, maple syrup, old-fashioned bitters.
More “best”: 110 Grill was named Best of Nashua for Best New Eatery.
 
49. Cucina Toscana (Amherst Street Mall, 427 Amherst St., Nashua, 821-7356, cucinatoscananashua.com. Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; for dinner Monday through Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.; lounge open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: Authentic Italian cuisine.
On the menu: Dinner menu has appetizers, salad and soup (such as minestrone and pasta e fagioli), risotto, steak dishes, chicken dishes, fish dishes, veal dishes and pasta.
Sample dish: Gnocchi al Tegamino (from the pasta menu), which is pasta made with potato, fresh meat sauces and melted romano, parmigiano and mozzarella ($14.99).
In your glass: On Thursdays, enjoy wine specials on specific bottles.
More “best”: Cucina Toscana was named Best of Nashua for Best Italian Restaurant.
 
50. Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford, 673-3904, mileawayrestaurant.com. Hours: Serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m.)
When you’re in the mood for: American and European cuisine in a colonial barn setting.
On the menu: Menu has appetizers, salads, entrees (such as duck du jour and maple-glazed salmon) and desserts.
Sample dish: Wienerschnitzel (from the entrees menu), which is tender veal, pounded, breaded and sauteed until golden brown ($16.95).
In your glass: Try a drink special like the recently offered rum punch, made with white rum, tropical juices and pomegranate. 
 
As seen in the April 30, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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