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The Vote
Hippo’s readers’ poll results are tabulated from votes cast by readers during our online survey in February. Readers typed in their picks — no drop-down menus or preselected choices. As with all of the  Hippo’s coverage, there is no connection between the editorial content and advertising. Winners come from the votes cast by Hippo readers and were not chosen by Hippo’s staff. 
The Best of 2014 is a celebration of all things local. Large chains were not included in the count. Smaller chains with at least two-thirds of their locations in New Hampshire were eligible. 
All results are final. 
 
Bests
The “Best of the Best” designation goes to the person, place or thing that receives the most votes in the category. 
“Best of Manchester,” “Best of Nashua” and “Best of Concord” are awarded to the top entries located in those areas after the “Best of the Best.”
In categories that award “Best,” “Runner-up” and “Honorable Mention,” those are the top three vote-getters in that category.
 
Geography
Here, roughly, is the designation of “Manchester,” “Concord” and “Nashua” areas:
• Manchester area includes Manchester as well as Goffstown, Auburn, Candia, Bedford, Hooksett, Litchfield, Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Salem, New Boston, Francestown and towns to the east along Route 101 as far as Route 125.
• Concord area includes Concord as well as Bow, Pembroke, Contoocook, Dunbarton, Hopkinton, Loudon, Boscawen, Chichester and Suncook. 
• Nashua area includes Nashua as well as Merrimack, Amherst, Hollis, Brookline, Hudson, Mason and Wilton. 
 
Questions, Comments, Concerns
Did we get an address or phone number wrong? Do you have an idea for a new category? Do you think your favorite pizza place should have been the winner?
Well, there’s nothing I can do about that last one (though if you think there’s an unsung person, place or event out there, pizza-related or not, we’d love to hear about it). But for corrections (which would run on page 4 or in the Weekly Dish column of upcoming issues), please contact me, editor Amy Diaz, at adiaz@hippopress.com. Categories change every year (you may notice a few new ones this year and that some categories from past years have been retired), so we’re always looking for new category ideas. In fact, some of this year’s categories are the result of emails received after last year’s results, so please send along your suggestions.
 
Best of Seacoast
In some of the categories, places and events outside our normal counting area received significant numbers of votes. Here are a few of your picks for fun elsewhere in the state.
 
Best Asian Restaurant: Orient Pearl, 285 Calef Highway, Epping, 679-8666, orientpearlrestaurant.com
Best Art, Theater and Classical Music Event: Prescott Park Music Festivals, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, 436-2848, prescottpark.org
Best Bar with Pub Food: Portsmouth Brewery, 56 Market St., Portsmouth, 431-1115, portsmouthbrewery.com 
Best Barbecue: Goody Cole’s Smokehouse, 374 Route 125, Brentwood, 679-8898, goodycoles.com
Best Breakfast: The Friendly Toast, 113 Congress St., Portsmouth, 430-2154, thefriendlytoast.com
Best Burrito: Las Olas Taqueria, 30 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter, 418-8901, lasolastaqueria.com
Best Cheese Counter: C’est Cheese, 61 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, 964-2272, c-estcheese.com
Best City Park: Prescott Park, Marcy Street in Portsmouth, 431-8748, cityofportsmouth.com/prescottpark/
Best Community Event: Free Comic Book Day at Jetpack Comics, 37 N. Main St., Rochester, 330-9636, jetpackcomics.com
Best Food Festival: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, 1 Lafayette Road, Hampton, 926-8718, hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com  
Best Ice Cream: Lago’s Ice Cream, 71 Lafayette Road, Rye, 964-9880, lagosicecream.com
Best Late Night Eats: Gilly’s PM Lunch, 175 Fleet St., Portsmouth, 431-6343, gillyspmlunch.com
Best Live Theater Venue:The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 433-3100, themusichall.org
Best Pizza, Dine-In: Lafesta Brick & Brew, 300 Central Ave., Dover, 743-4100, lafestabrickandbrew.com
Best Place to Take Your Kids: Hampton Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Hampton
Best Seafood Restaurant: Surf Seafood, 99 Bow St., Portsmouth, 334-9855, surfseafood.com 
 
Best of the Monadnock Region
In some of the categories, places and events outside our normal counting area received significant numbers of votes. Here are a few of your picks for fun elsewhere in the state.
 
Best Bar with Pub Food: Harlow’s Pub, 3 School St., Peterborough, 924-6365, harlowspub.com
Best Candy/Chocolate Shop: L.A. Burdick Chocolates, 47 Main St., Walpole, 756-2882, burdickchocolates.com
Best Community Event: Keene Pumpkin Festival, Keene, pumpkinfestival.com
Best Ice Cream: Kimball Farm, 158 Turnpike Road, Jaffrey, 532-5765, kimballfarm.com       
Best Live Theater Venue: Peterborough Playhouse, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-7585, peterboroughplayers.com 




Best of 2014 Results
Your Local Favorites, Readers' Picks

03/27/14



Arts
Best Art Gallery
Best of the Best: McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord, 225-2515, mcgowanfineart.com
Best of Concord: Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 226-2046, themillbrookgallery.com
Best of Manchester: East Colony Fine Art, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester, 621-7400, eastcolony.com
Best of Nashua: Maison de l’Art, 57 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 879-9888, moniquesakellarios.com
 
Best Art in a Public Space
Best of the Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org (The Currier has sculptures on display outside on its grounds and at its nearby art center as well as its collections inside the museum.)
Best of Concord: Concord Arts Market, Eagle Square, downtown, 229-2157, concordartsmarket.com
Best of Manchester: Republic Cafe, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: Greeley Park Art Show, Concord Street, Nashua, nashuaareaartistsassoc.org
 
Best Live Theater Venue
Best of the Best: The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org
Best of Concord: Capitol Center For the Arts, Concord, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com
Best of Manchester: Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, 437-5210, stockbridgetheatre.com
Best of Nashua: Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002, svbgc.org/theater.aspx
 
Best Live Theatrical Production
Best of the Best: A Christmas Carol in December 2013 at Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org
Best of Concord: Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, 315-4798, communityplayersofconcord.org
Best of Manchester: Ballet Misha’s The Nutcracker in December 2013 at The Dana Center for the Humanities, Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, 641-7700, anselm.edu/dana
Best of Nashua: Les Misérables in November 2013 by the Nashua Actorsingers at the Keefe Auditorium, 117 Elm St., Nashua, 889-9691, actorsingers.org 
 
Best Art, Theater or Classical Music Event
Best of the Best: Ballet Misha’s The Nutcracker in December 2013 at The Dana Center for the Humanities, Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, 641-7700, anselm.edu/dana
Best of Concord: Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, 315-4798, communityplayersofconcord.org
Best of Manchester: A Christmas Carol in December 2013 at Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org
Best of Nashua: Les Misérables in November 2013 by the Nashua Actorsingers at the Keefe Auditorium, 117 Elm St., Nashua, 889-9691, actorsingers.org
 
Beauty
Best Barbershop
Best of the Best: Lucky’s Barbershop and Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarbershop.biz
Best of Concord: American Barber Studios, 4 Park St., #2, Concord, 225-3052
Best of Manchester: Spencer Martin Barbershop, Village Shoppes of Bedford, 178 Route 101, Bedford, 471-3606, spencermartinbarbers.com
Best of Nashua: Gate City Barbers, 85 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 864-8330
 
Best Salon
Best of the Best: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Concord: Peter’s Images Unlimited, 12 N. State St., Concord, 224-2875, petersimagesalon.com
Best of Manchester: Not So Plain Jane’s Salon & Spa, 155 Dow St., #102, Manchester, 622-5971, notsoplainjanes.com
Best of Nashua: Nu Look Hair & Body, Hudson, 28 Lowell Road, Hudson, 880-7146, nulookhairandbody.com
 
Best Spa
Best of the Best: Serendipity Day Spa, 23 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 229-0400, serendipitydayspa.com
Best of Concord: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Manchester: Not So Plain Jane’s Salon & Spa, 155 Dow St., #102, Manchester, 622-5971, notsoplainjanes.com
Best of Nashua: Innovations The Salon & Spa, 228 Naticook Road, Merrimack, 880-7499, innovationsnh.com
 
Best Tattoo Shop
Best of the Best: Spider Bite, 435 Elm St., Manchester, 645-1449, spider-bite.com
Best of Concord: Bona Fide Tattoo, 19 & 21 Warren St., Concord, 540-4993, tatbro.com
Best of Manchester: Tattoo Angus, 1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 935-9398, tattooangus.com
Best of Nashua: Devotion Ink Tattoo, 483 Amherst St., Nashua, 883-4465, devotioninktattoo.com
 
Wellness
Best Dance Studio
Best of the Best: Concord Dance Academy, 26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, concorddanceacademy.com
Best of Concord: Let’s Dance Studio, 5 N. Main St., Concord, 228-2800, letsdancenh.com
Best of Manchester: Dimensions in Dance, 84 Myrtle St., Manchester, 668-4196, dimensionsindance.com 
Best of Nashua: The Dance Company, 141 Route 101A, Amherst, 864-8374, thedancecompanyonline.com
 
Best Gym
Best of the Best: Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord/167 New Orchard Road, Epsom, 344-2651, getfitnhbootcamp.com
Best of Concord: Fun Intelligent Training, 30 Henniker St.,  No. 8, Concord, 715-5019, funintelligenttraining.com
Best of Manchester: Executive Health & Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 668-4753, ehsc.com
Best of Nashua: Hampshire Hills Sports & Fitness Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com
 
Best Yoga Studio
Best of the Best: NH Power Yoga, 704 Milford Road, Merrimack, 594-2494, nhpoweryoga.com
Best of Concord: Living Yoga NH, 120A N. Main St., Concord, 226-9642
Best of Manchester: YogaBalance, 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 625-4000, yogabalance.info
Best of Nashua: Banyan Tree Yoga, 505 W. Hollis St., Suite 106, Nashua, 889-1121, banyantreeyoganh.com
 
Wellness Professionals
Best Barber
Best of the Best: Josh Craggy of Lucky’s Barbershop and Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarbershop.biz
Best of Concord: Dick Terrell of Dick’s Barbershop, 3 Thorndike St., Concord, 224-9211
Best of Manchester: Josh Smith of Dude’s Barbershop, 1311 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 626-0533, dudesbarbershop.us
Best of Nashua: Rick Lindof of Gate City Barbers, 85 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 864-8330
 
Best Fitness Instructor
Best of the Best: Nancy Carlson of Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 344-2561, getfitnhbootcamp.com
Best of Concord: Jeremy Woodward of Jeremy’s Boot Camp, 153 Manchester St., Suites 3 and 4, Concord, 721-2830, jeremysbootcamp.com
Best of Manchester: Marianela Ramirez of Vive La Dance & Fitness, 259 Hanover St., Manchester, 812-6690, viveladance.com
Best of Nashua: Scott Prunier of Top Fitness Strength & Conditioning, 8 Riverside St., Nashua, 661-8037, gotopfitness.com
 
Friendliest Dentist
Best of the Best: Dr. Paul Thompson, 222 River Road, Manchester, 669-6131, newhampshiresmiledentistry.com
Best of Concord: Dr. Raymond Orzechowski, 280 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-4456
Best of Manchester: Dr. Elizabeth Spindel, 862 Union St., Manchester, 669-9049, elizabethspindel.com
Best of Nashua: Dr. Joseph A. Cardamone, 707 Milford Road, #27, Merrimack, 886-1976
 
Best Hair Stylist
Best of the Best: Keith Mason of Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Concord: Sondra Perron-Parlatore of Chrome Salon, 22 Bridge St., Second Floor, Concord, 224-1123, chromesalon.biz
Best of Manchester: Linda Rautio of Olea Salon, 1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 518-5572, oleamanchester.com
Best of Nashua: Derek Costa of Aidan James Salon, 36 Northwest Blvd., Nashua, 598-0795, aidanjamessalon.com
 
Best Massage Therapist
Best of the Best: Stephanie Jefferson of Intuitive Touch Massage Therapy & Bodywork, 210 N. State St., Suite 1B, Concord, 848-5226, intuitivetouchnh.com
Best of Concord: Veronica Kerr of Spa Specialist Beauty Within, 124 Hall St., Concord, 858-1556, spaspecialistbeautywithin.com
Best of Manchester: Julie Corey of Arcadya Salon & Spa, 989 Cilley Road, Manchester, 644-1355, arcadyasalonanddayspa.com
Best of Nashua: Beverly Marshall Frasca of Nu Look Hair & Body, 28 Lowell Road, Hudson, 880-7146, nulookhairandbody.com
 
Best Tattoo Artist
Best of the Best: Doug Mendoza of Bona Fide Tattoo, 19 & 21 Warren St., Concord, 540-4993, tatbro.com
Best of Concord: Sean Ambrose of Arrows & Embers Tattoo, 7 Pleasant St. Ext., Concord, 988-6067, arrosandemberstattoo.com
Best of Manchester: Angelle L’Estrange, Bitter Sweet Tattoo, 82 S. Commercial St., Manchester, 624-9005, bittersweettattoo.com
Best of Nashua: Rachel Garrison, Devotion Ink Tattoo, 483 Amherst St., Nashua, 883-4465, devotioninktattoo.com
 
Best Yoga Instructor
Best of the Best: Elizabeth Vlangas, Riverflow Yoga, 198 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 935-9822, riverflowyoga.com
Best of Concord: Karen Kenney of Quest Yoga, 2½ Beacon St., Suite 144, Concord, 608-7590, karenkenney.com
Best of Manchester: Nicole Detellis of Fuse Yoga & Fitness, 182 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-1626, exhaleyoganh.com
Best of Nashua: Brandy Hill of Banyan Tree Yoga, 505 W. Hollis St., Suite 106, Nashua, 889-1121, banyantreeyoganh.com
 
Shopping
Best Florist
Best of the Best: Cobblestone Design Company, 89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 228-5980, cobblestoneflorist.com
Best of Concord: D. McLeod Florist, 49 S. State St., Concord, 225-3721, dmflowers.com
Best of Manchester: Chalifours, 46 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8844, chalifours.com
Best of Nashua: Fortin Gage Florist, 86 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-3371, fortingage.com
 
Best Independent Clothing Store
Best of the Best: Alapage, 25 S. River Road, #301, Bedford, 622-0550, alapageboutique.com
Best of Concord: Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co., 13 N. Main St., Concord, 228-1101, gondwanashop.com
Best of Manchester: George’s Apparel, 95 Elm St., Manchester, 622-5441, georgesapparel.com
Best of Nashua: Fresh of Nashua, 178 Main St., Nashua, 821-9888, freshofnashua.com
 
Best Independent Jewelry Store
Best of the Best: The Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, 16 N. Main St., Concord, 224-6166, capitolcraftsman.com
Best of Concord: Speers Fine Jewelry, 24 N. Main St., Concord, 224-1582, speersfinejewelry.com 
Best of Manchester: Bellman’s Jewelers, 1650 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4653, bellmans.com
Best of Nashua: Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Decor, 169-173 Main St., Nashua, 882-3281, scontsas.com
 
Best Independent Shoe Store
Best of the Best: Alec’s Shoe Store, Inc., 201 Main St., Nashua, 882-6811, alecs-shoe.com
Best of Concord: Joe King’s, 45 N. Main St., Concord, 225-6012, joekings.com
Best of Manchester: Bee Bee Shoes, 1525 S. Willow St., Manchester, 621-0608, beebeeshoes.com
Best of Nashua: The Shoebox, 17 State Route 101A, Amherst, 672-6570, shoeboxnh.com
 
Best Second Hand Store
Best of the Best: Mother & Child, Greystone Plaza, 650 Amherst St., Nashua, 886-6727, mothersays.shoprw.com
Best of Concord: New To You High-End Recycled Fashion, 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 715-5908, newtoyouconcord.com
Best of Manchester: Opus Designers, 194 S. Main St., Manchester, 645-6787, opusnh.com
Best of Nashua: Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, 23 Elm St., Nashua, 882-DOGS, luckydogthriftshop.com
 
Cleaning and Repair
Best Car Repair Shop
Best of the Best: Brutus Auto Repair & Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 624-8881, brutusauto.com
Best of Concord: Autologic, 7 Gordon Road, Bow, 224-2880
Best of Manchester: Ron’s Toy Shop, 235 Elm St., Manchester, 669-9682, ronstoyshop.com
Best of Nashua: Gurney’s Automotive Repair, 83 Broad St., Nashua, 886-5800, gurneysautomotive.com
 
Best Mechanic
Best of the Best: Bill Kirby of Autologic, 7 Gordon Road, Bow, 224-2880 
Best of Concord: Dan Weed of Weed Family Automotive, 124 Storrs St., Concord, 225-7988, weedfamilyautomotive.com
Best of Manchester: Ralph Brutus of Brutus Auto Repair & Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 624-8881, brutusauto.com
Best of Nashua: Zak Klimas of Zak’s Auto Industries, 3 Melendy Road, Hudson, 943-7682, zaksauto.com
 
Best Dry Cleaner
Best of the Best: Arnos Cleaners, 267 S. Main St., Concord, 224-4461
Best of Concord: Cleary Cleaners, 80 S. Main St., Concord, 225-3393, clearycleaners.com
Best of Manchester: E&R Cleaners, 565 Gold St., Manchester, 627-7661, eandrcleaners.com
Best of Nashua: Dave’s Quality Dry Cleaning, 84 Canal St., Nashua, 880-4002, davesqualitydrycleaning.com
 
Best Plumber
Best: Walter Sarette of Walter Sarette Plumbing & Heating, 1550 Wellington Road, Manchester, 836-5714
Runner-up: Jason Wetherbee of Jason Wetherbee Plumbing, 673-6716, jasonwetherbeeplumbing.com
Honorable Mention: Jim Trombly of Jim Trombly Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, 257 Bridge St., Manchester, 439-8797, tromblyplumbing.com
 
Standout Eateries
Best Restaurant Overall
Best of the Best: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Concord: Common Man, 25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463, thecman.com
Best of Manchester: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Nashua: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com
 
Best New Eatery
Best of the Best: Live Juice, 5 S. Main St., Concord, 226-3024, livejuicenh.com
Best of Concord: El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant, 22 Loudon Road, Concord, 224-9600, el-rodeo-nh.com
Best of Manchester: N’awlins Grille, 860 Elm St., Manchester, 606-2488, nawlinsgrille.com
Best of Nashua: Riverside Barbeque Co., 53 Main St., Nashua, 204-5110, riversidebarbeque.com
 
Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Best of the Best:  Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com
Best of Manchester: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com
 
Best Pub
Best of the Best: The Wild Rover, 21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, wildroverpub.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, shaskeenpub.com 
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 49 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Delicious Dishes
Best Bagel
Best of the Best:  Bagel Alley, 1 Eldridge St., Nashua, 882-9343
Best of Concord: The Works Bakery Café, 42 N. Main St., Concord,  226-1827, with additional locations in Portsmouth, Keene and Durham, worksbakerycafe.com 
Best of Manchester: Bagel Cafe, 373 Hanover St., Manchester, 647-2233, with an additional location in Bedford, nhbagelcafe.com
Best of Nashua: Hot Rize Bagel Cafe & Coffeehouse, 634 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-3367, hotrizecafe.com
 
Best Burgers
Best of the Best: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com
Best of Manchester: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com
 
Best Burrito
Best of the Best: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, with additional locations in Manchester, Portsmouth, Dover, and Rochester, dosamigosburritos.com 
Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com 
Best of Manchester: La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705, 545 DW Highway, Manchester, 628-6899, with additional locations in Derry and Nashua, lacarretamex.com
Best of Nashua: La Carreta, 139 DW Highway, Nashua, 891-0055, with additional locations in Derry and Manchester, lacarretamex.com
 
Best Chicken Tenders
Best of the Best: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Tandy’s Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614, top-shelf.biz
Best of Manchester: Goldenrod Drive-In Restaurant, 1681 Candia Road, Manchester, 623-9469, goldenrodrestaurant.com
Best of Nashua: Chicken N Chips, 12 W. Hollis St., Nashua, 943-5840, chickennchips.us
 
Best Cookie
Best of the Best: The Black Forest Cafe, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com
Best of Concord: Pat’s Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245, patspeak.com 
Best of Manchester: Baked Downtown Cafe & Bakery, 1015 Elm St., Manchester, 606-1969, bakeddowntown.com
Best of Nashua: Frederick’s Pastries, 109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, with additional locations in Bedford and North Andover, Mass., pastry.net
 
Best Cup of Coffee
Best of the Best: True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com 
Best of Concord: White Mountain Gourmet Coffee, 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-3317, whitemountaingourmetcoffee.com
Best of Manchester: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: A&E Custom Coffee Roastery & Whole Leaf Tea, 135 Route 101A, Amherst, 578-3338, aeroastery.com
 
Best Cupcake
Best of the Best: Queen City Cupcakes, 790 Elm St., Manchester, 624-4999, qccupcakes.com 
Best of Concord: New England Cupcakery, 28 S. Main St., Concord, 724-6464, necupcakery.com 
Best of Manchester: Cupcakes 101, 132 Bedford Center Road, Suite A, Bedford, 488-5962, cupcakes101.net 
Best of Nashua: Frederick’s Pastries, 109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, with additional locations in Bedford and North Andover, Mass., pastry.net
 
Best Desserts
Best of the Best: Finesse Pastries, 968 Elm St., Manchester, 232-6592, finessepastries.com
Best of Concord: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330 
Best of Manchester: Baked Downtown Cafe & Bakery, 1015 Elm St., Manchester, 606-1969, bakeddowntown.com
Best of Nashua: Frederick’s Pastries, 109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, with additional locations in Bedford and North Andover, Mass., pastry.net
 
Best Espresso Drinks
Best of the Best: True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com
Best of Concord: White Mountain Gourmet Coffee, 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-3317, whitemountaingourmetcoffee.com 
Best of Manchester: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: A&E Custom Coffee Roastery & Whole Leaf Tea, 135 Route 101A, Amherst, 578-3338, aeroastery.com
 
Best French Fries
Best of the Best: Caesario’s, 1057 Elm St., Manchester, 669-8383, caesariospizza.com 
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 49 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Best Ice Cream
Best of the Best: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, arniesplace.com
Best of Manchester: Goldenrod Drive-In Restaurant, 1681 Candia Road, Manchester, 623-9469, goldenrodrestaurant.com
Best of Nashua: Hayward’s Homemade Ice Cream, 7 DW Highway, Nashua, 888-4663, with an additional location in Milford, haywardsicecream.com
 
Best Mac & Cheese
Best of the Best: Mr. Mac’s, 497 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 606-1760, mr-macs.com
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com
Best of Manchester: The Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, with an additional location in Milford, redarrowdiner.com
Best of Nashua: The Homestead Restaurant, 641 DW Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022, with an additional location in Bristol, homesteadnh.com
 
Best Menu Item
Best of the Best: Chicken tenders at The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Chicken tenders at Tandy’s Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614, top-shelf.biz
Best of Manchester: Go-Go Bread at Firefly American Bistro & Bar, 22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com
Best of Nashua: Bistro Tournedos at MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, 212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com
 
Best Pizza, Dine-In
Best of the Best: 900 Degrees Pizzeria, 50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, with an additional location in Epping, 900degrees.com
Best of Concord: Vinnie’s Pizzaria, 200 S. Main St., Concord, 224-7727
Best of Manchester: Pizza Man, 254 W. River Road, Hooksett, 626-7499, with an additional location in Manchester, thepizzamandelivers.com
Best of Nashua: Crush Pizzeria Napoletana, 449 Amherst St., Nashua, 521-7440, crushpizza.com 
 
Best Pizza, Take-Out
Best of the Best: Alley Cat Pizzeria, 486 Chestnut St., Manchester, 669-4533, alleycatpizzerianh.com 
Best of Concord: Constantly Pizza, 39 S. Main St., Concord, 224-9366, with additional locations in Tilton and Penacook, constantlypizza.net 
Best of Manchester: Pizza 911, 108 Webster St., Manchester, 625-2201, pizza911nh.com 
Best of Nashua: Espresso Pizza, 85 Main St., Nashua, 889-9826, espressopizzaonline.com
 
Best Poutine
Best of the Best: Chez Vachon, 136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660, chezvachon.com  
Best of Concord: Penuche’s Ale House, 16 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 228-9833, with additional locations in Manchester, Nashua and Keene
Best of Manchester: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com
Best of Nashua: Bellagio Pizza & Subs, 150 Broad St., Nashua, 204-5510, bellagionashua.com
 
Best Ribs
Best of the Best: KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net
Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, arniesplace.com
Best of Manchester: Milly’s Tavern, 500 N. Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444, millystavern.com
Best of Nashua: Riverside Barbeque Co., 53 Main St., Nashua, 204-5110, riversidebarbeque.com
 
Best Salads
Best of the Best: Live Juice, 5 S. Main St., Concord, 226-3024, livejuicenh.com
Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com
Best of Manchester: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Nashua: The Seedling Café, 30 Temple St., Nashua, 594-4002, theseedlingcafe.com
 
Best Sandwich
Best of the Best: Steak and Cheese at Nadeau’s, 776 Mast Road, Goffstown, 623-9315; 805 Canal St., Manchester, 644-8888; 100 Cahill Ave., Manchester, 669-7827; 1095 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-4411; 81 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7563; 48 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter, 580-4445, nadeaussubs.com
Best of Concord: Beefside’s Famous Roast Beef Sandwiches at Beefside Restaurant, 106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208, beefsiderestaurant.com
Best of Manchester: Steak Bomb at USA Subs, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-1800; 66 Crystal Ave., Derry, 437-1550; 354 N. Broadway, Salem, 912-5481, usasubs.com
Best of Nashua: Big Poppy at The Nashua Garden, 121 Main St., Nashua, 886-7363, sites.google.com/site/thenashuagarden
 
Best Soups
Best of the Best: Collins Brothers Chowder Co., 59 Temple St., Nashua, 883-2347, collinsbrotherschowder.com 
Best of Concord: Soup Gallery, 55 N. Main St., Concord, 715-1496 
Best of Manchester: The Bridge Café, 1117 Elm St., Manchester, 647-9991, thebridgecafe.net
Best of Nashua: Moulton’s Market, 10 Main St., Amherst, 673-2404, moultonsmarket.com
 
Best Subs
Best of the Best: Nadeau’s, 805 Canal St., Manchester, 644-8888; 100 Cahill Ave., Manchester, 669-7827; 1095 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-4411, with additional locations in Goffstown, Concord and Exeter, nadeaussubs.com
Best of Concord: The Yellow Submarine, 192 N. State St., Concord, 228-4500 
Best of Manchester: USA Subs, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-1800, with additional locations in Derry and Salem, usasubs.com
Best of Nashua: Bill Cahill’s Super Subs, 8 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, 882-7710
Best Vegetarian Menu
Best of the Best: Cafe Indigo, 128H Hall St., Concord, 224-1770, cafeindigo.com
Best of Concord: Spoon Revolution Vegan Bistro, 55 S. Main St., Concord, 738-4327, spoonrev.com 
Best of Manchester: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: The Seedling Café, 30 Temple St., Nashua, 594-4002, theseedlingcafe.com
 
Best Wings
Best of the Best: Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill, 34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 622-3644, billyssportsbar.com
Best of Concord: Tandy’s Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614, top-shelf.biz
Best of Manchester: KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net
Best of Nashua: The Pasta Loft Restaurant, 241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270, with an additional location in Hampstead, pastaloft.com
 
Food Shops
Best Bakery
Best of the Best: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330 
Best of Concord: The Crust & Crumb Baking Company, 126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb.com
Best of Manchester: Finesse Pastries, 968 Elm St., Manchester, 232-6592, finessepastries.com
Best of Nashua: Frederick’s Pastries, 109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, with additional locations in Bedford and North Andover, Mass., pastry.net
 
Best Butcher
Best of the Best: Mr. Steer Meats, 27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-1444, mrsteermeats.com 
Best of Concord: Concord Beef & Seafood, 79 S. Main St., Concord, 226-3474 
Best of Manchester: Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com 
Best of Nashua: Brothers Butcher, 8 Spit Brook Road, Unit 28, Nashua, 809-4180, brothers-butcher.com
 
Best Candy/Chocolate Shop
Best of the Best: Granite State Candy Shoppe, 13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591, with an additional location in Manchester, nhchocolates.com
Best of Concord: True Confections Candies & Gifts, 270 Loudon Road, Concord, 226-3536
Best of Manchester: Van Otis Chocolates, 341 Elm St., Manchester, 627-1611, vanotischocolates.com
Best of Nashua: Swan Chocolates, 436 DW Highway, Merrimack, 423-5950, swanchocolates.com
 
Best Cheese Counter
Best of the Best: Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop, 815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, angelaspastaandcheese.com
Best of Concord: Calef’s Country Store, 606 Franklin Pierce Highway, Barrington, 664-2231, calefs.com
Best of Manchester: McKinnon’s Market & Super Butcher Shop, 236 North Broadway, Salem, 894-6328, with an additional location in Portsmouth, mckinnonsmarkets.com
Best of Nashua: Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079, with an additional location in Milford, lullfarmllc.com
 
Best Ethnic Food Market
Best of the Best: Ali Baba Supermarket, 590 Second St., Manchester, 621-5180, alibabasupermarket.com 
Best of Concord: Katmandu Snack Shop & Katmandu Bazaar, 114 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3053; 133 Loudon Road, Concord, 856-7006, katmandubazaar.com
Best of Manchester: Spice Center, 245 Maple St., Manchester, 626-7290
Best of Nashua: Saigon Asian Market, 33 Pine St., Nashua, 521-6171
 
Best Neighborhood Market
Best of the Best: Concord Food Co-op, 24 S. Main St., Concord, 225-6840, with an additional location in New London, concordfoodcoop.coop 
Best of Concord: Quality Cash Market, 11 Eastman St., Concord, 225-9661, qualitycashmarket.com
Best of Manchester: Sully’s Superette, 10 N. Mast Road, Goffstown, 497-8176, sullyssuperette.com 
Best of Nashua: Jeannotte’s Market, 2 Courtland St., Nashua, 882-0161
 
More Restaurant Favorites
Best Asian Restaurant
Best of the Best: Lilac Blossom, 385 East Dunstable (Sky Meadow), Nashua, 888-9588, lilacblossom.us
Best of Concord: Ichiban, 118 Manchester St., Concord, 223-3301, ichibanconcord.com
Best of Manchester: Chen Yang Li, 124 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6922, chenyangli.com/Bedford/index.html
Best of Nashua: You You Japanese Bistro, 150 Broad St., Nashua, 882-8337, youyoujbistro.com
 
Best Bar with Pub Food
Best of the Best: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Concord: Tandy’s Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, Concord, top-shelf.biz
Best of Manchester: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 668-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7537, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Best Barbecue
Best of the Best:  KC’s Ribshack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net
Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, arniesplace.com  
Best of Manchester: The Farm Bar and Grille, 1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, farmbargrille.com 
Best of Nashua: Riverside Barbeque Company, 53 Main St., Nashua, 204-5110, riversidebarbeque.com
 
Best Breakfast
Best of the Best: Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, redarrowdiner.com 
Best of Concord: CitySide Grille, 25 Manchester St., Concord, 227-0884, citysidegrille.com 
Best of Manchester: Purple Finch Cafe, 124 S. River Road, Bedford, 232-1958, purplefinchcafe.com
Best of Nashua: City Room Cafe, 105 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-5016
 
Best Buffet
Best of the Best: Red Apple Buffet, 161 Loudon Road, Concord, 226-8866
Best of Concord: The Red Blazer, 72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com
Best of Manchester: Manchester Buffet, 371 S. Willow St., Manchester, 668-8838
Best of Nashua: Grand Buffet, 350 Amherst St., Nashua, 881-9799, 350grandbuffet.com
 
Best Cheap Eats
Best of the Best: Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, redarrowdiner.com
Best of Concord: Dos Amigos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com 
Best of Manchester: Gyro Spot, 1073 Elm St., Manchester, 218-3869, thegyrospot.com 
Best of Nashua: Red Arrow Diner, 63 Union Square, Milford,  249-9222, redarrowdiner.com
 
Best Diner
Best of the Best: Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, redarrowdiner.com
Best of Concord: Tilt’n Diner, 61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, thecman.com
Best of Manchester: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave, Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com
Best of Nashua: Red Arrow Diner, 63 Union Square, Milford,  249-9222, redarrowdiner.com
 
Best Italian Restaurant
Best of the Best: Piccola Italia Ristorante,  815 Elm St., Manchester, 606-5100, piccolaitalianh.com
Best of Concord: Angelina’s, 11 Depot St., No. 1, Concord, 228-3312, angelinasrestaurant.com 
Best of Manchester: Fratello’s, 155 Dow St., Manchester, 641-6776, fratellos.com
Best of Nashua: Villa Blanca,194 Main St., Nashua, 598-0500, villablanca.com 
 
Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant
Best of the Best: La Carreta, 545 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 628-6899, lacarretamex.com 
Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: Shorty’s, 1050 Bicentennial Drive, Manchester, 625-1730, shortysmex.com 
Best of Nashua: La Carreta, 139 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH 03060, 891-0055, lacarretamex.com
 
Best Outdoor Vendor
Best of the Best:  Puppy Love, 50 N. Main St., Concord, puppylovehotdogs.com 
Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, arniesplace.com
Best of Manchester: Abe Froman’s, 997 Elm St., Manchester, 396-7564, abefromans.info
Best of Nashua: Jean’s Express Dogs, a cart in Greeley Park, Nashua 
 
Best Seafood Restaurant
Best of the Best: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com
Best of Concord: Makris Lobster and Steak House, Route 106, Concord, 225-7665, eatalobster.com
Best of Manchester: Tinker’s Seafood, 545 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 622-4272, tinkersseafoodrestaurant.com
Best of Nashua: The Lobster Boat Restaurant, 435 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-5221, lobsterboatrestaurant.com
 
Best Steakhouse
Best of the Best: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks
Best of Manchester: Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House, 62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 D.W. Highway, Route 3, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com
 
Drinks
Best Beer Selection at Bar/Restaurant
Best of the Best: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: New England’s Tap House, 1292 Hooksett Road., Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com
Best of Nashua: Martha’s Exchange Restaurant and Brewing Co., 185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com
 
Best Beer Shop
Best of the Best: Bert’s Better Beers, 1100 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 413-5992, bertsbetterbeers.com
Best of Concord: Barb’s Beer Emporium, 249 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 369-4501, barbsbeeremporium.com
Best of Manchester: The Drinkery, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, 434-1012, thedrinkeryshop.com
Best of Nashua: The Beer Store, 433 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-2242, thebeerstorenh.com
 
Best Cocktail
Best of the Best: Mudslide at The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: House Margarita at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: Moroccan Old-Fashioned at Republic Cafe, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com 
Best of Nashua: Giorgio’s Espresso Martini at Giorgio’s Ristorante & Martini Bar, 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333, giorgios.com 
 
Best Restaurant Wine List
Best of the Best: UnWine’d, 865 Second St., Manchester, 625-9463, unwined.net
Best of Concord: O Steaks and Seafood, 11 S. Main St, Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com
Best of Manchester: Bedford Village Inn Restaurant, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com
Best of Nashua: Napa East Wine Lounge & Shop, 12 Murphy Drive, Unit B1, Nashua, 595-9463, napaeast.com  
 
Best Wine Bar
Best of the Best: UnWine’d, 865 Second St., Manchester, 625-9463, unwined.net
Best of Concord: Granite Restaurant, 96 Pleasant St, Concord, 227-9000, graniterestaurant.com
Best of Manchester: Bedford Village Inn Restaurant, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com
Best of Nashua: Napa East Wine Lounge & Shop, 12 Murphy Drive, Unit B1, Nashua, 595-9463, napaeast.com 
 
Best Wine Shop
Best of the Best: WineNot Boutique, 170 Main St., Nashua, 204-5569, winenotboutique.com
Best of Concord: Concord Food Co-op, 24 S Main St., 225-6840,  concordfoodcoop.coop
Best of Manchester: The Wine Studio, 53 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 622-9463,  thewinestudionh.com
Best of Nashua: Labelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com
 
Food Personalities
Best Bartender
Best of the Best: Maria Kostakis, Salona Bar and Grill, 128 Maple St., Manchester, 624-4020, facebook.com/Salona/info
Best of Concord: Cory Garland, The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Cara Shields, Club ManchVegas 50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 222-1677, clubmanchvegas.com
Best of Nashua: Heather Haddad, Boston Billiard Club, 55 Northeastern Blvd., 943-5630, bostonbilliardclub.com
 
Best Waiter/Waitress
Best of the Best: Ken Aborn, Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
Best of Concord: Michelle Zydenbos, The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Tarah Nolan, Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net 
Best of Nashua: Bastian DiCaprio, San Francisco Kitchen, 133 Main St, Nashua, 886-8833, sfkitchen.com
 
Best Chef
Best of the Best: Michael Buckley, MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, 212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com
Best of Concord: Corey Fletcher, Granite Restaurant, 96 Pleasant St, Concord, 227-9000, graniterestaurant.com 
Best of Manchester: Ed Aloise, Republic Cafe, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com.
Best of Nashua: Nicole Barreira, T-Bones Great American Eatery, 77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677, t-bones.com
 
Favorite Farmer
Best of the Best:  Dave Orde, Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079, lullfarmllc.com
Best of Concord: Larry Pletcher, Vegetable Ranch, 443 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner, 496-6391, vegetableranch.com
Best of Manchester: Roger Noonan, Middle Branch Farm, 280 Colburn Road, New Boston, 487-2540,  middlebranchfarm.com
Best of Nashua: Sean Trombly, 150 N. River Road, Milford, 673-0647, tromblygardens.ipage.com
 
Night Life
Best Bar For Live Music
Best of the Best: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
Best of Concord: True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com
Best of Manchester: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, shaskeenpub.com
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Best Dance Club
Best of the Best: Drynk, 20 Old Granite Street, Manchester, 836-5251, drynknh.com
Best of Concord: Tandy’s Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614, top-shelf.biz 
Best of Manchester: Social 24 Restaurant & Sports Lounge, 24 Depot St., Manchester, 782-8489, social24nh.com 
Best of Nashua: Arena, 53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060, arenanh.com
 
Best Bar With Outdoor Deck
Best of the Best: Derryfield Country Club, 625 N. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, derryfieldgolf.com
Best of Concord: The Draft Sports Bar & Grill, 67 S. Main St., Concord, 227-1175, draftsportsbar.com
Best of Manchester: Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.net
Best of Nashua: The Pasta Loft Restaurant, 241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft.com
 
Best Bathroom
Best of the Best: Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill, 34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 622-3644, billyssportsbar.com
Best of Concord: The Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub, 72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com
Best of Manchester: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com
Best of Nashua: Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar, 524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939, giorgios.com 
 
Best Karaoke Night
Best of the Best:  Yee Dynasty, 830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com
Best of Concord: Szechuan Garden, 108 Fisherville Road, Penacook, 226-2650
Best of Manchester: McGarvey’s, 1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721, mcgarveysnh.com
Best of Nashua: Grand Buffet, 350 Amherst St., Nashua, 881-9799, 350grandbuffet.com
 
Best Late-Night Eats
Best of the Best: Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, redarrowdiner.com
Best of Concord: Tandy’s Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614, top-shelf.biz 
Best of Manchester: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave, Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com
Best of Nashua: Red Arrow Diner, 63 Union Square, Milford,  249-9222, redarrowdiner.com
 
Best Open Mike Night
Best of the Best: Wild Rover Pub, 21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, wildroverpub.com
Best of Concord: True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com
Best of Manchester: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, shaskeenpub.com
Best of Nashua: Penuche’s Ale House, 4 Canal St., Nashua, 595-9831, retailer.perkloud.com/penuches1
 
Best Pub Trivia Night
Best of the Best: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com
Best of Manchester: The Farm Bar and Grille, 1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, farmbargrille.com
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7537, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Best Sports Bar
Best of the Best: Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill, 34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 622-3644, billyssportsbar.com
Best of Concord: The Draft Sports Bar & Grill, 67 S. Main St., Concord, 227-1175, draftsportsbar.com
Best of Manchester: Jokers Sports Bar and Bistro, 1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 935-9947, jokersbistro.com
Best of Nashua: Arena, 53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060, arenanh.com
 
Best Spot for Comedy
Best of the Best: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, shaskeenpub.com
Best of Concord: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com
Best of Manchester: Laugh Free or Die, Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.net
Best of Nashua: Amherst Country Club and Public Golf Course, 72 Ponemah Road, Amherst, 673-9908, playamherst.com
 
Looking for Love
Best Pick-up Place
Best: Derryfield Restaurant, 625 N. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com
Runner-up: Drynk, 20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 836-5251, drynknh.com
Honorable Mention: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
 
Best Make-Out Spot
Best: Drynk, 20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 836-5251, drynknh.com 
Runner-up: Lake Massabesic, Manchester
Honorable Mention: Rock Rimmon Park on Mason Street in Manchester
 
Best Date Spot
Best of the Best: Firefly American Bistro & Bar, 22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks
Best of Manchester: Unwine’d, 865 Second St., Manchester, 625-9463, unwined.net
Best of Nashua: Surf Seafood, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com 
 
Best Break-up Spot
Best: Drynk, 20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 836-5251, drynknh.com 
Runner-up: Mall of New Hampshire, 1500 S. Willow St., Manchester, simon.com
Honorable Mention: Tandy’s Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614, top-shelf.biz
 
Performers
Best Local Band Playing Mostly Original Songs
Best: Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks, thedirtytricks.com
Runner-up: Dusty Gray Band, Concord, dustygray.com 
Honorable Mention: Pat & The Hats, Concord, facebook.com/patandthehats
 
Best Cover Band
Best: Lisa Guyer’s Gypsy Caravan, Londonderry, lisaguyermusic.com
Runner-up: Casual 6, facebook.com/Casual6
Honorable Mention: Last Kid Picked, lastkidpicked.com
 
Best Local Solo Performer
Best: Josh Logan, Manchester, joshloganonline.com
Runner-up: Alli Beaudry, Manchester, allibeaudry.com
Honorable Mention: Lisa Guyer, Londonderry, lisaguyermusic.com
 
Best Local Comedian
Best: Nick Lavallee, theotherdude.com
Runner-up: Mike Koutrobis, mikekcomic.com
Honorable Mention: Paul Landwehr, Manchester, paulscomedy.tumblr.com
 
Best Local Theater Performer
Best: Katie Collins, Concord/Manchester
Runner-up: George Piehl, Manchester, founder and producing director of Stage One Productions
Honorable Mention: Jessica Vaughn, Concord/Manchester
 
Happenings
Best Community Event
Best of the Best: Winter Holiday Stroll in downtown Nashua every year features music, food, shopping, live entertainment and a candlelight stroll down Main Street, organized by Great American Downtown Nashua. Visit downtownnashua.org.
Best of Concord: Market Days Festival, featuring food, shopping and free entertainment each summer in downtown Concord, hosted by Intown Concord. Visit mainstreetconcord.com.
Best of Manchester: Glendi, a weekend-long Greek food and culture festival held each September at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit stgeorge.nh.goarch.org. 
Best of Nashua: Milford Pumpkin Festival, the annual fall festival organized by
Milford Downtown Ongoing Improvement Team that brings food, music and a wide variety of entertainment to the Milford oval, including pumpkin-catapulting. Visit milfordpumpkinfestival.org.
 
Best Food Festival
Best of the Best: Glendi, a weekend-long Greek food and culture festival held each September at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester, stgeorge.nh.goarch.org. 
Best of Concord: Intown Concord Market Days Festival with food, beer and music. This year’s festival is July 17 through July 19. Visit intownconcord.org/events/market-days. 
Best of Manchester: Hippo de Mayo Taco Tour in Manchester, where each participating restaurant concocts its own taco. Visit hippodemayo.com. This year’s taco challenge will be Thursday, May 1.
Best of Nashua: Rock’n Ribfest, held each summer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack, features barbecue, music and entertainment. This year’s
festival is June 13 through June 15. Visit ribfestnh.com. 
 
Best Outdoor Farmers Market
Best: Concord Farmers Market, which operates on Saturday mornings from the first Saturday in June through the last Saturday in October, on Capitol Street in downtown Concord. Visit concordfarmersmarket.com.
Runner-up: Manchester Downtown Farmers Market, every Thursday afternoon from June through October on Concord Street. Visit manchesternhfarmersmarket.com.
Honorable Mention: Bedford Farmers Market, which runs every Tuesday afternoon from mid-June to mid-October, at Benedictine Park in Bedford. Visit bedfordfarmersmarket.org.
 
Best Winter Farmers Market
Best: Cole’s Garden Winter Farmers Market in Concord runs every Saturday from November through mid-April. Visit concordwintermarket.com.
Runner-up: Tilton Winter Farmers Market in Tilton runs every Saturday and Sunday from December through March. Visit tiltonwinterfarmersmarket.com.
Honorable Mention: Salem Farmers Market in Salem runs every Sunday from November through May at the Lake Street Garden Center, 37 Lake St. Visit salemnhfarmersmarket.org. 
 
Family Fun
Best Place to Take Your Kids
Best of the Best: Cowabunga’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-8008, mycowabungas.com 
Best of Concord: Krazy Kids, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, gokrazykids.com 
Best of Manchester: SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org
Best of Nashua: Nuthin’ But Good Times, 746 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2200, nuthinbutgoodtimes.com
 
Best Place to Take Kids on a Rainy Day
Best of the Best: Cowabunga’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-8008, mycowabungas.com
Best of Concord: Krazy Kids, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, gokrazykids.com
Best of Manchester: SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org
Best of Nashua: Nuthin’ But Good Times, 746 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2200, nuthinbutgoodtimes.com
 
Best Restaurant for Kids
Best of the Best: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com
Best of Manchester: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com/restaurants-and-menus/airport-diner
Best of Nashua: T-Bones Great American Eatery, 77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677, t-bones.com
 
Best Place to Take Visiting Relatives
Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org
Runner-up: The City of Portsmouth, cityofportsmouth.com
Honorable Mention: The White Mountains, Franconia, visitwhitemountains.com
 
Entertainment
Best Local NH Sports Team
Best: Manchester Monarchs, the minor-league affiliate of the NHL’s L.A. Kings. The Monarchs’ home ice is at the Verizon Wireless Arena in downtown Manchester.
Runner-up: New Hampshire Fisher Cats are the Manchester-based AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. The 2014 season home opener is on Thursday, April 10.
Honorable Mention: University of New Hampshire Wildcats Men’s Hockey team
 
Best Movie Theater
Best: Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 224-4600, redrivertheatres.org
Runner-up: Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, 880-8055, chunkys.com
Honorable Mention: Wilton Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton, 654-3456, wiltontownhalltheatre.com 
 
Best Local Radio Show
Best: Greg and the Morning Buzz, 100.3 WHEB/Rock 101 FM, airs weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m. and is hosted by Greg Kretschmar. Visit morningbuzzonline.com
Runner-up: New Hampshire in the Morning, 95.7 WZID, hosted by Mike Morin and Tracy Caruso, which airs weekdays from 5 to 10 a.m. Visit wzid.com.
Honorable Mention: Nazzy & The JYY Wakeup Crew, 105.5 WJYY FM, hosted by Nazzy and Mya, airs weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m. Visit wjyy.nh1media.com.
 
Best Local Radio Station
Best: 95.7 FM WZID, plays the best of today’s variety. Visit wzid.com.
Runner-up: 101.1 FM WGIR, better known as “Rock 101.” Visit rock101fm.com.
Honorable Mention: New Hampshire Public Radio, NHPR, airs news on various stations around the state, including 89.1 in Concord and Manchester and 88.3 in Nashua. Visit nhpr.org.
 
Best Locally Produced TV Show
Best: New Hampshire Chronicle, WMUR, airs weeknights at 7 p.m. with Sean McDonald and Erin Fehlau with a regular feature by Fritz Wetherbee. The show profiles New Hampshire people, places and events. Visit wmur.com.
Runner-up: Manchesterdam, TV 23. Visit manchestertv.org for air times of this public-access show.
Honorable Mention: Windows to the Wild, NHPTV, hosted by Willem Lange, features outdoor adventures and scenes across New Hampshire. Visit nhptv.org/windows for show times.
 
Best Music Venue
Best: Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com
Runner-up: Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, verizonwirelessarena.com
Honorable Mention: The Official Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, 293-4700, meadowbrook.net 
 
Outdoors
Coolest-Looking Building
Best of the Best: The New Hampshire Statehouse, 107 N. Main St., Concord, 271-1110, nh.gov
Best of Concord: SMILE Office Building, 49 S. Main St., Concord, 225-8570, concordnh.gov
Best of Manchester: New Hampshire Institute of Art, 88 Lowell St., Manchester, nhia.edu
Best of Nashua: Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main St., Nashua, 594-3661, nashuanh.gov/huntbuilding
 
Best City Park
Best of the Best: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, concordnh.gov
Best of Concord: Rollins Park on Broadway in Concord, concordnh.gov
Best of Manchester: Livingston Park, off Hooksett Road in Manchester, manchesternh.gov
Best of Nashua: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, gonashua.com
 
Best Golf Course
Best of the Best: Derryfield Country Club, 625 N. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, derryfieldgolf.com
Best of Concord: Beaver Meadow Golf Course, 1 Beaver Meadow Road, Concord, 228-8954, beavermeadowgolfcourse.com
Best of Manchester: Manchester Country Club, 180 S. River Road, Bedford, 624-4096, manchestercountryclub.com
Best of Nashua: Sky Meadow Country Club, 6 Mountain Laurels Drive, Nashua, 888-9000, skymeadow.com
 
Best Local Hiking Trail
Best: Mine Falls Park, a 325-acre park in the heart of Nashua, gonashua.com           
Runner-up: Lake Massabesic hiking trails, including the Massabesic Audubon Center, in Manchester/Auburn, are unpaved trails amongst the trees with occasional views of the lake. There’s a parking lot and trail entrance just off the traffic circle at Candia Road and Route 28 Bypass in Manchester.
Honorable Mention: Mount Major has a 3.4-mile hiking loop located in Alton Bay. The mountain provides views of Lake Winnipesaukee.
 
Best Place to Go for a Bike Ride
Best: Mine Falls Park, a 325-acre park in the heart of Nashua, gonashua.com  
Runner-up: The Nashua River Rail Trail is a 17-mile paved mixed-use rail trail that runs from Nashua’s trailhead at Yudicky Park down into northern Massachusetts. Visit gonashua.com.
Honorable Mention: Lake Massabesic in Manchester/Auburn, which is surrounded by unpaved trails for mountain biking among trees with occasional views of the lake.         
 
Best Place to Go for a Walk
Best: Mine Falls Park, a 325-acre park in the heart of Nashua, gonashua.com  
Runner-up: Dorrs Pond at Livingston Park, off Hooksett Road in Manchester, manchesternh.gov
Honorable Mention: Lake Massabesic in Manchester/Auburn has trails suitable for walking amongst the trees with occasional views of the lake. 
 
Best Sledding Hill
Best of the Best: Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, derryfieldgolf.com
Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, concordnh.gov
Best of Manchester: Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 434-7619, macksapples.com
Best of Nashua: Roby Park, off Spit Brook Road, Nashua, nashuanh.gov
 
Best State Park
Best: Bear Brook State Park & Campground, 157 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, 485-9869, nhstateparks.org
Runner-up: Pawtuckaway State Park & Campground, 128 Mountain Road, Nottingham, 895-3031, nhstateparks.org
Honorable Mention: Mount Sunapee State Park, 86 Beach Access Road, Newbury, 763-5561, nhstateparks.org
 
Notable Locals
Best Local Philanthropist
Best: Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, founder of the nationwide FIRST
robotics competition and the SEE Science Center  and a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 
Runner-up: Alex Ray, founder of The Common Man family of restaurants, which has 13 locations in the state. The company frequently holds fundraisers and community service days, during which employees give their time to charity.
Honorable Mention: Stephen Singer, president of the Merchants Auto Group and chairman of the Gail Singer Memorial Blood Drive. 
 
Best Local Radio Host
Best: Greg Kretschmar, from Greg and the Morning Buzz, Rock 101
Runner-up: Mike Morin of New Hampshire in the Morning, WZID
Honorable Mention: Nazzy of The JYY Waking Crew, WJYY
 
Best Local TV Personality
Best: Josh Judge, WMUR meteorologist
Runner-up: Fritz Wetherbee, WMUR, host of a regular feature on New Hampshire Chronicle
Honorable Mention: Erin Fehlau, WMUR, a host of New Hampshire Chronicle 
 
Best Local Visual Artist
Best: Eric Snyder, Nashua, EAS Photography, eric-andrew-photography.com
Runner-up: Scott Bulger, Concord, taught photography at Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord and NHTI in Concord, scottbulger.com
Honorable Mention: Sid Ceaser, Nashua, photographer, ceaserphotography.com
 
Best Teacher
Best of the Best: Gayle Paige, Fifth Grade, Smyth Road School, Manchester
Best of Concord: Patricia (Patte) Silvia, First Grade, Strong Foundations Charter School, Pembroke
Best of Manchester: Selma Naccah-Hoff, English, Central High School, Manchester
Best of Nashua: Helen Morris, First Grade, Main Dunstable Elementary School, Nashua
 
Pets
Best Doggie Day Care
Best of the Best: All Dog’s Gym, 505 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 669-4644, alldogsgym.com
Best of Concord: Paws on Pine, 913 Pine St., Contoocook, 568-4022, pawsonpinenh.com
Best of Manchester: The Barking Dog, 208 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 222-2275, thebarkingdog.com 
Best of Nashua: American K9 Country, 336 New Hampshire 101, Amherst, 672-8448, americank9country.com 
 
Best Place to Walk the Dog
Best of the Best: Lake Massabesic in Manchester/Auburn, surrounded by unpaved trails suitable for walking dogs amongst the trees with occasional views of the lake.   
Best of Concord: Conservation Center, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, 224-9945, owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, forestsociety.org
Best of Manchester: Dorrs Pond at Livingston Park, off Hooksett Road in Manchester, manchesternh.gov
Best of Nashua: Mine Falls Park, a 325-acre park in the heart of Nashua, gonashua.com
 
Other Stuff
Best New Business
Best of the Best: Rock Your Body Fitness, 25 Spaulding Road, Fremont, 895-0500, rockyourbodynh.com
Best of Concord: The new location for Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, gibsonsbookstore.com
Best of Manchester: Muse Paint Bar, 42 Hanover St., Manchester, 421-6500, musepaintbar.com 
Best of Nashua: Latimer Studios Photography, 3 Granite St., Nashua, 617-615-9297, latimerstudios.com
 
Best Place to People-Watch
Best: Mall of New Hampshire, 1500 S. Willow St., Manchester, simon.com
Runner-up: Hampton Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Hampton
Honorable Mention: Elm Street, Manchester
 
Best Thing About Living in NH
Best: Proximity to lakes, mountains, oceans and their beauty 
Runner-up: Live Free or Die
Honorable Mention: Four seasons
 
Best Thing About Your Town or City
Best: Those residing in Nashua, Manchester and Concord said “proximity.”
Runner-up: Those residing in Bedford, Londonderry and Bow said “schools.”
Honorable Mention: Those residing in Manchester, Nashua and Concord said “diversity.”
 
Best Thing We Forgot to Ask About
Best: Best Geek Gathering, Another Anime Convention every October in Manchester. Visit anotheranimecon.com.
Runner-up: Best Wedding Photographer, Latimer Studios, 3 Granite St., Nashua, 617-615-9297, latimerstudios.com 
Honorable Mention: Best Comic Book Store, Jetpack Comics, 37 N. Main St., Rochester, 330-9636, jetpackcomics.com
 
As seen in the March 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.
 





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