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Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast

When: Thursday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 14
Where: Greater Portsmouth area
See restaurantweekportsmouth.com
Reservations are recommended.




Dipping your toes in
A week of dining on the Seacoast

11/05/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 Go on a culinary adventure without spending a fortune during Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast, beginning Thursday, Nov. 5, and continuing through Saturday, Nov. 14.

“I think for some folks it’s the opportunity to kind of do a little litmus test or dip a toe in with an [abridged] menu at a fantastic price point,” Row 34 General Manager Molly Woodhouse said in a phone interview. “It’s a nice way to test ride a dinner experience.”
Row 34 in Portsmouth is one of the new restaurants joining in this year, along with Louie’s, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, Franklin Oyster House and Paddy’s American Grille.
Row 34 opened in May and will participate for lunch, offering selections like butternut squash soup, bibb salad, grilled shrimp toast, tuna melt, fish tacos with mango salsa and fresno chili, butterscotch pudding and chocolate mousse.
Woodhouse said their Restaurant Week lunch menu was inspired by dishes one would normally find at Row 34, the idea being that as a new restaurant they want folks to see what they can enjoy if they were to come back.
“It’s a great way for people that aren’t really Portsmouth residents … to experience a lot of new places,” she said.
Each year the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce hosts two Restaurant Weeks, one in the spring and one in the fall, to encourage residents and out-of-towners to eat out.
“After summer has ended [and] before Thanksgiving and the holiday season it’s really slow for restaurants and shops downtown so we get people to eat and spend the night,” Amanda Beaulieu, events coordinator for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, said in a phone interview. “We decided it was so successful for one time a year we made it twice.”
This fall 47 restaurants from Portsmouth, Dover, Hampton, Rye, New Castle, Exeter, Kittery, Maine, and York, Maine, will participate.
“We’ve never hit that 50 mark, but we’re always so close,” she said. “We’ll definitely celebrate when that happens.”
Each restaurant elects to participate for lunch, dinner or both and presents a three-course meal that’s $16.95 for lunch or $29.95 for dinner. As to what you’ll find on each menu, Beaulieu said that’s left to the restaurants.
“We leave it in the restaurant’s hands because every restaurant is so different and it’s fun to see what they come up with,” she said. 
One place may do a traditional salad, entree and dessert for the three courses, while another may have five small drink samples for an appetizer and a fishcake sandwich for an entree — though it seems many of the restaurants are adhering to the season, serving dishes with pumpkin and butternut squash. The menus are uploaded in advance so diners can plot out their meals.
“There are over 70,000 people coming into Portsmouth for the week,” Beaulieu said. “People really look forward to it. We have a lot of followers, which is great.” 





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