4/18/2013 - What are you in the mood for?
Italian? Bistro dining? White tablecloths? Grilled pizza?
Whatever you might want for dinner tonight or brunch on Sunday or lunch next week, Hippo readers have a suggestion for you. In February, as part of our Best of 2013 Hippo readers’ poll, we asked readers to name the “Best Restaurant Overall.” What follows is a list of the top 50 vote-getters in that category. (Information in the descriptions is from the restaurants’ websites or Facebook pages; call ahead to confirm hours or menu items.)
Here’s what’s cool about this list:
• It’s totally based on reader picks.
• It’s diverse. You’ll find fine dining, family dining, barbecue, Italian, Mexican, seafood and more.
• It has new stuff — High Street Farm House in Goffstown, Villaggio in Manchester and Napa East in Nashua, to name three.
• It has old favorites.
• It can help you answer the “what should we do for dinner?” question for pretty much a whole year (50 picks, 52 weeks — go to your favorite two spots twice).
There’s nothing better than a recommendation from a friend, and this compilation is, at its heart, a recommendation from the thousands of friends who are your fellow Hippo readers.
So, where do you want to eat tonight?
, 1069 Elm St. in 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 until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.
Republic is all about local — the ingredients the restaurant uses and where they’re from are important here. You’ll find a list of farms whose produce ends up on Republic’s menu at the restaurant and online, complete with names of farmers and their phone numbers. A video on the restaurant’s website even offers a look at the farms that produce the vegetables, pork, dairy and beef that end up on the plate (and explains its status as a NH Farm to Restaurant Certified Local eatery). The result is menu items like Kefta (with lamb from Kelly Corner Farm of Chichester and a yogurt dill sauce), a Spanish Ham flat bread (with Great Hill Blue — a blue cheese made in Massachusetts — and black mission figs) and Steak Frites (with grass-fed marinated flank steak from Little Brook Farm in southern New Hampshire and hand-cut fries).
Republic’s menu is built to fit whatever your appetite is — a selection of hot and cold small plates are perfect for sharing and for being that “little something” you want when you don’t think you’re hungry enough for a big meal (try the arancini, falafel or hand-cut frites, which are studded with fried capers). The menu also includes panini, flatbreads and salads as well as larger entrees, nearly half of which are vegetarian. For breakfast, find an onion tarte (with Heartsong chevre), a breakfast panini (made with farm eggs, ham from Kellie Brook Farm in Greenland, Boggy Meadow cheddar and potatoes) and an omelet with homefries, made with local meats and cheeses. For dessert, a variety of cakes and pie are joined by loukoumades, Greek-style fried dough tossed in honey and topped with hazelnuts.
In addition to being voted Best of the Best in the Best Restaurant Overall category, Republic won “Best of the Best” in the categories Best Cup of Coffee, Best Espresso Drinks and Best Vegetarian Menu. Edward Aloise (who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Claudia Rippee) was voted Best of the Best in the Best Chef category. Republic also won Best of Manchester in the categories Best Cocktail (for the Moroccan Old-Fashioned), Best Desserts, Best French Fries, Best Menu Item (for the Moroccan Red Lentil Stew) and Best Salads. Republic also won Best of the Best for Best Art in a Public Place; the restaurant has a variety of pieces on its walls, including a graffiti series by Rippee.
2. The Puritan Backroom
, 245 Hooksett Road in Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; takeout opens at 8 a.m.
The Puritan meets a variety of dining needs. Want to pick up some of those famous chicken tenders with sweet duck sauce to take home for dinner? Head to the takeout counter for those crowd-pleasers and more on the side of the building facing Hooksett Road. Or walk up to the window at the side of the takeout counter on a hot day and enjoy a big scoop of Baklava, Coffee Oreo, Peppermint Stick, Raspberry Fudge Truffle or Ginger ice cream. Head to the bar at the Backroom (the door literally on the other side of the building from the takeout counter) to enjoy a mudslide (or one of its variations, like a Milky Wayslide, Almond Joyslide or Snicker Slide) and an appetizer of Beer-Battered Cheddar Sticks or Loukaniko. In the dining room, the restaurant’s large menu offers something for everyone — this is the sure bet for feeding picky eaters, foodies, vegetarians and meat-and-potato-types at the same meal. The menu includes barbecued lamb, Greek macaroni & cheese, chicken cordon bleu, lobster pie, baked stuffed haddock, Black Angus filet mignon, Guinness steak tips and a selection of pizzas. Still hungry? Try one of their sundaes with their in-house-made ice cream.
In addition to winning Best of Manchester for Best Restaurant Overall, the Puritan was voted Best of the Best for Best Chicken Tenders, Best Cocktail (for the Mudslide), Best Ice Cream, Best Menu Item (for those famous chicken tenders) and Best Salads.
, 75 Arms St. in Manchester, 622-5488, cottonfood.com
. Hours: Lunch is Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner is Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. “Casual upscale” is how Cotton describes its atmosphere, and that description is a good way to describe its food as well — high quality without fussiness. Also a Certified Local restaurant, Cotton’s menu features a wide selection of starters such as Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Shrimp (served in a movie theater-style popcorn box), Asian pot stickers (“pan-seared pork and leek dumplings with sake soy splash”) and Tuna Tataki (sesame crusted rare tuna with wasabi aioli). The entree menu features Retro Meatloaf with “all you can eat mashed potatoes,” Almond-Crusted Turkey Schnitzel, Buttermilk Herb Fried Chicken, a jambalaya, Grilled Lamb Steak as well as seafood dishes and several steak dishes. Cotton is also known for its cocktails — try a martini sampler (which features mini versions of the Raspberry Cosmo, Orange Crush and Lemon Drop) or a full-sized drink like the espresso martini, the blueberry basil mojito or the Maker’s Peach Marg. And don’t forget lunch: Cotton’s lunch menu includes Fish & Chips, a selection of burgers (beef, veggie and turkey, as well as a crab cake burger), a warm pastrami sandwich and the Pretty Good Chicken Salad Sandwich (with a changing blend of flavors and ingredients).
4. Mint Bistro
, 1105 Elm St. in Manchester, 625-6468, mintbistronh.com
. Hours (according to Mint’s Facebook page): Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m.
Come for the sushi, stay for the Braised Kalbi Style Beef Short Ribs or the tapas menu’s Mini Fish Tacos. Mint, which describes itself as offering a contemporary fusion menu, offers a large selection of sushi; their Signature Rolls include Elm Street Maki (a tempura fried roll featuring spicy crab, cream cheese, scallion, wakame, wasabi, tobiko with ponzu), Green Dragon (eel and cucumber, topped with Avocado and eel sauce) and Monarchs Maki (sweet egg, avocado, cilantro, salmon and chili sauce wrapped in a soybean paper and topped with black tobiko and sweet mango). The menu also includes a large selection of Nigiri Sushi, Sashimi and Maki. Under Tapas, selections include Asian Short Rib “Nachos” (on crispy wontons), Hazelnut Goat Cheese Fritters and Eggplant Involtinis (thinly sliced eggplant, ricotta four-cheese blend, sundried tomatoes, basil, pomodoro and grana padana). Under salads, find Poached Pear (with field greens, candied walnuts, shaved red onion, sundried cranberries, hazelnut encrusted goat cheese fritter and wild berry vinaigrette), Spice Roasted Seared Tuna Salad (with sliced Fuji apple, carrots, cilantro, avocado, candied lime, shaved coconut and curry emulsion) and Warm Portobello Carpaccio. For main dishes, selections include Citrus & Mustard Glazed Faroe Island Salmon, Maple Glazed Sea Scallops, Herb Baked Haddock Filet and Mint Boullibase, as well as other steak and seafood options.
5. Hanover Street Chophouse
, 149 Hanover St. in Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com
. Hours: Lunch is Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner is Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.; bar hours are Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday through Saturday 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Chophouse is known for cooking perfectly prepared steaks. (You want that sweet spot between medium and medium well? They can hit it.) The dinner menu features several different cuts of steak as well as lamb and veal chops, lobster and fish. And the menu of appetizers includes oysters on the half shell, tuna tartare and Kobe beef carpaccio (which is a perfect beginning to a celebration of well-prepared beef). Round out those meals with sides such as Truffled “Tater Tots,” Lobster Mac & Cheese and Sweet Potato Parmesan Fries. But don’t let these stars of the Chophouse menu completely eclipse some of the restaurant’s other offerings. The lunch menu includes top-notch burgers, smaller portions of steak and truly exceptional sandwiches (currently, the sandwich is a Reuben featuring locally produced Swiss cheese and root vegetable chips. The bar menu (served nightly) includes Candied Bacon, Avocado Fries and Crisp Onion Strings. Save room for dessert: the menu includes a carrot cake served with rum raisin ice cream, English Bonaffee Pie (bananas, dulce de leche and chantilly cream in a sugar cookie crust) and “The Howie” (a nine-layer chocolate cake with caramel ice cream and caramel sauce). The Chophouse was voted Best of the Best for Best Fine Dining Restaurant and Best Steakhouse and Best of Manchester for Best Mac & Cheese and Best Bathroom.
6. Firefly American Bistro & Bar
, 22 Concord St. in Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com
. Hours: The bar and lounge is open until midnight. Food service: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner begins at 3 p.m. “Classic American fare” is how Firefly describes its menu, which includes favorites such as fish and chips (with beer-battered haddock) and Poor Man’s Pie (a shepherd’s pie-style dish made with tender steak tips). But you can also find dishes with an inventive twist, such as the popular “Go-Go” Bread (warm garlic bread with a gorgonzola fondue on the starters menu), a Bourbon Street Fettuccine (with blackened shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage in a spicy Cajun cream sauce) and bacon-wrapped bistro steak. The menu also features vegetarian option such as Pad Thai, Eggplant Napoleon and a black bean burger. Firefly was voted Best of the Best for Best Date Place.
7. Copper Door
, 15 Leavy Drive in Bedford, 488-2677, copperdoorrestaurant.com
. Hours: 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. The bar is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. “Not too fancy, not too casual, juuust right,” is how Cooper Door describes itself. The dinner menu includes Lemon Thyme Brick Chicken, Poblano and Chipotle Shrimp Pizza, Caul Fat Wrapped Meatloaf, Pepper-Dusted Ahi Tuna and a variety of butcher cuts. Looking for something smaller? The Bar Bites menu includes Chicken Rangoon, Shrimp Scampi Crostini, Sirloin Spring Rolls and Tenderloin Beef Sliders.
8. The Barley House
, 132 N. Main St. in Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
. Hours: open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The burgers at the Barley House get much well-deserved praise (check out the Dublin Burger with its blue cheese and whiskey gravy, the BBQ bacon bison, the California Turkey Burger Melt and the America’s Burger with two beef patties and cheese, to name a few). In fact the Barley House even ran a Burger Madness bracket competition earlier this month (Korean BBQ burger won). But don’t miss other menu items, such as the Lobster BLT, the Smithwick’s Curry Fish & Chips, the Crispy Brick-Pressed Maple Chicken and the small plates such as the Guinness Brats and Fried Brussel Sprouts. The Barley House was voted Best of Concord for Best Restaurant Overall, Best Pub, Best Bartender (for Corey Garland), Best Beer Selection, Best French Fries and Best Menu Item (for the Dublin Burger) and Best of the Best for Best Burger and Best Waiter/Waitress (for Mechelle Zydenbos).
9. MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar
, 212 Main St. in Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com
. Hours: Lunch is served Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. (pizzas available until 9:30 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. (pizzas available until 10:30 p.m.). Quality food in a casual atmosphere is how MT’s Local’s website describes this restaurant, which features a menu of sandwiches, salads, wood-grilled pizzas and entrees like Amish Kitchen Cassoulet and General Tso’s Shrimp. Starters include Sweet and Salty Wings and Smoked Maine Salmon; “Sweet Endings” include a Cannoli Cake, Hazelnut Mochaccino Cheesecake and Bananas Foster. The wine tasting menu offers two-ounce pours and a wine flight offers small pours of three wines. MT’s Local won Best of Nashua for Best Restaurant Overall and owner Michael Buckley won Best of Nashua for Best Chef. (Buckley also owns Buckley’s Great Steaks and Surf.)
10. O Steaks and Seafood
, 11 S. Main St. in Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks
. Hours: Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Tap Room opens daily at 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served nightly after 5 p.m. O Steaks describes itself as redefining the classic steakhouse with fresh ingredients and inventive seafood dishes — as evidenced in appetizers such as the O Pops (Kobe beef with blue cheese and bacon bits), Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Fried Oysters Rockafeller. In addition to its offerings of “steaks, racks, chops & fowl,” O’s menu includes specialties such as slow-braised short ribs and Kobe & Shiitake Mushroom Meatloaf, and seafood dishes such as Citrus & Soy Glazed Salmon and Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia. Don’t forget the lunch menu, which includes dishes such as Teriyaki Chicken Skewers, the Wow, That’s Good burger (smoked blue cheese, tomato and 12-year balsamic), the Ultimate Fried Egg Sandwich and an Oyster Po Boy.
O Steaks and Seafood was voted Best of Concord for Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Wine Bar, Best Mac & Cheese and Best Steakhouse.
11. T-Bones Great American Eatery
, 25 S. River Road in Bedford, 641-6100, t-bones.com
. Hours: 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. Full menu is served in the bar until 12:30 a.m. The Bedford location shares a menu with the four other T-Bones (all in New Hampshire); in the steaks section find Lemon-Parmesan Steak Tips and Slow Roasted All Day Prime Rib (available in three sizes) as well as other cuts. T-Bones Bedford was named Best of the Best for Best Restaurant for kids and Best of Manchester for Best Sandwich (for the C.B.C.), and Chef Nicole Barreira was named Best of Manchester for Best Chef.
12. Cactus Jack’s
, 782 S. Willow St. in Manchester, 627-8600, www.go2cjs.com
. Hours: Open 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 is served at the bar until 12:30 a.m. Offering a mix of Southwestern, barbecue, burgers, steaks and seafood, Cactus Jack’s house specialties include empanadas served with an avocado ranch dip and a Classic Jambalaya Pilaf. Cactus Jack’s was voted Best of Manchester in the Best Ribs category. The C.B.C. was picked as Best of Manchester in the Best Sandwich category, and Chef Nicole Barreira (chef of T-Bones and Cactus Jack’s) was voted Best of Manchester in the Best Chef category.
13. Buckley’s Great Steaks
, 438 DW Highway in Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com
. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; the Tavern is open Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Find steaks, prime rib and specialties like Sugar & Spice Cured Pork Chops and a filet mignon and lobster Surf & Turf on the main menu; in the Tavern, you can find lighter fare as well as burgers (such as the Bacon & Egg Burger and The Bleu Buffalo) as well as fresh lobster roll and a Prime Rib Sandwich. Buckley’s was voted Best of Nashua for Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Burger and Best Steakhouse. Michael Buckley (owner of Buckley’s Great Steaks as well as MT’s Local Kitchen and Surf) won Best of Nashua for Best Chef.
14. Ignite Bar & Grille
, 100 Hanover St. in Manchester, 644-0064, ignitebng.com
. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; full menu available until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Offering salads, sandwiches and burgers, Ignites’ entrees menu includes Raspberry Pecan Chicken, Pan Seared Chile Lime Tilapia, Caribbean Grilled New York Strip Steak and Asian BBQ Steak Tips.
15. Fratello’s Italian Grille
, 155 Dow St. in Manchester, 624-2022, fratellos.com
. Hours: Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner starts at 4 p.m. The menu includes Italian restaurant classics in the steak, seafood, chicken and pasta sections as well as brick oven pizzas (such as white pizza, fra diavolo and barbecue chicken) and sandwiches (such as Italian Sausage Sub, Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken and Chicken Caesar Wrap). Fratello’s was voted Best of Manchester for Best Italian Restaurant.
, 207 Main St. in Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com
. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Seafood is king at this restaurant, which features a raw bar, Surf-style sandwiches and tacos, and entrees such as Portuguese Seafood Stew, Bamboo Steamed Shrimp and Moroccan Spiced Scallops as well as variations on more traditional New England seafood dishes. Surf was voted Best of the Best for Best Seafood Restaurant. Michael Buckley (owner of Surf as well as MT’s Local Kitchen and Buckley’s Great Steaks) won Best of Nashua for Best Chef.
17. Common Man
, 25 Water St. in Concord, 228-3463, thecman.com
. Hours: Lunch is Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; brunch buffet is Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. Bar’n Grill is open daily from 3 to 11 p.m. The Concord Common Man offers specialties such as Uncommon Steak Oscar, Pork Schnitzel and Vegetable Wellington as well as (along with Merrimack and Windham Common Man restaurants) gluten-free lunch and dinner menus. Concord’s Common Man was voted Best of Concord for Best Restaurant Wine List. Common Man founder Alex Ray was voted runner-up for Best Local Philanthropist.
18. Hermanos Cocina Mexicana
, 11 Hills Ave. in Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
. Restaurant hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lounge hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. Takeout hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. Hermanos offers Mexican restaurant classics such as enchiladas, burritos, tacos, tostados, chimichangas and quesadillas as well as house specialties such as a black bean pizza, a Portabella Quesadilla and a Salad Burrito. Hermanos was named Best of Concord for Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant, Best Burrito and Best Cocktail (for its house margarita).
19. KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St. in Manchester, 627-RIBS, ribshack.net
. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Get ready to do some serious eating at this home of slow-cooked barbecue, where you can find NC Pulled Pork, Texas Brisket, ribs, smoked sausage and many combinations of the previous as well as burgers and a variety of chicken, pork and beef sandwiches. KC’s was voted Best of the Best for Best Ribs, Best Sandwich (for the Cardiac Sam) and Best Barbecue and Best of Manchester for Best Wings.
, 170 Route 101 in Bedford, 488-5629, restaurantteknique.com
. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then from 4 p.m. to close. Billed as “casual fine dining,” Tek-Nique’s entree menu includes Pecan Crusted Boneless Short Ribs, House Cured Duck 2 Ways and Salmon with Lobster Succotash and, on the appetizer menu, Tuna Two Ways and Bone Marrow Risotto.
21. Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano
, 11 Depot St. in Concord, 228-3313, angelinasrestaurant.com
. Hours: Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Angelina’s menu of Italian restaurant classics includes grill dishes such as fish of the day and grilled chicken Parmesan, and pasta dishes such as ravioli of the day, Gulf Shrimp Diavolo and a meat lasagna. Angelina’s was voted Best of Concord for Best Italian Restaurants.
22. Purple Finch
Cafe, 124 S. River Road in Bedford, 232-1953, purplefinchcafe.com
. Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Serving breakfast and lunch, Purple Finch features a selection of omelets, Benedicts, classic breakfast dishes and sweeter items (such as Apple Pie French Toast, Cinnamon Roll Supreme and a Waffle Sampler) on its breakfast menu and for lunch flatbread pizzas, burgers, salads (including Wedge Salad Sliders) and sandwiches such as the Sweet Caroline (barbecue pulled pork topped with coleslaw and tempura-battered banana peppers on a grilled ciabatta).
23. T-Bones Great American Eatery
, 77 Lowell Road in Hudson, 882-6677; www.t-bones.com
. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Full menu available in bar until 12:30 a.m. T-Bones restaurants offer “In the Pink” items (which are 650 calories or less, 10 grams of fat or less, or 10 grams of net carbs or less) including a grilled Chicken Greek Salad, Low Fat Fiesta Shrimp Pasta and Lemon Dill Salmon. The C.B.C. was picked as Best of Manchester in the Best Sandwich category and Chef Nicole Barreira (chef of T-Bones and Cactus Jack’s) was voted Best of Manchester in the Best Chef category.
24. XO on Elm Street
, 827 Elm St. in Manchester, 560-7998, xoonelm.com
. Hours: Lunch is Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 11 p.m. A sizable menu of tapas and appetizer plates means that you could make a meal out of dishes such as Smoked Salmon Chips, Truffled Goat Cheese and Wild Mushroom Strudel and Coriander Dusted Crab Cakes or head to the entrees such as Chili Pomegranate Glazed Salmon, Raspberry Glazed Half Duck and Braised Beef Ravioli.
25. Tuscan Kitchen
, 67 Main St. in Salem, 952-4875, tuscan-kitchen.com
. Hours: Dining room is open Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 3 to 10 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday dinner and pranzo menu is available from noon to 4 p.m. and the dinner menu from 4 to 9 p.m. in the dining room. The wine bar is open from 5 to 10 p.m. “Regional Italian cooking” is how Tuscan Kitchen describes itself, with dishes such as Tagiatelle alla Bolognese, Signature Tuscan Steak Alla Fiorentina and Cacciucco “Tuscan Shellfish Stew.”
26. Bedford Village Inn
, 2 Olde Bedford Way in Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com
. Hours: The Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sundays. The Tavern is open for lunch and dinner. Corks is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 4:30 to close. Housed at the Inn are three different kinds of restaurants (and then, in warm weather, there’s the outdoor dining at the Patio) — the Dining Room (with a menu including Pan Roasted Maryland Wild Striped Bass, Roasted Hudson Valley Duck Breast and Whole Grain Mustard Pork Tenderloin), Tavern (Turkey Panini, Chicken Waldorf Salad and a Spicy Sausage Pizza) and Corks (where you can order flights of wine, cheese plates, meats and smaller bites). The Bedford Village Inn was voted Best of Manchester for Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Restaurant Wine List and Best Wine Bar (Cork’s, the Inn’s wine bar, is upstairs from the main dining room).
27. 900 Degrees Pizzeria
, 50 Dow St. in Manchester, 641-0900, 900degrees.com
. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Specializing in wood-fired pizza (such as the Florentine Pesto, Fire Roasted BBQ Chicken and the Saltimbocca), 900 Degrees also offers wood-fired pastas, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers (such as Tuscan Spicy Wings, the Hummus Plate and Rustic Garlic Bread). 900 Degrees was voted Best of the Best for Best Pizza, Dine-In.
28. Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar
, 524 Nashua St. in Milford, 673-3939; giorgios.com
. Hours: Sunday from noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Offering a blend of Italian and Greek cuisine, Giorgio’s menu features an appetizers Hot Meze Sampler (with fried calamari, Sicilian arancini, stuffed portabella, Spartan lamb gyro, butternut squash-pancetta-filled filo triangles, grilled sausage and stuffed grape leaves) and Greek dishes such as Chicken Souvlaki and Pine Nut Crusted Haddock. Giorgio’s was voted Best of Nashua for Best Bathroom. The Merrimack Giorgio’s was named Best of Nashua for Best Cocktail (for the Espresso Martini).
29. La Carreta
, 545 Hooksett Road in Manchester, 628-6899, 1875 S. Willow St. in Manchester, 623-7705, lacarretamex.com
. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. La Carreta has other area locations. Each of the locations is independently owned and operated, according to the website. La Carreta offers Mexican restaurant classics (including a variety of combo meals) and house specials including a Burrito Chile Verde, Pollo Poblano (chicken in a mole poblano sauce) and Camaron Yucatan (grilled shrimp with mild peppers and zucchini). The Manchester La Carretas were voted Best of the Best for Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant and Best of Manchester for Best Burrito.
30. Saffron Bistro
, 80 Main St. in Nashua, 883-2100, hesaffronbistro.com
. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m.; bar and lounge are open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to closing. Saffron Bistro offers two different selections of entrees — Bistro Bites (including Chipotle Yellow Fin Tacos, Roasted Butternut squash Risotto and Lobster Quesadilla) and Chef Specialties (including Hudson Valley Duck Breast, Steak Frites and Angry Lobster & Linguine).
31. Sunny’s Table
, 11 Depot St. in Concord, 225-8181, sunnystable.com
. Hours: Open for lunch Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Describing itself as an upscale casual restaurant where dishes have an Asian flair, Sunny’s Table offers dishes in the style of Beef Be Bim Bop, Sticky Korean Chicken Wings and Kimchi Quesadilla.
32. Villa Banca
, 194 Main St. in Nashua, 598-0500, villabanca.com
. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. Classic Italian dishes as well as contemporary food “with Italian underpinnings” is how Villa Banca describes its cuisine, which includes Gorgonzola Haddock, Macadamia Tilapia, Pesto Chicken and Lobster and Turkey Truffle Cream. Villa Banca was voted Best of Nashua for Best Italian Restaurant.
33. Lui Lui
, 259 DW Highway in Nashua, 888-2588, luilui.com
(with another location in West Lebanon). Open Sunday from noon to 9:30 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Offering wood-fired brick oven pasta and pizzas and classic Italian cuisine in the heart of south Nashua’s busy shopping district, Lui Lui offers calzones, traditional and flatbread pizzas, express lunches, specials under $10 and entrees such as grilled chicken Tuscany and a Taste of Italy platter featuring chicken parmesan, cheese lasagna and baked macaroni and cheese.
, 106 Manchester St. in Concord, 228-0208, beefsiderestaurant.com
. Hours: Dining room is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Breakfast is served Monday through Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m., and Sunday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. In addition to its roast beef in a variety of sizes and with different additions, Beefside celebrates meat with a menu of burgers, barbecue (including pulled pork, beef brisket and pork ribs), chicken and steak dinners and sandwiches as well as offering pasta and seafood. Beefside was voted Best of Concord for Best Ribs and Best Sandwich (for Beefside’s Famous Roast Beef).
, 49 E. Pearl St. in Nashua, 821-6500, unums.com
. Hours: open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to close. “American cuisine with a European/Tuscan flavor” is how Unums describes itself on its Facebook page, offering dishes such as Eggplant Arancini, Roasted Duck Breast and Seafood Cioppino.
, 17 Depot St. in Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com
. Open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cheers’ mix of burgers, sandwiches, salads, Tex-Mex and classic American dining fare includes dishes such as Potato Crusted Haddock, Cajun Combo Pasta, Porterhouse Pork Chop and Chicken Marsala Ravioli. Cheers was voted Best of Concord for Best Burger, Best Late Night Eats, Best Salads and Best Restaurant for Kids. Cheer’s Devonne Skinner was voted Best of Concord for Best Waiter/Waitress.
37. Red Blazer Restaurant and Pub
, 72 Manchester St. in Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com
. Hours: The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; pub is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Offering “contemporary American cuisine,” the Red Blazer’s menu of sandwiches, pub fare and main entrees includes Cashew Crusted Pork Chop, Roasted Ginger & Sesame Seed Crusted Salmon, Steak Tip Dinner and Pastry Baked Chicken. Red Blazer was voted Best of Concord for Best Bathroom and Best Buffet.
38. Granite Restaurant at The Centennial
, 96 Pleasant St. in Concord, 227-9000, graniterestaurant.com
. Hours: Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m. daily; lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner is served 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.; Sunday brunch runs from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to Granite’s breakfast menu (where you’ll find, among other things, Smoked Turkey & Sweet Potato Hash), lunch menu (Crab Cake BLT, Lemon Lingini), brunch menu (choose your fillings for an omelet or frittata), dessert menu (Banana Beignets, Honey and Spice Poached Pear Tart) and dinner menu (Apple Cider Braised Pork Osso Bucco), Granite offers a Nosh menu featuring Duck Confit Grilled Cheese, House Roasted Nuts and Beef Kefta. The Granite’s Corey Fletcher was voted Best of Concord for Best Chef.
39. Villaggio Ristorante Italiano
, 677 Hooksett Road in Manchester, 627-2424, villaggionh.com
. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner Monday from 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. “Authenic Italian cuisine in the North End of Manchester,” is how this relatively new restaurant bills itself, offering dishes such as Capellini con Calamari, Saltimbocca di Pollo and Bistecca Italiana.
40. High Street Farm House, 9 High St. in Goffstown, 384-1990 (find them on Facebook). Open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. High Street Farm House offers barbecue, burgers, seafood, vegetarian dishes and traditional American fare, such as the recently posted picture of the Farmhouse Clambake (featuring lazy lobster, fresh Maine steamers and corn on the cob).
41. La Carreta
, 139 DW Highway in Nashua, 891-0055, lacarretamex.com
. Open (There are other La Carreta locations in Manchester and Derry; each location is independently owned and operated, according to the website.) Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. La Carreta offers traditional Mexican fare plus seafood dishes such as Fajitas del Mar (with shrimp and scallops), Camaron a la Diabla (featuring shrimp in a tomatillo sauce) and Arroz con Marisco (grilled marinated shrimp and scallops over rice). Nashua’s La Carreta was voted Best of Nashua for Best Burrito and Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant.
42. Common Man
, 304 DW Highway in Merrimack, 429-3463, thecman.com
. Hours: Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with brunch specials until 2 p.m.); dinner is served Monday 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. and Sunday 4:30 to 9 p.m.; the Bar’n Grill is open daily from 3 p.m. The Bar’n Grill menu at the Common Man includes sandwiches like the Prime Rib Bomb, burgers such as the Bleu Cheese Burger, and other dishes such as the bleu cheese chips and Camp Crackers (mozzarella and gorgonzola topped flatbread with garlic and scallions, baked until crispy). Merrimack’s Common Man was voted Best of Nashua for Best Mac & Cheese. Common Man founder Alex Ray was voted runner-up for Best Local Philanthropist.
43. Tiebreakers Family Grille and Wickets on the Green at Hampshire Hills
, 50 Emerson Road in Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com
. Wickets is open Monday through Saturday from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Tiebreakers is open Tuesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. Hampshire Hills also houses The Courtside Cafe at Hampshire Hills, which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The eateries are open to members and non-members. Tiebreakers offers eight-inch pizzas, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees such as Chicken & Veggie Lasagna, Shepard’s Pie and Maple Chicken. Tiebreakers was voted Best of Nashua for Best Restaurant for Kids. Tiebreakers’ Dave Bourgault was voted Best of Nashua for Best Bartender. Hampshire Hills was voted Best of Nashua for Best Gym.
44. Homestead Restaurant
, 641 DW Highway in Merrimack, 429-2022, homesteadnh.com
. Hours: Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner service starts at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dinner is available Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m. Homestead offers classic American cuisine with a selection of steaks and entrees like Chicken Marsala and a Fisherman’s Platter, and, in the Tavern, a selection of sandwiches, panini, flatbread pizzas, burgers and comfort food such as chicken pot pie.
45. C.C. Tomatoes
, 209 Fisherville Road in Concord, 753-4450, cctomatoes.com
. Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. C.C. Tomatoes offers brick-oven pizzas, calzones, seafood and Italian food such as Chicken Carbonara, Seafood Alfredo, Tuscan Garden Grill and Calamari San Remo.
46. Pasquale’s Ristorante Italiano
, 145 Raymond Road in Candia, 483-5005, pasqualeincandia.com
. Open for lunch on Thursday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Friday through Sunday (noon to 4 p.m.). Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. “Old fashioned recipes the way Mamma made” is how Pasquale’s describes itself on its website, offering dishes such as Il famoso Pollo Pasquale (pan-roasted chicken breast stuffed with fontina cheese, prosciutto di Parma and baby spinach, sliced and topped with roasted garlic cream sauce). According to the website, the restaurant’s banquet room will become Pasquale’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in May.
47. Pasta Loft
, 241 Union Square in Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft.com
. Dining hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8:30 p.m. Pizzeria hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. The wine bar is open Monday through Saturday from 4 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Offering brick-oven pizza and American and Italian-style cuisine, Pasta Loft’s menu includes Grilled Chicken Spinach Ravioli, Seafood Pie Florentine and Tender Beef Tips. The Pasta Loft was voted Best of Nashua for Best Bar with an Outdoor Deck.
48. Giorgio’s Ristorante & Martini Bar
, 707 Milford Road in Merrimack, 883-7333, giorgios.com
. Open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. After feasting on Greek- and Italian-style fare, save room for dessert at Giorgio’s which includes Apple Baklava Anglaise, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bunt, Pumpkin Cheesecake Brulee and Chocolate Lovers Spoon Cake. Giorgio’s was named Best of Nashua for Best Cocktail (for the Espresso Martini). Merrimack’s Giorgio’s was voted Best of Nashua for Best Bathroom.
49. Napa East Wine Lounge & Shop
, 12 Murphy Drive in Nashua, 595-WINE, napaeast.com
. The restaurant is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight. The wine store is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Try one of the 100 wines offered by the glass as you nosh on dishes from Napa East’s menu such as Crispy Tempura Fried Green Beans, Slow Braised Angus Beef Short Ribs, Kobe Beef Sliders or the assortment of artisan cheeses. Napa East was voted Best of Nashua for Best New Restaurant, Best Restaurant Wine List, Best Wine Bar and Best Wine Shop.
50. T-Bones Great American Eatery
, 39 Crystal Ave. in Derry, 434-3200, t-bones.com
. 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., with a full menu in the bar until 12:30 a.m. T-Bones has a menu of seasonal spring favorites that features Maple-Citrus Chicken Salad, Maple Dijon Glazed Salmon and Lemon Parmesan Steak Tips. The C.B.C. was picked as Best of Manchester in the Best Sandwich category and Chef Nicole Barreira (chef of T-Bones and Cactus Jack’s) was voted Best of Manchester in the Best Chef category.