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Wrap from Firefly Bistro in Manchester. Courtesy photo.




Table service eateries with lunch specials

Downtown options, plus a few worth driving to
Concord
• Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano (11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, angelinasrestaurant.com) is open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features a special soup, ravioli and fish each day. 
• The Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com) is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a burger of the week plus two other blackboard specials daily, which can include sandwiches, salads or other dishes. 
• Common Man (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463, thecman.com) is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features two blackboard specials every day which can include sandwiches, salads and starters. 
• Hermanos Cocina Mexicana (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com) is open for lunch daily starting at 11:30 a.m. and features a soup of the day as well as a special appetizer, empanada, vegan enchilada, entree and dessert that change every few weeks. 
• O Steaks & Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks) is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. The specials include a flatbread of the day and “Buck a Shuck” on Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., when oysters are $1 each and select beers are $3. 
 
Manchester
• Campo Enoteca (969 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0256, campoenoteca.com) is open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. The specials are a salad and pasta combo that is a Roman salad and half-portion of any pasta dish for $10, and daily blackboard specials, which can include salad, pizza or pasta. 
• Cotton Restaurant (75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, cottonfood.com) is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offers a specials menu as well as a lunch club card with which the cardholder can buy 10 lunches and get the 11th free. 
• Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com) is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specials include a $5 lunch menu with grilled cheese, “the monster dog,” tuna sandwich, mac and cheese, the Firefly BLT and grilled chicken caesar wrap, plus daily blackboard specials including a soup of the day, a burger of the day, and an additional dish such as a special pasta or wrap. 
• Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022, fratellos.com) is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers two blackboard specials daily, usually a sandwich and either a salad or pizza.
• Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar (270 Granite St., Manchester, 232-3323, giorgios.com) is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Zeus’ Lightning Express Lunch menu includes dishes like spicy tuna melt, pesto veggie flatbread, vegetable bean and kale and more for $9.99 each.
• Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com) is open for lunch Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The specials include a raw bar with clams, oysters and shrimp for $1 each on Wednesdays; lobster rolls for $15 on Thursdays; and Ben’s MacDaddy Sliders for $10 on Fridays. 
• Republic (1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com) is open for lunch daily at 11 a.m. and offers several blackboard specials every day that can include a fresh fish, house-made burgers, vegetarian dishes and more.
 
Nashua
• Agave Azúl (96 Main St., Nashua, 943-7240, dinemexican.com) is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offers special lunch combos with burritos, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and other items.
• Crane Restaurant (113 W. Pearl St., #2, Nashua, 459-8186, cranerestaurant.com) is open for lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. and offers sushi bar combos and maki specials.
• Fratello’s Italian Grille (194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022, fratellos.com) is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and offers two different blackboard specials each day, usually a sandwich and either a salad or pizza.
• Marthas Exchange Restaurant & Brewing Company (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com) is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features four or five different blackboard specials each day. 
• The Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7537, thepeddlersdaughter.com) opens for lunch daily at 11 a.m. and offers $10 grilled flatbreads, soup of the day and $7 desserts.
• San Francisco Kitchen (133 Main St., Nashua, 886-8833, sfkitchen.com) is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and features a lunch buffet as well as a special combo menu that allows customers to choose their own meats, vegetables and sides.




Why wait for dinner?
Table service eateries with lunch specials

09/29/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 There are all kinds of downtown restaurants that you might think of going to only for dinner, when you have more time than the typical hour-long lunch break. But some of these eateries also offer lunch specials, which means you can sit for a nice meal and still make it back to work on time. 

Peter Macone, general manager at Campo Enoteca in Manchester, said Campo has been making some alterations to its menu over the last couple months to promote its potential as a lunch destination for people working downtown. 
“People like approachability. They like knowing that at any hour of the day they can come get a substantial meal and be in and out in an hour without paying much more than they would at a sub shop,” he said. “That’s what we had in mind when we first opened, and I think [the updated menu] highlights exactly that.” 
In addition to daily blackboard specials for things like pizza, paninis, salads and other lunch items, Campo offers a pasta-and-salad combo deal, which Macone said “does great and is a big hit with the lunch crowd.” The deal includes a Roman salad and a half-portion of the diner’s choice of any pasta dish on the menu. 
Firefly American Bistro & Bar in Manchester also emphasizes approachability. 
“We fill a few different holes,” Manager Rachael Jones said. “People can stop in on their lunch break for a glass of wine and a sandwich, they can come by after work to get a snack and a drink, and they can show up later at dinnertime for date night.”  
Firefly offers a $5 lunch menu with dishes that can be cooked and prepared quickly to accommodate people who have limited time for lunch, such as a grilled cheese, BLT, macaroni and cheese, tuna sandwich, hot dog and grilled chicken caesar wrap. 
Even if they don’t have special combo deals or discounted lunch menus, most restaurants offer some kind of blackboard specials that change daily or weekly, so regular downtown lunch-seekers can always find something new and different.  
“We usually do a sandwich special and either a salad or pizza special for lunch,” said Melissa Root, manager at Fratello’s Italian Grille in Nashua. “Like today we had a special cajun shrimp wrap, and yesterday we had a special pizza with crab meat — that sort of thing.” 
At the Barley House in Concord, there’s always a special burger of the week, and the two main lunchtime chefs each come up with a unique special every day. 
“It’s typically a hot option and a cold option, so one of [the chefs] does some sort of seasonal salad or cold sandwich, and the other does something from the grill or oven,” General Manager Brad Corbett said. 
While a sit-down restaurant may not be the quickest or cheapest way to grab lunch, Jones said, it’s a great way for people to take some time for themselves and recharge during the workday. 
“I think it’s nice to come in, sit down, get served at a table and really have a little reprieve from the office,” she said. “It’s a different atmosphere and more relaxing than just grabbing a sandwich to go and eating it back at your desk.” 





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