The Hippo


Apr 23, 2019








The Longford Burger at British Beer Co. Courtesy photo.

Winning burgers
New restaurant challenge awards prizes for eating burgers

By Angie Sykeny

 If you plan on dining out next month, you could be in the running for some tasty prizes — as long as you order a burger. 

During the month of July, the Hippo will host the first annual Granite State Burger Challenge. The rules are simple: eat a burger at a participating restaurant, get your burger passport stamped and turn it in for a chance to win.  
“The point is to get diners into the restaurants during July, when things are generally slower, and for diners to try burgers from restaurants that they might not have gone to before,” event coordinator Jill Raven said. 
Twenty-eight New Hampshire restaurants will participate in the Burger Challenge, and some will feature a special burger for the month. Both special burgers and burgers on the regular menu will qualify for a stamp. 
First, pick up a Burger Challenge passport, which can be found as an insert in The Hippo or at any of the participating restaurants, and bring the passport with you when you eat to get it stamped. Each stamp equals one entry for a chance to win the grand prize: 20 $100 gift certificates from participating restaurants of the winner’s choice, totalling $2,000 in gift certificates. 
“Obviously that’s the incentive,” Raven said. “You could eat free for a whole entire year, which is incredible.” 
Drop off your burger passport at any of the participating restaurants or at the Hippo office (49 Hollis St., Manchester), or mail it in to the Hippo by Aug. 4. You can hang on to the same passport and take it with you to each restaurant you visit, or you can pick up and drop off a new passport every time you get a stamp. 
Additionally, there will be smaller gift certificates and other prizes awarded for daily contests announced on social media. You can participate in those by posting with the hashtag #GraniteStateBurgerChallenge. 
“We might feature a burger of the day and say, ‘The first person to snap a pic of themselves eating this burger wins a gift pack,’” Raven said. “There will be clever little contests like that to engage participants and encourage them to play along.” 
For more information and contest updates, visit or search “Granite State Burger Challenge” on Facebook and Instagram. 
Participating restaurants 
Airport Diner (2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040,
The Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, Featured burger: The Dublin Burger, made with a peppercorn charred beef burger, whiskey gravy, creamy blue cheese and crispy onions. 
Beefside Restaurant (106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208,
The Birch On Elm (931 Elm St., Manchester, 782-5365,
British Beer Co. (1071 S. Willow St., Manchester, 232-0589, Featured burger: The Longford Burger, made with pulled pork over double Gloucester cheese topped with onion tanglers and peach barbecue sauce, dressed with arugula, red onion and tomato. 
Burton’s Grill (310 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-4880, Featured burger: Maxx Burger, made with hand packed certified Angus beef, American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, housemade pickles, Burton’s special sauce and crispy onion strings on a griddled bun. 
Celebrations Kitchen (1017 Second St., Manchester, 782-8022, 
Club Manchvegas (50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 222-1677,
The Common Man Concord (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463,
Cork N’ Keg Grill (4 Essex Drive, Raymond, 244-1573,
Ellacoya Barn & Grille (2667 Lake Shore Road, Gilford, 293-8700, 
Flying Goose Brew Pub (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, Featured burger: PB Sriracha Burger, topped with cheddar, bacon, creamy peanut butter and Sriracha sauce.
Fody’s Great American Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015, Featured burger: Fresh Farmers Burger, made with a 9-ounce char-grilled burger, topped with a fried egg, bacon, Vermont cheddar cheese and a splash of Tabasco sauce. 
Harold Square (226 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-7144, Featured burger: The Elvis Burger, made with two fresh ground burgers, sharp cheddar cheese, grilled ham, fried eggs, homemade smoked bacon and barbecue sauce on a grilled roll with crisp lettuce, tomato and homemade pickles.
KC’s Rib Shack (837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427,
Local Eatery (21 Veterans Square, Laconia, 527-8007,
New England Taphouse Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137,
North Side Grille (323 Derry Road, Hudson, 886-3663,
Old School Bar & Grill (49 Range Road, Windham, 458-6051, Featured burger: Jalapeno Bacon Ranch Burger, made with an 8-ounce Angus burger, topped with American cheese, jalapenos, crispy bacon, ranch dressing, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. 
Pig Tale Restaurant (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 864-8740, Featured burger: Taylor Burger, made with a local double patty beef burger, topped with local bacon, Vermont cheddar, tomato, Gem lettuce and Pig Tale’s “campfire sauce.” 
Restoration Cafe (235 Hanover St., Manchester, 518-7260,
Riverside Barbeque Co. (53 Main St., Nashua, 204-5110, Featured burger: Pig Mac Burger, made with slow-smoked barbecue pulled pork, candied bacon and creamy mac and cheese. 
Shorty’s (206 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5706; Nashua Mall, 48 Gusabel Ave., Nashua, 882-4070; 1050 Bicentennial Drive, Manchester, 625-1730, Featured burger: B.A.T. Burger, made with a half-pound Angus burger, Vermont cheddar cheese, avocado, oven-roasted grape tomatoes, jalapeno bacon, guacamole ranch and arugula. 
The Stumble Inn Bar & Grille (20 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-3210, Featured burger: Hawaiian Burger, made with a half-pound fresh ground burger, topped with cheddar cheese, pineapple rings and a touch of Asian chili sauce. 
Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292,
Tek Nique Restaurant (170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5629,
The Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, Featured burger: General Tso’s Glazed Burger
Umami Farm Fresh Cafe (284 First NH Turnpike, Northwood, 942-6427, Featured burger: Spicy Ramen Burger, made with pickled jalapeno, American cheese, napa, fried ramen and Sriracha mayonnaise. 

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