The Hippo


Aug 25, 2019








Give thanks for eating out on Turkey Day
Local restaurants serving sumptuous meals


Turkey Day is approaching and local restaurants have their carving knives ready. If turkey is not your thing, the Thanksgiving buffets at many eateries feature something for everyone, including prime rib, ham, fish and even pasta. Some restaurants will also offer a special menu just for the young pilgrims at your table.

• Alan’s of Boscawen
, Route 3, North Main Street, Boscawen, 753-6631,, will offer both a buffet-style and a plated Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 6 p.m. The Grand Thanksgiving Buffet will feature fruit, assorted domestic and imported cheeses, crackers, vegetable crudité, peel-and-eat shrimp, turkey orzo, pumpkin soup, garden & pasta salad, homemade mashed potatoes & gravy, yams, peas & onions, butternut squash, pasta primavera, stuffing, turkey, ham, prime rib, baked stuffed haddock, rolls and desserts. The plated meal is a traditional Thanksgiving diner with all the fixings — turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh yams, peas and onions, fresh butternut squash, rolls, soup or salad, cranberry sauce and your choice of dessert. Both dinners will be offered at half price for seniors and children. Large parties are welcome. Call for reservations and pricing.

• The Alpine Grove
, 19 Depot St., Hollis, 882-9051,, will offer guests a buffet of sliced turkey, gravy, oven-roasted ham with raisin sauce, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, peas with pearl onions, maple-glazed carrots, cranberry sauce and assorted desserts. Seatings will be available at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The buffet costs $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for children under 12. Children under age 5 eat free. Reservations are required.

• Bedford Village Inn
, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001,, plans to offer guests a four-course meal that puts a  twists on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For their first course, diners will have their choice of butternut squash soup or braised short rib with maple sweet potato puree. An Autumn Harvest Salad (topped with red wine poached pears, cranberries, toasted almonds and blue cheese) and Arugula Salad (topped with Boucheron cheese, red onion, candied walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette) will be the second-course options. Hermit Brook Farms free-range turkey with apple chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, haricot vert and pan-dripping gravy; grilled beef tenderloin with garlic whipped potatoes, glazed baby carrots and cabernet sauce; and serano-wrapped cod with wild rice, mustard greens, roasted root vegetables and cider thyme glaze will be the entree choices. Guests will also have their choice of dessert. The four-course meal costs $58 for adults, $29.95 for children age 10 and under. Seatings will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. and reservations are required.

• Guests will be able to choose four sides to accompany their turkey dinner at Belmont Hall & Restaurant, 718 Grove St., Manchester, 625-8540,, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sides choices will include squash soup, garden salad, turkey and rice soup, mashed potatoes, french fries, baked potato, butternut squash and carrots. The meal is offered for $11.99.

• Make a reservation at Brookstone Grille, 14 Route 111, Derry, 328-9250,, for a Thanksgiving three-course feast, held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For an appetizer, diners will have their choice of butternut squash bisque, pumpkin ravioli or spinach salad. Turkey breast, baked ham and slow-roasted prime rib will serve as entree options. For dessert, guests may opt for pumpkin cheesecake, apple tart or chocolate mousse cake. A children’s menu will be available. The cost for the dinner is $31 for adults, $14 for children 10 and under. Reservations are required.

• Chez Vachon, 136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660,, will serve its Thanksgiving Feast at two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The feast costs $11.95 and will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls and up to two desserts.

• Colby Hill Inn
, 3 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281,, will offer dinner seatings from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The three-course prix fixe menu will offer guests a choice of butternut squash bisque, baby arugula salad, autumn bruschetta or saffron shrimp as a starter. Herb-roasted turkey, Colby Hill chicken, seared silver salmon, grilled flat iron steak and a grilled pork chop will serve as entree options. Diners will select pumpkin pie, cranberry crème brulee, a brownie sundae, lemon meringue tart or in-house made pear sorbet for dessert. The dinner costs $45 for adults, $19.99 for children under 12. Reservations are required.

• A buffet will also be offered at The Common Man, 25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463,, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will include roasted turkey and pork, salmon with cranberry butter, green beans almondine, glazed carrots, sage stuffing, macaroni & cheese, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, squash, salad and, for dessert, apple, blueberry, cherry, pumpkin and chocolate cream pie, cheesecake, cupcakes, brownies and whoopie pies. The buffet costs $23.95.

• The Country Spirit
, 68 Maple St., Henniker, 428-7007,, will offer a special a la carte menu of roast turkey dinner, prime rib, smoked country ham, vegetarian lasagna and salmon, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh shucked clams and oysters, shrimp cocktail, Clams Casino, Oysters Rockafeller and stuffed mushrooms will be offered as appetizer selections. Other holiday accompaniments will include pies, hot cider and egg nog. Smaller entree portions will be available for children. Reservations are recommended.

• Guests at The Derryfield, 625 Mammoth Road, 623-2880,, will be able to choose either family-style or an individual plated meal from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with seatings every half hour. Both meals will include turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash, seasonal vegetables, salad and rolls. The family-style meal will be offered for $21.95 per person and the plated meal for $18.95 ($16.95 for seniors and children under 12). Reservations are required.

• The Amoskeag Ballroom of Fratello’s, 155 Dow St., Manchester, 641-6776,, will be filled with a Thanksgiving buffet featuring roasted turkey breast and slow-roasted prime rib at its carving station. The rest of the spread will include garden and Caesar salads, turkey with homemade stuffing and pan gravy, fresh Atlantic salmon, garden vegetable lasagna, Chantilly mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, wild rice pilaf, stuffing, cranberry sauce, candied butternut squash and pearl onions and peas. The carving station will feature all-white roasted turkey breast and slow-roasted prime rib. Coffee and dessert will be included. The dinner is $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children age six to 12 and free for children under five. Seatings will be held at noon and 3 p.m. Reservations are required.

• A grand buffet will be offered at the Granite Restaurant and Bar at the Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000,, with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The buffet will feature assorted hors d’oeuvres, an artisan cheese display, Caesar salad, apple and arugula salad, autumn vegetable bisque, bread, roasted pork loin, roasted breast of turkey with herb gravy and cranberry jam, wild mushroom herb stuffing, roasted garlic and sour cream mashed potatoes, butternut squash ravioli, butter-glazed baby carrots with haricot vert, squash and braised greens with apples and bacon. Apple and dried fruit crisp, spiced pumpkin pie, maple pecan tart and flourless chocolate torte will be offered for dessert. The buffet costs $29.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors and $16.95 for children under age 12. Children 4 and under eat free. Reservations are required.

• Greenwood’s
at Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9511,, will serve a Thanksgiving buffet, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., that will feature traditional Shaker dishes and regional recipes as well as nine vegetarian and 10 gluten-free dishes. The buffet will include chef-carved oven-roasted turkey and prime rib, Shaker fish and eggs, vegan strudel, salad, squash and cider bisque, mashed potatoes, gravy, apple chestnut stuffing, roasted root vegetables, pickled beets, green beans, corn casserole, Shaker creamed onions and assorted desserts. The buffet costs $35 ($25 for children under 12). Reservations are required.

• In addition to its regular menu, Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467,, will offer Thanksgiving specials and a children’s menu from noon to 5 p.m.
• Hart’s Turkey Farm, 233 DW Highway, Meredith, 279-6212,, will offer its regular menu from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations will only be taken for seatings at 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. All other times are open seating.

• The Homestead
, 641 DW Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022,, will host a Thanksgiving dinner with seating times at noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Diners may selected plated meals of roasted turkey dinner, baked Virginia ham, roast prime rib, baked stuffed haddock, Veal Oscar, roasted leg of lamb and seafood fettuccine. All entrees include turkey soup, apple cider, mixed nuts, fruit, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, butternut squash, creamed onions, green peas, hot rolls, sweet bread and homemade pie. Children’s selections will include ham, turkey, prime rib, bowtie pasta alfredo and chicken fingers.

• The Red Blazer,
72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101,, will offer a buffet of roast turkey, baked haddock, baked ham, homemade baked macaroni & cheese, cranberry & apple stuffing, mashed potato, green bean casserole, baked yams, baked butternut squash, cranberry sauce, salad bar and mini-dessert buffet. The first seating will be held at 11 a.m. and the last at 3:30 p.m. The buffet costs $19.99 for adults, $12.99 for children; those under age 5 eat free. Reservations are recommended.

• Speaker’s Corner Restaurant
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, 886-1200,, will offer a buffet with seating from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet will include three onion apple soup, baby lettuce port wine balsamic salad, chopped iceberg fattoush salad, Caesar salad, carved turkey with pan gravy and cranberry relish, carved garlic herb slow-roasted top round of beef, cioppino with saffron-laced basmati rice, baked cornbread-stuffed chicken, rustic vegetable lasagna, mashed potatoes, stuffing, broccoli au gratin, whipped butternut squash, caramel apple pie, autumn spiced torte, pumpkin pie chantilly, chocolate cake, Kahlua Sombrero martini mousse and a medley of cheesecakes. The buffet costs $27.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors, $12.95 for children ages 5 to 12; it’s free for children age 4 and younger. Reservations are required.

• An a la carte menu will be offered at Valentino’s Italian and American Family Dining, 142 Lowell Road, Hudson, 889-9900,, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appetizers will include turkey soup, autumn bisque, a sampler platter of onion rings, mozzarella sticks and chicken tenders, butternut ravioli, Caesar salad and garden salad. Three sizes of traditional turkey dinners will be offered and served with stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, gravy and cranberry sauce. An Italian combo platter of lasagna, chicken parmesan, sausage and meatballs served with spaghetti or penne pasta with a choice of sauce and salad, shrimp scampi, chicken parmesan, baked haddock and two cuts of prime rib will serve as entree choices. For dessert, diners may choose a slice of blueberry, apple, squash, pumpkin, custard or chocolate cream pie as well as selections from the dessert cart.

• The Wild Rover Pub,
21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722,, will host its annual Thanksgiving Breakfast, from 8 to 11 a.m. The traditional Irish breakfast buffet will include eggs, Potatoes O’Brien, beans, black and white puddings, Irish bacon, bangers, American bacon, pancakes and honey caraway biscuits. The buffet costs $9.99 ($5.99 for children, free for children under age 5). A traditional turkey dinner will also be served from noon to 9 p.m. and the bar will remain open until 1 a.m. All breakfast proceeds will benefit the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

• Seatings will be held on the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for smaller parties at The Yard, 1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545,, while seatings for parties of seven or more will run at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Yard will offer a buffet of roasted turkey, house-made stuffing, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, baby carrots, butternut squash, yams, pearl onions with sweet peas, salad, fresh sliced fruit, assorted gourmet breads and desserts and hot apple cider. The buffet carving station will feature roast beef, turkey and ham. The buffet costs $19.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 10 and under. Children under 3 eat free. Plated meals of prime rib, turkey or baked haddock for adults will be also offered, as will plated turkey and chicken finger dinners for children. All plated meals include dessert from the buffet. A late-night menu will be available in the pub from 6 p.m. to close.

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