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Hippo Best of 2015
Your Local Favorites, Reader's Picks

03/26/15



Even in the snowiest, coldest days of February, you still found lots to love about southern New Hampshire.
All month long, you voted for your favorite farmer, fine dining and florist. With the help of some truly kick-ass counters, we hand-counted your votes, and now here are the results. You’ll find some of the same favorites that make it on this list year after year as well as a bunch of new winners. 
Want even more of the best? Keep an eye out for our magazine, scheduled to come out in a month or so, where we’ll expand on some of the people and places that make this such a great place to live.

And now, as they say at the Oscars, the awards go to...

 

The Arts

Best Performing Arts Venue
Best: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org
Runner-up: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com
Honorable Mention: Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com
 
Best Art Gallery
Best of the Best: McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord
Best of Concord: Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord
Best of Manchester: Art 3 Gallery, 44 W. Brook St., Manchester, 668-6650, art3gallery.com
Best of Nashua: ArtHub, organized by the Nashua Area Artists Association, 30 Temple St., Suite 102, Nashua, 405-698-1951, nashuaareaartistsassoc.org
 
Best Art in a Public Space
Best of the Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org (There are sculptures on display outside the grounds, at its nearby arts center and inside the building.)
Best of Concord: Eagle Square, downtown Concord (The Concord Arts Market, 229-2157, granitestateartsmarket.com, is every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the summer and fall; however, it has since moved to 1 Bicentennial Square, Concord. The Winter Giftopolis, however, is still at Eagle Square during Concord’s Midnight Merriment.)
Best of Manchester: City Hall in Manchester (Art on the Wall at City Hall is a public gallery.)
Best of Nashua: Greeley Park Art Show, Concord St., Nashua, nashuaareaartists.org (The Greeley Park Art Show is an outdoor event held every year in August by the Nashua Area Artists Association.)
 
Beauty
Best Barbershop
Best of the Best: Gate City Barbers, 85 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 864-8330
Best of Concord: Lucky’s Barbershop and Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarbershop.biz
Best of Manchester: Dude’s Barbershop 1311 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 626-0533, dudesbarbershop.us
Best of Nashua: Wilfred’s Barbershop, 95 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 880-8805
 
Best Salon
Best of the Best: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Concord: Creative Color & Cuts, 228-1158, creativecolorandcuts.com
Best of Manchester: Arcadya Salon & Day Spa, 989 Cilley Road, Manchester, 644-1355, arcadyasalonanddayspa.com
Best of Nashua: Drápóel Salon & Boutique, 634 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-9411, drapoelsalon.com
 
Best Spa
Best of the Best: Chill Spa, 1224 Hanover St., Manchester, 622-3722, chillspa.com
Best of Concord: Serendipity Day Spa, 23 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 229-0400, serendipitydayspa.com
Best of Manchester: Renew MedipSpa, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 894-0070, renewmedispa.com
Best of Nashua: Innovations The Salon & Spa, 228 Naticook Road, Merrimack, 880-7499, innovationsnh.com
 
Best Tattoo Shop
Best of the Best: Spider Bite Inc., 179 Elm St., Manchester, 645-1449, spider-bite.com
Best of Concord: 10 N. State St., Concord, 540-4993, tatbro.com
Best of Manchester: Tattoo Angus, 1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 935-9398, tattooangus.com
Best of Nashua: 483 Amherst St., Nashua, 883-4465, devotioninktattoo.com
 
Wellness
Best Gym
Best of the Best: Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 167 New Orchard Road, Epsom, 344-2651, getfitnhbootcamp.com
Best of Concord: Storms Fitness, 442 Pine St., Contoocook, 746-4572, stormsfitness.com
Best of Manchester: Executive Health & Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 668-4753, ehsc.com
Best of Nashua: Hampshire Hills Sports & Fitness Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com
 
Best Yoga Studio
Best of the Best: YogaBalance, 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 625-4000, yogabalance.info
Best of Concord: Sharing Yoga, 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 630-5576, sharingyoga.com
Best of Manchester: Riverflow Yoga, LLC, 198 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 935-9822, riverflowyoga.com
Best of Nashua: NH Power Yoga, 704 Milford Road, Merrimack, 594-2494, nhpoweryoga.com
 
Beauty & Wellness Experts
Best Fitness Instructor
Best of the Best: Nancy Carlson, Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 167 New Orchard Road, Epsom, 344-2651, getfitnhbootcamp.com
Best of Concord: Jeremy Woodward, Jeremy’s Boot Camp, 153 Manchester St., Suite 3, Concord, 721-2830, jeremysbootcamp.com
Best of Manchester: Marianela Ramirez, VLD Fitness, 259 Hanover St., Manchester, 812-6690, vldfitness.com, marianelaramirez.zumba.com/
Best of Nashua: Scott Prunier, TOP Fitness Strength & Conditioning, 5 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 661-8037, gotopfitness.com
 
Best Yoga Instructor
Best of the Best: Elizabeth Vlangas, Riverflow Yoga, 198 Londonderry Turnpike, Suite 2, Hooksett, 935-9822, riverflowyoga.com
Best of Concord: Karen Kenney, Quest Yoga, 2 ½ Beacon St., Suite 144, Concord, 608-7590, karenkenney.com
Best of Manchester: Nicole Detellis, Fuse Yoga & Fitness, 182 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-1626, exhaleyoganh.com
Best of Nashua: Laura Richardson, Bikram Yoga Nashua, 5 Pine St. Ext., 6 Mill South, Nashua, 880-9642, bikramyoganashua.com
 
Best Barber:
Best of the Best: Rick Lindof, Gate City Barbers, 85 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 864-8330
Best of Concord: Josh Craggy, Lucky’s Barbershop and Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarbershop.biz
Best of Manchester: Josh Smith, Dude’s Barber Shop, 1311 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 626-0533, dudesbarbershop.us
Best of Nashua: Eric Rosario, Gate City Barbers, 85 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 864-8330
 
Best Hair Stylist
Best of the Best: Kae Mason, Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Concord: Sondra Perron-Parlatore, Chrome Salon, 19 Warren St., Concord, 224-1123, chromesalon.biz
Best of Manchester: Samantha Courtois 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Manchester, 459-3367, 5diamondsalon.com
Best of Nashua: Rebecca Morin, Drápóel Salon & Boutique, 634 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-9411, drapoelsalon.com
 
Friendliest Dentist
Best of the Best: Dr. Elizabeth Spindel, 862 Union St., Manchester, 669-9049, elizabethspindel.com
Best of Concord: Dr. Raymond Orzechowski, 280 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-4456, rayorzechowski.com
Best of Manchester: Dr. Paul Thompson, Thompson Smiles by Design, 222 River Road, Manchester, 669-6131, newhampshiremiledentistry.com
Best of Nashua: Dr. Charles Pipilas, 280 Main St., Suite 311, Nashua, 881-8280
 
Shopping & Services
Best Car Repair Shop
Best of the Best: Brutus Auto Repair & Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 624-8881, brutusauto.com
Best of Concord: Weed Family Automotive, 124 Storrs St., Concord, 225-7988, weedfamilyautomotive.com
Best of Manchester: Reflex Tuning, 65 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 232-1143, reflextuning.com
Best of Nashua: Gurney’s Automotive Repair, 419 Elm St., Milford, 249-5552, gurneysautomotive.com
 
Best Florist
Best of the Best: Cobblestone Florist, 89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 228-5980, cobblestoneflorist.com
Best of Concord: D. McLeod Inc., 49 S. State St., Concord, 225-3721, dmflowers.com
Best of Manchester: Chalifours, 46 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8844, chalifours.com
Best of Nashua: Fortin Gage Flowers and Gifts, 86 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-3371, fortingage.com
 
Best Independent Clothing Store
Best of the Best: Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co., 13 N. Main St., Concord, 228-1101, clothingnh.com
Best of Concord: Indigo Blues & Co., 902 Main St., Contoocook, 660-9290, indigobluesandco.com
Best of Manchester: Alapage, 25 S. River Road, #301, Bedford, 622-0550, alapageboutique.com
Best of Nashua: Fresh of Nashua, LLC, 178 Main St., Nashua, 821-9888, freshofnashua.com
 
Best Independent Jewelry Store
Best of the Best: Capital Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, 16 & 18 N. Main St., Concord, 224-6166, capitolcraftsman.com
Best of Concord: Mark Knipe Goldsmith, 2 Capital Plaza, Concord, 224-2920, knipegold.com
Best of Manchester: Bellman Jewelers, 1650 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4653, bellmans.com
Best of Nashua: Cardin Jewelers, Inc., 125 Main St., Nashua, 899-0011, cardinjewelers.com
 
Best Independent Shoe Store
Best of the Best: Alec’s Shoes, 201 Main St., Nashua, 881-6811, alecs-shoes.com
Best of Concord: Joe King’s, 45 N. Main St., Concord, 225-6012, joekings.com
Best of Manchester: Benton Shoe Company and George’s Shoe Store, 814 Elm St., Manchester, 644-2550, bentonshoeco.com
Best of Nashua: The Shoebox, 17 NH 101A, Amherst, 672-6570, shoeboxnh.com
 
Best Second Hand Store
Best of the Best: Mother & Child, Greystone Plaza, 650 Amherst St., Nashua, 886-6727, mothersays.shoprw.com
Best of Concord: New to You Recycled Fashion, 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 715-5908, newtoyouconcord.com
Best of Manchester: OPUS Designers, 194 S. Main St., Manchester, 645-6787, opusnh.com
Best of Nashua: Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, 23 Elm St., Nashua, 882-3647, luckydogthriftshop.com
 
 
Standout Eateries
Best Restaurant Overall
Best of the Best: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 North Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com 
Best of Manchester: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Nashua: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com
 
Best New Eatery
Best of the Best: Campo Enoteca, 969 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0256, campoenoteca.com, opened April 18, 2014
Best of Concord: Gyro House, 58 North Main St., Concord, 219-0559, opened February 10, 2014 
Best of Manchester: Metro Diner, 342 Cypress St., Manchester, 206-5868, metrodinernh.com, opened August 2014
Best of Nashua: 110 Grill, 27 Trafalgar Sq., Nashua, 943-7443, 110grill.com, opened December 8, 2014. 
 
Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Best of the Best: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com 
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 South Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com
Best of Manchester: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com
 
Best Pub
Best of the Best: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 North Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com 
Best of Manchester: The Wild Rover, 21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, wildroverpub.com 
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Delicious Dishes
Best Bagels
Best of the Best: Bagel Cafe, 373 Hanover St., Manchester, 647-2233, nhbagelcafe.com
Best of Concord: The Works Bakery Cafe, 42 North Main St., Concord, 226-1827, worksbakerycafe.com
Best of Manchester: Bagel Cafe, 19 South River Road, Bedford, 644-5555, nhbagelcafe.com
Best of Nashua: Hot Rize Bagel Cafe, 634 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, 424-3367, hotrizecafe.com 
 
Best Barbecue
Best of the Best: KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net
Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, arniesplace.com
Best of Manchester: The Farm Bar & Grille, 1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, farmbargrille.com 
Best of Nashua: Riverside Barbeque Co., 53 Main St., Nashua, 204-5110, riversidebarbeque.com
 
Best Breakfast
Best of the Best: Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh.com
Best of Concord: The Newell Post Restaurant, 125 Fisherville Road, Concord, 228-0522, newellpostrestaurant.com
Best of Manchester: Purple Finch Cafe, Woodbury Court, 124 South River Road, Bedford, 232-1953, purplefinchcafe.com 
Best of Nashua: Parker’s Maple Barn, 1316 Brookline Road, Mason, 878-2308, parkersmaplebarn.com 
 
Best Burgers
Best of the Best: The Barley House, 132 North Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com
Best of Manchester: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com
 
Best Burrito
Best of the Best: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 North Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com
Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: Dos Amigos Burritos, 931 Elm St., Manchester, 232-2308, dosamigosburritos.com
Best of Nashua: La Carreta, 139 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, 891-0055, lacarretamex.com 
 
Best Clam Chowder
Best of the Best: Collins Brothers Chowder Co., 59 Temple St., Nashua, 883-2347, collinsbrotherschowder.com
Best of Concord: Makris Lobster & Steak House, Route 106, Concord, 225-7665, eatalobster.com 
Best of Manchester: Ipswich Clambake, 791 Second St., Manchester, 232-5111, ipswichclambake.com
Best of Nashua: The Lobster Boat Restaurant, 453 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, 424-5221, lobsterboatrestaurant.com 
 
Best French Fries
Best of the Best: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 North Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com 
Best of Manchester: Caesario’s, 1057 Elm St., Manchester, 669-8383, caesariospizza.com
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Best Mac & Cheese
Best of the Best: Mr. Mac’s, 497 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 606-1760, mr-macs.com 
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 South Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com
Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com 
Best of Nashua: The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern, 641 D.W. Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022, homesteadnh.com
 
Best Menu Item
Best of the Best: Chicken tenders at The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Dublin Burger (Peppercorn charred, whiskey gravy, creamy blue cheese, crispy onions) at The Barley House, 132 North Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com 
Best of Manchester: Classic Roman Carbonara (Bucatini pasta, parmesan, guanciale, local eggs, black pepper, parsley, no cream) at Campo Enoteca, 969 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0256, campoenoteca.com
Best of Nashua: Cochon five-ways (Wild boar rib chop, tenderloin medallion, pork cheek, pork belly, cochon reduction potatoe puree, root vegetables) at bluAqua Restaurant & Bar, Salzburg Square, 292 Route 101, Amherst, 673-4321, bluaquanh.com
 
Best Pizza, Takeout
Best of the Best: Alley Cat Pizzeria, 486 Chestnut St., Manchester, 669-4533, alleycatpizzerianh.com
Best of Concord: Constantly Pizza, 39 South Main St., Concord, 224-9366, constantlypizza.net
Best of Manchester: Pizza 911, 108 Webster St., Manchester, 625-2201, pizza911nh.com
Best of Nashua: Espresso Pizza, 85 Main St., Nashua, 889-9826, espressopizzaonline.com
 
Best Pizza, Dine-in
Best of the Best: 900 Degrees Pizzeria, 50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, 900degrees.com
Best of Concord: Constantly Pizza, 39 South Main St., Concord, 224-9366, constantlypizza.net
Best of Manchester: The Pizza Man, 254 W. River Road, Hooksett, 626-7499, thepizzamandelivers.com
Best of Nashua: Pasta Loft Restaurant, 241 Union Sq., Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft.com
 
Best Salads
Best of the Best: Live Juice, 5 South Main St., Concord, 226-3024, livejuicenh.com
Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com
Best of Manchester: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Nashua: The Seedling Cafe, 30 Temple St., Nashua, 594-4002, theseedlingcafe.com
 
Best Sandwich
Best of the Best: Famous Roast Beef Sandwiches (Served warm on a grilled roll) at Beefside, 106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208, beefsidenh.com
Best of Concord: Korean Pork Burrito (Pork, savoy cabbage, scallion, cilantro, Sriracha sauce on a warm tortilla) at Wellington’s Marketplace, 124 North Main St., Concord, 715-1191, wellingtonsmarketplace.com 
Best of Manchester: Duck Duck Duck Goose (Smoked duck, duck bacon and duck confit with candied shallots, Jarlsberg cheese and fois gras mayo) at Cask and Vine, 1 ½ East Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, caskandvine.com
Best of Nashua: Big Poppy (Turkey, pepperoni and Muenster cheese “heated”) at The Nashua Garden, 121 Main St., Nashua, 886-7363, sites.google.com/site/thenashuagarden
 
Best Subs
Best of the Best: Nadeau’s, 805 Canal St., Manchester, 644-8888; 100 Cahill Ave., Manchester, 669-7827; 1095 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-4411, with additional locations in Goffstown and Exeter, nadeaussubs.com
Best of Concord: The Yellow Submarine, 192 North State St., Concord, 228-4500, facebook.com/YellowSubNH
Best of Manchester: USA Subs, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-1800, usasubs.com
Best of Nashua: Bill Cahill’s Super Subs, 8 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, 882-7710
 
Sweet Treats
Best Cupcakes
Best of the Best: Queen City Cupcakes, 790 Elm St., Manchester, 624-4999, qccupcakes.com
Best of Concord: New England Cupcakery, 28 South Main St., Concord, 724-6464, necupcakery.com
Best of Manchester: Cupcakes 101, 132 Bedford Center Road, Suite A, Bedford, 488-5962, cupcakes101.net
Best of Nashua: Frederick’s Pastries, 109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, pastry.net
 
Best Desserts
Best of the Best: Finesse Pastries, 968 Elm St., Manchester, 232-6592, finessepastries.com 
Best of Concord: Bread & Chocolate, 29 South Main St., Concord, 228-3330
Best of Manchester: Baked Downtown Cafe & Bakery, 1015 Elm St., Manchester, 606-1969, bakeddowntown.com 
Best of Nashua: The Black Forest Cafe, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com
 
Best Ice Cream
Best of the Best: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, arniesplace.com
Best of Manchester: Goldenrod Drive-In Restaurant, 1681 Candia Road, Manchester, 623-9469, goldenrodrestaurant.com 
Best of Nashua: Hayward’s Homemade Ice Cream, 7 D.W. Hwy, Nashua, 888-4663, haywardsicecream.com 
 
Best Pies
Best of the Best: Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, redarrowdiner.com, with additional locations in Milford and Londonderry.
Best of Concord: The Crust & Crumb Baking Company, 126 North Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb.com
Best of Manchester: Michelle's Gourmet Pastries & Deli, 819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, michellespastries.com
Best of Nashua: The Black Forest Cafe, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com
 
Best Whoopie Pies
Best of the Best: The Crust & Crumb Baking Company, 126 North Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb.com
Best of Concord: Just Like Mom’s Pastries, 353 Riverdale Road, Weare, 529-6667, justlikemomspastries.com
Best of Manchester: Baked Downtown Cafe & Bakery, 1015 Elm St., Manchester, 606-1969, bakeddowntown.com 
Best of Nashua: The Black Forest Cafe, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com
 
Food Shops
Best Bakery
Best of the Best: Bread & Chocolate, 29 South Main St., Concord, 228-3330
Best of Concord: The Crust & Crumb Baking Company, 126 North Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb.com
Best of Manchester: Finesse Pastries, 968 Elm St., Manchester, 232-6592, finessepastries.com
Best of Nashua: Frederick’s Pastries, 109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, pastry.net
 
Best Butcher Shop
Best of the Best: Mr. Steer Meats, 27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-1444, mrsteermeats.com 
Best of Concord: Concord Beef & Seafood, 79 South Main St., Concord, 226-3474, find them on Facebook
Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com 
Best of Nashua: Brothers Butcher, 8 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 809-4180, brothers-butcher.com
 
Best Candy/Chocolate Shop
Best of the Best: Granite State Candy Shoppe, 13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591, nhchocolates.com, with an additional location in Manchester.
Best of Concord: Confectionately Yours Sweet Shop, 563 Route 106 N, Loudon, 783-9300, facebook.com/ConfectionatelyYoursSweetShop
Best of Manchester: Van Otis Chocolates, 341 Elm St., Manchester, 627-1611, vanotischocolates.com
Best of Nashua: Nelson’s Candies, 65 Main St., Wilton, 654-5030, facebook.com/nelsonscandies.localscafe
 
Best Farm Stand
Best of the Best: Lull Farm, 65 Broad St./Route 130, Hollis, 465-7079, livefreeandfarm.com, open year round
Best of Concord: Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 496-8218, dimondhillfarm.com, open June to October
Best of Manchester: Wilson Farm, 144 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield, 882-5551, wilsonfarm.com, open May to October
Best of Nashua: Lull Farm, 615 Route 13 South, Milford, 673-3119, livefreeandfarm.com, open April to January 
 
Best Farmers Market
Best: Concord Farmers Market, Capitol Street Downtown Concord, concordfarmersmarket.com, open May to October
Runner-up: Manchester Farmers Market, 48 Concord St., next to Victory Park, Manchester, manchesternhfarmersmarket.com, open June to October
Honorable mention: Salem NH Farmers Market, Lake Street Garden Center, 37 Lake St., Salem, salemnhfarmersmarket.org, open year round
 
Best Neighborhood Market
Best of the Best: Bunny’s Superette, 75 Webster St., Manchester, 622-5080, find them on Facebook.
Best of Concord: Concord Food Co-op, 24 South Main St., Concord, 225-6840, concordfoodcoop.coop
Best of Manchester: Sully’s Superette, 10 North Mast Road, Goffstown, 497-8176, sullyssuperette.com 
Best of Nashua: Jeannotte’s Market, 2 Courtland St., Nashua, 882-0161, find them on Facebook
 
 
Drinks
Best Beer Selection at a Bar or Restaurant
Best of the Best: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 N Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com
Best of Nashua: Martha’s Exchange Restaurant and Brewing Co., 185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com
 
Best Beer Shop
Best of the Best: Bert’s Better Beers, 1100 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett, 413-5992, bertsbetterbeers.com
Best of Concord: Barb’s Beer Emporium, 249 Sheep Davis Rd., Concord, 369-4501, barbsbeeremporium.com
Best of Manchester: Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe, 27 Buttrick Rd., Londonderry, 434-2500, lazydogbeer.com
Best of Nashua: The Beer Store, 433 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-2242, thebeerstorenh.com
 
Best NH Brewery
Best: The Able Ebenezer Brewing Company, 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, (844) 223-2253, ableebenezer.com
Runner-up: Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, 430-8600, redhook.com/breweries/portsmouth-brewery
Honorable Mention: Smuttynose Brewing Company, 105 Towle Farm Rd., Hampton, 436-4026, smuttynose.com
 
Best Cocktail
Best of the Best: The Mudslide (Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua and Vodka) at Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 666-9893, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Hermanos Margarita (Freshly squeezed lemon lime mix, Pepe Lopez tequila and triple sec) at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: The Moroccan Old Fashioned (Old Overholt Rye, Berber syrup and bitters) at Republic Cafe, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: Martini at Stella Blu. Its martini bar will make any martini to order. The drink menu features 22 specialty martinis including crowd favorites the French Kiss and the Macaroon martini. Located at 40 East Pearl St., Nashua, 578-5557, stellablu-nh.com.
 
Best NH Distillery
Best: Flag Hill, 297 N River Road, Lee, 659-2949, flaghill.com
Runner-up: Djinn Spirits, 2 Townsend West, Suite 9, Nashua, 262-1812, djinnspirits.com
Honorable Mention: Sea Hagg Distillery, 135 Lafayette Road, Unit 9, North Hampton, 379-2274, seahaggdistillery.com
 
Best Cup of Coffee
Best of the Best: True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Sq., Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com
Best of Concord: White Mountain Gourmet Coffee, 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-3317, whitemountaingourmetcoffee.com
Best of Manchester: The Grind Rail Trail Cafe, 16 Manning St., Suite 102, Derry, 247-4506, thegrindnh.com
Best of Nashua: A&E Custom Coffee Roastery, 135 Route 101A, Amherst, 578-3338, aeroastery.com
 
Best Restaurant Wine List
Best of the Best: UnWine’d, 865 Second St., Manchester, 625-9463, unwined.net
Best of Concord: O Steaks and Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks
Best of Manchester: Cask & Vine, 1 ½ E Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, caskandvine.com
Best of Nashua: MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, 212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com
 
Best Wine Shop
Best of the Best: WineNot Boutique, 170 Main St., Nashua, 204-5569, winenotboutique.com
Best of Concord: Wellington’s Marketplace, 124 N Main St., 715-1191, wellingtonsmarketplace.com
Best of Manchester: The Drinkery, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, 434-1012, thedrinkeryshop.com
Best of Nashua: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com
 
Best NH Winery
Best: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com
Runner-up: Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, zorvino.com
Honorable Mention: Flag Hill, 297 N River Road, Lee, 659-2949, flaghill.com
 
 
More Favorite Eateries
Best Asian Food
Best of the Best: Lilac Blossom, 385 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua, 888-9588 (Sky Meadow); 650 Amherst St., Nashua, 886-8420 (Amherst Street), lilacblossomrestaurant.com
Best of Concord: Siam Orchid Thai Bistro, 12 North Main St., Concord, 228-1529, siamorchid.net
Best of Manchester: Chen’s Garden Chinese & Japanese Cuisine, 956 2nd St., Manchester, 836-5608, chensgardennh.com 
Best of Nashua: You You Japanese Bistro, 150 Broad St., Suite 4, Nashua, 882-8337, youyoujbistro.com
 
Best Diner
Best of the Best: Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, redarrowdiner.com
Best of Concord: Tilt’n Diner, 61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, thecman.com
Best of Manchester: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com
Best of Nashua: Red Arrow Diner, 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222, redarrowdiner.com 
 
Best Italian Restaurant
Best of the Best: Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, 11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, angelinasrestaurant.com 
Best of Concord: Veano’s Italian Kitchen II, 30 Manchester St., Concord, 715-1695 
Best of Manchester: Piccola Italia Ristorante, 815 Elm St., Manchester, 606-5100, piccolaitalianh.com 
Best of Nashua: Cucina Toscana, Amherst Street Mall, 427 Amherst St., Nashua, 821-7356, cucinatoscananashua.com 
 
Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant
Best of the Best: La Carreta, 1875 South Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705; 545 Daniel Webster Hwy, Manchester, 628-6899, lacarretamex.com
Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com 
Best of Manchester: La Carreta, 35 Manchester Road, Suite 5A, Derry, 421-0091, lacarretamex.com 
Best of Nashua: La Carreta, 139 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, 891-0055, lacarretamex.com
 
Best Restaurant for Kids
Best of the Best: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 North Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com
Best of Manchester: Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh.com
Best of Nashua: Tiebreakers Family Grille, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com
 
Best Seafood Restaurant
Best of the Best: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com
Best of Concord: Newick’s Lobster House, 317 Loudon Road, Concord, 225-2424, newicks.com
Best of Manchester: Hooked Seafood Restaurant, 110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189, hookedonignite.com
Best of Nashua: The Lobster Boat Restaurant, 453 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, 424-5221, lobsterboatrestaurant.com
 
Best Steakhouse
Best of the Best: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com 
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 South Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com
Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com 
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com
 
Food Personalities
Best Bartender
Best of the Best: Jack Wholey of Republic Cafe, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Concord: Corey Garland of The Barley House, 132 North Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Pat Graham of Romanos Pizza of Litchfield, 27 Colby Road, Litchfield, 424-0500, romanosnh.com
Best of Nashua: Dave Bourgault of Tiebreakers Family Grille, Hampshire Hills, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com
 
Best Chef
Best of the Best: Ed Aloise of Republic Cafe, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Concord: Corey Fletcher of Granite Restaurant & Bar, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, graniterestaurant.com
Best of Manchester: George Craft of Cask & Vine, 1½ East Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, caskandvine.com
Best of Nashua: Chris Noble of bluAqua Restaurant & Bar, Salzburg Sq., 292 Route 101, Amherst, 673-4321
 
Best Waiter/Waitress
Best of the Best: Sarah Barnes of The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com
Best of Concord: Barb Avery of Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: Joanie Schneller of Cask & Vine, 1½ East Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, caskandvine.com
Best of Nashua: Bastian DiCaprio of San Francisco Kitchen, 133 Main St., Nashua, 886-8833, sfkitchen.com
 
Favorite Farmer
Best of the Best: David Orde of Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Route 130, Hollis, 465-7079, livefreeandfarm.com
Best of Concord: Jane Presby of Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 496-8218, dimondhillfarm.com
Best of Manchester: “Farmer Phil” Ferdinando of J & F Farms, 120 Chester Road, Derry, 437-0535, jandffarms.net
Best of Nashua: Sean Trombly of Trombly Gardens, 150 North River Road, Milford, 673-0647, tromblygardens.ipage.com
 
Entertainment 
Best Local Radio Show 
Best: Greg and the Morning Buzz, 100.3 WHEB/Rock 101 FM, airs weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m., hosted by Greg Kretschmar, wheb.com
Runner-up: New Hampshire in the Morning, 95.7 WZID, airs weekdays from 5 to 10 a.m., hosted by Tracy Caruso and Neil White, wzid.com
Honorable Mention: The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio, NHPR, 89.1 FM Concord/Manchester, 88.3 FM Nashua, airs weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m., hosted by Laura Knoy, nhpr.org
 
Best Radio Station
Best: 95.7 FM WZID, today’s variety, wzid.com
Runner-up: Rock 101, 101.1 FM WGIR, Manchester’s rock station, rock101fm.com
Honorable Mention: New Hampshire Public Radio, NHPR, airs news on various stations around the state including 89.1 FM Concord/Manchester and 88.3 FM Nashua. Visit nhpr.org.
 
Best Locally Produced TV Show 
Best: New Hampshire Chronicle, WMUR, airs weeknights at 7 p.m., hosted by Sean McDonald, Erin Fehlau, and Fritz Wetherbee. This show profiles New Hampshire people, places, and events. Visit wmur.com/new-hampshire-chronicle.
Runner-up: Manchsterdam, TV 23, Public Access, visit manchestertv.org for air times.
Honorable Mention: Windows to the Wild, NHPTV, airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Will Lange, features outdoor adventures and scenes across New Hampshire. Visit nhptv.org.
 
Best Local Movie Theater
Best: Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, 224-4600, redrivertheatres.org
Runner-up: Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, 880-8055, chunkys.com
Honorable Mention: Wilton Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton, 654-3456, wiltontownhalltheatre.com
 
Best Bookstore/Comic Book Store
Best: Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, gibsonsbookstore.com
Runner-up: MainStreet BookEnds, 16 E. Main St., Warner, 456-2700, mainstreetbookends.com
Honorable Mention: Double Midnight Comics, 245 Maple St., Manchester, 669-9636, and 67 S. Main St., Concord, 715-2683, dmcomics.com
 
Best Local NH Sports Team
Best: Manchester Monarchs, the minor league affiliate of the NHL’s L.A. Kings. The Monarch’s home ice is at the Verizon Wireless Arena in downtown Manchester. Visit manchestermonarchs.com.  
Runner-up: New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Manchester-based AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. The 2015 season home opener is on Thursday, April 9. Visit milb.com.
Honorable Mention: University of New Hampshire Wildcats Men’s Hockey team, unhwildcats.com
 
The Entertainers 
Best Local Band
Best: Dusty Gray, Concord-based rock band, dustygray.com, next show is Friday, March 27, 9 p.m., at Penuches in Concord
Runner-up: Small Town Stranded, Milford-based rock band, facebook.com/SmallTownStranded, next show is Saturday, May 16, 9 p.m., at the Jade Dragon in Merrimack 
Honorable Mention: Soundtrack to Monday, Manchester-based rock band,  soundtracktomonday.com, next show is Saturday, March 28, 9 p.m., at Classic’s Pub in Leominster, MA
 
Best Local Solo Performer 
Best: Brad Bosse, Milford-based acoustic/rock artist, facebook.com/BradBosseMusic, next show is Friday, March 27, 6 p.m., at Hampshire Hills in Milford
Runner-up: Josh Logan, Manchester-based pop/R&B artist, joshlogan.net, next show is Friday, March 27, 8 p.m., at Drynk in Manchester
Honorable Mention: Tristan Omand, Manchester-based Americana artist, tristanomand.com, next show is Saturday, April 11, 9 p.m., at Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, MA
 
Best Local Comedian
Best: Nick Lavallee, theotherdude.com, next local show is Saturday, April 18, 8:30 p.m., at Headliners Comedy Club in Manchester
Runner-up: Juston McKinney, justonmckinney.com, next local show is Saturday, June 20, at the Rochester Opera House in Rochester
Honorable Mention: Paul Landwehr, paulscomedy.tumblr.com, next local show is Friday, April 17, at Headliners Comedy Club in Manchester
 
Best Living NH Poet
Best: Donald Hall
Runner-up: D. Quincy Whitney, quincywhitney.com
Honorable Mention: Charles Simic
 
Best Local Radio Show Host 
Best: Greg Kretschmar from the Morning Buzz, 100.3 WHEB/Rock 101 FM, wheb.com
Runner-up: Laura Knoy from the Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio, NHPR, 89.1 FM Concord/Manchester, 88.3 FM Nashua, nhpr.org
Honorable Mention: Nazzy, 105.5 WJYY, wjyy.nh1media.com
 
Happenings & Destinations 
Best Community Event 
Best of the Best: Market Days Festival, featuring food, shopping, and free entertainment each summer in downtown Concord, hosted by Intown Concord, intownconcord.org
Best of Concord: Black Ice Pond Hockey, a three-day pond hockey competition in January at White Park in Concord, blackicepondhockey.com
Best of Manchester: Hippo de Mayo Taco Tour, a Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Manchester where 40+ restaurants create and sell their own tacos for $2 each, hippodemayo.com
Best of Nashua: Winter Holiday Stroll in downtown Nashua, features music, food, shopping, live entertainment, and a candlelight stroll down Main Street, organized by Great American Downtown Nashua, downtownnashua.org
 
Best Food Festival
Best of the Best: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival in Hampton, features three days of food, shopping, live music, fireworks, and the Lobster Roll Eating Competition. This year’s festival is September 11 through 13. Visit hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com.
Best of Concord: Market Days Festival, featuring food, shopping, and free entertainment each summer in downtown Concord, hosted by Intown Concord. This year’s festival is June 25 through 27. Visit intownconcord.org.
Best of Manchester: Glendi, a three-day Greek food and culture festival held each September at St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester. This year’s festival is September 18 through 20. Visit saintgeorgeglendi.com.
Best of Nashua: Rock’n Ribfest, held each summer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack, features barbecue, music, and entertainment. This year’s festival is June 19 through 21. Visit ribfestnh.com.
 
Best Place to Take Your Kids
Best of the Best: Cowabunga’s, New Hampshire’s largest indoor inflatable playground, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-8008, mycowabungas.com
Best of Concord: Krazy Kids, indoor play and party center, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, krazykids.com 
Best of Manchester: SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org
Best of Nashua: Benson Park, features forest trails, a playground, and a small animal farm, 27 Kimball Hill Rd., Hudson, 886-6000, hudsonnh.gov/boards/bensons
 
Best Place to Take Your Kids on a Rainy/Snowy Day 
Best of the Best: Cowabunga’s, New Hampshire’s largest indoor inflatable playground, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-8008, mycowabungas.com
Best of Concord: Krazy Kids, indoor play and party center, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, krazykids.com 
Best of Manchester: SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org
Best of Nashua: Nuthin’ But Good Times, play center, 746 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2200, nuthinbutgoodtimes.com
 
Best Place to Take Visiting Relatives
Best of the Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org
Best of Concord: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9511, shakers.org
Best of Manchester: Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials, 452 Mountain Road, Goffstown, 497-3975, uncanoonucmt.com
Best of Nashua: Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 595-1202, budweisertours.com
 
 
Pet Friendly
Best Pet Store
Best of the Best: WoofMeow Family Pet Center, 19A Manchester Road, Derry, 965-3218, woofmeownh.com
Best of Concord: Sandy’s Pet Food Center, 141 Old Turnpike Road, Concord, 225-1177, sandyspetfood.com
Best of Manchester: Bill’s Pet & Aquarium, 893 Hanover St., Manchester, 626-3646, billpetstore.com
Best of Nashua: America’s Pets, 142 Lowell Road, No. 10, Hudson, 881-9247, americaspetsnh.com 
 
Best Doggie Day Care
Best of the Best: The Barking Dog, 208 Londonderry Tpke., Hooksett, 222-2275, thebarkindog.com 
Best of Concord: Paws on Pine, 913 Pine St., Contoocook, 568-4022, pawsonpinenh.com
Best of Manchester: All Dogs Gym & Inn, 505 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 669-4644, alldogsgym.com
Best of Nashua: American K9 Country, 336 Route 101, Amherst, 672-8448, americank9country.com
 
Best Place to Walk Your Dog
Best of the Best: Benson Park includes a fenced-in dog park and about 4 miles of trails for leashed dog-walking. 27 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, 886-6000, hudsonnh.gov/boards/benson
Best of Concord: White Park features some walking trails and stays open from dawn til dusk. 1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov
Best of Manchester: Livingston Park has a walking trail that circles Dorrs Pond. Off Hooksett Road, Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov
Best of Nashua: Mine Falls Park features 325 acres of forests and open fields enclosed by the Nashua River and a man-made canal. Whipple St., Nashua, 589-3400 ext. 5005, gonashua.com
 
Nightlife
Best Bar for Live Music
Best of the Best: The Shaskeen (Every night), 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com
Best of Concord: True Brew Barista (Open mic is every Thursday and they usually have shows Friday and Saturday nights around 8 p.m.), 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com
Best of Manchester: The Derryfield (Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.), 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter (Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.), 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Best Bar with an Outdoor Deck
Best of the Best: The Derryfield deck typically opens mid-April, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com
Best of Concord: The Draft Sports Bar & Grill deck typically opens mid-April, 67 S Main St., Concord, 227-1175, draftsportsbar.com
Best of Manchester: Murphy’s Taproom deck typically opens mid-April, 494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.net
Best of Nashua: Pasta Loft Restaurant deck opens on a case by case basis when it's warm enough, 241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft.com
 
Best Sports Bar
Best of the Best: Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill, 34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 622-3644, billyssportsbar.com
Best of Concord: The Draft Sports Bar & Grill, 67 S Main St., Concord, 227-1175, draftsportsbar.com
Best of Manchester: JW Hill’s Sports Bar & Grill, 795 Elm St., Manchester, 645-7422, jwhills.com
Best of Nashua: Arena Sports Bar & Nightclub, 53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060, arenanh.com
 
Best Pub Trivia Night
Best of the Best: The Shaskeen (Mondays at 7:30 p.m.), 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.), 132 N Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: The Farm Bar and Grille (Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.), 1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, farmbarbrille.com
Best of Nashua: Fody’s Great American Tavern (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.), 9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015, fodystavern.com
 
Best Karaoke Night
Best of the Best: Yee Dynasty (Every night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.), 830 S Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com
Best of Concord: Szechuan Gardens Chinese Restaurant (Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.), 108 Fisherville Road, Concord, 226-2650, szechuangardennh.com
Best of Manchester: McGarvey’s (Every night except Monday at 9 p.m.), 1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721, mcgarveysnh.com
Best of Nashua: Grand Buffet (Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.), 350 Amherst St., Nashua, 881-9799, 350grandbuffet.com
 
Best Comedy Night
Best of the Best: The Shaskeen (Wednesdays at 9 p.m.), 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com
Best of Concord: Penuche’s (Mondays at 9 p.m.), 16 Bicentennial Sq., Concord, 228-9833, facebook.com/penuches.concord
Best of Manchester: Headliner’s Comedy Club (Every Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson), 700 Elm St., Manchester, 800-923-0879, headlinerscomedyclub.com
Best of Nashua: Arena Sports Bar & Nightclub (Third Saturday of every Month at 7 p.m.), 53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060, arenanh.com
 
Best Pick-Up Spot
Best: The Derryfield, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com
Runner-up: Drynk, 20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 836-5251, drynknh.com
Honorable Mention: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
 
Best Date Place
Best of the Best: Mint Bistro, 1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, mintbistronh.com
Best of Concord: Red River Theatres, 11 S Main St., Concord, 224-4600, redrivertheatres.com
Best of Manchester: Firefly, 22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com
Best of Nashua: Stella Blu, 40 East Pearl St., Nashua, 578-5557, stellablu-nh.com
 
Outdoors
Best Local Hiking Trail
Best of the Best: Mine Falls Park features 325 acres of forests and open fields enclosed by the Nashua River and a man-made canal. Whipple St., Nashua, 589-3400 ext. 5005, gonashua.com
Best of Concord: Mt. Kearsarge has four marked trails including one that leads you to its 2,937-foot peak. Can be reached by way of Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner, 456-8808, nhstateparks.org
Best of Manchester: Lake Massabesic offers a four mile trail loop for all skill levels. Off the Londonderry Tpke., Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov
Best of Nashua: Beaver Brook features 35 miles of trails and can be accessed by several public roads in Hollis. 465-7787, beaverbrook.org
 
Best City Park
Best of the Best:  White Park features walking trails, a playground and sports fields,. 1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov
Best of Concord: Rollins Park has large fields, walking trails and a picnic shelter on Broadway in Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov
Best of Manchester: Livingston Park has a walking trail that circles Dorrs Pond. Off Hooksett Road, Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov
Best of Nashua: Greeley Park occupies 125 acres in the heart of the city. Located at 100 Concord St., Nashua, 589-3370, nashuanh.gov
 
Best State Park
Best: Pawtuckaway State Park offers a diverse array of landscapes and wildlife. Located at 40 Pawtuckaway Road, Nottingham, 895-3031, nhstateparks.org
Runner-up: Bear Brook State Park is the largest developed state park in the state with more than 10,000 acres and trails suitable for horseback riding. Located at 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, 485-9869, nhstateparks.org
Honorable Mention: Mt. Sunapee State Park is known for its ski slopes in the winter and its beach in the summer. Located at 86 Beach Access Road, Newbury, 763-5561, nhstateparks.org
 
Best Sledding Hill
Best of the Best: The Derryfield, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com
Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov
Best of Manchester: Alexander-Carr Park, 28 Pierce Ave., Derry, 537-9205, derry.nh.us
Best of Nashua: Roby Park, off Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 589-3400, nashuanh.gov 
 
Best Local Ski Hill
Best: Pat’s Peak, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245, patspeak.com
Runner-up: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Ct., Manchester, 622-6159, mcintyreskiarea.com
Honorable Mention: Mt. Sunapee State Park, 86 Beach Access Road, Newburry, 763-5561, nhstateparks.org
 
Best Golf Course
Best of the Best: The Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com
Best of Concord: Beaver Meadow Golf Course, 1 Beaver Meadow Dr., Concord, 228-8954, beavermeadowgolfcourse.com
Best of Manchester: Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Road, Bedford, 624-4096, manchestercountryclub.com
Best of Nashua: Amherst Country Club, 72 Ponemah Road, Amherst, 673-9908, playamherst.com
 
Notable Locals
Best Mechanic
Best of the Best: Ralph Brutus, Brutus Auto Repair & Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 624-8881, brutusauto.com
Best of Concord: Hank Szelog, Henniker Motors, 118 Foster Hill Road, Henniker, 428-4407
Best of Manchester: Mike Perry, Black Widow Customs, 51 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 624-0400, blackwidowcustoms.com
Best of Nashua: Wes DeLoid, Charlie’s Auto Service, 106 New Hampshire Route 101A, Amherst, 883-2376, charliesnh.com
 
Best Teacher
Best of the Best: Selma Naccah-Hoff, English, Central High School, Manchester
Best of Concord: Brenda Joel, first grade, St. John’s Regional School, Concord
Best of Manchester: Sarah Wadleigh, English, Central High School, Manchester
Best of Nashua: Nick Cardamone, Special Education, Reeds Ferry School, Merrimack
 
Coolest-looking Building
Best of the Best: New Hampshire State House, 107 N. Main St., Concord, 271-1110, nh.gov
Best of Concord: Gasholder House, S. Main St., Concord
Best of Manchester: New Hampshire Institute of Art, Lowell Street Building, 88 Lowell St., Manchester
Best of Nashua: Hunt Building, 6 Main St., Nashua
 
Best thing about living in NH
Best: The four seasons
Runner-up: Natural beauty
Honorable mention: No sales or income tax
 
Best Thing We Forgot to Ask About
Best: Best Garden Center: Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials 
Runner-up: Best Dance Studio: Dimensions in Dance 
Honorable mention: Best General Store: Mont Vernon General Store 
 
As seen in the March 26, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

 






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