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Hippo’s readers’ poll results are tabulated from votes cast by readers during our online survey in February. Readers typed in their picks — no drop-down menus or pre-selected choices. As with all of the Hippo’s coverage, there is no connection between the editorial content and advertising. Winners come from the votes cast by Hippo readers and were not chosen by Hippo staff. The Best of 2016 is a celebration of all things local. Large chains were not included in the count. Smaller chains with at least two-thirds of their locations in New Hampshire are eligible, as are businesses with two locations, one of which is in New Hampshire. All results are final. The “Best of the Best” designation goes to the person, place or thing that receives the most votes in the category. “Best of Manchester,” “Best of Nashua” and “Best of Concord” are awarded to the top entries located in those areas after the “Best of the Best.” In categories that award “Best,” “Runner-Up” and “Honorable Mention,” those are the top three vote-getters in that category. 
 
GEOGRAPHY
Here, roughly, is the designation of “Manchester,” “Concord” and “Nashua” areas: 
• Manchester area includes Manchester, Goffstown, Auburn, Candia, Bedford, Hooksett, Raymond, Litchfield, Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Salem, New Boston, Francestown and towns to the east along Route 101 to include towns on Route 125. 
• Concord area includes Concord as well as Bow, Pembroke, Contoocook, Dunbarton, Hopkinton, Loudon, Boscawen, Chichester, Weare, Henniker, Suncook and some towns in the Lakes Region. 
• Nashua area includes Nashua as well as Merrimack, Amherst, Hollis, Brookline, Hudson, Mason and Wilton. 
 
QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, COMMENTS
Did we get an address or phone number wrong? Do you have an idea for a new category? Do you think your favorite donut maker should have been the winner? Well, there’s nothing I can do about that last one (though if you think there’s an unsung person, place or event out there, donut-related or not, we’d love to hear about it). But for corrections (which would run on page 4 or, in the case of food-related categories, in the Weekly Dish column of upcoming issues), please contact me, editor Amy Diaz, at adiaz@hippopress.com. Categories change every year (you may notice a few new ones this year, and some categories from past years are on sabbatical), so we’re always looking for new ideas. Some of this year’s categories are the result of suggestions received after last year’s results, so send yours along. And, again, all results are final. 




HIPPO BEST OF 2016
Reader's Picks

03/24/16



Arts

Best Performing Arts Venue
Best of the Best: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org (The 100-plus-year-old nonprofit has regular professional and youth mainstage musicals directed by Carl Rajotte and visiting music, comedy and literary acts.)
Best of Concord: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com (The 25-year-old nonprofit has a variety of programming, ranging from Broadway and National Theatre broadcasts to visiting comedy, music, theater and author events.)
Best of Manchester: Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com (The intimate concert hall, formerly an antiques shop, hosts musical artists of all genres and regular comedy acts.)
Best of Nashua: Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002, svbgc.org (It’s located at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley and home of the Friends of the Amato Center, the Riverbend Youth Company and the Milford Area Players, which put on theatrical productions.)
 
Best Art Gallery
Best of the Best: McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord, 225-2515, mcgowanfineart.com
Best of Concord: Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 226-2046, themillbrookgallery.com
Best of Manchester: Art 3 Gallery, 44 W. Brook St., Manchester, 668-6650, art3gallery.com
Best of Nashua: Andres Institute of Art, 98 Route 13, Brookline, 673-8441, andresinstitute.org
 
Best Art in a Public Space
Best of the Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org (Two sculptures sit on the museum grounds — “Fusion II,” a stainless steel piece by George Sherwood, and “Origins,” a bright red and black piece by Mark di Suvero — and inside are permanant and temporary art exhibitions.) 
Best of Concord: Bicentennial Square, Concord (The Concord Arts Market happens weekly here starting June 4, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., lasting until Sept. 24. Visit granitestateartsmarket.com.)
Best of Manchester: Cat Alley, Dean Avenue, Manchester (The alleyway of cat murals is located between Lala’s Hungarian Pastry and Alpha Loft off Elm Street. The cat-themed art was inspired by the Palace Theatre’s 2009 production of Cats and features murals by more than a dozen artists.)
Best of Nashua: Andres Institute of Art, 98 Route 13, Brookline, 673-8441, andresinstitute.org (More than 70 sculptures made by international artists sit in the 140-acre park, accessible through wooded trails. They were made during the nonprofit’s annual sculpture symposium, which typically happens mid-September through early October.)
 
Beauty & Wellness
 
Best Gym
Best of the Best: Get Fit New Hampshire, 287 S. Main St., Concord, and 167 New Orchard Road, Epsom, 344-2651, getfitnh.com
Best of Concord: Concord Family YMCA, 15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, concordymca.org
Best of Manchester: Executive Health & Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 668-4753, ehsc.com
Best of Nashua: Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com
 
Best Tattoo Shop
Best of the Best: Spider-Bite Tattoo & Body Piercing, 179 Elm St., Manchester, 645-1449, spider-bite.com
Best of Concord: Arrows & Embers Tattoo, 7 Pleasant St. Ext., Concord, 988-6067, arrowsandemberstattoo.com
Best of Manchester: Tattoo Angus, 1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 935-9398, tattooangus.com
Best of Nashua: Precision Body Arts, 3 Elm St., Nashua, 889-5788, precisionbodyarts.com
 
Best Barber Shop
Best of the Best: Lucky’s Barbershop & Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarbershop.biz
Best of Concord: American Barber Studios, 4 Park St., Concord, 225-3052, americanbarberstudios.com
Best of Manchester: Dude’s Barber Shop, 1311 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 626-0533, dudesbarbershop.us
Best of Nashua: The Polished Man, 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 233-8685, rlcuts.com
 
Best Salon
Best of the Best: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Concord: Creative Color and Cuts Salon & Day Spa, 259 S. Main St., Concord, 228-1158, creativecolorandcuts.com
Best of Manchester: 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Suite 4, Manchester, 459-3367, 5diamondsalon.com
Best of Nashua: Fancy Nancy’s Elite Hair Designers Salon & Day Spa, 295 DW Highway, Nashua, 891-0202, fancynancyssalon.com
 
Best Spa
Best of the Best: Serendipity Day Spa, 23 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 229-0400, serendipitydayspa.com
Best of Concord: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Manchester: Renew MediSpa, 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 Workout Class
Best of the Best: VLD Zumba,VLD Fitness, 259 Hanover St., Manchester, 341-4851, vldfitness.com
Best of Concord: Jeremy’s Boot Camp, Jeremy’s Boot Camp, 153 Manchester St., Concord, 721-2830, jeremysbootcamp.com
Best of Manchester: Adult Kickboxing, Woo Kickboxing Academy, 4 Orchard View Drive, Londonderry, 845-6374, wookickboxing.com
Best of Nashua: Pilates, Thrive Wellness, The Village Shops at Salzburg Square, Route 101, Amherst, 508-981-6848, thrivewellnessnh.com
 
Best Yoga Studio
Best of the Best: NH Power Yoga, 704 Milford Road, Merrimack, 594-2494, nhpoweryoga.com
Best of Concord: Sharing Yoga, 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 630-5576, sharingyoga.com
Best of Manchester: YogaBalance, 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 625-4000, yogabalance.info
Best of Nashua: Banyan Tree Yoga, Pine St. Ext., Nashua, 889-1121, banyantreeyoganh.com
 
Beauty & Wellness Personalities
 
Best Fitness Instructor
Best of the Best: Nancy Carlson (who coaches Athlete Academy), Get Fit New Hampshire, 287 S. Main St., Concord, and 167 New Orchard Road, Epsom, 344-2651, getfitnh.com
Best of Concord: Jeremy Woodward (who coaches boot camp), Jeremy’s Boot Camp, 153 Manchester St., Concord, 721-2830, jeremysbootcamp.com
Best of Manchester: Holly-Ann Caron (who teaches VLD Zumba, VLD Body Rebellion, POUND), VLD Fitness, 259 Hanover St., Manchester, 341-4851, vldfitness.com
Best of Nashua: Melissa Nurmi (who teaches yoga, pilates, barre), Thrive Wellness, The Village Shops at Salzburg Square, Route 101, Amherst, 508-981-6848, thrivewellnessnh.com
 
Best Barber
Best of the Best: Rick Lindof, The Polished Man, 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 233-8685, rlcuts.com
Best of Concord: Josh Craggy, Lucky’s Barbershop & Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarborshop.biz
Best of Manchester: Jason Drapeau, 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Suite 4, Manchester, 459-3367, 5diamondsalon.com
Best of Nashua: Nelson Mercado, Gate City Barbers, 85 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 864-8330, facebook.com/gatecitybarbers
 
Best Hairstylist
Best of the Best: Erin Crowley, Fancy Nancy’s Elite Hair Designers Salon & Day Spa, 295 DW Highway, Nashua, 891-0202, fancynancyssalon.com
Best of Concord: Kae Mason, Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Manchester: Samantha Courtois, 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Suite 4, Manchester, 459-3367, 5diamondsalon.com
Best of Nashua: Rebecca Morin, Drápóel Salon & Boutique, 634 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-9411, drapoelsalon.com
 
Friendliest Dentist
Best of the Best: Dr. Elizabeth Spindel (Elizabeth Spindel, DMD), 862 Union St., Manchester, 669-9049
Best of Concord: Dr. Ray Orzechowski (R. Orzechowski Jr. DMD General Dentistry) 280 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-4456
Best of Manchester: Dr. John J. Ahern (Ahern, Nichols, Ahern, Hersey & Butterfield Family Dentistry), 30 Pinkerton St., Derry, 432-5039
Best of Nashua: Dr. Charles Pipilas (Dr. Charles Pipilas, DDS), 280 Main St., Nashua, 881-8280
 
Shopping & Services
 
Best Florist
Best of the Best: Cobblestone Design Company, 89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 228-5980, cobblestoneflorist.com
Best of Concord: D. McLeod Florist, 49 S. State St., Concord, 225-3721, dmflowers.com
Best of Manchester: Chalifour’s Flowers, 46 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8844, chalifours.com
Best of Nashua: Fortin Gage Flowers & Gifts, 86 W. Pearl St., Nashua, fortingage.com
 
Best Car Repair Shop
Best of the Best: Brutus Auto Repair & Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 874-1046, brutusauto.com
Best of Concord: Weed Family Automotive, 124 Storrs St., Concord, 225-7988, weedfamilyautomotive.com
Best of Manchester: Ron’s Toy Shop, 235 Elm St., Manchester, 669-9682, ronstoyshop.com
Best of Nashua: Gurney’s Automotive Repair, 83 Broad St., Nashua, 886-5800, and 419 Elm St., Milford, 249-5552, gurneysautomotive.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, Bedford, 622-0550, alapageboutique.com
Best of Nashua: Fresh of Nashua, 178 Main St., Nashua, 821-9888, freshofnashua.com
 
Best Independent Jewelry Store
Best of the Best: Bellman’s Jewelers, 1650 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4653, bellmans.com
Best of Concord: Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, 16 & 18 N. Main St., Concord, 224-6166, capitolcraftsman.com
Best of Manchester: Jonathan’s Jewelers, 460 Route 101, Bedford, 471-2828, jonathansjewelers.com
Best of Nashua: Scontsas Fine Jewelry & Home Decor, 169-173 Main St., Nashua, 882-3281, scontsas.com
 
Best Independent Shoe Store
Best of the Best: Alec’s Shoes, 201 Main St., Nashua, 882-6811, alecs-shoes.com
Best of Concord: Joe King’s, 45 N. Main St., Concord, 225-6012, joekings.com
Best of Manchester: Benton Shoe Company, 814 Elm St., Manchester, 644-2550, bentonshoeco.com
Best of Nashua: The Shoebox, 17 Route 101A, Amherst, 672-6570, shoeboxnh.com
 
Best Second Hand Store
Best of the Best: Mother & Child Clothing & Gifts, 135 Route 101A, Amherst, 886-6727, mothersays.shoprw.com
Best of Concord: OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique, 20 S. Main St., Concord, 219-0027, outfittersnh.org
Best of Manchester: OutFITters Thrift Store, 394 Second St., Manchester, 641-6691, outfittersnh.org
Best of Nashua: Dress 2 Impress Consignment, 175 Main St., Nashua, 589-9536, dress2impressconsignment.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 Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: 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: The Foundry Restaurant, 50 Commercial St., Manchester, 836-1925, foundrynh.com. Opened August 2015.
Best of Concord: Vibes Gourmet Burgers, 25 S. Main St., Concord, 856-8671, vibesgourmetburgers.com. Opened November 2015. 
Best of Manchester: Funktion Spirits & Spoonfuls, 931 Elm St., Manchester, 782-5365, funktionspirits.com. Opened September 2015.
Best of Nashua: Pig Tale Restaurant, 449 Amherst St., Nashua, 864-8740, pigtalepizza.com. Opened June 2015. 
 
Best Fine Dining
Best of the Best: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks
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 Highway, 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 Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
More Favorite Restaurants
 
Best Asian Restaurant
Best of the Best: Lilac Blossom Restaurant, 650 Amherst St., Unit 22, Nashua, 886-8420; 385 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua, 888-9588, lilacblossomrestaurant.com
Best of Concord: Siam Orchid Thai Bistro, 12 N. Main St., Concord, 228-1529, siamorchid.net
Best of Manchester: Chen’s Garden, 956 Second St., Manchester, 836-5608, chensgardennh.com
Best of Nashua: You You Japanese Bistro, 150 Broad St., Suite 4, Nashua, 882-8337, youyoujbistro.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: Goody Coles Smokehouse, 374 Route 125, Brentwood, 679-8898, goodycoles.com
Best of Nashua: Riverside Barbeque Co., 53 Main St., Nashua, 204-5110, riversidebarbeque.com
 
Best Diner
Best of the Best: The 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: The 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: Fratello’s Italian Grille, 155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022, fratellos.com
Best of Nashua: Fratello’s Italian Grille, 194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022, fratellos.com
 
Best Mexican/Latin 
American Restaurant
Best of the Best: La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705; 545 Daniel Webster Highway, Manchester, 628-6899, lacarretamex.com
Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 35 Manchester Road, Suite 5A, Derry, 421-0091, lacarretamex.com
Best of Nashua: El Colima Mexican Restaurant, 116 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 889-8226, elcolima.com
 
Best Seafood Restaurant
Best of the Best: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com
Best of Concord: Makris Lobster and Steak House, Route 106, Concord, 225-7665, eatalobster.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 Highway, 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 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks
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 Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com
 
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 S. Main St., Concord, 724-6464, necupcakery.com
Best of Manchester: Carina’s Cakes, 37 Crystal Ave. (Plaza One), Derry, 425-9620, carinas-cakes.com
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 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330
Best of Manchester: Carina’s Cakes, 37 Crystal Ave (Plaza One), Derry, 425-9620, carinas-cakes.com
Best of Nashua: The Black Forest Cafe, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com
 
 
Best Locally Made Donuts
Best of the Best: Klemm’s Bakery, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 437-8810, klemmsbakery.com
Concord: Stonehouse Baking Co., 746 Calef Highway, Barrington, 664-2307, stonehousebaking.com
Manchester: The Local Moose Cafe, 124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 232-2669, thelocalmoosecafe.com
Nashua: Crosby Bakery, 51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-1851, crosbybakerynh.com 
 
Best Ice Cream
Best of the Best: Hayward’s Homemade Ice Cream, 7 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-4663, haywardsicecream.com
Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, arniesplace.com
Best of Manchester: Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Nashua: King Kone, Route 3, Merrimack, 424-6848, find them on Facebook 
 
Best Whoopie Pies
Best of the Best: The Crust & Crumb Baking Company, 126 N. 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: Carina’s Cakes, 37 Crystal Ave (Plaza One), Derry, 425-9620, carinas-cakes.com
Best of Nashua: The Black Forest Cafe, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com
 
Drinks
 
Best Beer Selection (at a bar or restaurant)
Best of the Best: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
Best of Nashua: Martha’s Exchange Restaurant & Brewing Co., 185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com
 
Best Brewery
Best: Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 844-223-2253, ableebenezer.com
Runner-up: 603 Brewery, 12 Liberty Drive, Londonderry, 216-5074, 603brewery.com
Honorable Mention: Smuttynose Brewing Co., 105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton, 436-4026, smuttynose.com
 
Best Cocktail
Best of the Best: Mudslides, Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Margarita, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: Moroccan Old-Fashioned, Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: Espresso Martini, Giorgio’s Ristorante & Martini Bar, 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333, giorgios.com
 
Best Cup of Coffee
Best of the Best: True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com
Best of Concord: Schoodac’s Coffee & Tea, 1 E. Main St., Warner, 456-3400, facebook.com/schoodacs
Best of Manchester: The Grind Rail Trail Cafe, 5 W. Broadway, Derry, 247-4506, thegrindnh.com
Best of Nashua: A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea, 135 Route 101A, Amherst, 578-3338, aeroastery.com
 
Best NH Hard Liquor
Best: Flag Hill Winery & Distillery, 297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, flaghill.com, makes General John Stark vodka, Karner Blue gin, Flag Hill white rum, Flag Hill spiced rum, Flag Hill straight bourbon whiskey, Josiah Bartlett barrel aged apple brandy, Graham’s Grappa non-barrel aged brandy, White Mountain Moonshine white whiskey, cranberry, blueberry, raspberry and sugar maple liqueurs.
Runner-up: Djinn Spirits, 2 Townsend West, Suite 9, Nashua, 262-1812, djinnspirits.com, makes Beat 3 Reserve Whiskey, Beat 3 White Whiskey, Distilled Gin, Krupnik spiced honey liqueur and single malt whiskey.
Honorable Mention: Sea Hagg Distillery, 135 Lafayette Road, Unit 9, North Hampton, 379-2274, seahaggdistillery.com, makes amber rum, blueberry rum, spiced rum, poitin white whiskey, strawberry rum, peach rum, apple eau de vie, apple brandy and Plaice Cove Irish-style whiskey.
 
Best NH Tasting Room (for beer, wine, cider or liquor)
Best: Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 844-223-2253, ableebenezer.com. The Ale Room is open weekdays from 4 to 8 p.m., weekends from noon to 8 p.m.
Runner-up: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com. Tasting Room open Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Honorable Mention: Great North Aleworks, 1050 Holt Ave, Unit 14, Manchester, 858-5789, greatnorthaleworks.com. Tasting Room open Thursday and Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
 
Best Restaurant Wine List
Best of the Best: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks
Best of Manchester: Cask and Vine, 1.5 East Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, caskandvine.com
Best of Nashua: MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, 212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com
 
Best NH Winery
Best: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com. 
Runner-up: Flag Hill Winery & Distillery, 297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, flaghill.com
Honorable Mention: Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, 438-5984, fulchinovineyard.com
 
Food Shops
 
Best Bakery
Best of the Best: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330
Best of Concord: The Crust & Crumb Baking Company, 126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb.com
Best of Manchester: Finesse Pastries, 968 Elm St., Manchester, 232-6592, finessepastries.com
Best of Nashua: Crosby Bakery, 51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-1851, crosbybakerynh.com
 
Best Beer Shop
Best of the Best: Bert’s Better Beers, 1100 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 413-5992, bertsbetterbeers.com
Best of Concord: Barb’s Beer Emporium, 249 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 369-4501, barbsbeeremporium.com
Best of Manchester: Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe, 27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-2500, lazydogbeer.com
Best of Nashua: The Beer Store, 433 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-2242, thebeerstorenh.com 
 
Best Butcher Shop
Best of the Best: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com
Best of Concord: Concord Beef & Seafood, 75 S. Main St., Concord, 226-3474, find them on Facebook
Best of Manchester: Mr. Steer Meats, 27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-1444, mrsteermeats.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; 832 Elm St., Manchester, 218-3885, granitestatecandyshoppe.com
Best of Concord: Lee’s Candy Kitchen, Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-5175, leescandykitchen.com
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, nelsonscandieswilton.com
 
Best Farm Stand
Best of the Best: Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079, livefreeandfarm.com
Best of Concord: Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 496-8218, dimondhillfarm.com
Best of Manchester: Wilson Farm, 144 Charles Bancroft Highway, Route 3A, Litchfield, 882-5551, wilsonfarm.com
Best of Nashua: Trombly Gardens, 150 N. River Road, Milford, 673-0647, tromblygardens.ipage.com
 
Best Neighborhood Market
Best of the Best: Bunny’s Superette, 75 Webster St., Manchester, 622-5080 
Best of Concord: Quality Cash Market, 11 Eastman St., Concord, 225-9661, qualitycashmarket.com
Best of Manchester: Sully’s Superette, 10 N. Mast Road, Goffstown, 497-8176, sullyssuperette.com
Best of Nashua: Jeannotte’s Market, 2 Courtland St., Nashua, 882-0161, find them on Facebook
 
Delicious Dishes
 
Best Bagels
Best of the Best: Bagel Alley, 1 Eldridge St., Nashua, 882-9343, find them on Facebook
Best of Concord: The Works Bakery Cafe, 42 N. Main St., Concord, 226-1827, worksbakerycafe.com
Best of Manchester: Bagel Cafe, 373 Hanover St., Manchester, 647-2233, nhbagelcafe.com
Best of Nashua: Hot Rize Bagel Cafe, 634 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-3367, find them on Facebook
 
Best Breakfast
Best of the Best: Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh.com
Best of Concord: The School House Cafe, 787 Route 103 E, Warner, 746-3850, find them on Facebook
Best of Manchester: Purple Finch Cafe, 124 S. River Road, Bedford, 232-1953, purplefinchcafe.com
Best of Nashua: The Riverhouse Cafe, 123 Union Square, Milford, 249-5556, theriverhousecafe.com
 
Best Burgers
Best of the Best: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Concord: Vibes Gourmet Burgers, 25 S Main St., Concord, 856-8671, vibesgourmetburgers.com
Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com
Best of Nashua: Papa Joe’s Humble Kitchen, 237 South St., Milford, 672-9130, papajoeshumblekitchen.com
 
Best Burritos
Best of the Best: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com
Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: La Carreta, 545 Hooksett Road and 1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 628-6899, 623-7705, lacarretamex.com
Best of Nashua: El Colima, 116 W Pearl St., Nashua, 889-8226, elcolima.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 and Steak House, 354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665, eatalobster.com
Best of Manchester: The Pines Seafood House, 171 Route 27, Raymond, 895-4114, thepinesseafood.com 
Best of Nashua: The Lobster Boat Restaurant, 453 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-5221, lobsterboatrestaurant.com
 
Best NH-Made Food Product
Best of the Best: Laurel Hill Jams and Jellies of Bedford, available at Bedford Fields Garden Center & Home Decor, the Farm & Flower Market in Manchester, several other stores and online at laurelhilljams.com. Check the website for more store locations and call 472-5388 for more info.
Runner-up: Ben’s Pure Maple Syrup of Temple, available at local Shaw’s, Hannafords, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and more. You can also purchase online at bens-maple-syrup.myshopify.com. Contact benssugarshack@gmail.com or call 924-3111 for more info.
Honorable Mention: Blackwater Mustard of Contoocook, available at local farm stands, small markets and delis around southern New Hampshire. You can also purchase at blackwatermustardco.com. Contact blackwater.mustard@gmail.com or call 603-746-2349 for more info.
 
Best French Fries
Best of the Best: Caesario’s, 1057 Elm St., Manchester, 669-8383, caesariospizza.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 N Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7537, 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 and Seafood, 11 S Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com
Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com
Best of Nashua: The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern, 641 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022, homesteadnh.com
 
Best Menu Item
Best of the Best: Chicken Tenders, Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Chicken and Garlic Nachos,  Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: Go-go Bread, Firefly American Bistro & Bar, 22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com
Best of Nashua: Mexican Mac and Cheese, Amigos Mexican Cantina, 20 South St., Milford, 673-1500, amigosmilford.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 S. Main St., Concord, 224-9366, constantlypizza.net
Best of Manchester: Pizza Man, 254 W. River Road, Hooksett, 626-7499, thepizzamandelivers.com
Best of Nashua: Nashua House of Pizza, 40 E Hollis St., Nashua, 883-6177, nashuahouseofpizza.com
 
Best Pizza, Dine-in
Best of the Best: 900 Degrees, 50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, 900degrees.com
Best of Concord: Vinnie’s Pizzeria, 200 S. Main St., Concord, 224-7727, find them on Facebook
Best of Manchester: Pizza Man, 254 W. River Road, Hooksett, 626-7499, thepizzamandelivers.com
Best of Nashua: Pasta Loft Restaurant, 241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft.com
 
Best Salads
Best of the Best: Live Juice, 5 S. Main St., Concord, 226-3024, livejuicenh.com
Best of Concord: Cheers, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com
Best of Manchester: Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Nashua: Pressed Cafe, 108 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 718-1250, pressedcafe.com
 
Best Sandwich
Best of the Best: Steak & Cheese, Bob Nadeau’s, 776 Mast Road, Manchester, 623-9315, nadeaussubs.com
Best of Concord: Roast Beef, Beefside, 106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208, beefsiderestaurant.net
Best of Manchester: Steak & Cheese, Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-1800, substationhooksett.com
Best of Nashua: The Garden, The Nashua Garden, 121 Main St., Nashua, 886-7363, find them on Facebook
 
Best Subs
Best of the Best: Nadeau’s, 776 Mast Road, 805 Canal St., 100 Cahill Ave, 1095 Hanover St., Manchester, 623-9315, nadeaussubs.com
Best of Concord: Cimo’s South End Deli, 250 South St., Concord, 856-8020, find them on Facebook
Best of Manchester: Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-1800, substationhooksett.com
Best of Nashua: Bill Cahill’s Super Subs, 8 Kimball Road, Hudson, 882-7710
 
Food Happenings
 
Best Farmers Market
Best: Concord Farmers Market. It begins May 7 and is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Capitol Street, Concord.
Runner-up: Bedford Farmers Market. It begins June 14 and is open every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford.
Honorable Mention: Salem Farmers Market. It is open year round every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 14 Main St., Salem, until May 1 when it moves to 224 N. Broadway, Salem.
 
Best Food Festival
Best: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival. With more than 150,000 attendees each year, it boasts being the largest seaside festival in New England. It features seafood from more than 60 seacoast restaurants and activities for the whole family. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday Sept. 9 through Sunday Sept. 11 at Ocean Boulevard on Hampton Beach. 
Runner-up: Rock’n Ribfest. A celebration of ribs and barbecue food made by nationally renowned smokers and local restaurants. The festival also features live concerts, a road race, hot air balloon rides and more. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday June 17 through Sunday June 19 at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack. 
Honorable Mention: Glendi. A Greek festival that features music, dancing and traditional Greek food. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday Sept. 16 through Sunday Sept. 18 at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester. 
 
Food Personalities
 
Best Bartender
Best of the Best: Patrick Graham, Romano’s Pizza, 27 Colby Road, Litchfield, 424-0500, romanosnh.com 
Best of Concord: Corey Garland, The Barley House, 132 N Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Lisa Lyonnais, Romano’s Pizza, 27 Colby Road, Litchfield, 424-0500, romanosnh.com 
Best of Nashua: Brandon Laws, The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7537, thepeddlersdaughter.com
 
Best Chef
Best of the Best: George Craft, Cask & Vine, 1 E Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, caskandvine.com
Best of Concord: Adam Mosher, Taco Beyondo, 53 Henniker St., Hillsborough, 464-5986, tacobeyondo.com
Best of Manchester: Ed Aloise, Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com 
Best of Nashua: Michael Buckley, MT’s Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, 595-9334, mtslocal.com
 
Best Waiter/Waitress
Best of the Best: Zach Sotiriou, Restaurant Tek-Nique, 170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5629, restaurantteknique.com
Best of Concord: Jonna Gaskell, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: Jessica Flynn, Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh.com
Best of Nashua: Bastian DiCaprio, San Francisco Kitchen, 133 Main St., Nashua, 886-8833, sfkitchen.com
 
Family Fun
 
Favorite Farm 
Best of the Best: Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079, livefreeandfarm.com, grows vegetables from cauliflower to kale and fruits like apples, kiwi and even dragonfruit.
Best of Concord: Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 496-8218, dimondhillfarm.com, grows a wide variety of produce and its farm stand sells locally produced cheeses, eggs, pickles and more. 
Best of Manchester: J&F Farms, 120 Chester Road, Derry, 437-0535, facebook.com/jffarms, grows potatoes, squash, peppers, beans and more. 
Best of Nashua: Trombly Gardens, 150 N. River Road, Milford, 673-0647, tromblygardens.ipage.com, grows mostly vegetables with a wide variety from lettuce and zucchini to kohlrabi and eggplant as well as fruits like watermelon.
 
Best Restaurant for Kids
Best of the Best: Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh.com
Best of Concord: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com
Best of Manchester: T-Bones Great American Eatery, 39 Crystal Ave., Derry, 434-3200, t-bones.com
Best of Nashua: T-Bones Great American Eatery, 77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677, t-bones.com
 
Best Place to Take the Kids
Best of the Best: Cowabunga’s, an indoor inflatable playground. 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-8008, mycowabungas.com.
Best of Concord: Krazy Kids, an indoor play center and party venue, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, gokrazykids.com.
Best of Manchester: SEE Science Center, an interactive science museum modeled after the Exploratorium in San Francisco, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org.
Best of Nashua: Launch Trampoline Park, an indoor play center with giant trampolines, 17 Tanguay Ave., Nashua, 318-7600, launchnashua.com.
 
Best Place to take the Kids on a Rainy or Snowy Day
Best of the Best: Cowabunga’s, an indoor inflatable playground, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-8008, mycowabungas.com.
Best of Concord: Krazy Kids, an indoor play center and party venue, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, gokrazykids.com.
Best of Manchester: SEE Science Center, an interactive science museum modeled after the Exploratorium in San Francisco, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org.
Best of Nashua: Launch Trampoline Park, an indoor play center with giant trampolines, 17 Tanguay Ave., Nashua, 318-7600, launchnashua.com.
 
Best Place to take Visiting Relatives
Best of the Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org. An art museum founded in 1929 that features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculptures, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe and other notable artists. 
Best of Concord: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9511, shakers.org. A museum preserving an original Shaker village built in 1792 that includes 25 restored and four reconstructed buildings where visitors can learn about Shaker life. 
Best of Manchester: Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials, 452 Mountain Road, Goffstown, 497-3975, uncanoonucmt.com. A plant and flower nursery with 2.5 acres of stock beds and potted plants nestled halfway up the south slope of North Uncanoonuc Mountain. 
Best of Nashua: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 595-1202, budweisertours.com. The center of northeast operations for beer production and distribution for brands like Budweiser and the home of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. 
 
Pets 
 
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: Amoskeag Pet Supply, 468 S. Main St., Manchester, 647-4700
Best of Nashua: Pets Choice, 454 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-7297, petschoicenh.com
 
Best Doggie Day Care 
Best of the Best: The Barking Dog, 208 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 222-2275, thebarkingdog.com
Best of Concord: Paws on Pine, 913 Pine St.​, Contoocook, 568-4022, pawsonpinenh.com (not taking new clients at this time)
Best of Manchester: All Dogs Gym & Inn, 505 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 669-4644, alldogsgym.com
Best of Nashua: Superdogs Daycare, 637 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-1515, superdogsdaycare.com
 
Best Place to Walk Your Dog 
Best of the Best: Mine Falls Park, Whipple Street, Nashua, 589-3400, ext. 5005, nashuanh.gov. Features around 8 miles of trails over 325 acres of forest, open fields and wetlands, bordered by the Nashua River, Mill Pond and canal system.
Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov. Features White Park Pond and several groomed trails over 20 acres.
Best of Manchester: Livingston Park, Hooksett Road, Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov. Features about 1 mile of unpaved trail loops around Dorrs Pond.  
Best of Nashua: Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, 886-6000, hudsonnh.gov. Features 166 acres with multiple trails and a fenced-in dog park. 
 
Entertainment
 
Best Local Radio Show
Best: Greg and the Morning Buzz, Rock 101 WGIR-FM/100.3 WHEB-FM, airs weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m., hosted by Greg Kretschmar, morningbuzz.com
Runner-up: New Hampshire in the Morning, 95.7 WZID-FM, airs weekdays from 5 to 10 a.m., hosted by Neil White and Marga Bessette, 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. and re-airs at 8 p.m., hosted by Laura Knoy, nhpr.org
 
Best Local Radio Station
Best: 95.7 WZID-FM, today’s variety, wzid.com
Runner-up: Rock 101 WGIR-FM, 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 Local Movie Theater
Best: Red River Theatres, 11 S. 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 of the Best: Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, gibsonsbookstore.com
Best of Concord: MainStreet BookEnds, 16 E. Main St., Warner, 456-2700, mainstreetbookends.com
Best of Manchester: Double Midnight Comics, 245 Maple St., Manchester, 669-9636, dmcomics.com
Best of Nashua: The Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Lorden Plaza, Milford, 673-1734, toadbooks.com
 
Best Community Event
Best of the Best: Winter Holiday Stroll, held in downtown Nashua, features music, food, shopping, live entertainment, and a candlelight stroll down Main Street. This year’s stroll is on Saturday, Nov. 26. Hosted by Great American Downtown Nashua, downtownnashua.org  
Best of Concord: Market Days Festival, held in downtown Concord every summer, features food, shopping and free entertainment. This year’s festival is Thursday, June 23, through Saturday, June 25. Hosted by Intown Concord, intownconcord.org
Best of Manchester: Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta, held in downtown Goffstown, includes a largest-pumpkin competition and a race in giant pumpkin boats down the Piscatacuog River. This year’s event is on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16. Hosted by Goffstown Main Street Program, goffstownmainstreet.org 
Best of Nashua: Milford Pumpkin Festival, held throughout Milford, features three days of food, entertainment, crafts, kids’ activities and lots of pumpkins. This year’s festival is Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9. Hosted by the Milford Improvement Team, milfordpumpkinfestival.org
 
Entertainers
 
Best Local Band
Best: Hunter, alternative rock/folk, facebook.com/Hunterbandofficial. Next local show is at Fody’s Tavern in Nashua on Friday, April 22, at 10 p.m. 
Runner-up: Pat & the Hats, pop/rock, patandthehats.com. Next local show is at True Brew Barista in Concord on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. 
Honorable Mention: Dusty Gray Band, rock/country, see “Dusty Gray” on Facebook. The band moved on to other music opportunities in Nashville in the summer of 2015 but returned for a New Hampshire tour in late January. 
 
Best Local Solo Performer
Best: Brad Bosse of Milford, acoustic/rock, facebook.com/BradBosseMusic. Next local show is at Fratello’s in Manchester on Friday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m.
Runner-up: MB Padfield of Manchester, rock/pop, facebook.com/mbpadfield. Next local show is at Tortilla Flat in Merrimack on Wednesday, March 30, at 6 p.m. 
Honorable Mention: Tristan Omand of Manchester, Americana, tristanomand.com. New album released on April 8. Next local show is at The Common Cafe & Tavern in Rumney on Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Omand hosts and performs at the “Six Strings, Three Chords” series held at New England College’s performance space on Main Street in Concord every second Friday at 7 p.m. 
 
Best Local Comedian
Best: Nick Lavallee, theotherdude.com. Next local show is at the Shaskeen in Manchester on Wednesday, April 6, at 9 p.m. 
Runner-up: Juston McKinney, justonmckinney.com. Next local show is at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. 
Honorable Mention: Paul Landwehr, paullandwehr.com. Next local show is at Headliners Comedy Club at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on Saturday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m. 
 
Best Local Radio Show Host 
Best: Greg Kretschmar from Greg and the Morning Buzz, Rock 101 WGIR-FM/100.3 WHEB-FM, morningbuzz.com. Show airs weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m.
Runner-up: Laura Knoy from The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), 89.1 FM Concord/Manchester/88.3 FM Nashua, nhpr.org. Show airs weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and re-airs at 8 p.m.
Honorable Mention: Nazzy from Morning Wake Up, 98.3 WLNH-FM, wlnh.nh1media.com. Show airs weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m.
 
Best Local NH Sports Team
Best: Manchester Monarchs, minor-league affiliate of the NHL’s L.A. Kings, manchestermonarchs.com. The next and final home game of the season is on Friday, April 8. Home ice is at the Verizon Wireless Arena in downtown Manchester. 
Runner-up: New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Manchester-based AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, milb.com. The 2016 season home opener is on Monday, April 11. Home field is Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. 
Honorable Mention: University of New Hampshire Wildcats men’s hockey team, NCAA Division I, nhwildcats.com. Home ice is at the Whittemore Center Arena at UNH in Durham. 
 
Nightlife
 
Best Bar for Live Music
Best of the Best: The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com. Hosts various music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. 
Best of Concord: True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com. Hosts various music on Fridays and Saturdays around 8 p.m. 
Best of Manchester: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net. Hosts various music on Tuesdays and Thursday through Saturday, and blues on Sundays around 8 p.m. 
Best of Nashua: Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200, riverwalknashua.com. Hosts various music Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m., including jazz every second Sunday, and Celtic on Sundays at 1 p.m. 
 
Best Bar with an Outdoor Deck
Best of the Best: The Derryfield Restaurant, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com
Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com
Best of Manchester: Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.net
Best of Nashua: The Pasta Loft Restaurant, 241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft.com
 
Best Date Place
Best of the Best: Mint Bistro, 1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, mintbistronh.com
Best of Concord: Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, 11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, angelinasrestaurant.com
Best of Manchester: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com
Best of Nashua: Stella Blu, 70 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 578-5557, stellablu-nh.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: The Dugout, 1087 Elm St., Manchester, 206-5599, facebook.com/thedugoutNH
Best of Nashua: Arena Sports Bar & Restaurant, 53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060, arenanh.com
 
Best Pub Trivia Night
Best of the Best: The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com. Held Mondays at 7:30 p.m. 
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com. Held Wednesdays at 8 p.m. 
Best of Manchester: The Farm Bar & Grille, 1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, farmbargrille.com. Held Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com. Held Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.
 
Best Karaoke Night
Best of the Best: Yee Dynasty, 830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com. Held every night of the week at 9 p.m. 
Best of Concord: Beijing and Tokyo Restaurant, 61 S. Main St., Concord, 228-0888, beijingtokyoconcordnh.com. Held Fridays and Saturdays around 9 p.m.
Best of Manchester: McGarvey’s Saloon, 1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721, mcgarveysnh.com. Held Tuesday through Sunday at 9:30 p.m. 
Best of Nashua: Fody’s Great American Tavern, 9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015, fodystavern.com. Held Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.
 
Outdoors
 
Best Local Hiking Trail
Best of the Best: Mine Falls Park, Whipple Street, Nashua, 589-3400, ext. 5005, nashuanh.gov. Features around 8 miles of trails over 325 acres of forest, open fields and wetlands, bordered by the Nashua River, Millpond and canal system.
Best of Concord: Marjory Swope Park, Long Pond Road, Concord, 225-8515, concordnh.gov. Features an easy trail loop about 2 miles long with a view of Penacook Lake. 
Best of Manchester: Lake Massabesic, off the Londonderry Turnpike, Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov. Features multiple trails ranging from 1/2 mile to over 3 miles in length. 
Best of Nashua: Beaver Brook, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, beaverbrook.org. Features 35 miles of trails. 
 
Best City Park
Best of the Best: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov. Features 20 acres with walking paths, a sports field and court, White Park Pond, an ice skating rink in the winter, a pool in the summer and the city’s largest playground. 
Best of Concord: Rollins Park, 116 Broadway St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov. Features walking paths, a playground, sports fields, a gazebo, a pool in the summer and ice skating rink in the winter.
Best of Manchester: Livingston Park, Hooksett Road, Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov. Features a playground, sports field, running track, pool and about 1 mile of unpaved trail loops around the 25-acre Dorrs Pond, which is open for fishing and boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter.
Best of Nashua: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, 589-3370, nashuanh.gov. Features 125 acres with sports fields and courts, picnic areas, a playground, hiking trails, a wading pool and a bandstand and is a hotspot for community events. 
 
Best State Park
Best: Pawtuckaway State Park, 128 Mountain Road, Nottingham, 895-3031, nhstateparks.org. Features a diverse landscape with a family beach on the lake and hiking trails where wildlife and special points of interest can be seen. 
Runner-up: Bear Brook State Park, 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, 485-9869, nhstateparks.org. With more than 10,000 acres, it’s the largest developed state park in New Hampshire and features 40 miles of trails through various terrain and two archery ranges. 
Honorable Mention: Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, 436-7406, nhstateparks.org. Features various trails with views of the ocean and is home to the Seacoast Science Center. 
 
Best Sledding Hill
Best of the Best: Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 669-0235, derryfieldgolf.com. Large hill located on the golf course.
Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov. A sledding hill is located next to a ball field.  
Best of Manchester: Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 434-7619, macksapples.com. Hills and trails located around the property.
Best of Nashua: Roby Park, Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 589-3370, nashuanh.gov. A steep hill is located near the back of the park.
 
Best Local Ski Hill
Best: Pat’s Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245, patspeak.com
Runner-up: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Court, Manchester, 622-6159, mcintyreskiarea.com
Honorable Mention: Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, 293-4341, gunstock.com
 
Best Golf Course
Best of the Best: Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 669-0235, derryfieldgolf.com
Best of Concord: Beaver Meadow Golf Course, 1 Beaver Meadow Drive, Concord, 228-8954, beavermeadowgolfcourse.com
Best of Manchester: Manchester Country Club, 180 S. River Road, Bedford, 624-4096, manchestercountryclub.com
Best of Nashua: Sky Meadow Country Club, 6 Mountain Laurels Drive, Nashua, 888-9000, skymeadow.com
 
Notable Locals
 
Best Mechanic 
Best of the Best: Nathan Grace, Black Widow Customs, 51B Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 624-0400, blackwidowcustoms.com
Best of Concord: Ryan Arsenault, Pellerin Motorsports, 219 Pembroke St., Suncook, 210-1637, pellerinmotorsports.com 
Best of Manchester: Ralph Brutus, Brutus Auto Repair & Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 624-8881, brutusauto.com
Best of Nashua: Chad Tanguay, Merrimack Auto Center, 9 Webb Drive, Merrimack, 216-9596, merrimackautocenterllc.com 
 
Best Teacher
Best of the Best: Deborah Otterson (second grade), Saint John Regional School, 61 State St., Concord
Best of Concord: Bonnie Larochelle (third grade), Christa McAuliffe School, 17 N. Spring St., Concord
Best of Manchester: Leah Murphy (art), Saint Casimir School, 456 Union St., Manchester
Best of Nashua: Tracey Tierney (third grade), Heron Pond Elementary School, 80 Heron Pond Road, Milford
 
Cool Stuff 
 
Best Historical or Cultural Site or Museum 
Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org. An art museum founded in 1929 that features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculptures, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe and other notable artists. 
Runner-up: Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, 433-1100, strawberybanke.org. A 10-acre outdoor history museum featuring over 40 restored buildings and costumed role-players that recreate various time periods between the 17th and 19th centuries. 
Honorable Mention: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9511, shakers.org. A museum preserving an original Shaker village built in 1792 that includes 25 restored and four reconstructed buildings where visitors can learn about Shaker life. 
 
Coolest-looking Building
Best of the Best: New Hampshire Statehouse, 107 N. Main St., Concord, nh.gov
Best of Concord: Gasholder House, S. Main St., Concord, concordnh.gov
Best of Manchester: New Hampshire Institute of Art, Lowell Street Building, 88 Lowell St., Manchester, nhia.edu
Best of Nashua: Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main St., Nashua, nashuanh.gov 
 
Best Thing About Living in NH
Best: New Hampshire’s four seasons (with fans of all seasons, but particularly autumn and, if you can believe it, winter)
Runner­-up: New Hampshire’s unique geography, with mountains, lakes, beaches and forests — all close to Boston
Honorable Mention: The state’s natural beauty 





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