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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 2017 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, Milford, 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 mac & cheese purveyor 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, mac-&-cheese-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 regularly (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 from readers, so send yours along. And, again, all results are final. 




Hippo Best of 2017
Your Local Favorites Readers Picks

03/30/17



 The results are in! Throughout February, you voted for your favorite things about southern New Hampshire, from your favorite breakfast to your favorite place to take visiting relatives. 

After hand-counting your votes, we now present you with the results, which include return champions as well as first-time winners. 
Put them all together and you have a great resource of the best things to see and do right where you live. (Descriptions of the locations mentioned here are based on information available on their websites. Call ahead to verify they have the dish, salon service or fitness class you’re looking for.)
You also came up with some fantastic responses to “Best thing we forgot to ask about” — you’ll find stories about the Top 3 in these pages. 
Once you’re done perusing this list, keep an eye out for our annual magazine, coming out in May, where we’ll expand on some of the people and places that make southern New Hampshire a great place to live.
 
The Arts
Best Performing Arts Venue
Best of the Best: The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org (The 890-seat venue is more than 100 years old and is best known for its mainstage professional productions and Palace Youth Theatre company. In addition, it hosts musical and comedy acts and film screenings. The next mainstage musical is Saturday Night Fever April 14 through May 6.)
Best of Concord: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com (The arts venue contains the 1,304-seat Chubb Theatre, Governor’s Hall and the adjacent Kimball House. The venue sees Broadway national shows; concerts; and HD screenings of the Met, the National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet. The next big production is Pippin Thursday, May 11.)
Best of Manchester: Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry, 437-5100, tupelohall.com (The recent move from Londonderry enables tiered seating but with dancing and tables on the lowest level. It sees concerts and comedy events every weekend. Melissa Etheridge performs April 26.)
Best of Nashua: The Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002, svbgc.org (Built in 2005 around the former home of the American Stage Festival, the 460-seat theater houses the Riverbend Youth Company and the Riverbend School of Theater Arts plus productions by the Milford Area Players; the next big one is Seussical May 4 through May 7.)
 
Best Art Gallery
Best of the Best: McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord, 225-2515, mcgowanfineart.com (The contemporary gallery features work by New England artists of various media, styles and price ranges. Owner and director Sarah Chaffee celebrates her 20th year as the gallery director with a show, “Twenty Years of a Singular Vision,” on view through April 28 and a reception Friday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.)
Best of Concord: Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 226-2046, themillbrookgallery.com (It’s perhaps best known for its summer outdoor sculpture exhibit, but owner Pam Tarbell also curates several indoor exhibitions each year with work by New England artists in all media, including sculpture, paintings, jewelry, etc. It opens for the season May 4.)
Best of Manchester: Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, 550arts.com (It’s primarily a ceramics studio for beginner and advanced artists, but the space sees monthly rotating curated or non-curated shows. On view now through April 25 is “Upcycled Art: A New Life for Old Things.”)
Best of Nashua: Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash St., Hollis, 465-9453, wildsalamander.com (The art center is primarily for classes, workshops and summer camps but also hosts art shows almost every month. On view April 1 through April 22 is “Dueling Landscapes: Traditional vs. Industrial” with work by Stephen L. Previte.)
 
Best Art in a Public Space
Best of the Best: Downtown Concord (The newest pieces include the sculpture of a boy with a turtle by Beverly Benson Seamans on South Main St. Other downtown art includes the Eagle Square gateway tree sculpture, the new Haley Rae Martin mural created by local high school students, located on the CVS on Main Street, and the statues and memorials on the State House lawn, including Gen. John Stark, Daniel Webster and Franklin Pierce, among others.)
Best of Concord: Concord Arts Market, Bicentennial Square, concordartsmarket.net (It happens almost every Saturday from June 3 through Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bicentennial Square, hosting local artists selling art, crafts, jewelry and more.)
Best of Manchester: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org (Outside are four sculptures: “Fusion II,” a stainless steel piece by George Sherwood, “Thank You Silence” and “Bench #XIII,” both by Gary Haven Smith, and “Origins,” a bright red and black piece by Mark di Suvero. Inside are permanent and rotating art exhibitions; on view now are “Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting” and “Soo Sunny Park: BioLath.”)
Best of Nashua: Downtown Nashua (Downtown contains a variety of murals and sculptures courtesy of Positive Street Art, City Arts Nashua and the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium. The most recent addition is a mural on Main St. honoring famous Hollywood flicks, like It’s A Wonderful Life and The Blob; you can find all the city’s downtown murals and sculptures at downtownnashua.org/live/cultural-groups/. Three artfully-decorated downtown pianos will also be installed for the spring season starting May 6, one confirmed for Bicentennial Park, the other locations TBD.)
 
Shopping
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, 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 (More than 100 lines of women’s clothes, jewelry and accessories, made in the U.S. or purchased fair trade.)
Best of Concord: Indigo Blues & Co., 902 Main St., Contoocook, 660-9290, indigobluesandco.com (Women’s jeans boutique with other clothes, jewelry and accessories.)
Best of Manchester: Alapage, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 622-0550, alapageboutique.com (Contemporary upscale women’s boutique with clothing, jewelry, accessories and a “jeans bar,” with an extensive denim selection.)
Best of Nashua: Fresh of Nashua, 178 Main St., Nashua, 821-9888, freshofnashua.com (Upscale women’s fashion apparel and accessory boutique.)
 
Best Independent Jewelry Store
Best of the Best: Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, 16 & 18 N. Main St., Concord, 224-6166, capitolcraftsman.com
Best of Concord: Speer’s Fine Jewelry, 24 N. Main St., Concord, 224-1582, speersfinejewelry.com
Best of Manchester: Bellman Jewelers, 1650 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4653, bellmans.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, 1617 Southwood Drive, Nashua, 882-6811, alecs-shoes.com
Best of Concord: Joe King’s Shoe Shop, 45 N. Main St., Concord, 225-6012, joekings.com
Best of Manchester: Benton Shoe Co., 814 Elm St., Suite 102, Manchester, 644-2550, bentonshoeco.com
Best of Nashua: The Shoebox, 17 Route 101A, Amherst, 672-6570, shoeboxnh.com
 
Best Secondhand Store
Best of the Best: Mother & Child Clothing and 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 (Its second OutFITters Thrift Store is in Manchester at 394 Second St.)
Best of Manchester: Deja Boutique, 553 Mast Road, Goffstown, 222-7000, dejaboutiquenh.simpl.com
Best of Nashua: Dress 2 Impress Consignment, 650 Amherst St., Nashua, 589-9536, dress2impressconsignment.com
 
Fitness
Best Gym
Best of the Best: Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 344-2651, getfitnh.com (In addition to its coached workouts, the gym offers nutrition coaching, sport-specific training and small group training. Its second location is in Epsom at 167 New Orchard Road.)
Best of Concord: Concord YMCA, 15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, concordymca.org (Membership comes with classes like spinning, yoga, pilates and Zumba, water exercise courses for adults and seniors and exercise machinery.)
Best of Manchester: Executive Health & Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 668-4753, ehsc.com (It has a second location in Hooksett at 1328 Hooksett Road.)
Best of Nashua: Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-2348, dynamicsc.com (Private group training facility aimed at training everyone from beginners to athletes, with everything from fitness to nutritional training.)
 
Best Workout Class
Best of the Best: “Small Group Training” at Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 344-2651, getfitnh.com (One-hour class occurs most mornings and evenings during the week and comprises strength and metabolic training.)
Best of Concord: “Jeremy’s Boot Camp” at Jeremy’s Boot Camp, 153 Manchester St., Suite 3 and 4, Concord, 721-2830, jeremysbootcamp.com (Combination of strength and high-intensity interval training.)
Best of Manchester: “Jazzercise” at Jazzercise Manchester Fitness Center, 32 Hayward St., Manchester, 624-9122, jcls.jazzercise.com/facility/jazzercise-manchester-fitness-center (Jazzercise classes are based in jazz and aerobics and occur early- and mid-morning and most evenings during the week.)
Best of Nashua: “Adult Group Training” at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-2348, dynamicsc.com (The one-hour sessions occur Monday through Friday in the early morning, mid-day and evening, plus Saturday mornings, and focus on all aspects of fitness, from mobility to strength training.)
 
Best Yoga Studio
Best of the Best: YogaBalance, 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 625-4000, yogabalance.info
Best of Concord: Ohana Yoga, 44 Cedar St., Contoocook, 748-1539, ohanayoganh.com
Best of Manchester: Mountain Base Yoga, 3 Church St., Goffstown, 660-0823, mountainbaseyoga.com
Best of Nashua: NH Power Yoga, 704 Milford Road, Merrimack, 594-2494, nhpoweryoga.com
 
Fix It
Best Car Repair Shop
Best of the Best: Duncan’s European Automotive, 3 Liberty Drive, Londonderry, 434-5769, duncansauto.com
Best of Concord: Weed Family Automotive, 124 Storrs St., Concord, 225-7988, weedfamilyautomotive.com
Best of Manchester: Black Widow Customs, 51 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 624-0400, blackwidowcustoms.com
Best of Nashua: Gurney’s Automotive Repair, 83 Broad St., Nashua, 886-5800, gurneysautomotive.com (Gurney’s Automotive has a second location in Milford at 419 Elm St.)
 
Beauty
Best Barbershop
Best of the Best: The Polished Man, 707 Milford Road, Unit 3A, Merrimack, 233-8685, thepolishedmannh.com
Best of Concord: Lucky’s Barbershop & Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarbershop.biz (Its second location is in Portsmouth at 801 Islington St., Suite 28.)
Best of Manchester: Handsome Devil’s Barber Shop & Shave, 1100 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 232-7024, handsomedevilsnh.com
Best of Nashua: Wilfred’s Barbershop, 90 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 880-8805, wilfredsbarbershop.com
 
Best Salon
Best of the Best: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Concord: Creative Color & Cuts Salon and 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 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, 117 Manchester St., 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 restaurants
Best Restaurant Overall 
Best of the Best: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com. The menu features traditional American pub fare with a modern twist and a focus on fresh ingredients. Favorites include their burgers, mac and cheese and steak tips. 
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com. Known for their burgers and french fries, The Barley House offers upscale pub cuisine and comfort food favorites with a wide selection of craft beer and whiskeys. (The Barley House also has a location at 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton.)
Best of Manchester: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com. The cafe features eclectic Mediterranean cuisine with a farm-to-table, seasonal focus. Menu items include paninis and flatbreads, unique vegan and vegetarian dishes, creative cocktails and more.
Best of Nashua: MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, 212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com. MT’s offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere and features a menu of New American cuisine with a variety of entrees, wood-grilled pizzas and wines. 
 
Best New Eatery
Best of the Best: Gale Motor Co. Eatery, 36 Lowell St., Manchester, 232-7059, galemotoreatery.com. Opened April 2016. The menu features culinary fusion cuisine with tapas and shareable plates and inventive craft cocktails. (A new Gale Motor Co. “Pit Stop” location is set to open at Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield in early April.)
Best of Concord: Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 715-5723, revivalkitchennh.com. Opened January 2017. Revival presents reimagined New England and Old World classic dishes with a farm-to-table focus.
Best of Manchester: The Birch on Elm, 931 Elm St., Manchester, 782-5365, facebook.com/thebirchonelm. Opened September 2016. Serves globally inspired small- and medium-sized plates and handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist.
Best of Nashua: Bar One, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, facebook.com/baronenh. Opened June 2016. The gastropub features New American and elevated tavern cuisine centered around unique craft cocktails.  
 
Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Best of the Best: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com
Best of Concord: Granite Restaurant & Bar, located at The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000, graniterestaurant.com
Best of Manchester: Copper Door Restaurant, 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, copperdoorrestaurant.com (a second Copper Door location is set to open later this year at 41 South Broadway in Salem)
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 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (The Barley House also has a location at 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton)
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
 
International cuisine
Best Asian Restaurant
Best of the Best: Lilac Blossom, 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: Asian Breeze, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 621-9298, asianbreezenh.com
Best of Nashua: Sweet Ginger, 6 Dobson Way, Merrimack, 424-8035, sweetgingerthai.com
 
Best Italian Restaurant 
Best of the Best: Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, 11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, angelinasrestaurant.com
Best of Concord: Fratello’s Italian Grille, 799 Union Ave., Laconia, 528-2022, fratellos.com (Fratello’s also has locations in Manchester and Nashua) 
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 
Best of the Best: La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705; 545 Daniel Webster Highway, Manchester, 628-6899, lacarretamex.com (La Carreta also has locations in Derry, Nashua and Londonderry) 
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: La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 139 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-0055, lacarretamex.com
 
More eateries
Best Barbecue
Best of the Best: KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net
Best of Concord: Smokeshow Barbeque, 89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 227-6399, smokeshowbbq.com
Best of Manchester: Goody Cole’s Smokehouse, 374 Route 125, Brentwood, 679-8898, facebook.com/goodcoles
Best of Nashua: Riverside Barbeque Co., 53 Main St., Nashua, 204-5110, riversidebarbeque.com
 
Best Diner
Best of the Best: Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, redarrowdiner.com (Red Arrow also has locations in Milford and Londonderry; a new location in Concord is set to open this year) 
Best of Concord: Tilt’n Diner, 61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, thecman.com/restaurants/tilton-diner
Best of Manchester: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com/restaurants/airport-diner
Best of Nashua: Red Arrow Diner, 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222, redarrowdiner.com
 
Best Restaurant for Kids
Best of the Best: Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh.com (Tucker’s also has locations in Concord and New London)
Best of Concord: Tucker’s, 80 South St., Concord, 413-5884, tuckersnh.com
Best of Manchester: Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Nashua: Tiebreakers Family Grille/Wickets on the Green, located at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com (Wickets is outdoor dining open May through September)
 
Best Seafood Restaurant
Best of the Best: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com (Surf also has a location at 99 Bow St. in Portsmouth)
Best of Concord: Makris Lobster & Steak House, 354 Sheep Davis Road, 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 (Lobster Boat also has locations at 273 Derry Road in Litchfield and 75 Portsmouth Avenue in Exeter)
 
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 (O Steaks & Seafood also has a location at 62 Doris Ray Court in Laconia)
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
 
Drinks
Best Beer Selection
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 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (There’s another location at 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton)
Best of Manchester: Thirsty Moose Taphouse, 795 Elm St., Manchester, 792-2337, thirstymoosetaphouse.com (Also has locations at 21 Congress St. in Portsmouth and 83 Washington St. in Dover) 
Best of Nashua: The Flight Center, 97 Main St., Nashua, 417-6184, flightcenterbc.com
 
Best Beer Shop
Best of the Best: Bert’s Better Beers, 1100 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 413-5992, bertsbetterbeers.com
Best of Concord: Concord Craft Brewing Co., 117 Storrs St., Concord, 856-7625, concordcraftbrewing.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 NH Brewery
Best: Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 844-223-2253, ableebenezer.com. The Ale Room is open for tasting and tours Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Beers are offered at numerous southern New Hampshire restaurants and bars and at select specialty beer stores. 
Runner-up: 603 Brewery, 12 Liberty Drive, Londonderry, 630-7745, 603brewery.com. The brewery has an on-site tasting bar with a view of the brewing area open Thursday and Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Tours are offered on Saturdays. Beers are available at select food markets, convenience stores and specialty beer shops in Derry, Londonderry and Manchester. 
Honorable Mention: Henniker Brewing Co., 129 Centervale Road, Henniker, 428-3579, hennikerbrewing.com. The tap room is open Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Tours are offered on Saturdays. Beers are available at many bars and restaurants, specialty beer shops, food markets and convenience stores in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. 
 
Best Cocktail
Best of the Best: Mudslide, Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com. The original Mudslide has Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur and vodka. Variations include mudslides with other flavors (Almond Joy, cherry, churro/cinnamon, espresso, Milky Way and Snickers) and ones highlighting other liquors (Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey and Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey).
Best of Concord: Margarita, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com. The original Hermanos Margarita has white tequila and triple sec. Variations include margaritas with different flavors (pomegranate, amaretto, raspberry, orange) and ones highlighting different brands of tequila (Cuervo, 1800, Horni, Patron, Sauza). There are also specialty margaritas substituting other liquors for tequila, including the citrus vodka-based Citrita (with triple sec) and Aligarita (with Alize), the limon rum-based Limonrita and the Key Lime, which has vanilla vodka and a splash of club soda.
Best of Manchester: Moroccan Old-Fashioned, Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com. The drink has straight rye, Berber spiced syrup and orange oil.
Best of Nashua: Espresso Martini, Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar, 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333, giorgios.com. (Giorgio’s also has locations at 524 Nashua St. in Milford and 270 Granite St. in Manchester.) The drink is made with Giorgio’s secret blend. 
 
Best Cup of Coffee
Best of the Best: True Brew Barista and Cafe, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776; 45 S. Main St., Concord, 715-5833, truebrewbarista.com
Best of Concord: Schoodacs Coffee & Tea, 1 E. Main St , Warner, 456-3400, schoodacs.com
Best of Manchester: Cafe la Reine, 915 Elm St., Manchester, 232-0332, cafelareine.com
Best of Nashua: A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea, 135 Route 101A, Amherst, 578-3338, aeroastery.com (A&E also has a cafe location at 1000 Elm St. in Manchester)
 
Best NH Hard Liquor
Best: Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, 297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, flaghill.com. Visiting and tasting hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Flag Hill spirits include General John Stark Vodka, Karner Blue Gin, Flag Hill White Rum, Flag Hill Spiced Rum, Sugar Maple Liqueur, Cranberry Liqueur, Blueberry Liqueur, Raspberry Liqueur, White Mountain Moonshine, Graham’s Grappa and Josiah Bartlett Barrel Aged Apple Brandy. Liquor is available at select NH Liquor & Wine Outlet locations and New Hampshire restaurants and bars. 
Runner-up: Stark Vodka by Stark Brewing Co., 500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444, starkbrewingcompany.com. Tours are offered by appointment. Vodka is available at select NH Liquor & Wine Outlet locations and New Hampshire restaurants and bars. Stark is also currently aging a bourbon which will be released later this year.
Honorable Mention: Djinn Spirits, 2 Townsend West, Suite 9, Nashua, 262-1812, djinnspirits.com. Visiting hours and tours are held Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Djinn liquors include Krupnik Spiced Honey Liqueur, Single Malt Whiskey, Beat 3 White Whiskey, Beat 3 Reserve Whiskey and Distilled Gin. Liquor is available at select NH Liquor & Wine Outlet locations and New Hampshire restaurants and bars. 
 
Best NH Tasting Room
Best: Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 844-223-2253, ableebenezer.com. The Ale Room is open for tasting and tours Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. 
Runner-up: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com. Visiting and tasting hours are Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours offered on Saturday and Sunday. 
Honorable Mention: Great North Aleworks, 1050 Holt Ave., Unit 14, Manchester, 858-5789, greatnorthaleworks.com. The tasting room is open Thursday and Friday, 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., with tours offered on Saturdays. 
 
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 (O Steaks & Seafood also has a location at 62 Doris Ray Court in Laconia)
Best of Manchester: Cask and Vine, 1.5 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 NH Winery
Best: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com. Visiting and tasting hours are Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours offered on Saturday and Sunday. Wines are available at NH Liquor & Wine Outlet, Hannaford, Shaw’s and Market Basket stores as well as independent food markets and wine shops throughout the state. 
Runner-up: Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, zorvino.com. Tastings and tours are offered daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wines are available at NH Liquor & Wine Outlet, Hannaford, Shaw’s and Market Basket stores as well as independent food markets and wine shops throughout the state. 
Honorable Mention: Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, 297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, flaghill.com. Visiting and tasting hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Wines are available at NH Liquor & Wine Outlet stores and select New Hampshire food markets, bars and restaurants. 
  
Delicious dishes
Best Bagels
Best of the Best: Bagel Cafe, 373 Hanover St., Manchester, 647-2233, nhbagelcafe.com (Bagel Cafe also has a location at 19 S. River Road in Bedford) 
Best of Concord: The Works Bakery Cafe, 42 N. Main St., Concord, 226-1827, worksbakerycafe.com (The Works also has locations at 5A Mill Road Plaza in Durham and 9 Congress St. in Portsmouth) 
Best of Manchester: Brooklyn Bagel House, 11 Manchester Road, Derry, 432-3300, brooklynbagelrestaurant.com
Best of Nashua: Bagel Alley, 1 Eldridge St., Nashua, 882-9343, find them on Facebook
 
Best Breakfast
Best of the Best: Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh.com (Tucker’s also has locations in Concord and New London)
Best of Concord: Tucker’s, 80 South St., Concord, 413-5884, tuckersnh.com
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 (The Riverhouse also has a location at 4 Slip Road in Greenfield)
 
Best Burgers
Best of the Best: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (The Barley House also has a location at 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton)
Best of Concord: Vibes Gourmet Burgers, 25 S. Main St., Concord, 856-8671, vibesgourmetburgers.com
Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & 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 Burrito
Best of the Best: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com (Dos Amigos also has locations at 286 Central Ave. in Dover and 107 State St. in Portsmouth)
Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705; 545 Daniel Webster Highway, Manchester, 628-6899, lacarretamex.com (La Carreta also has locations in Derry, Nashua and Londonderry) 
Best of Nashua: California Burritos, 101 Factory St., Nashua, 718-8745, facebook.com/californiaburritosnh
 
Best Clam Chowder
Best of the Best: Collins Brothers Chowder Co., 59 Temple St., Nashua, 883-2347, collinsbrotherschowder.com
Best of Concord: Newick’s Lobster House, 317 Loudon Road, Concord, 225-2424, newicks.com (Newick’s also has a location at 431 Dover Point Road in Dover)
Best of Manchester: Lobster Tail Restaurant, 4 Cobbetts Pond Road, Unit 2, Windham, 890-5555, facebook.com/lobstertail
Best of Nashua: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com (Surf also has a location at 99 Bow St. in Portsmouth)
 
Best French Fries
Best of the Best: Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (The Barley House also has a location at 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton)
Best of Manchester: Caesario’s, 1057 Elm St., Manchester, 669-8383, caesariospizza.com
Best of Nashua: Tiebreakers Family Grille/Wickets on the Green, located at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com
 
Best Menu Item
Best of the Best: Chicken Tenders, Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com
Best of Concord: Garlic Chicken Nachos, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com
Best of Manchester: Fat Boy Steak Tips, The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com
Best of Nashua: Carmen Fries, Tiebreakers Family Grille/Wickets on the Green, located at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com
 
Best Mac & Cheese
Best of the Best: Mr. Mac’s Macaroni & Cheese, 497 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 606-1760, mr-macs.com (Mr. Mac’s also has a location at 2600 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth)
Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks (O Steaks & Seafood also has a location at 62 Doris Ray Court in Laconia)
Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & 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 (The Homestead also has a location at 1567 Summer St. in Bristol)
 
Best Pizza, Takeout
Best of the Best: Alley Cat Pizzeria, 486 Chestnut St., Manchester, 669-4533, alleycatpizzerianh.com. Delivery available. 
Best of Concord: Constantly Pizza, 39 S. Main St., Concord, 224-9366; 108 Fisherville Road, Penacook, 227-1117, constantlypizza.net. Delivery available.  
Best of Manchester: The Pizza Man, 254 W. River Road, Hooksett, 626-7499, thepizzamandelivers.com. Delivery available. (The Pizza Man also has a location at 850 E. Industrial Park Drive in Manchester)
Best of Nashua: Espresso Pizza, 85 Main St., Nashua, 889-9826, find them on Facebook. Delivery available. 
 
Best Pizza, Dine-In
Best of the Best: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, 50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, 900degrees.com (900 Degrees also has a location in Brickyard Square at 24 Calef Highway in Epping)
Best of Concord: Tilton House of Pizza, 298 Main St., Tilton, 286-7181, find them on Facebook
Best of Manchester: The Pizza Man, 254 W. River Road, Hooksett, 626-7499, thepizzamandelivers.com. Delivery available. (The Pizza Man also has a location at 850 E. Industrial Park Drive in Manchester)
Best of Nashua: Pig Tale Restaurant, 449 Amherst St., Nashua, 864-8740, pigtalerestaurant.com
 
Best Salads
Best of the Best: Live Juice, 5 S. 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: 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: Korean Pork Tenderloin Burrito, Wellington’s Marketplace, 124 N. Main St., Concord, 715-1191, wellingtonsmarketplace.com
Best of Concord: Roast Beef, Beefside Restaurant, 106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208, beefsidenh.com
Best of Manchester: Steak and Cheese Sub, Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-1800, substationhooksett.com
Best of Nashua: Big Poppy, Nashua Garden, 121 Main St., Nashua, 886-7363, facebook.com/thenashuagarden603. Hot sandwich includes turkey, pepperoni and Muenster cheese. 
 
Best Subs
Best of the Best: Nadeau’s Subs, 776 Mast Road, Manchester, 623-9315; 100 Cahill Ave., Manchester, 669-7827; 805 Canal St., Manchester, 644-8888; 1095 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-4411, nadeaussubs.com (Nadeau’s also has locations at 81 S. Main St. in Concord and 48 Portsmouth Avenue in Exeter) 
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 shops
Best Bakery
Best of the Best: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330, find them on Facebook.
Best of Concord: Crust & Crumb, 126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb.com
Best of Manchester: Klemm’s Bakery, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 437-8810, klemmsbakery.com
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe, 436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5929, buckleysbakerycafe.com
 
Best Butcher Shop
Best of the Best: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 224-2431, thetuckaway.com 
Best of Concord: Concord Beef & Seafood, 75 S. Main St., Concord, 226-3474, find them on Facebook.
Best of Manchester: Mr. Steer, 27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-1444, mrsteermeats.com
Best of Nashua: The Flying Butcher, 124 Route 101A, Amherst, 598-6328, theflyingbutcher.com 
 
Best Neighborhood Market
Best of the Best: Sully’s Superette, 10 N. Mast Road, Goffstown, 497-8176, sullyssuperette.com 
Best of Concord: Quality Cash Market, 11 Eastman St., Concord, 225-9661, qualitycashmarket.com
Best of Manchester: Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop, 815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, angelaspastaandcheese.com 
Best of Nashua: Jeannotte’s Market, 2 Courtland St., Nashua, 882-0161, find them on Facebook.
 
Sweets
Best Candy/Chocolate Shop
Best of the Best: Granite State Candy Shoppe, 13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591, granitestatecandyshoppe.com
Best of Concord: Kellerhaus, 259 Endicott St. North, Weirs Beach, 366-4466, kellerhaus.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 Cupcakes
Best of the Best: Queen City Cupcakes, 790 Elm St., Manchester, 624-4999, qccupcakes.com
Best of Concord: Concord Food Co-op, 24 S. Main St., Concord, 225-6840, concordfoodcoop.coop
Best of Manchester: Carina’s Cakes, 38 Crystal Ave., Derry, 425-9620, find them on Facebook.
Best of Nashua: Frederick’s Pastries, 109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, pastry.net
 
Best Desserts
Best of the Best: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330, find them on Facebook.
Best of Concord: Crust & Crumb, 126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb.com 
Best of Manchester: Carina’s Cakes, 38 Crystal Ave., Derry, 425-9620, find them on Facebook.
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe, 436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5929, buckleysbakerycafe.com
 
Best Locally Made Donuts
Best of the Best: Klemm’s Bakery, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 437-8810, klemmsbakery.com 
Best of Concord: Brothers Donuts & Deli, 426 Central St., Franklin, 934-6678, find them on Facebook.
Best of Manchester: The Local Moose Cafe, 124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 232-2669, thelocalmoosecafe.com
Best of 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, 666-9893, puritanbackroom.com 
Best of Nashua: King Kone, 336 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 420-8312, find them on Facebook.
 
Best Whoopie Pies
Best of the Best: Crust & Crumb, 126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb.com
Best of Concord: Gould Hill Farm, 656 Gould Hill Road, Contoocook, 746-3811, gouldhillfarm.com
Best of Manchester: Carina’s Cakes, 38 Crystal Ave., Derry, 425-9620, find them on Facebook.
Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe, 436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5929, buckleysbakerycafe.com 
 
Locally grown
Best Farm Stand 
Best of the Best: Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079, livefreeandfarm.com 
Best of Concord: Dimond Hill Farm, 315 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 496-8218, dimondhillfarm.com
Best of Manchester: LaValley Farms, 1801 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 485-3541, lavalleyfarms.com
Best of Nashua: Fitch’s Corner, 182 Center Road, Milford, 801-8368, find them on Facebook.
 
Best Farmers Market
Best: Concord Farmers Market. It begins Saturday, May 6 and is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Capitol Street, Concord
Runner-up: Salem Farmers Market. It is open year-round every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 14 Main St., Salem, until Sunday, May 7, when it moves to 224 N. Broadway, Salem.
Honorable Mention: Bedford Farmers Market. It begins June 6 and is open every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford.
 
Best NH-Made Food Product
Best: Laurel Hill Jams and Jellies of Bedford, available at their home address at 47 Birchwood Circle, Bedford, 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 locations and call 472-5388 for more info.
Runner-up: 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 746-2349 for more info.
Honorable Mention: Parker’s Maple Barn of Mason maple syrup, available at their gift shop at 1316 Brookline Road, Mason, or online at parkersmaplebarn.com. 
 
Entertainment
Best 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: The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), 89.1 FM Concord/Manchester, 88.3 FM Nasua, airs weekdays live from 9 to 10 a.m. and re-airs at 8 p.m., hosted by Laura Knoy, nhpr.org.
Honorable Mention: New Hampshire in the Morning, 95.7 WZID-FM, airs mornings from 5 to 10 a.m., hosted by Neal White and Marga Bessette, wzid.com
 
Best Radio Station
Best: 95.7 WZID-FM, today’s variety, wzid.com
Runner-up: New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), airs local and national news and programming from NPR and other public radio stations on various frequencies around the state, including 89.1 FM Concord/Manchester and 88.3 FM Nashua. Visit nhpr.org.
Honorable Mention: Rock 101 WGIR-FM, Manchester’s rock station, rock101fm.com
 
Best Local Movie Theater
Best: Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 224-4600, redrivertheatres.org. A three-screen cinema that shows independent films, classics, foreign films, cult favorites and local projects.
Runner-up: Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, 880-8055, chunkys.com. A unique movie-viewing experience offering leather reclining seats from Lincoln Town Cars with food and drink table service during first-run major motion pictures.
Honorable Mention: Wilton Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton, 654-3456, wiltontownhalltheatre.com. An arthouse theater located in an old town hall building that shows a combination of modern indie flicks and classics.
 
Best Bookstore/Comic Book Store
Best of the Best: Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, gibsonsbookstore.com
Best of Concord: Main Street BookEnds of Warner, 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, roadbooks.com
 
Best Community Event 
Best: Market Days Festival, held in downtown Concord every summer, features food, shopping and free entertainment. This year’s festival is Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24. Hosted by Intown Concord, intownconcord.org.
Best of Concord: Warner Fall Foliage Festival, held in downtown Warner every fall, is a free, family-friendly event that highlights rural life and colorful foliage. The Festival features live entertainment, parades, a 5K, amusement rides and food. This year’s event goes from Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 8, wfff.org.
Best of Manchester: Hippo de Mayo Taco Challenge, held in downtown Manchester, is the largest  Cinco de Mayo celebration in New England. Dozens of restaurants create their own unique tacos that visitors can try for $2 each. This year’s event will be on Thursday, May 4 (always the first Thursday of May). Hosted by the Hippo, hippodemayo.com.
Best of Nashua: 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. 25. Hosted by Great American Downtown Nashua, downtownnashua.org. 
 
Best Food Event
Best of the Best: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival. With more than 150,000 annual attendees, it’s the largest seaside festival in New England and features seafood from more than 60 restaurants, plus family activities. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10, at Ocean Boulevard on Hampton Beach, hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com.
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 22, through Saturday, June 24. Hosted by Intown Concord, intownconcord.org.
Best of Manchester: Hippo de Mayo Taco Challenge, held in downtown Manchester, is the largest  Cinco de Mayo celebration in New England. Dozens of restaurants create their own unique tacos that visitors can try for $2 each. This year’s event will be on Thursday, May 4. Hosted by the Hippo, hippodemayo.com.
Best of Nashua: Rock’n Ribfest. A celebration of ribs and barbecue food made by nationally renowned smokers and local restaurants. The festival, put on by Rotary Club of Nashua West, also features live concerts, a road race, hot air balloon rides and more. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, ribfestnh.com, rotarynashuawest.com.
 
Best Place to Take Your Kids
Best of the Best: Cowabungas, 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: Nuthin’ But Good Times!, an indoor playground and party venue, 746 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2200, nuthinbutgoodtimes.com
 
Best Place to Take Kids on a Rainy/Snowy Day
Best of the Best: Cowabungas, 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: Nuthin’ But Good Times!, an indoor playground and party venue, 746 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2200, nuthinbutgoodtimes.com
 
Best Place to Take Visiting Relatives
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: 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. Tours are available Thursday through Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., after April 14, tours are available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and between September and December tours are offered daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Biergarten is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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. Museum exhibit and tours open this year on May 6 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 27. Guided tours are available on Oct. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends in November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (including Friday Nov. 24). The museum store is open April 1 through May 5 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From May 6 through Oct. 27, the store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and between Oct. 28 and Dec. 23 it’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving.
 
Pets
Best Pet Store
Best of the Best: Woof Meow 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: Friendly Pets, 40 Concord Road, Lee, 868-1800, friendlypets.com (Its second location in Exeter at 81 Portsmouth Ave. at is set to open later this spring.)
Best of Nashua: Pet’s Choice, 454 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-7297, petschoicenh.com
 
Best Doggie Day Care
Best of the Best: Woof Woof Doggie Daycare Boarding & Training, 47 Rockingham Road, Windham, 890-6239, woofwoof.net
Best of Concord: Paws on Pine, 913 Pine St., Contoocook, 568-4022, pawsonpinenh.com
Best of Manchester: The Barking Dog Ltd., 208 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 222-2275, thebarkingdog.com (There are also locations in Derry at 210 Rockingham Road and Exeter at 7 Beech Hill Road.)
Best of Nashua: Superdogs Daycare, 637 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-1515, superdogsdaycare.com
 
Best Place to Walk Your Dog
Best of the Best: Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson (Formerly the site of Benson’s Wild Animal Farm, it’s a 166-acre municipal park in Hudson housing trails, a 9/11 memorial, dog park and Little Free Library.)
Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord (In the winter, the 20-acre park houses a sledding hill and skating rink, and in the summer, visitors come for its baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter, playground equipment, pool, soccer field and walking trails.)
Best of Manchester: Livingston Park, Hooksett Road, Manchester (It houses a baseball diamond, playground, pool, soccer field, running track, picnic shelter and Dorr’s Pond, which you can fish in during the summer and skate on during the winter.)
Best of Nashua: Mine Falls Park, Whipple St., Nashua (The 325-acre park includes forest, wetlands and open fields and is bordered on the north by the Nashua River.)
 
Nightlife
Best Bar For Live Music
Best of the Best: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com
Best of Concord: True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, truebrewbarista.com (It also has a location inside Concord’s Gibson’s Bookstore at 45 S. Main St.)
Best of Manchester: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net
Best of Nashua: Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200, riverwalknashua.com
 
Best Bar With Outside Deck
Best of the Best: The Derryfield Restaurant, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com (The deck opens when the adjacent golf course is open — typically in April, when the ground is dry.)
Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com (It opens when the weather warms up.)
Best of Manchester: Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.com (The deck opens when the weather is consistently warm.)
Best of Nashua: The Pasta Loft, 241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft.com (Its deck will open once the snow has melted. Pasta Loft also has another location in Hampstead at 220 E. Main St.)
 
Best Sports Bar
Best of the Best: Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill, 34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 622-3644, billyssportsbar.com
Best of Concord: The Draft Sports Bar and Grill, 67 S. Main St., Concord, 227-1175, draftsportsbar.com
Best of Manchester: Thirsty Moose Taphouse, 795 Elm St., Manchester, 792-2337 (Thirsty Moose Taphouse also has locations in Portsmouth at 21 Congress St. and Dover at 83 Washington St.)
Best of Nashua: Tilted Kilt Pub, 345 Amherst St., Nashua, 204-5531, tiltedkilt.com 
 
Best Pub Trivia Night
Best of the Best: Monday nights at The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com (Trivia starts at 7:30 p.m., with a maximum of six to a  team.)
Best of Concord: Tuesday nights at Area 23, 254 N. State St., Concord, 552-0137, thearea23.com (Trivia starts at 7 p.m., no team size limit.)
Best of Manchester: Wednesday nights at The Farm Bar & Grille, 1181 Elm St., Manchester 641-3276, farmbargrille.com (Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m., with a maximum of six people per team.)
Best of Nashua: Tuesday nights at The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com (Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m.; there’s no team size limit, and you can sign up the night of.)
 
Best Karaoke Night
Best of the Best: Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, 830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com (Karaoke is seven nights a week from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.; sign up is at the door.)
Best of Concord: Beijing & Tokyo, 61 S. Main St., Concord, 228-0888, beijingtokyoconcordnh.com (Karaoke is Friday and Saturday night at 9 p.m.)
Best of Manchester: McGarvey’s Saloon, 1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721, mcgarveysnh.com (Karaoke is every day except Monday night at 9:30 p.m.)
Best of Nashua: Grand Buffet, 350 Amherst St., Nashua, 881-9799, 350grandbuffet.com (Karoake is Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
 
Best Date Place
Best of the Best: 815 Cocktails and Provisions, 815 Elm St., Manchester, 782-8086, ivotewet.com
Best of Concord: Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, 11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, angelinasrestaurant.com
Best of Manchester: Mint Bistro, 1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, mintbistronh.com
Best of Nashua: Stella Blu, 70 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 578-5557, stellablu-nh.com
 
Outdoors
Best Local Hiking Trail
Best of the Best: Mine Falls Park, Whipple Street, Nashua, 589-3400, ext. 5005, nashuanh.gov. A 325-acre park that includes about eight miles of walking trails in the forest, as well as wetlands and open fields, in the heart of the Gate City, near the Nashua River.
Best of Concord: Marjory Swope Park, Long Pond Road, Concord, 225-8515, concordnh.gov. A two-mile loop near Penacook Lake.
Best of Manchester: Lake Massabesic, Route 101, Exit 2, Bypass 28, Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov. Several marked trails that range in length from a half mile to more than three miles.
Best of Nashua: Beaver Brook, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, beaverbrook.org. Features 35 miles of trails along more than 2,000 acres of forest, wetlands and fields.
 
Best City Park
Best of the Best: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov. A 20-acre park with features that include White Park Pond, an ice skating rink during the winter months, and the Monkey Around Playground, the largest playground in the Capital City.
Best of Concord: Rollins Park, 116 Broadway St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov (parking is at 33 Bow St., Concord). Features walking trails, a full-sized playground, baseball, softball and field hockey fields, and the city’s largest public pool, open during the summer months.
Best of Manchester: Livingston Park, Hooksett Road, Manchester, 624-4444, manchesternh.gov. The park features a baseball diamond, a soccer field, walking paths, a running track and two playgrounds. A recently constructed swimming pool is also available during the summer months.
Best of Nashua: Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, 880-1600, hudsonnh.gov. Features more than 150 acres of land and includes ponds, walking trails in the woods, a playground and a dog park.
 
Best State Park
Best: Bear Brook State Park, 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, 485-9869, nhstateparks.org. The largest developed state park in New Hampshire, with more than 10,000 acres of land and 40 miles of trails.
Runner-up: Pawtuckaway State Park, 128 Mountain Road, Nottingham, 895-3031, nhstateparks.org. Features more than 5,000 acres of land and hiking trails.
Honorable Mention: Wellington State Park, 614 West Shore Road, Bristol, 744-2197, nhstateparks.org. Features volleyball and horseshoe courts, and a peninsula nature trail with picnic areas, fishing areas and more.
 
Best Sledding Hill
Best of the Best: Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 669-0235, derryfieldgolf.com. A popular hill for sledding next to the golf course.
Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov. A sledding hill is located within the park.
Best of Manchester: Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 434-7619, macksapples.com. Multiple hills around the property are available for sledding.
Best of Nashua: Roby Park, Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 589-3370, nashuanh.gov. A large hill behind the park is often used for sledding.
 
Best Local Ski Hill
Best: Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245, patspeak.com. Features 28 trails and slopes, 11 chair lifts, and one of the highest capacity computer-controlled snowmaking systems in the Northeast.
Runner-up: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Court, Manchester, 622-6159, mcintyreskiarea.com. Features 200 vertical feet of terrain, nine skiing trails and an eight-lane snow tubing park.
Honorable Mention: Crotched Mountain, 615 Francestown Road, Bennington, 588-3668, crotchedmountain.com. Features 100 acres of skiing terrain, with 25 trails and three terrain parks.
 
Best Golf Course
Best: Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 669-0235, derryfieldgolf.com. Derryfield is a public golf course. Rates are $43 for 18 holes everyday and $27 for 9 holes. Additional fees apply for golf carts.
Runner-up: Beaver Meadow Golf Course, 1 Beaver Meadow Drive, Concord, 228-8954, beavermeadowgolfcourse.com. Beaver Meadow is open to the public and offers walk-in rates and seasonal memberships. 2017 rate information TBA. 
Honorable Mention: Manchester Country Club, 180 S. River Road, Bedford, 624-4096, manchestercountryclub.com. Manchester Country Club is open to the public but requires memberships to use the facilities. A variety of memberships are available that include access to golf courses and events, player development and indoor simulator and more.
 
Favorite Farm
Best: Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079, livefreeandfarm.com, grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, like apples, kiwi, potatoes, carrots, zucchini and more.
Runner-up: Sunnycrest Farm, 59 High Range Road, Londonderry, 432-7753, sunnycrestfarmnh.com, has pick-your-own apples, strawberries, blueberries and cherries, as well as a farmers market with fruits, vegetables, milk, honey, syrup and more.
Honorable Mention: J&F Farms, 108 Chester Road, Derry, 437-0535, jandffarms.com, produces fruits, vegetables, beef, eggs and more.
 
Food Personalities
Best Bartender
Best of the Best: Jack Wholey, Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Concord: Jonathan Emmons, The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com
Best of Manchester: Patrick Graham, Romano’s Pizza, 27 Colby Road, Litchfield, 424-0500, romanosnh.com
Best of Nashua: Michael Day, Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar, 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333, giorgios.com 
 
Best Chef
Best of the Best: Bobby Marcotte, The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com
Best of Concord: Corey Fletcher, Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 715-5723, revivalkitchennh.com
Best of Manchester: Edward Aloise, Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Nashua: Kimmy Lavoie, Bar One, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, find them on Facebook at facebook.com/baronenh
 
Best Waiter/Waitress
Best of the Best: Josee Bilodeau, Republic, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com
Best of Concord: Bill Wishart, Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 715-5723, revivalkitchennh.com
Best of Manchester: Sarah Archambault, The Wild Rover, 21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, wildroverpub.com
Best of Nashua: Amanda Hudon, Tiebreakers Family Grille, Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, ext. 232, hampshirehills.com
 
Health & Beauty 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: Nancy Brodeur, Jazzercise Manchester Fitness Center, 32 Hayward St., Manchester, 624-9122, jcls.jazzercise.com/facility/jazzercise-manchester-fitness-center
Best of Nashua: Matt Skeffington, Dynamic Strength & Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-2348, dynamicsc.com
 
Best Hair Stylist
Best of the Best: Kae Mason, Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Concord: Denise Jewell, Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com
Best of Manchester: Samantha Courtois, 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., No. 4, Manchester, 459-3367, 5diamondsalon.com
Best of Nashua: Erin Crowley, Fancy Nancy’s Elite Hair Designers, 295 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-0202, fancynancyssalon.com
 
Best Barber
Best of the Best: Rick Lindof, The Polished Man, 707 Milford Road, Unit 3A, Merrimack, 233-8685, thepolishedmannh.com
Best of Concord: Josh Craggy, Lucky’s Barbershop & Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarbershop.biz
Best of Manchester: Josh Smith, Handsome Devil’s Barbershop & Shave, 1100 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 232-7024, handsomedevilsnh.com
Best of Nashua: Hannah Coleman, The Polished Man, 707 Milford Road, Unit 3A, Merrimack, 233-8685, rlcuts.com
 
Friendliest Dentist
Best of the Best: Dr. Elizabeth Spindel (Elizabeth Spindel, D.M.D.), 862 Union St., Manchester, 669-9049, elizabethspindel.com
Best of Concord: Dr. Ray Orzechowski (R. Orzechowski Jr. D.M.D. 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, ahearn-nichols.com
Best of Nashua: Dr. Harvey Weener (Landmark Dental Care), 283 Broad St., Nashua, 882-7312, landmarkdentalnashua.com
 
Notable Locals
Best Mechanic
Best of the Best: Justin Lemay, Black Widow Customs, 51 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 624-0400, blackwidowcustoms.com
Best of Concord: Ryan Arsenault, Pellerin Motorsports, 219 Pembroke St., Pembroke, 210-1637, pellerinmotorsports.com
Best of Manchester: Ralph Brutus, Brutus Auto Repair & Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 624-8881, brutusauto.com
Best of Nashua: Nathan Fogg, Nathan Fogg’s Auto, 475 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 670-4986, nathanfoggsauto.com
 
Best Teacher
Best of the Best: Carole Bilodeau (first grade), Epping Elementary School, 17 Prospect St., Epping
Best of Concord: Emily Crompton (physical education), Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, 907 1st New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood
Best of Manchester: Jeffrey Normandin (English), Manchester Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Manchester
Best of Nashua: Amanda Eaton (first grade), Clark-Wilkins Elementary School, 80 Boston Post Road, Amherst
 
Entertainers
Best Local Band
Best: Miketon & The Night Blinders (folk-country), miketon.net
Runner-up: Pat & the Hats (rock-pop), patandthehats.com
Honorable Mention: enCircle (alternative-progressive rock), encircleband.com
 
Best Local Solo Performer
Best: Brad Bosse of Milford (acoustic-rock), facebook.com/bradbossemusic. Next local show is at Fratello’s in Nashua on Friday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m.
Runner-up: Ryan Williamson of Concord (acoustic-rock), rwilliamsonmusic.com. Next local show is at Telly’s in Epping on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m.
Honorable Mention: Tristan Omand of Manchester (Americana), tristanomand.com. Next local show is at The Country Spirit in Henniker on Friday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m.
 
Best Local Comedian
Best: Nick Lavallee, theotherdude.com. Next local show is at the Shaskeen in Manchester on Wednesday, April 26, 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, May 6, at 8 p.m.
Honorable Mention: Greg Boggis of Milford, facebook.com/GBoggis. Boggis is the host of The Boggis Hour, which airs on Access Nashua (Channel 96 in the Nashua area).  He also appears at the Thursday Comedy Nights at Fody’s in Nashua; the next one is Thursday, March 30, at 8 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 7 p.m.
Honorable Mention: Nazzy from Morning Wake Up, 98.3 WLNH-FM, wlnh.nh1media.com. Show airs weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.
 
Best Local NH Sports Team
Best: New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Manchester-based AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team, miilb.com. The 2017 season home opener is Thursday, April 6, against the Binghamton Mets. Home field is Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester.
Runner-up: Manchester Monarchs, Manchester-based East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, manchestermonarchs.com. The next and final two home games of the season are Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, against the Elmira Jackals. Home ice is at the SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester.
Honorable Mention: Nashua Silver Knights, Nashua-based Futures Collegiate Baseball League team, nashuasilverknights.com. The 2017 season home opener is Friday, June 2, against the Pittsfield Suns. Home field is Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua.
 
Local Attractions
Best Historical Site or Museum
Best of the Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org. An internationally renowned art museum founded in 1929 that features American and European paintings, sculptures, photographs and more.
Best of Concord: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9511, shakers.org. One of the original Shaker museums that has since turned into a museum preserving several of the original buildings.
Best of Manchester: Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 622-7531, manchesterhistoric.org/millyard-museum. This museum is operated by the Manchester Historic Association and features exhibits pertaining to the Queen City’s history.
Best of Nashua: Monson Center, Federal Hill Road, Milford, 224-9945, forestsociety.org/property/monson-center. The site of an early colonial settlement in the mid-1700s that has since been preserved.
 
Coolest-looking Building
Best of the Best: New Hampshire Statehouse, 107 N. Main St., Concord, nh.gov. The oldest statehouse in the United States in which the state legislature still sits in its original chambers, the capitol building first opened in 1814. Tours for the NH State house can be booked online at gencourt.nh.state.us or by calling the Visitor Center at 271-2154.
Best of Concord: Gasholder House, South Main St., Concord, concordnh.gov. One of 11 known gasholder houses in the United States built in the 1800s to store gas surrounded by an iron gasholder, the Gasholder House is a round brick building that was used from 1888 to 1952 and is the last structure of its kind in the U.S. still containing its original gasholder. It has not been in service for decades.
Best of Manchester: Black Widow Customs, 51 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 624-0400, blackwidowcustoms.com. A family-owned company selling Jeep and off-road parts, the brick building features the back of a car jutting out from above the garage door entry.
Best of Nashua: Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main St., Nashua, nashuanh.gov, is a former library that was recently renovated for office space and event rentals.
 
Best Thing About Living in NH
Best: Natural beauty and splendor. The beauty of New Hampshire and its lakes, mountains and coast ranked high on why people love living here. “Breathtaking views,” “Beautiful state for camping, hiking, skiing,” “Clean air and open spaces,” “Mountains, ocean, city, farmland all within an hour or so,” were some of the raves.
Runner-up: Seasons, yes all four of them. Even winter had its supporters — “winter and snow,” said one reader specifically. (Here’s another recipe for winter contentment: “Snow, fireplace, birds, wildlife, reading.”) “The scenery of the four seasons,” and comments praising not just the seasons themselves but the transition of seasons were common. Of the individual seasons, fall and the fall foliage probably received the most praise.
Honorable mention: Quality of Life. “Live free or die, baby!” and “Freedom” were popular answers, as were variations on “awesome friggin people.” 

 






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