The Hippo


Dec 13, 2019








Thanksgiving dinner is served
Restaurants can make it a meal to remember


The National Restaurant Association estimates that 14 million people visited restaurants on Thanksgiving 2011. The key to eating out for Thanksgiving is reservations — make them soon. These local eateries will be offering sit-down dinners on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
Alan’s of Boscawen (Route 3, North Main Street, Boscawen, 753-6631, offers both a Thanksgiving buffet and plated. Enjoy a spread of fruit, domestic and imported cheeses, crudité, shrimp cocktail, turkey orzo, pumpkin soup, garden, pasta and other salads; sides of homemade mashed potato and gravy, yams, peas and onions, butternut squash, pasta primavera, stuffing and, at the center, a choice of turkey, ham, prime rib or baked stuffed haddock, and a dessert assortment. The plated meal is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with fixings. Both dinners are served from noon to 6 p.m. and will be offered at half price for children and at a discount for those older than 65. Large parties are welcome. Call for reservations.
• Alpine Grove (19 Depot St., Hollis, 882-9051) serves Thanksgiving dinner buffet-style, and they do the dishes. To start with, there’s salad and warm rolls, and hot turkey soup; then there’s a traditional spread of turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, oven-roasted ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, peas with pearl onions, and maple-glazed carrots. They’ll have pies and more for dessert. Seatings are at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Adult plates cost $19.99, kids 12 and younger eat for $9.99 and there’s no charge for kids younger than 5. Reservations are required.

• Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, invites diners for a hearty four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Benjamin Knack. The starter is a chef’s selection amuse bouche, followed with appetizers including sweet potato, pear and goat cheese tart, candied pecans, local squash soup with toasted pepitas and pumpkin seed oil, cured coppa salami with marinated artichokes, and more, followed by a salad. Diners can go traditional with Hermit Brook Farm New Hampshire free-range turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, haricot verts and pan dripping gravy, or choose steaks — a grilled beef tenderloin with vegetables and Cabernet sauce or blackened rib-eye with spinach and onions and bacon with cranberry demi — or fish, like the seared Atlantic char; pasta, an herbed pappardelle with roasted heirloom squash, ricotta and arugula; or pan-roasted pheasant, with roasted apples, squash and a chestnut puree. Dinner is $59 per plate.

• Belmont Hall & Restaurant (718 Grove St., Manchester, 625-8540, offers seatings for Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., serving traditional fare of white and dark meat turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce with a choice of three sides, including a garden salad, squash or squash soup, turkey and rice soup, mashed, baked or french fried potatoes and carrots. The meal is $12.99.
• The Chateau (201 Hanover St., Manchester, 627-2677, offers a plated meal in their dining room, which has seating for large parties. Seatings will start at 11:30 a.m. and the final one will be at 4:30 p.m. Turkey with all the fixings (squash, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes) is $14.95 per plate ($1 discount for senior citizens). Four other entrees including baked ham with wine sauce, grilled tenderloin tips, North Atlantic broiled haddock and, for the kids, chicken tenders with fries will also be available. Reservations are required for dinner.
• Chez Vachon (136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660, will have two seatings, at noon and 1:30 p.m., for a plated dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls and up to two desserts for $11.99. Reservations are required.
• Colby Hill Inn, (3 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, will serve a three-course, prix-fixe dinner.The first course includes starters like butternut squash soup with leeks, honey nutmeg, and cinnamon crème fraiche and duck confit spring rolls, also with squash and leek and served with mixed greens and sweet and sour cranberry dipping sauce. Choose a traditional New England turkey dinner for the main course, or go with grilled pork chop with apple fennel compote, bone-in stuffed chicken breast with mushrooms, onions and brie, or acorn squash ravioli topped with mushroom cream sauce and sautéed leeks. Desserts are gourmet pumpkin chocolate, lemon blueberry meringue and chocolate pecan pies, apple strudel and a maple creme brulee. Dinner seatings are from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults, $19.99 for children younger than 12. Reservations are required.
• Common Man (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088, will have a buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dine on roasted turkey, roasted pork or salmon with cranberry butter beside green beans almondine, glazed carrots, sage stuffing, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, squash, salad and, for dessert, apple, cheesecake, cupcakes, brownies and whoopie, blueberry, cherry, pumpkin and chocolate cream pies. Buffet costs $23.95.

• The Country Spirit (68 Maple St., Henniker, 428-7007, is going surf and turf  for Thanksgiving. A special a la carte menu of roast turkey dinner, prime rib, smoked country ham, and vegetarian options of lasagna and salmon will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seafood appetizers include fresh shucked oysters and clams, shrimp cocktail, Clams Casino and Oysters Rockefeller. There will be pies, hot cider, eggnog and more for dessert, and a children’s menu is available. Reservations are highly recommended.
• The Derryfield (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, has family-style and plated meals available from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with seatings every two hours. Both meal styles come with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash, seasonal vegetables, salad and rolls, served on platters or individual plates. Family-style meals are $22.95 per person; plated is available for $19.95 ($17.95 for seniors, $16.95 for children younger than 12). Reservations are required.

• Fratello’s (155 Dow St., Manchester, 641-6776, is setting up a carving station with roasted turkey breast and slow-roasted prime rib surrounded by a spread of garden and Caesar salads, homemade stuffing, pan gravy, Atlantic salmon, wild rice pilaf, garden vegetable lasagna, Chantilly mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, cranberry sauce, candied butternut squash and pearl onions and peas. Coffee and dessert will follow. The dinner is $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children age 6 to 12 and free for children younger than 5. Seatings are from noon and 3 p.m.; reservations are required.

• Granite Restaurant and Bar (Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000, ext. 602, offers a buffet with seatings at noon and 2 p.m. featuring assorted hors d’oeuvres, artisan cheese, Caesar salad, local apple, walnut and baby green salad, butternut squash bisque, Granite rustic rolls, maple-glazed roasted pork loin, roasted breast of turkey with herb gravy and cranberry jam, wild mushroom herb stuffing, roasted garlic and sour cream mashed potatoes, butternut squash ravioli, butter-glazed baby carrots with haricot vert, squash and braised greens with apples and bacon. Apple and dried fruit crisp, spiced pumpkin pie, maple pecan tart and flourless chocolate torte will be offered for dessert. The buffet costs $29.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors and $16.95 for children younger than 12. Children 4 and younger eat free. Call to make reservations (required).
• Greenwood’s (Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-4238, presents a traditional Shaker Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with simple Shaker dishes and regional recipes with vegetarian and gluten-free options. There will chef-carved oven-roasted turkey and prime rib, vegan strudel, fish and eggs, salads, squash and cider bisque, mashed potatoes, gravy, apple chestnut stuffing, roasted root vegetables, pickled beets, corn casserole, Shaker creamed onions and assorted desserts. The buffet costs $25 for adults, $17.50 for children younger than 12.
• Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, offers Thanksgiving specials and a children’s menu from noon to 5 p.m. The regular Chophouse menu will be slightly altered for a single-plate meal of turkey or ham, butternut squash, potato, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Seasonal desserts and a full selection of starters and salads will be on the menu as well.
• Hart’s Turkey Farm (233 DW Highway, Meredith, 279-6212, will offer its regular menu from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on its favorite holiday. It features an array of turkey starters, specialties and entrees for any appetite or party size. Prime rib cuts, country-fried steak, pork chop, baked stuffed shrimp and lobsters are available too, as well as soups, pastas and sandwiches. Reservations are being taken for seatings at 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. All other times are open seating. 
• Homestead (641 DW Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022, restaurant offers a limited but nonetheless hearty Thanksgiving menu of turkey soup, apple cider, mixed nuts, fruit basket, mashed potato, cranberry sauce, butternut squash, green peas, hot rolls and pie with a choice of roast turkey, baked Virginia ham, roast prime rib, baked stuffed haddock, Veal Oscar, roasted leg of lamb or seafood fettuccine. A children’s menu includes ham, turkey, prime rib, bowtie alfredo and chicken fingers. Seatings will be at noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.; call to make reservations.

• Red Arrow 24 Hr. Diner (61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118; 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222, is open, of course, and will be serving plated traditional Thanksgiving dinners starting at midnight. Full turkey dinners come with a choice of soup or salad, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and a dessert choice. Pork pie and other meals are offered as well.
• Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, goes buffet-style, offering roast turkey, baked haddock, baked ham and a cheese tortellini pesto dish with sides of cranberry and apple stuffing, mashed potato, green bean casserole, baked yams, baked butternut squash, cranberry sauce, salad bar and mini-dessert buffet. The first seating is at 11 a.m., last seating at 3:30 p.m. Price is $19.99 for adults, $12.99 for children; ages 3 and younger eat free. Reservations are recommended.
• Speaker’s Corner Restaurant (Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, 886-1200, has a spread of  traditional items in a buffet, including caramelized apple and pear bisque, gorgonzola crostini, pickled Granny Smith apples on a roasted beet salad, and chef carved roasted turkey with smoked sage gravy, carved steamship with rosemary Chambord and cranberry chutney or toasted pumpkin seed-dusted chicken breast, and sides of corn au gratin Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes and New England apple sausage stuffing. For dessert, there’s a torte medley of cheesecakes, chocolate pies and more. The dinner buffet is $27.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors and $12.95 for children 5 to 10; those 4 and younger eat free. Reservations are required.

• Valentino’s (142 Lowell Road, Hudson, 889-9900, offers a Thanksgiving menu from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Start with turkey soup, autumn bisque, a taste-of-Italy sampler with arancini, bocci balls and eggplant tollatini, and butternut ravioli and a Caesar or apple fennel salad. Three sizes of a plated traditional turkey dinner are being offered, with white or dark meat cuts of turkey, gravy, stuffing, squash prepared to order and cranberry sauce or relish. Chef-choice specials are  also an option, like an Italian combo platter, parmigiana or masala or a prime rib, baked stuffed haddock or braised balsamic and brown sugar short ribs. Choose bread pudding with caramel and syrup topping, cheesecake or pie for dessert. Reservations are recommended.

• Wild Rover Pub (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, puts out its annual Thanksgiving breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., featuring traditional Irish food served buffet-style. Before a Thanksgiving dinner, or as an early substitute, enjoy eggs, Potatoes O’Brien, beans, black and white puddings, Irish and American bacon, bangers, pancakes, honey caraway biscuits and more. The cost is $9.99 per person, $5.99 for children, free for those younger than 5. The bar closes at 2 p.m. and will reopen from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. Proceeds from breakfast will benefit the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

• The Yard (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545, offers a lunch and dinner buffet with roasted turkey, house-made stuffing, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, baby carrots, butternut squash, yams, pearl onions with sweet peas, a full salad bar, fresh fruit, assorted gourmet breads hot apple cider. There will be a carving station with turkey, roast beef and ham, and dessert selections, as well. The meal is $21.95 for adults, $10.95 for kids younger than 10, free for those younger than 3. Plated dinners are available too: supreme cut prime rib ($25.95), Yard cut prime rib ($20.95), turkey dinner and baked haddock dinner ($16.95) and kids’ chicken tenders ($10.95). Seating is on the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are required. Seatings for parties of seven or more are at 11 a.m. and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. A late-night menu will be available in the pub from 6 p.m. to close.
Let us know of any Thanksgiving eats not listed here by emailing so we can tell our readers in an upcoming Weekly Dish. 


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