The Hippo


Dec 6, 2019








Chefs come together during Restaurant Week, including (from left to right) Kevin Halligan (Laconia Local Eatery), Chris Grauwiler (900 Degrees Pizzeria), Benjamin Knack (Bedford Village Inn), Roland Von Gunten (The Common Man), Nicole Barreira (T-Bones an

Restaurant Week NH

Friday, May 16, through Friday, May 23
Visit to check out menus, participating restaurants, and price levels
Try something nearby:
• 900 Degrees (50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900; 24 Calef Hwy., Epping, 734-2809, Lunch: costs $15, two select pizzas to choose from, shared tiramisu for dessert. Dinner: costs $25, choice of salad, Baked Potato Pizza or Mama Mia Pizza, shared tiramisu for dessert.)
• Airport Diner (2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, Lunch: costs $10, choice of soup of the day or small garden salad, choice of The Chopper, mac & cheese, diner melt or bacon cheeseburger, hot fudge sundae. Dinner: costs $15, choice of soup, small garden salad, Caesar salad, or cup of clam chowder, choice of grilled steak tips, blue plate special, chicken parmesan, or homemade salmon pie, and hot fudge sundae.) 
• Baked Downtown Cafe & Bakery (1015 Elm St., Manchester, 606-1969, Lunch: costs $10. Dinner: costs $15.)
• Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, Lunch: costs $20, select either chilled tomato soup, mixed berry salad or compressed watermelon salad, choice of tri-steak sandwich, pork sugo with torchio pasta or seared Atlantic salmon, and choice of almond financier, chocolate fondant pastry or vanilla creme brulee. Dinner: costs $35, choose chilled tomato soup, mixed berry salad or pork sugo with torchio pasta, choice of pan-seared salmon, blackened flank steak or roasted pork loin, and either almond financier, chocolate fondant pastry or vanilla creme brulee.)
• Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 424-0995, Dinner only, costs $35 includes choice of Mexican shrimp cocktail or prosciutto and melon salad, wood grilled hanger steak, barbecue platter with ribs and brisket or pan roasted flounder, choice of molten lava cake or lemon cheesecake for dessert.)
• Burtons Grill (310 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua, 888-4880,
• Cactus Jack’s (Manchester Lunch: costs $15, includes BLTC salad, beef empanada and sweet of the day. Dinner: costs $25, includes BLTC salad, BBQ Beef Tips, and sweet of the day.)
• Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, Lunch: costs $20, includes berry spinach salad, roast turkey on brioche and pink lemonade cupcake. Dinner: costs $35, includes five onion gratinée, wood-roasted New England haddock, and pink lemonade cupcake.)
• Cotton (75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, Lunch costs $15, dinner costs $25.)
• Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022, Lunch: costs $15, choice of soup of the day, Caesar salad, Sicilian sausage soup or house garden salad, haddock bruschetta, chicken rustico, fire roasted vegetable linguine, chicken pesto panini, muffuletta sandwich, and carrot cake, tiramisu or ice cream puff sundae for dessert. Dinner: costs $25, choice of soup of the day, Caesar salad, Sicilian sausage soup or house garden salad, cajun salmon, Italian pie, chicken and broccoli alfredo, chicken scampi, tenderloin tips or lasagna, and carrot cake, tiramisu or ice cream puff sundae for dessert.)
• Giorgio’s Ristorante (524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939; 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333, Lunch costs $15, dinner costs $25.)
• Granite Restaurant & Bar (96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, Lunch: costs $15, soup of the day or house salad, fish and chips, grilled chicken Caesar salad, grilled Brookford Farm cheddar sandwich or seasonal vegetable stir fry, and ice cream or sorbet for dessert. Dinner: costs $25, soup of the day, or strawberry, goat cheese and toasted almond salad, grilled pork tenderloin, sesame seared salmon or tofu or herb roasted breast of free range chicken, with chocolate cream pie or vanilla ginger pot de creme for dessert.)
• Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, Lunch: costs $20, choice of house salad, New England clam chowder, classic Caesar salad or daily soup, vintner’s salad, Manchester’s best meatloaf, cedar planked salmon or Hanover Street Chophouse Classic Burger, with Tahitian vanilla bean creme brulee, strawberry shortcake or dark chocolate truffle cake for dessert. Dinner: costs $35, includes choice of New England clam chowder, classic Caesar, roasted spring asparagus or parmesan prosciutto and goat cheese “Boursin” Vichyssoise, cedar planked salmon, grilled hanger steak, chicken “Parm,” or prime rib of beef, with Tahitian vanilla bean creme brulee, strawberry shortcake or dark chocolate truffle cake for dessert.)
• The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern (641 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-2022, Lunch: costs $15, select baked potato skins, escargot, hummus plate, garden salad or soup of the day, buffalo chicken wrap, hot pressed Reuben panini, BBQ beef sandwich, Mediterranean flatbread pizza, fried haddock sandwich, or chicken Caesar wrap. Dinner: costs $25, select baked potato skins, escargot, hummus plate, garden salad or soup of the day, roast prime rib of beef, marinated beef tips, half rack of ribs, roasted chicken, fresh haddock or vegetarian ravioli.)
• Hooked Seafood (110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189,
• Hungry Buffalo (58 Route 129, Loudon, 798-3737, Lunch: costs $10, dinner costs $15, includes choice of tempura chicken bites, wild boar and venison sausage or souvlaki lamb meatballs, teriyaki turkey tips, wild boar Cuban sandwich, pulled pork quesadilla of buffalo Guinness stew pot pie, with choice of mudslide pudding pie, peanut butter and banana turnover or chocolate fried ice cream with peanut butter drizzle.)
• Ignite Bar & Grille (100 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-0064,
• Jokers Bar, Grill & Arcade (1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 935-9947, Lunch: costs $10, choice of soup or salad, Ace High Slider, crispy chicken slider or TBC, with sweet of the day for dessert. Dinner: costs $15, soup or salad, chicken carbonara or steak tips, with sweet of the day for dessert.)
• Lui Lui (259 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua, 888-2588, Lunch: costs $15, select either garlic mussels, Caesar salad or cup of sausage soup, personal Margarita pizza, chicken prosciutto Marsala or George culotta with choice of cannoli chip n’ dip or Sicilian chocolate mousse for dessert. Dinner: costs $25, choice of crispy calamari, buffalo chicken dip or Caesar salad, wood fired salmon, lasagna bolognese or steak gorgonzola, with choice of cannoli chip n’ dip or Sicilian chocolate mousse for dessert.)
• Makris Lobster & Steak House (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665, Lunch: costs $15, includes three menus to choose from, honey citrus pepper fried calamari salad, garlic mussels and mousse du jour, French onion soup with Ahi tuna bites and strawberry shortcake or blackened shrimp wrap with chowder and ice cream. Dinner: costs $25, includes three menus to choose from, lobster clambake, prime rib Oscar with garden salad, shrimp cocktail and pie, or Yankee Fisherman Platter with chowder and lemon meringue pie.)
• Mint Bistro (1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468,
• Molly’s Tavern & Restaurant (35 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston, 487-1362,
• Mr. Mac’s (497 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 606-1760, Lunch: costs $10, includes small salad, small entree and dessert. Dinner: costs $15, includes small salad, medium entree and dessert. Both meals exclude the lobster mac and shrimp scampi.)
• N’awlins Grille (860 Elm St., Manchester, 606-2488,
• Pavillion at the Hilton Garden Inn (101 S. Commercial St., Manchester, 669-2222, Lunch: costs $20. Dinner: costs $35, choice of P.E.I. mussels or lobster bisque, Atlantic salmon or New York sirloin, and chocolate lava cake or lemon tart cake for dessert.)
• Restaurant Tek-Nique (170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5629, Lunch: costs $20, choice of ham and split pea soup or garden salad, fish and chips, braised pulled pork or shrimp mac and cheese, with chocolate bread pudding for dessert. Dinner: costs $35, choice of fried oysters, gingered BBQ pork belly or Caesar salad, blackened brown sugar cured pork loin, pan seared yellow fin tuna or crispy tempura soft shell crab and choice of grand Marnier frozen souffle or warm apple rhubarb crisp.)
• Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse (206 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5706; 1050 Bicentennial Drive, Manchester, 625-1730; 48 Gusabel Ave., Nashua, 882-4070,
• Speaker’s Corner Bistro (2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, 595-4155, Lunch: costs $15, New England chowder, salad, cajun chicken mac and cheese, Caribbean jerk steak tips, shrimp carciofi, wild mushroom agnolotti, and choice of chocolate brownie sundae or mixed berry tart. Dinner: costs $25, options include New England chowder, grilled chicken satay, cracked pepper calamari, rosemary garlic crusted Rib Eye, almond chicken, baked seafood mac and cheese and New England haddock Florentine, with chocolate brownie sundae or mixed berry tart for dessert.)
• T-Bones (39 Crystal Ave., Derry, 434-3200; 77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677; 311 S. Broadway, Salem, 893-3444; 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6100, Lunch: costs $15, BLTC salad, southwest turkey ciabatta and sweet of the day. Dinner: costs $25, BLTC salad, Chef Nicole’s signature salmon and sweet of the day.)
• The Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, Lunch costs $15, dinner costs $25)
• The Common Man (88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088; 304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-3463; 25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463, Lunch: costs $15, choice of soup of the day or small house salad, New England pot roast, vegetable tofu stir fry, pan-seared salmon or pork schnitzel with strawberry shortcake or key lime pie for dessert. Dinner: costs $25, pork belly tacos, Almost Escargot or baked onion soup, roasted chicken, baby back ribs, stuffed portobello mushroom or rock crab cakes with strawberry shortcake or key lime pie.)
• The Draft (67 S. Main St., Concord, 227-1175,
• The Halligan Tavern (32 W. Broadway, Derry, 965-3490, Lunch costs $10, dinner costs $15)
• UnWine’d (865 Second St., Manchester, 625-9463, Lunch costs $15, dinner costs $25)
• Villa Banca (194 Main St., Nashua, 598-0500,

Time to eat
Restaurant Week NH returns for its third year


 If you didn’t take advantage of Restaurant Week NH during its first two years, you might want to plan at least one meal out Friday, May 16, through Friday, May 23, as over 150 participating restaurants across the state will offer special menus as part of the foodie celebration.

“We’ve been partnered with it since the beginning,” chef Nicole Barreira of Great NH Restaurants T-Bones and Cactus Jack’s said. “From a business perspective, it’s really great, especially for some of the smaller restaurants. … From a chef’s perspective, or a customer’s perspective, Restaurant Week’s awesome. You all of a sudden get exposed to all these different places.”
Chefs plan a three-course prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner that is offered throughout the week. Diners get to choose some of the restaurants’ favorite, newest or best dishes when they order from the Restaurant Week menu.
“I try to do a mix of items that are unique on our menus,” Barreira said. “Items that really highlight what we’re really good at.”
It’s also a good way to reintroduce certain dishes for regulars to experience something new, Barreira said. Each restaurant will include appetizers, entrees and a dessert on the special menu. Diners can also select restaurants based on a three-tiered price point system; one fork signifies $10 to $15 menus, two forks signify $15 and $25 for lunch and dinner, and three forks signify $20 lunch and $35 dinner.
“I would encourage people to try something new, even our guests, go out and try out a place,” Barreira said. “A lot of the time the chefs know best. We write menus that we know are going to make our guests happy. Even if it’s your regular place, it might change your experience.”
Restaurant Week will give 900 Degrees the chance to showcase its new location in Epping, which features two ovens and a saute station.
“Epping is a new exciting monster. It has almost double the capacity of Manchester,”  chef Chris Grauwiler said. “We’ve changed up the menu a little more. There’s more offerings in Epping.”
900 Degrees will be offering diners the choice between two pizzas for dinner (a Baked Potato Pizza with garlic cream, thin sliced potatoes, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, garnished with chives and parsley, or the Mama Mia Pizza, made with thin-sliced, breaded and fried eggplant, ricotta and fresh mozzarella cheeses and red sauce, garnished with basil).
“I think what’s invigorating is you do have the option to showcase both restaurants and menus and featured items such as our signature pizzas,” he said. “We [New Hampshire chefs] are all popping over to each restaurant now to see what type of food each restaurant is offering.”
As seen in the May 15, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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