Comfortable yet elegant, Canoe Restaurant and Tavern (216 S. River Road, Bedford, 935-8070, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com) recently opened in Bedford and is the fifth restaurant in the state from Magic Foods Restaurant Group chef/owner Scott Ouellette. Chefs de cuisine Brooke Audley and Kevin Bedard worked together at O Steaks & Seafood in Laconia, another Magic Foods restaurant, before coming to Bedford. In the first weeks at the new location, Audley and Bedard have been focused on getting the kitchen into a rhythm and preparing to start serving lunch in the next few weeks.
What is your must-have kitchen item?
KB: My grill.
What would you choose for your last meal?
KB: I’d have to say the prime steak.
Favorite restaurant besides your own?
BA: [Hanover Street] Chophouse, Manchester
KB: Moritomo, Concord
What celebrity would you like to see eating at your restaurant?
BA: Luke Bryan
KB: Tom Brady
What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now?
BA: Lobster mac n’ cheese
KB: Local [farm-to-table]
What is your favorite meal to cook at home?
BA: My husband can’t live without bolognese with fresh pasta.
KB: Breakfast. I just love breakfast.
What is your favorite dish on your restaurant’s menu?
BA: The ahi tuna appetizer
— Allie Ginwala