The Weekly Dish 21/11/18

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Dine in for Thanksgiving…: Thanksgiving is almost here (Thursday, Nov. 25) and several Granite State eateries are once again taking reservations for special holiday meals. Here’s a snapshot of a few local restaurants open for business on Thanksgiving Day:

Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen) will host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings, with seatings from noon to 6 p.m., as well as a grand Thanksgiving buffet. Visit or call 753-6631.

Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford) will serve a multi-course menu for Thanksgiving in its dining room from noon to 6 p.m. The lobby bar will also be open for breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and for dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. Visit or call 472-2001.

Belmont Hall (718 Grove St. in Manchester; 625-8540, is taking reservations for breakfast (opening at 6:30 a.m.), lunch (beginning at 11:30 a.m.) and a Thanksgiving dinner buffet (seating starts at noon). The buffet costs are $18.99 for adults, $15.99 for children 8 and under (plus tax and tip).

The Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry) is taking reservations between noon and 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, with a variety of entree options to choose from. Visit or call 437-2022.

Derryfield Restaurant (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester) is serving a Thanksgiving dinner with seatings at 11 a.m., noon, 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Individual or family-sized meals will be served. Visit or call 623-2880.

Gauchos Churrascaria (62 Lowell St. in Manchester; 669-9460, is taking reservations for an all-you-can-eat meat (including turkey) and seafood dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $44.99 for adults, $19.99 for kids 6 to 10 (children 5 and under eat free), which includes the meal, dessert, coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Granite Restaurant & Bar (96 Pleasant St., Concord) will serve a special menu for Thanksgiving with seatings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call 227-9005.

The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern (641 Daniel Webster Hwy. in Merrimack, 429-2022; 1567 Summer St. in Bristol, 744-2022, will have a dinner menu with seven entree offerings (priced at $32 or $35) that all include sides and homemade pie. A children’s menu (for 12 and under) features entree offers priced at $15 for the meal.

Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford) is taking reservations for Thanksgiving, featuring special meals with your choice of an appetizer, an entree, a salad and a dessert. Visit or call 673-3904.

…Or order out for your holiday: If you’d rather stay in this Thanksgiving, here’s a short list of local bakeries and restaurants accepting takeout orders of their own:

At Angela’s Pasta & Cheese (815 Chestnut St. in Manchester;, 625-9544), the deadline to order is Saturday, Nov. 20. The offerings, available on the website, include 9-inch pies (including Midnight Pumpkin Pie and maple bourbon pecan pie), cakes, sweet breads and baked goods and gluten-free pies as well as dinner elements such as pork pie; gravy, stuffing and other traditional Thanksgiving sides, breads and special pumpkin items, such as a pumpkin cannoli dip platter.

The farm store at Apple Hill Farm (580 Mountain St. in Concord;, 224-8862) is open daily (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) through Wednesday, Nov. 24, with apples, winter squash and potatoes as well as pies and baked goods.

The Bakeshop on Kelley Street (171 Kelley St. in Manchester;, 624-3500) will make smaller 5-inch pies and half-pies as well as 9-inch pies in a variety of flavors like pumpkin streusel, peanut butter mousse, dulce de leche, as well as a pumpkin roll cake, pumpkin whoopie pies, holiday cakes, rolls and more (find their holiday menu on their Facebook page). Deadline to order pies is Friday, Nov. 19, for a Wednesday, Nov. 24, pickup, 7 a.m. to noon.

Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe (436 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 262-5929; 9 Market Place, Hollis, 465-5522; is taking orders for pies, cakes, loaves, rolls and pastry trays. Order by Nov. 20.

Concord Food Co-op (24 S. Main St., Concord, 225-6840, is taking orders for fully cooked Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings (serves 8 to 10 people), as well as fresh homemade pies. Order by Nov. 19 at noon.

Place your orders for pie and more in at Crosby Bakery (51 E. Pearl St. in Nashua;, 882-1851) by Saturday, Nov. 20. Offerings include pies such as apple, blueberry, banana cream, pecan, mince and pumpkin as well as savory pies, cakes, dinner rolls and breads and cookies and dessert platters.

The Crust & Crumb Baking Co. (126 N. Main St. in Concord;, 219-0763) is accepting orders through Friday, Nov. 19, for rolls, pies (including Midnight Pumpkin Pie and a maple cream pie with graham crust) and savory items such as quiche and tourtiere.

The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road in New London;, 526-6899) is offering a Thanksgiving feast, serving four to six people, for $100 and featuring roast turkey, a Waldorf salad, green beans, whipped potatoes and stuffing. Add on a pie for $20. Order by Sunday, Nov. 21.

Giorgio’s (524 Nashua St. in Milford, 673-3939; 707 Milford Road in Merrimack, 883-7333; 270 Granite St. in Manchester, 232-3323; is offering a Thanksgiving meal for $27.99 per person (featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, a slice of pumpkin pie and more) as well as an option for additional sides and desserts. Order by Sunday, Nov. 21, for pickup Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant (233 Daniel Webster Hwy. in Meredith; 279-6212, won’t be open for dine-in on Thanksgiving but it will be open for curbside pickup of hot and ready to eat whole roasted turkey family meals or individual turkey dinners on Thursday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The family meals (which are also available for pickup Monday through Wednesday) come with a whole turkey of varying sizes plus sides and a pie; individual meals are also available in small, regular and jumbo based on the serving of turkey. The Grab & Go lobby store will also be open.

Just Like Mom’s Pastries (353 Riverdale Road, Weare, 529-6667, is taking orders for pies and cakes in a variety of flavors, plus breakfast loaves, dinner rolls and some gluten-sensitive pie flavors. Order by Nov. 20.

Mr. Mac’s (497 Hooksett Road in Manchester;, 606-1760) offers party platters of mac and cheese in a variety of flavors (such as pulled pork mac, lobstah mac and garden veggie mac). Order by Tuesday, Nov. 23, for Wednesday, Nov. 24, pickup.

Pinard Street Bakery (1 Pinard St. in Goffstown, inside Charlie’s; 606-1835) offers 9-inch pies for pre-order in flavors including pork pie, pumpkin, Maine blueberry, chocolate crème, apple and pecan), according to a post on Charlie’s Facebook page.

Presto Craft Kitchen (168 Amory St. in Manchester; 606-1252, is taking orders through Friday, Nov. 19, for take-and-bake sides (such as stuffing, green beans, gravy and spiced sweet potato with charred pineapple), an all-the-trimmings package, desserts (including a cannoli platter) and pies (like peach razz, cannoli cream and cookies and cream).

Red Beard’s Kitchen ( is a new Manchester-based company offering Thanksgiving meals to go, in addition to a la carte sides and dessert pies prepared by students at Manchester School of Technology. Order by Nov. 19.

The Red Blazer Restaurant and Pub (72 Manchester St. in Concord; 224-4101, will offer rolls and whipped butter, cakes, pies and dessert platters for order by Saturday, Nov. 20.

Tuscan Market (9 Via Toscana, Salem, 912-5467, is taking orders for a variety of items for Thanksgiving, including turkey dinners and a la carte entrees, sides, breads, soups and desserts. Pickups begin on Nov. 24 with at least a two-day order notice.

Chocolatesgiving: Granite State Candy Shoppe (13 Warren St. in Concord, 225-2591; 832 Elm St. in Manchester, has special Thanksgiving-themed chocolates including foil-wrapped fall leaves (in milk or dark chocolate), chocolate turkeys (of varying sizes and in milk, dark and white chocolate), fall chocolates and pumpkin pie almonds. Van Otis Chocolates (341 Elm St. in Manchester; 627-1611, also has a variety of Thanksgiving offerings including decorated Swiss fudge, the Swiss Fudge Van Turkey, foil-wrapped chocolate leaves, chocolate turkeys (in milk, dark or white chocolate) and a chocolate cornucopia filled with nuts.

Greek sweets and treats: Following the success of its gyro and baklava pop-up last month, St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church (500 W. Hollis St., Nashua) is planning a pastry pre-order event just ahead of the holiday season. Now through Wednesday, Nov. 24, pre-orders are available for a variety of homemade Greek pastries and desserts, including traditional baklava with honey syrup and chopped walnuts; kourambiethes (shortbread butter cookies covered in powdered sugar); koulourakia (hand-twisted butter cookies brushed with an egg glaze); and melomakarona (cinnamon spiced egg-shaped cookies soaked in honey syrup and topped with chopped walnuts). The church will also be accepting orders for variety packs and larger holiday-wrapped hostess platters for each pastry. Visit or call the church office at 889-4000 to place your order. Pickups will be at the church on Friday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., or Saturday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Party at Pipe Dream: Join Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry) for a Fall Fest on Saturday, Nov. 20, throughout the day from noon to 10 p.m. Pipe Dream will be pouring some of its seasonal fall brews, including its Festbier lager release, and will also be offering bratwurst and sauerkraut specials in addition to its full food menu. Live music from the local reggae band Slack Tide will also be featured from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. that evening. Visit

Auction and eats: Join St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (1160 Bridge St., Manchester) for its annual auction and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 20. The event will feature a Greek meatball dinner plate with orzo and green beans available for purchase, along with assorted Greek baked goods and pastries, between 10 a.m. and noon. The live auction will begin at noon. Call the church office at 625-6115 for more details.

Seeing the light: LaBelle Winery is introducing the inaugural season of LaBelle Lights, a new festive outdoor light show that will be held at its Derry location (14 Route 111) beginning Nov. 18 and through Feb. 26, 2022. According to a press release, the light display will be changed periodically throughout its 18-week run, taking place on the facility’s golf course along a paved walking path. The display will include a 15-foot-tall selfie station made of wine barrels, designed and installed by LaBelle vineyard manager and professional woodworker Josh Boisvert. A number of themed events are also being planned in coordination with LaBelle Lights, including a “Crazy Christmas Hat Night” on Dec. 3 and an “Ugly Holiday Sweater Night” on Dec. 17. Hours of operation are from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on select days throughout the season. Tickets are $15. Visit to view the full calendar schedule.

Author: Matt Ingersoll

Matt Ingersoll writes about all things food and drink, covering new restaurants and following the most delicious foodie trends in the state. Reach him at

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