Featured Restaurants

Gin Joints Feature

In Featured Restaurants By Lisë Stern / April 2017

Gin is hot. Gin is golden. “Gin is resilient,” Dave Brown writes in Gin: The Manual. “It knows that people will eventually come to their senses and appreciate it for what it has always been—a spirit of extraordinary complexity and depth. Brown’s is one of a tleast a dozen volumes published in the past three years devoted to the juniper-infused spirit that had a heyday in the 1920s. It fell out of favor during the vodka and sweet cocktail craze of the 1990s, but it’s making a decided comeback.

BRGR Bar

In Featured Restaurants By Alana Jeralds / Photos: Tony Scarpetta / April 2017

Nestled in Portsmouth’s Portwalk Place, BRGR Bar has been serving locals and visitors creative twists on the average American burger since February, 2014. When you enter, your eyes will be drawn to the steel-topped bar that winds through the middle of the open space in a series of right-angle turns. Seats are at the bar and at tables that line the sides of the room. Owner Phelps (Dieck) Craig ran Brazo, a Latin American restaurant in Portsmouth, for seven years before opening BRGR; she sold Brazo a year after opening BRGR, and now plans to open a second location in Portland, Maine.

Cure Restaurant

In Featured Restaurants By Rachel Forrest/Photography by Kindra Clineff / February 2017

Everything about Cure Restaurant exudes a feeling of comfort. Set just outside the main hustle and bustle of Portsmouth, it’s still within easy walking distance of Prescott Park and the Music Hall.

Spotlight on Amesbury, Massachusetts

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco / January 2017

Settled by the mouth of the Merrimack River—across from Newburyport and upstream from Salisbury, Amesbury is full of rich history. As you walk along the cobblestone pathways through the city’s center, eateries occupy converted mill buildings where chefs use fresh, local ingredients to create delicious dishes. Entrepreneurs know this tight-knit North Shore community is the up-and-coming place to be.

The Friendly Toast

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/Photos: Tony Scarpetta / January 2017

“The Toast” is a Portsmouth institution, a bold and boisterous hangout, known for its kitschy, funky decor, come-as-you-are, laid-back vibe, and unique, satisfying food. In 2013, when new owners Eric Goodwin and Scott Pulver took over, locals were wary. Would they change it too much, get rid of its wacky but beloved atmosphere?

The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco/Photography by Kindra Clineff / November 2016

It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon at the Tuckaway in Raymond, New Hampshire. At this hour, one would expect there to be a period of down time before the dinner rush, but there’s still a wait for lunch. That’s normal for the tavern and butchery, though. Owner Paul Simbliaris and Executive Chef Bobby Marcotte know that on most days they’ll be working nonstop until 9 p.m.

Blind Pig Provisions

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright, Photos by Tony Scarpetta / October 2016

If location is everything, then the recently opened Blind Pig Provisions in Kittery, Maine, has it all. Located on Badger’s Island, the convivial gastropub overlooks the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor. If you’re lucky, you’ll snag a waterside chair or a table in the beer garden, a brilliant sun will be setting, and they’ll have your favorite brew on tap. Fortunately, the restaurant, the latest venture from chefs Matt Greco and Mike Prete (owners of The Kitchen, Sandwich Kings Food Truck, and Portsmouth Catering Company) doesn’t rely on location alone. Add a relaxed atmosphere, new-American cuisine, reasonable prices, and smart cocktail, wine, and beer lists and it’s destined to become a neighborhood favorite.