Best of TASTE 2018 - Top 30 Restaurants

In Best of Taste By Taste of the Seacoast / April 2019

2018 Best of TASTE Top 30 RESTAURANTS, as voted by you!

Spotlight on Hampton, New Hampshire

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco / April 2019

Miles of sandy beach bordering the Ocean Boulevard strip of restaurants, candy shops, arcades, and gift shops have made Hampton (and neighboring North Hampton) one of New Hampshire’s popular tourist destinations. This quintessential New England town also boasts bold eats, innovative menus, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Just a few miles inland, Lafayette Road is bustling with some of the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots that combine fresh ingredients with creative culinary skills, resulting in dishes that you’ll come back for time and again.

Best of Taste 2018

In Best of Taste By Rob Levey & Jessica Sacco, with Lisë Stern / April 2019

From alfresco dining to wings, creative cocktailsto innovative margaritas, not to mention steak, lobster, and mouth-watering chocolates, the Seacoast is home to incredible food and drink. We asked you to vote on your favorites in over 80 categories, then tallied your choices to establish this year’s best of the best.

Urban Farmhouse Eatery

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/Photos: Kindra Clineff / March 2019

This intimate, homey bistro in North Hampton hits all the right notes. The vibe is welcoming, with rough-hewn wood-paneled walls and simple country decor. The service is warm, friendly, and attentive, and the food is fresh and finely crafted. Located on busy Lafayette Road, Urban Farmhouse has been open less than two years, and owner Renee Locke says business is busier than she thought it would be. “The community has been amazing,” she says. “Everyone has been very supportive.” There’s a reason for the support and success: This feel-good breakfast and lunch eatery serves up crave-able comfort food with flourish and finesse.

Rick’s Food & Spirits

In Featured Restaurants By Jim Cavan/Photos: Tony Scarpetta / January 2019

For a town once prominent enough to mark pre-Revolutionary maps of America, Kingston exudes a sense of staunch preservation—in the best, most New England way possible. But at Rick’s Food & Spirits, small-town charm and New-Age fare are anything but mutually exclusive.

Roundabout Diner

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco/Photos: Kindra Clineff / November 2018

In Portsmouth, a trip down memory lane just might mean a jaunt around the Rotary. There, nestled beside the Best Western hotel, you’ll find the aptly named Roundabout Diner. Opened by former Muddy River Smokehouse owner Dan Posternak in 2011, the Roundabout shimmers with ’50s Americana from the outside in, all the way down to requisite race-script arrow sign, checkerboard floors, and plush vinyl booths. It’s enough to make this ’90s grunge kid wish he’d commandeered Doc Brown’s DeLorean.

ffrost Sawyer Tavern at Three Chimneys Inn

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/Photos: Tony Scarpetta / October 2018

You won’t find a restaurant that oozes more charm and character than the beloved ffrost Sawyer Tavern, tucked in the lower level of a historic 1649 home (now inn) on the banks of the Oyster River in Durham, New Hampshire.