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Anneke Jans sold...

It is still open, and the plan is to keep it the same. Here's an article about the sale: http://www.seacoastonline.com/article... I went there a few days ago for Restaurant Week Portsmouth and it was still as good as ever.

Nov 10, 2010
gemini222 in Northern New England

Banana Cream Pie distributed by CheeseCo in Manchester, NH

Grabbed a bite to eat at The Wild Rover in Manchester last night and my dining companion and I split a piece of banana cream pie (not a usual choice for me) for dessert. It was fantastic! Our server told us they got the pie from CheeseCo on Eddy Road in Manchester. From what I can tell, CheeseCo is a wholesale food supplier. Does anyone know if they sell retail at all?

P.S. We ordered two more pieces . . .

Jan 26, 2009
gemini222 in All New England Archive

What good to eat in Portsmouth, NH these days.

Why Jumpin Jays tends to gets the nod for seafood over other local establishments is beyond me. Whenever I get the chance, I encourage people to go across the street to Pesce Blue.

Jun 04, 2008
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Portsmouth this weekend

FYI, Isis is now closed. Exeter's Loaf & Ladle will be opening their new location there soon.

Jun 03, 2008
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Portsmouth NH recomendations

Definitely hit the Portsmouth Brewery! The food is great and reasonably priced (especially the appetizers, sandwiches and burgers), and the place is very kid-friendly (while still being a fun place to hang out). They have a kids food menu. (Oh, and the beer is tasty, too!) Check them out at www.portsmouthbrewery.com if you haven't already.

May 22, 2008
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Mo Jo's BBQ Shack - Islington St., Portsmouth, NH

Yes, I did finally get there. I had the pulled pork, baked beans and mac & cheese. The pulled pork was very good, and I agree with your assessment that the baked beans are exceptional. I was a bit disappointed in the mac & cheese ~ I am a mac & cheese fiend, and this left me wanting more flavor. I will definitely be going back.

Apr 08, 2008
gemini222 in Northern New England

Portsmouth this weekend

I'll second the Pesce Blue dinner recommendation - www.pesceblue.com

Here are some other upscale dinner recs:
Black Trumpet Bistro - www.blacktrumpetbistro.com
Green Monkey - www.thegreenmonkey.net
Brazo - www.brazorestaurant.com
Victory 96 State Street - www.96statestreet.com

Have a fun weekend!

Feb 28, 2008
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Easter Brunch in Portsmouth, NH

If you're willing to drive less than 20 miles north of Portsmouth on Route 1 (which is a fun ride, anyway), my recommendation (which I have raved about before on this board) is Bintliff's in Ogunquit, Maine - http://www.bintliffsogunquit.com/.

I have friends from North Carolina flying into Portsmouth on Easter weekend and I'm planning on taking them there for brunch that Sunday.

To borrow from my previous post:

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They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday during the winter - 8am to 2:30pm. The food is extremely creative and excellent. When we go there with friends, we tend to order lots of different things and share (FYI, you can order one pancake or french toast instead of a whole order). I highly recommend the creme brulee french toast, chocolate chip macadamia nut pancakes (no syrup needed!), crab cake benedict (the hollandaise sauce is the best) and the corned beef hash. I recommend their spicy Bloody Mary, too, and I'm not usually a Bloody Mary drinker.

The interior design of the restaurant is also worth mentioning - very quaint (lace curtains, dried flowers, etc.).

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It’s not an all-you-can-eat buffet thing (just to set the expectation), but the food is unbelievably creative.

Feb 27, 2008
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Mo Jo's BBQ Shack - Islington St., Portsmouth, NH

Has anyone been yet? It's on my list of new places to try.

Feb 08, 2008
gemini222 in Northern New England

dinner in dover, nh

Todd Alberto used to be a co-owner of Anthony Alberto's.

Feb 04, 2008
gemini222 in All New England Archive

dinner in dover, nh

I'm a big fan of The Barn Tavern ~ http://www.thebarntavern.com. I'm a Dover girl, too, and this place is definitely one of my local favorites. Currently, my favorite dinner menu choices are the pork osso bucco ~ braised pork shank with portobello mushroom polenta, grilled asparagus and braising reduction ~ and the tuna sushi martini ~ raw Ahi tuna with wasabi aioli, shoyu glaze, and shaved cucumber over sushi rice, topped with Wakame salad and pickled ginger. I've been there quite a few times (including a couple of casual business lunches) and never had a bad meal there. The staff is friendly, too, and owner Todd Alberto truly cares about his customers.

Feb 01, 2008
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Suggestions for Boston pub for casual dinner?

Thank you all for your recommendations. I think we're going to try the Publick House (getting there early, as suggested).

Jan 23, 2008
gemini222 in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for Boston pub for casual dinner?

I'm heading into Boston this Saturday evening for the BU/UNH hockey game at the Agganis Arena, and I'm looking for a pub-style restaurant in the city where four of us can get a reasonably-priced casual meal before the game. My brother, who is not a foodie (which is why I am posting here), suggested Boston Beer Works (it looks like they have two Boston locations, but I think he's referring to the one by Fenway) or The Warren Tavern in Charlestown. A few months ago, I went to Doyle's in Jamaica Plain and that was good. Suggestions? Thanks!

Jan 21, 2008
gemini222 in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast in Ogunquit in winter

I wholeheartedly agree with the Bintliff's recommendation. They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday during the winter - 8am to 2:30pm. The food is extremely creative and excellent. When we go there with friends, we tend to order lots of different things and share (FYI, you can order one pancake or french toast instead of a whole order). I highly recommend the creme brulee french toast, chocolate chip macadamia nut pancakes (no syrup needed!), crab cake benedict (the hollandaise sauce is the best) and the corned beef hash. I recommend their spicy Bloody Mary, too, and I'm not usually a Bloody Mary drinker.

The interior design of the restaurant is also worth mentioning - very quaint (lace curtains, dried flowers, etc.).

Have fun!

Jan 01, 2008
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Fish Market recs in Seacoast NH/Southern ME?

We're planning on shipping some fresh New England fish out to relatives in Arizona as a Christmas present. (I know, I know . . . I'm one of those wait-till-the-last-minute Christmas present procrastinators.) Anyone have some good fish market recommendations (including if they can help with packing the goodies for their journey)? I know that the fish at Philbrick's Fresh Market in Portsmouth and Fiddlehead Farms in Dover is always good, but they are a bit pricy, so I'm wondering about off-the-beaten-path places. Maybe Somethin' Fishy in Eliot, ME? (I've driven by it but never stopped in.) We stopped in the Olde Mill Fish Market on Marcy Street in Portsmouth yesterday and that's a definite possibility, too.

Dec 20, 2007
gemini222 in Northern New England

Lydia Shire's Blue Sky on York Beach, ME

Has anyone been yet? Thoughts?

Nov 18, 2007
gemini222 in Northern New England

Potato Dumplings (Munich/Oktoberfest style)

I was in Munich recently for Oktoberfest and I fell in love with their potato dumplings. I would like to try to recreate them at home. Anyone have a good authentic recipe for them? Alternatively, I'm not against using a boxed mix. My searching on the Web led me to Panni brand Bavarian Potato Dumpling Mix. Has anyone used this mix and have any thoughts on it?

Nov 12, 2007
gemini222 in Home Cooking

Heading to Portsmouth, NH...

Pesce Blue. Without a doubt.

Nov 05, 2007
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Cider Donuts - Cold Hollow Cider Mill, VT

I LOVE those donuts! Whenever I'm in the Stowe area, I always stop by and pick some up ~ although they don't always make it home!

http://www.coldhollow.com

Oct 21, 2007
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Bars and Pubs in Maine

If you're looking for yummy beer, check out Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub on Fore Street in Portland. (They have locations in Freeport and Lewiston/Auburn, too, but I've only been to the Portland location.) See: http://www.grittys.com.

Sep 14, 2007
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Lunch in Portsmouth NH

My vote goes to the Portsmouth Brewery. While it's pub food, it's creative and well-prepared. And it's a fun and friendly place where you can take in the local scene.

Sep 11, 2007
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Zampa - Epping, NH

I haven't been yet. Any thoughts?

Aug 13, 2007
gemini222 in All New England Archive

Margaux: Bistro Populaire in South Berwick

My boyfriend & I went there a couple of nights ago. It was fabulous (as expected). We used to frequent Big Night in Dover so we knew it would be good. We started with the spicy artichoke heart & spinach dip ~ a dish that sounds routine but their preparation of it made it special. A hint of jalopeno gave it the right amount of spiciness. Also had the escargots au Pernod, which featured a nice broth. Both were accompanied by homemade bread (which ensured that we didn't waste anything!).

We then shared two smaller plates ~ seared sea scallops and yellowfin tuna. Then we split the braised lamb shank. (Trust me: we know how to eat!) My boyfriend always tells me to remind him that he doesn't like lamb. He went out on a limb this time and agreed to get it. He wasn't disappointed! Tender, juicy lamb over a roasted shallot, carrot & baked polenta only made us crave more with each bite!

I had the lemon cheesecake w/blueberries in raspberry sauce and he had the linzer torte (translation: raspberry pie) w/whipped cream for dessert. I was a little hesitant about foregoing something chocolate, but both desserts were fantastic.

There were about 8 seats out on the porch (which has a stove to keep the room warm on colder nights), maybe another 8 seats inside, and 4 seats at the bar (due to size restrictions, the liquor selection is a bit limited). Appetizers and small plates range from 8.95 to 12.95. Entrees range from 18.95 to 23.95. Desserts range from 6.95 to 8.95. Wine selection was good and reasonably priced.

A lot of times, we try a restaurant just to cross it off our list of places to try. In the case of Margaux, in the middle of our meal, we commented on how we can't wait to come back!

Jul 21, 2007
gemini222 in All New England Archive