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El Rincon Zacatecano Taqueria in Manchester, NH

I had lunch here today and was really impressed. The food was really fresh and tasty.

I had noticed this restaurant in the past, but never stopped by to try it out. I went there today with some folks at work and the food was outstanding. It was fresh and authentic. Service was good and friendly. The chef came out to greet us - she was wearing a breathing mask and a hair net because she was mixing up a batch of chile sauce (very spicy).

I had the pork Burrito and it was very good. I plan on going back and trying some of the other dishes, which also looked very good.

I would like to try the gorditos and some of the other dishes. Everything looked great.

If you are in Manchester, definitely check this place out. It really is a hidden jewel in the Queen City!

Apr 17, 2013
cynergyou in Northern New England

any thoughts on Cotton - Manchester

I've eaten there twice for lunch and liked it. It's a little pricey, but the food that my wife and I had was good. She had the fish and chips and I had the meatloaf. Another time I visited I had some asian potstickers and they were good as well.

I think it's a pretty good restaurant foodwise and the atmosphere is pleasant.

it's a little pricey, but overall I enjoyed Cotton and plan to go there again.

It seems to be fairly crowded at lunchtime.

Apr 17, 2013
cynergyou in Northern New England

River Road Tavern, Bedford NH

Hey All - my wife and I just had lunch at the River Road Tavern in Bedford, NH. It's on South River Road, across the street and near the Target Shopping Center.

It was pretty good. I had a Kobe beef burger and some fries. My wife had some buffalo wings (an appetizer) and a beer. The atmosphere is nice and casual, but it also felt a little cold/industrial.

Our server was excellent. She was friendly, attentive but not bothersome, and very helpful. The food was prepared fresh and we were served very quickly (we were there around 12:30PM).

I had ordered my burger medium, but it came out more like medium rare. I've never had authentic Kobe beef so I can't tell if the beef was truly Kobe. However, the burger was very good and the sauce that accompanied it on the side was also tasty. The roll that accompanied the beef was very nice and they had a fresh slice of tomato and some freshly sliced onion on the side (plus a pickle). The fries were a little soggy, but freshly made and pretty good (but not great). My wife enjoyed her wings and they have a nice selection of beer (I just had water).

The prices weren't too bad. The burger was $8 and the fries were $3. If I had to do it again, I would have just gotten the burger. It was very filling.

Overall I like this place. The service was excellent, the atmosphere is good, and the prices aren't too high. The food was pretty good. I would give this lunch a B+. I would definitely go back again.

Feb 24, 2012
cynergyou in Northern New England

Pats Peak Dining this Weekend

If you don't mind driving, you should consider heading east to Manchester and dine at Republic Cafe. Also, my friends (who are foodies) love Mint Bistron (also in Manchester). My wife and I haven't tried Mint yet, but we've heard great reviews from everyone who has been there.

Feb 24, 2012
cynergyou in Northern New England

Republic Cafe in Manchester, NH

Cool. Thanks for the update. My wife and I are planning to go again in the near future. Sounds like you had a nice lunch!

Feb 21, 2012
cynergyou in Northern New England

Restaurants in Portsmouth NH

If you like pizza, you should try the Flatbread Pizza Company on Congress Street in Portsmouth. They have a wood fired oven and make organic pizzas. The food is really good there and it's not too pricey. My wife and I really enjoy the pizzas there,

http://www.flatbreadcompany.com/Flatb...

Feb 02, 2012
cynergyou in Northern New England

Dynamite Sushi in Hudson, NH

Hey All - my wife and her friend had dinner at Dynamite Sushi in Hudson, NH yesterday. My wife had a Korean dish and her friend had the sushi. They both enjoyed their meals and said it was a nice restaurant. Has anyone here tried Dynamite yet? If so, what did you think?

I would like to go and try out their bibim bap (the rice dish in a hot stone bowl). We've been going to You You in Nashua and we like their sushi, but the beef in their bibim bap is too sweet for my tastes.

Dec 03, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

Republic Cafe in Manchester, NH

My wife and I had lunch at Republic Cafe today in Manchester, NH. I had read lots of good things about it and wanted to give it a try. I'm glad I did. The food was really good and the service excellent. We had a mussel dish for an appetizer and we also got the french fries as an appetizer. They were both very tasty. The french fries were fried with capers and they were really good.

We also ordered entrees. My wife had a fish dish and I had a pasta dish with eggplant meatballs. Both dishes were very tasty as well. I think the fish dish (flounder with risotto and kale and stuffed fennel) was the better of the two. The fish was very fresh, the risotto creamy and rich, and the kale had a little bit of tanginess to it. The pasta dish was also really good. The eggplant meatballs were not oily or greasy and the sauce was nice (not overly salty or overly sweet - it was just right).

Even though we were stuffed (we didn't finish the entrees and packed up food to bring home) we split the german chocolate cake. It was wonderful. I think it was one of the best cakes I've had ever. I don't think I've had a better piece of cake!

Our waitress was really down-to-earth and helpful, and after our meal the manager came over to make sure everything was OK and to ask us how our meal was.

My wife and I were really happy to find such a good restaurant in Manchester, NH. The food was really fresh and everything was made from scratch. We will definitely go back! We're planning another Lunch Date next month around Christmas.

Nov 22, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

NH Restaurants (North Conway, Portsmouth and Manchester)

knicho - In Portsmouth, I like the Flatbread Pizza Company. They have a wood-fired stove and make pizzas and flatbreads using organic ingredients. I've also eaten at Sakurabana a few years ago and it was pretty good. The sushi and seafood was very fresh when I ate there (it was on a weekend).

In Manchester, I do not actually recommend the Red Arrow Diner. I grew up in NJ (land of diners and german and italian bakeries). I think the Red Arrow is a nice place, but the food is not very good. I went there a couple of times with the kids and wasn't very impressed. The food seemed really greasy and heavy. My son ordered waffles and they weren't fresh. They are made in advance and the cook just takes them out of a container and warms them on the griddle. The cakes and pies aren't very good either. The portions are huge, but the quality isn't that great. The Red Arrow has a great location and the atmosphere is friendly, but the food is only so-so.

If you like diners, I prefer the Airport Diner on Brown Avenue to the Red Arrow Diner. It's owned by the same people who own the Common Man restaurants and it's pretty good (much better in my opinion than the Red Arrow). Also, the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH is pretty good (it's very popular) and serves diner-ish food. The food is good at the Backroom, although it's relatively expensive for diner-style food.

If you don't mind driving a little south to Nashua, NH, there are some nice restaurants there. My wife and I like You You Japanese Bistro. They have Japanese and Korean food. Also, my wife likes the Peddler's Daughter in Nashua, NH. It's an Irish pub that serves pub-food and lots of different spirits/beer.

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Red Arrow Diner
61 Lowell St, Manchester, NH 03101

Airport Diner
2280 Brown Ave, Manchester, NH 03103

Puritan Backroom Restaurant
, Manchester, NH 03101

You You Japanese Bistro
150 Broad St, Nashua, NH 03063

Jun 22, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

Formosa Taipei II, Nashua N.H.

Thanks for the update. That's too bad. I guess we'll have to try the Lexington location.

May 19, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

Dim Sum in NH?

Thanks for suggestions. I will definitely check these restaurants out!

May 19, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

Kittery

My sister and I enjoyed eating at the Flatbread Company in Portsmouth, NH - they sell organic pizzas that are cooked in a wood-fired oven. My wife used to like the Muddy Rivers Smokehouse in Portsmouth, but it appears that they closed down recently so that's no longer an option.

I've eaten sushi at Sakurabana in Porstmouth a few years ago and it was pretty good.

My wife and I ate the Oar House Restaurant (actually, the Oar House Dock) in Portsmouth, NH and thought it was only OK. It was on the pricey side, and the food that we tried was only OK, nothing really special.

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The Oar House
55 Ceres St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Flatbread Company
138 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

May 19, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

Dim Sum in NH?

Hey All - I'm always interested in finding places to get good Dim Sum. I live in Southern NH and have eaten at North Garden in Goffstown, NH and South Garden in Merrimack, NH. I've also been to the New China Pearl in Woburn, MA. North and South Garden are pretty good, considering they are in NH, and New China Pearl was very good (and very busy), but we're always on the look out for other restaurants to try.

Are there any good Dim Sum places in or very close to Southern, NH that you would recommend?

Thanks in advance.

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South Garden Restaurant
559 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH 03054

North Gardens Restaurant
715 Mast Rd, Manchester, NH 03102

New China
68 College Ave, Waterville, ME 04901

May 18, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

Is there really, a good place for pizza in Manchester NH?

I live in the Manchester area, but grew up in NJ and lived in NY (Westchester County area). My wife and I like Pizza Market in Goffstown and Alley Cat. They are better than the other pizzas in the area and more like the pizzas we would get in NJ and NY. I like Alley Cat pizza the best of the two, but my kids prefer the Pizza Market pies (probably because they are more factory-like).

Have you ever tried the Flatbread Company in Portsmouth? My sister (who also lived in NY and now lives in CA) and I really liked the pizzas there. The food was very good there - the only thing I did not like was a "New England" style pizza that had a sweet, maple syrup flavored sausage on it. Everything else that we tried there was very good. The Flatbread Company originated in MA, but they have a couple of locations in NH (I think in Portsmouth and in North Conway).

http://www.flatbreadcompany.com/

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Flatbread Company
138 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

May 15, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

Formosa Taipei II, Nashua N.H.

Thanks for the review. Someone recommended this restaurant to me and I've been meaning to try it. The dishes look tasty!

May 15, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

pork belly in nh?

Yes - Lanna Asian Market is located further north on Amherst street and it's near the technical college and across the street from a 7 Eleven store.

May 15, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England

pork belly in nh?

Merlion Asian Market in Nashua, NH sells pork bellies that you can use to make bacon. I bought some when I was making chinese Zongzi. The sell a whole piece of pork belly and they also sell sliced pork belly. I bought the whole piece and used it for my cooking. I think you could make your own bacon with the whole piece.

I forgot to add that the pork bellies were frozen. You can ask the owner to show you where they are located in the freezer.

Merlion has a website...

http://home.comcast.net/~lannaasianma...

Good luck!

May 15, 2011
cynergyou in Northern New England