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FOOD SPECIALS IN MANCHESTER/SOUTHERN NH

$5 12 oz burgers with onion rings or fries every Wednesday at Strange Brew in Manchester

Jul 17, 2014
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England
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Open bar - should you tip the bartender

I had open bar at my wedding, and I was billed an additional 20% gratuity. So, no you don't have to.

Mar 30, 2014
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food
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Sushi lunch near Manchester today!

I am with Super Grover, Yuki on So. Willow in the old Shaws plaza has the very best in town, and if you ask for a surprise they will often give you something that will wow your tastebuds.

Dec 27, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Alibaba Supermarket in Manchester NH

Dfrost, do you have those wonderful directions to Saigon in Nashua? I really miss my speciality teas and fresh fish... seriously, it was swimming 1 minute before I bought it!

Dec 27, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Alibaba Supermarket in Manchester NH

No, I drive a white sedan... but now I am curious about the plate. I will try Nashua.

Dec 27, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Alibaba Supermarket in Manchester NH

I went there, hoping it would be like Saigon Market, it wasn't. What a complete letdown. The prices were not reasonable when compared to local markets, and the people working the counters are NOT friendly to women. My questions were rebuffed and I even had a clerk walk away from me when I asked a question about Lamb.

Dec 23, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Lunch near Palace Theater, Manchester NH

DO NOT go to COtton!!! The service is worse than sub par and the food stinks! I have gone 6 times (always on an obligated invite and never on my own) and every time was a complete let down. How anyone can recommend this place astounds me. I wouldn't take anyone while I was paying here except my mother in law, to make her suffer.

Dec 08, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Bad bottle or naive palate?

I admit I am a red wine only gal, even with fish, and even in summer. White wine to me is like drinking decaf coffee. That smell, is classic corked, bad wine! I have drank more wine than biblically allowed, and I have only had one bad corked bottle, and it was unmistakable in it's grossness, like licking the pages of a book found in the attic at grandma's

Aug 22, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Wine

Top 20 wine brands in the US at retail -- Gallo and Constellation account for 50%+

I can say with complete honesty that most people who buy those wines are not everyday wine drinkers. Case in point, I had a lovely dinner for Easter where I invited all of my family and some friends for a large dinner of Roasted Lamb Leg, Spiral Ham and all of the trimmings, I asked every guest to just bring either a bottle of wine, or a small dessert. ALL of my family and friends brought wines I would not cook with, Arbor Mist strawberry something, 3 buck chuck, and one brought a box… yes a box of wine. To someone like myself, who drinks wine on a daily basis, takes meticulous notes at a tasting and has over 100 bottles in a rotational storage because I have become fascinated with the subtle differences in every grape varietal and vineyard it just boggles my mind that someone would think a $3 bottle of wine is something that you should bring to a dinner party where the host has spent over $400 on the food. I am by NO means a wine snob, I drink wines in the $12-$24 range. But I cannot believe what people think is appropriate to bring as a gift, or to share with friends. Wine is an art form, and those wines are graffiti.

Jun 14, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Wine

Popeye's in Salem NH!?!?!?

I tried the spicy, and YEOW, it was so spicy after the first bite I kept grabbing my water bottle. Definitely not what I was expecting. I tried the mild and liked it much more. Hands down much better than KFC.

May 27, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Popeye's in Salem NH!?!?!?

Is that off of 93?

May 19, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Ice Cream Cones on the South Shore, Plymouth Area

It's that time of year... you guessed it, tourist season! I mean summertime. I am looking for a great ice cream place, one with the huge waffle cones, within walking distance of the ocean. I have seen several on the boardwalk area, but I don't want a $5 ice cream cone that tastes like a $1 Mc Donald's cone. I have a special walking date planned for someone very special and I want it to start with a great ice cream cone.

May 07, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Southern New England

A Caribbean Affair: Manchester NH Closed?

I heard they moved to Lincoln St, but that is not confirmed.

Apr 14, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

any thoughts on Cotton - Manchester

See my reply to your post in Southern NE, I saw that, before I saw this.

Apr 14, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

COTTON

You should post this in Northern New England, as Cotton is in Manchester NH. That being said, they are good, not excellent, but good. Don't get the fish and chips, the house tarter sauce is unpleasant and not complementary to the fish in my opinion.

The drinks are very good, the atmosphere is trendy, the service is good as well. I have eaten there a few times with friends, always on their request, but it is not a place I would drive from Boston to. That is just my humble opinion. Others might have a contradictory one. But that is why we are hounds and not sheep.

Apr 14, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Newest trend, bizarre flavored Potato chips. Why mess with a good thing?

Market Basket in NH has crab chips, and chicken in a biscuit crackers.

Mar 11, 2013
gryphonskeeper in General Topics

Newest trend, bizarre flavored Potato chips. Why mess with a good thing?

TOTALLY AGREE!!

Mar 11, 2013
gryphonskeeper in General Topics

Newest trend, bizarre flavored Potato chips. Why mess with a good thing?

Utz Crab is iconic, and acceptable!

Mar 11, 2013
gryphonskeeper in General Topics

Newest trend, bizarre flavored Potato chips. Why mess with a good thing?

I have started to see some new and quite bizarre flavors of chips in the grocery store lately, including "Chicken and Waffles" and "Cheeseburger"
I have to start by asking myself, WHY? WHat is so wrong with the perfection that is a lightly salted deep fried sliver of a spud? I love potato chips, and admit they are a vice of mine, but I have to say, I cannot stand these new trends in flavor. Give me a bag of kettle cooked lightly salted crisps and I am in junk food heaven (especially with a good glass of red wine while perusing the internet) Has anyone else seen or tried these abominations? I tried a cheeseburger Pringle and a Chicken and Waffle Lays, and I have to say both were disgusting. The Pringles tasted like overly salted chemical tasting dried out crusts of what might be a cheeseburger to the palate of a toddler or drunken college student, but to me it was just horrible, and one taste was enough to leave me unwilling to eat a cheeseburger for a while. The Lays tasted like a salted maple syrup chip, no hint of chicken in these chips. Has anyone else dared to try some of the more off putting and bizarre flavors?

Mar 08, 2013
gryphonskeeper in General Topics

How do you nicely tell a server that they have severely bad breath?

I LOVE THIS REPLY! That is genius HiiiJ

Mar 07, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

How do you nicely tell a server that they have severely bad breath?

I would never want a person fired because they had bad breath, and I didn't say the name of the restaurant for that reason. Everyone has a bad breath day. or a B-O day, or just a stink foot day. I don't know if they just had an infected tooth or ate sardines, I just wanted to know if it happens again, how do you tell someone you don't know they smell like they brushed their teeth with a kitty box candy bar.

Mar 07, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

How do you nicely tell a server that they have severely bad breath?

Trust me, I wish I had some mints or something. It was extremely bad, almost like the smell of an abscess.

Mar 05, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

How do you nicely tell a server that they have severely bad breath?

I didn't think so, it was so uncomfortable, and I felt so sorry for her.

Mar 05, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

How do you nicely tell a server that they have severely bad breath?

I went for lunch today, and when my server asked me if I was ready to order I nearly gagged at the way her breath smelled. This was at a diner, counter service so she was only a couple feet away, and it was horrible. I wanted to say to her, boy it sure is dry in here, I bet you would love a glass of ginger ale. *(it is a trick someone told me gets rid of bad breath) But i didn't say anything. But it was so horrible that every time she came by to ask if I needed anything I held my breath. IS there a polite way to say something to your server in a crowded situation where there is really no privacy?

Mar 05, 2013
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

DeLux is open (Manchester NH)

Seriously I stopped going because they changed the bread basket, My favorite artichoke and asiago focaccia bread was gone, and so was the seasoned butter. Sorry to sound so petty but it did bring me in the door, where I often dropped a significant amount of money on dinner.

Sep 19, 2012
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England

Mouse in the oven!

o.O I would have gagged for an hour…

Jul 30, 2012
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

How many "Bad clams" do you put up with, before you complain to Management? Is the next day "Too late"?

They are not dangerous, or bad… just spawning so they taste terrible. I would have if not for the perfect date informed them. The man I was with had not been out with a woman in 10 years (He is an artist, while he has spent time with women it was never in public) I didn't want to ruin his perfect day, or mine.

Jul 24, 2012
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

How many "Bad clams" do you put up with, before you complain to Management? Is the next day "Too late"?

It is when the clam releases it's seeds and sperm, it makes the clams taste literally like *hit. I have never eaten *hit, but I know when you smell it, that is the taste you get in your mouth. It is gross.

Jul 24, 2012
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

How many "Bad clams" do you put up with, before you complain to Management? Is the next day "Too late"?

I bought a large fried whole bellied clam plate at my favorite clam shack last weekend. Out of the approximately 20 clams 7 were spawning, and tasted like… well… crap, I was upset and called the manager in the morning (I was on a date and didn't want to upset a perfect day, it was literally a wonderfully perfect day, except that meal) I would not have even called but seriously when you are paying $20 for a dinner and you cannot eat 40% of it, that is reason to complain. When I told my best friend she said "I would never call the next day, that is just silly, how do they know you are not lying?" I told her "easy, I gave him the name on the credit card receipt, and the bill amount and the time we dined.
She thinks I should have let sleeping dogs lie, but I can't, not when the sleeping dog taste like what comes out of it when it is not sleeping!

He comped me a large fried clam plate for next time, but i might wait a couple weeks for the clams to stop spawning…..

Jul 23, 2012
gryphonskeeper in Not About Food

New Fried Chicken Restaurant Elm Street In Manchester?

I go to the YMCA, and today I happened to come down Elm St instead of my usual route of Canal. I noticed a "Grand Opening" of a fried chicken restaurant where Quiznos and a Pawn Shop used to be. Does anyone know when it will open? I was at the gym at 8am, and had an appointment so I didn't stop.

Jul 05, 2012
gryphonskeeper in Northern New England