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Rachel Forrest Favorite
Peace, Love and Burgers are the throwback watchwords for this Portsmouth burger “joint.” Build your own burger by adding “goodies” of your choice, including fried eggs, Sriracha Aioli and avocado with a base of either beef, chicken or beans, all built on a potato bun. Customer favorites include the Stairway to Heaven with braised short ribs and caramelized onions and BBQ sauce for $6.50. The Green Muenster burger, another crowd favorite, is topped with bacon, avocado, Chipitle Aioli and Muenster cheese for $6.25. You know the love is real — a homemade cookie comes with the bill.
212 Islington St.
Chef and restaurateur Phelps Craig has opened an upscale burger bar in the trendy Portwalk district of Portsmouth, nestled between a variety of hotels and retail shops. Look for burgers created with the best ingredients available from Maine-raised, grass-fed and hormone-free beef to local bacon. Each burger will be a showcase in itself, from the crispy duck patty with apple-celeriac slaw and the Southern Comfort burger with bourbon-barbecue fried chicken tenders, house made pickles, coleslaw and cheddar cheese for $11. A choice of 10 house-made sauces will accompany the fries and inventive shakes will come in an adult version, if desired. The Brazen Burger is a 70/30 mix of ground brisket topped with pulled short-rib for a super juicy burger. Served with fries and costs $13.50.
34 Portwalk Place
Sister restaurant to Local Burger in Northampton, Mass., where beef and veggies are sourced locally. The Juicy Lucy is 12 ounces of flame-broiled, hand-pattied burger with cheese on the inside. It’s served on a soft sesame seed bun. $9.99
82 Main St.
Black Mtn. Burger Co.
The Smitty burger is an Angus beef 6- or 8-ounce patty sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. $9.25 for 1/3 pound or $11 for 1/2 pound.
264 Main St.
Wild Willy’s Burgers
The Willy Burger is a classic with just American cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Made with certified Angus beef for $7.75 or Pineland Farms all-natural beef for $8.75. Tender Bison for $9.75.
12 Gonic Rd.
Ellacoya Barn & Grille
Stop in on Mondays for a great $5 burger special during Burger Time. One staff member described it as a "steak sized" burger patty. It's also served with delicious homecut fries.
2667 Lakeshore Rd.