The best new locally Inspired restaurants in NH

Part of our 2014 list of Hot New NH Restaurants

Campo Enoteca

Polenta frites with a Rosa sauce for dipping ($8) are a nice start to a meal or a satisfying nibble.

Find a taste of Rome on Elm Street at Campo Enoteca (translates to a gathering place and wine bar), now a sister restaurant to Republic. Owners Ed Aloise and Claudia Rippee have translated their travels to contemporary dining trends from Europe. Most of the sepia photos on the walls are Claudia’s. Freshness is re-enforced with house-made artisanal breads; the ciabatta is excellent. Pasta in a variety of shapes is made fresh daily and served with traditional sauces —carbonara, aglio e olio and puttanesca. Good news — there are two serving sizes on the menu. A few wines from California are on tap to serve as house wines. Salads are refreshing, like the Lacinato Kale with walnuts, grilled pear and ricotta salata made in house. Main dishes include local chicken and a bracciole with Little Brook Farm roasted beef, but you could live on their charcuterie alone. Well, that and a good glass of wine. Find both here.

Don’t Miss: Classic Roman Carbonara rich with Parmesan cheese, local eggs and, amazingly, no cream. Available in two portion sizes. ($11 and $18)

Campo Enoteca
969 Elm St., Manchester
(603) 625-0256


The South meets New England with Chef Brendan Vesey at Joinery in Newmarket. Local vegetables are “the star,” according to Vesey, who sources from more than eight area farms, bringing fresh and unusual vegetables stage presence. Local mushrooms, foraged in season, are served atop grits with a farm-fresh, sunny-side-up egg. Other entrées range from local fish with crispy kale to Carolina-style pulled pork with the three sisters — corn, squash and beans. Find plenty of Southern favorites as sides and snacks with a twist, including cornbread, cheese grits, braised collard greens and yellow eye hummus. The Poor Man’s Supper is simply beans, collards and cornbread. Desserts look south too, with chocolate and pecan pies, blueberry buttermilk pie, sweet tea sorbet and house-made ice creams.

Don’t Miss: Fried chicken leg and thigh with squash, hot honey, slaw and a homey biscuit ($19)

55 Main St., Newmarket
(603) 292-0110

More Restaurants That Utilize Local Sources

Applecrest Farm Bistro Orchard will be adding retail space and a farm-to-table bistro with a new menu every day. Food will be sourced directly from the fields within view of the patio. 133 Exeter Rd., Hampton Falls. (603) 926-3721

Bistro at LaBelle Winery
Organic produce, grown onsite in season is paired with LaBelle’s wines and LaBelle wine-infused martinis as one aspect of this restaurant geared to light and healthy cuisine. Lovely setting for outdoor seating in season. Lunch and dinner daily. 345 Rte. 101, Amherst. (603) 672-9898

CR’s The Restaurant
Former CR Sparks concept meets local sourcing in the former Bontá space, 287 Exeter Rd., Hampton. (603) 929-7972 (Late October opening)

Pressed Café
Restaurateur Roi Shpindler has taken the best items from his former Bridge Café in Manchester to Nashua. The eatery, open from breakfast to 10 p.m., offers light and healthy foods sourced locally. There’s especially great coffee too. 108 Spit Brook Rd. (603) 718-1250

More new restaurants you need to check out

Where to Find Ghosts, Ghouls and Scares in the Granite State

NH is haunted by everything from a love-struck pirate and mischievous children to malevolent spirits in cemeteries and mill workers who perished in fires. Do you dare visit a few?

Halloween Events and Haunted Houses in New Hampshire

Whether you're looking to dance the night away in costume, want to find thrills and chills or need something a little less scary for children, we've got the Halloween event for you!

2017's Best New Restaurants

From fine dining to juicy burgers, get ready to discover a whole new culinary landscape. Here are this year's best new restaurants, plus other openings, news and expansions.

Where to Find New Hampshire Food Trucks

Your guide to the best food trucks in the state — and where and when to find them.

Global Food in the Granite State

There's a big world of global food out there — but you don't have to travel far to find it. Leave your passport at home and head to these 35 spots for the most irresistible international eats in the Granite State.

The Search for NH's Best Pizza

Lots of places claim to have the state's best pizza. We put them all to the test.
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Washington New Hampshire
    Washington is one of New Hampshire’s most overlooked towns, and it also happens to be one of...
  2. Pets to the Rescue
    Some animals are more than pets — they can comfort, teach and assist their humans in a number...
  3. A Closer Look at NH's Own Seth Meyers
    The “Late Night” host returns to New Hampshire for a good cause
  4. Guide to Retirement Living and Continuing Care
    The concept of retirement and senior living is not what it once was.
  5. Vermin Supreme
    Getting to know the fringe presidential candidate who has been running for office since 1992
  6. No Man's Land Between NH and Canada
    The tall tale(s) of two boundary markers
  7. The Connection Between Heart Disease and Brain Health
    Experts discuss how avoiding heart disease can also boost brain health.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags