5 Places to Eat During New Hampshire Restaurant Week
Where to go for the dining event of the year
It's that time of year again! With the start of spring comes one of the Granite State's favorite culinary traditions: New Hampshire Restaurant Week. This is the sixth iteration of the annual NH Lodging and Restaurant Association, and it's poised to be as tasty as ever.
Eateries in all corners of the state are slated to participate in this year's Restaurant Week, promising food for every taste and price tags for every budget. You can form your plan of edible action with the event's website, where participating restaurants can be browsed by region or by price point on a scale from one fork ($10-$15) to three forks ($35+).
With more than 60 restaurants participating and offers encompassing lunch and dinner, you could easily plan every meal of the eight-day event around Restaurant Week treats — but, if you're wondering where to start, we have a few ideas. Make your reservations (and prep your #restaurantweeknh Instagram filters) now — Restaurant Week runs from March 24-31, and we have a feeling these five spots in particular will be hot tickets.
It's not every day that a AAA Four Diamond dining experience becomes (relatively) affordable. Give this luxury destination a try while it's hot, with three-course menus available at lunch and dinner featuring such delights as tequila poached Cape Cod oysters and za'atar-dusted swordfish with garlic spinach, tabbouleh and chickpea fritters.
2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford. (603) 472-2001; bedfordvillageinn.com
The executive chef of this Durham spot is one of eight honored as a Celebrity Chef this Restaurant Week, and his concoctions for the week can't be missed. All the dishes on this $35 three-course menu look delicious, but we're especially excited about the ricotta gnudi from the first course menu: the gnocchi-like pillows are served with hazelnut-arugula pesto and rabbit gravy.
17 Newmarket Rd, Durham. (603) 868-7800; threechimneysinn.com
If you haven't heard of this Monadnock eatery yet, you'll want to get familiar. The restaurant was re-christened as the Fox Tavern just six months ago, and their Restaurant Week menu is focused on showcasing local producers. Try the beef sirloin sourced from Walpole Valley Farms or the apple tart made with produce from Dutton Berry Farm over the border in Newfane, Vermont.
33 Main St., Hancock. (603) 525-3318; hancockinn.com
The head chef of this Common Man eatery, 24-year-old Tony Bomba, took top honors earlier this month at NH Food Bank's Steel Chef Challenge. Get a taste of his creative cooking with Lago's restaurant week menu, a mid-priced, three-course feast including such dishes as pan-fried eggplant and balsamic- and tomato-braised short ribs.
1 US Rte. 25, Meredith. (603) 279-2253; thecman.com
Head to the mountains for the two great deals offered at this sophisticated restaurant. Order from their everyday four-course menu for $10 off this prix-fixe splurge, or turn to their Restaurant Week menu for a $40 three-course meal featuring spring pea risotto, sous-vided chicken breast, and a selection of desserts.
116 Rte. 117, Sugar Hill. (603) 823-5621; sugarhillinn.com
You've got some ideas. Now go forth and eat!