Best of NH 2022 Food Odds and Ends
Not everything fits neatly into a category, but that doesn't mean you should pass up these winners, including the state's favorite new restaurant, artisan cheese, outdoor dining, gluten-free options and more.
If only you could live on cheese alone. We suspect Bell & Goose Cheese Co. owner Anna Cantelmo agrees with that sentiment as she has spent more than a decade pursuing the craft of artisan cheesemaking. Her creamery is located at Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton, where her husband Andre and his business partner Greg have been growing berries and vegetables for the past 20 years. Anna’s cheeses — both fresh and aged — are made from cow’s milk sourced from a nearby dairy farm, and you can find her camembert, hot pepper Havarti, mustard seed butter cheese, Bulgarian-style feta and much more year-round at the Heron Pond farmstand. Additionally, check the website for the farmers market schedule.
Making crackers isn’t usually the kind of thing that inspires greatness, but don’t tell that to Kevin Dremel. He founded his company, Jack’s Crackers (named for his cat), on the idea that nothing is so small or common that it can’t be raised to greatness. Dremel says, as far as he knows, his small craft bakery in Keene is the only one in the state dedicated to baking small-batch, handmade crackers — all-natural and GMO/preservative-free. And with flavors ranging from lemon-pistachio to buttermilk-bacon, there’s proof that even the humble cracker can still be powerfully delicious.
Readers’ Poll Winners
The Puritan Backroom
Family-friendly Dining Multilocation Local
T-BONES Great American Eatery
Fine Dining Restaurant
Hanover Street Chophouse
Troy’s Fresh Kitchen and Juice Bar
Locally Sourced Menu
The Crown Tavern
Specialty Food Store
Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop
Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar