Best of NH 2023 Readers’ Poll and Editor’s Pick Winners

More than 18,400 people voted – now see who was named as the best the state has to offer

The results listed here will be published in the July Best of NH issue, which is available on newsstands, online and in mailboxes in late June 2023. The list below serves as a quick reference guide and full contact information, including address, phone and website, will be included with the July issue. The July issue will also highlight this year’s editor’s picks.

Editor’s Picks

Category Edit Pick Winners
French Pastries Crémeux French Pâtisserie
Shaved Ice Peaks Food Truck
OGs of Diversity
NH Gay Men’s Chorus
YouTube Radio Cold River Radio Show
Funky Creative Space Drift Art House
Citizen Big Band Scott Spradling Big Band
Eclectic Performance Space The Strand
Ambassadors of Peace Randy Armstrong & WorldBeat Marimba
Dramatic Kid Power TIGER
Radio Reporter Todd Bookman
Antiquarian YouTube Jeff Rapsis
Bagels and Breakfast Sandwiches Bubby’s Bagel & Deli
Craft Brew Hidden Gem Back Hill Beer Co.
Cheap Eats Bodega Katz’s Deli & Market
Creative Chicken Tenders Charlie’s of Goffstown
Bowling Alley Dive Bar Rumors Sports Bar & Bowling
Family Friendly Café The Nest Family Café
Hot Dogs and Beer Candia Road Brewing Co.
Vegan Food Truck The Sleazy Vegan
North Country Japanese Sushki
Italian Café and Market Gusto Italian Café
Boutique Bakery Mystic Sugar Bakery
Old Country Coffee Café Kaffee Vonsolln
Tasty Tours The Savory Lane
Indie Movie Theatre Wilton Town Hall Theatre
Family Attraction Center Hilltop Fun Center
Urban Trails Mine Falls Park
Sunflower Capital Sunfox Farm
Adventure Farm The Farm at Wolf Pine Hollow
Indigenous Dinner Independence Inn
Indoor Golf Experience Tour
Next Level Gaming The Fourth Place
Aquatic Tours Eastmans Docks
New Theme Park Living Shores Museum
Gun Safety Training Sig Sauer Academy
Fun and Informative Family Attraction Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Personal Beer Tour Guide Manchvegas Brew Bus
Vintage Fashion HELLO AGAIN
Beatnik Bookstore Sheafe Street Books
Eclectic Finds & Nostalgia Trip Bad Art
Haberdashery Britches of Concord
North Country Outpost Up North Trading Company
Vehicle Storage Vault Motor
Branded Clothing Chaos and Kindness
Candy with a Twist Granite State Freeze Dried Candy
Big Green Fashion Delaine & Co.
Analog Heaven Photo Retro
Community Gathering Space Crackskull’s Coffee and Books
Tees, Action Figures & Local Pride Wicked Joyful
Highland Cow Curious Bleu
Progressive Programs World Fellowship Center
Car Club NH Muscle Cars
Lobster Dogs Pat’s World Famous
Sustainable Cider North Country Hard Cider
Buzzless Bar Trend New Hampshire Mocktail Month
Free Food Truck Red’s Good Vibes
Community Event Barn Oscar Barn Wedding Venue

Readers’ Poll

Note from the editor: You’ll note that some categories below have multiple winners and you will see distinctions such as “overall”, “multilocation – local” or “multilocation – regional.” Here’s how we label and determine these particular winners. If a multilocation winner was the overall winner, then we have also chosen a standalone or single location winner as well.

  • Overall = overall winner for that category. I.e. the business who received the most votes in a particular category.
  • Multilocation – local = a New Hampshire business with three or more locations.
  • Multilocation – regional = a New England-based business with three or more locations.
Category 2023 Winner
Antique or Vintage Shop Antiques on Elm
Art Gallery Jackson Art Studio & Gallery
Automotive Group Grappone Automotive Group
Bakery – Concord Area The Crust and Crumb Baking Co.
Bakery – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Blue Loon Bakery
Bakery – Great North Woods Region Polish Princess Bakery
Bakery – Lakes Region Basic Ingredients
Bakery – Manchester Area Black Forest Cafe & Bakery
Bakery – Monadnock Region Eat More Cake
Bakery – Nashua Area Buckley’s Bakery & Café
Bakery – Overall Bearded Baking Co.
Bakery – Overall Multilocation Regional Frederick’s Pastries
Bakery – Salem Area Klemm’s Bakery
Bakery – Seacoast Region Harvey’s Bakery and Coffee Shop
Bakery – White Mountains Region Leavitt’s Country Bakery
Barbecue KC’s Rib Shack
Barbershop Homegrown Barber Co.
Bed and Breakfast Inn at Ellis River
Beer Store The Beer Store
Bicycle Shop Gus’ Bike Shop
Bicycle Shop Multilocation Local Trek Bicycle
Breakfast Place – Concord Area The Windmill Restaurant
Breakfast Place – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery
Breakfast Place – Great North Woods Region Full Send Bar and Grill
Breakfast Place – Lakes Region The Farmer’s Kitchen
Breakfast Place – Manchester Area The Purple Finch Café
Breakfast Place – Manchester Area Multilocation Regional The Friendly Toast
Breakfast Place – Monadnock Region Parkers Maple Barn
Breakfast Place – Monadnock Region Multilocation Local Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Breakfast Place – Nashua Area Suzie’s Diner
Breakfast Place – Nashua Area Multilocation Local Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Breakfast Place – Overall Polly’s Pancake Parlor
Breakfast Place – Overall Multilocation Local Tucker’s
Breakfast Place – Salem Area Maddie’s
Breakfast Place – Salem Area Multilocation Local MaryAnn’s Diner
Breakfast Place – Seacoast Region The Airfield Cafe
Breakfast Place – Seacoast Region Multilocation Regional The Friendly Toast
Breakfast Place – White Mountains Region The Sunrise Shack
Brewery – Concord Area Northwoods Brewing Company
Brewery – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
Brewery – Great North Woods Region Copper Pig Brewery
Brewery – Lakes Region Kettlehead Brewing Co.
Brewery – Manchester Area Pipe Dream Brewing
Brewery – Monadnock Region Modestman Brewing
Brewery – Nashua Area Spyglass Brewing Co.
Brewery – Overall 603 Brewery
Brewery – Salem Area Kelsen Brewing Company
Brewery – Seacoast Region Throwback Brewery
Brewery – White Mountains Region Woodstock Inn Brewery
Brewpub Woodstock Inn Brewery
Brunch The Old Salt
Burger – Concord Area The Barley House
Burger – Concord Area Multilocation Local T-BONES Great American Eatery
Burger – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Little Brothers Burgers
Burger – Great North Woods Region Full Send Bar and Grill
Burger – Lakes Region Surfside Burger Bar
Burger – Lakes Region Multilocation Local T-BONES Great American Eatery
Burger – Manchester Area New England’s Tap House Grille
Burger – Manchester Area Multilocation Local T-BONES Great American Eatery
Burger – Monadnock Region Papa Joe’s Humble Kitchen
Burger – Nashua Area Buckley’s Great Steaks
Burger – Nashua Area Multilocation Local T-BONES Great American Eatery
Burger – Overall Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Burger – Salem Area The Copper Door
Burger – Salem Area Multilocation Local T-BONES Great American Eatery
Burger – Seacoast Region Hop + Grind
Burger – Seacoast Region Multilocation Regional Lexie’s Restaurants
Burger – White Mountains Region Black Mountain Burger Co.
Burrito Dos Amigos Burritos
Burrito – Multilocation Local California Burritos
Butcher Shop Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery
Cakes Jacques Fine European Pastries
Cakes – Multilocation Regional Frederick’s Pastries
Caterer Celebrations Distinctive Catering
CBD Shop Clearly Balanced Days
Chicken Tenders The Puritan Backroom
Chinese Restaurant Lilac Blossom
Chocolatier Van Otis
Cigar Shop Twins Smoke Shop & Lounge
Clam Chowder Petey’s Summertime Seafood
Cocktails The Copper Door
Coffee Roaster Blue Harbor Coffee Co.
Coffee Roaster – Multilocation Local A&E Coffee & Tea
Coffee Shop – Concord Area Revelstoke Coffee
Coffee Shop – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Lucky’s Coffee Garage
Coffee Shop – Great North Woods Region The Granite Grind
Coffee Shop – Lakes Region Wayfarer Coffee Roasters
Coffee Shop – Manchester Area O’Shea’s Caife & Tae
Coffee Shop – Monadnock Region Union Coffee Company
Coffee Shop – Nashua Area Riverwalk Bakery & Café
Coffee Shop – Overall Blue Harbor Coffee Co.
Coffee Shop – Salem Area Farmhouse Roasters
Coffee Shop – Seacoast Region Caffe Kilim
Coffee Shop – White Mountains Region Metropolitan Coffee House
Comic Book Store Double Midnight Comics
Crab Cakes Surf Seafood
Crab Cakes – Multilocation Local The Common Man
Cupcakes Queen City Cupcakes
Day Spa TIE Innovations The Salon & Spa
Day Spa TIE The Wingate Salon & Spa
Delicatessen Biederman’s Deli
Diner – Concord Area Northwood Diner
Diner – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Four Aces Diner
Diner – Lakes Region George’s Diner
Diner – Manchester Area Airport Diner
Diner – Monadnock Region Peterborough Diner
Diner – Nashua Area Suzie’s Diner
Diner – Nashua Area Multilocation Local MaryAnn’s Diner
Diner – Overall Tilt’n Diner
Diner – Overall Multilocation Local Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Diner – Salem Area The Bacon Barn
Diner – Salem Area Multilocation Local MaryAnn’s Diner
Diner – Seacoast Region Roundabout Diner and Lounge
Diner – White Mountains Region Littleton Diner
Distillery Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile
Doughnuts Klemm’s Bakery
Event Venue (Large) LaBelle Winery
Event Venue (Small) Castle in the Clouds
Family-friendly Dining The Puritan Backroom
Family-friendly Dining Multilocation Local T-BONES Great American Eatery
Family-friendly Resort The Inn at East Hill Farm
Farmstand Lull Farm
Favorite Restaurant – Concord Area Revival Kitchen & Bar
Favorite Restaurant – Concord Area Multilocation The Common Man
Favorite Restaurant – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region The Refinery
Favorite Restaurant – Great North Woods Region Rainbow Grille & Tavern
Favorite Restaurant – Lakes Region Patrick’s Pub & Eatery
Favorite Restaurant – Lakes Region Multilocation Local The Common Man
Favorite Restaurant – Manchester Area The Copper Door
Favorite Restaurant – Monadnock Region Greenleaf
Favorite Restaurant – Nashua Area Surf Seafood
Favorite Restaurant – Nashua Area Multilocation The Common Man
Favorite Restaurant – Overall Pickity Place
Favorite Restaurant – Salem Area The Copper Door
Favorite Restaurant – Salem Area Multilocation The Common Man
Favorite Restaurant – Seacoast Region Surf Seafood
Favorite Restaurant – White Mountains Region Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery
Favorite Restaurant – White Mountains Region Multilocation The Common Man
Fine Dining Restaurant Hanover Street Chophouse
Florist Ford Flower Co.
Formal Dress Shop Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal
Garden Center Wentworth Greenhouses & Garden Center
Gluten-free Options Troy’s Fresh Kitchen and Juice Bar
Gluten-free Options Multilocation Regional 110 Grill
Golf Course (Private) Laconia Country Club
Golf Course (Public) Sagamore Hampton Golf Club
Gourmet To Go Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop
Hair Salon (Special Occasion) Salon Bogar
Hair Salon TIE Cassandra Salon & Spa
Hair Salon TIE Salon Bogar
Home Décor Shop Junction 71
Ice Cream – Concord Area Johnson’s Dairy Bar
Ice Cream – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream
Ice Cream – Great North Woods Region Moose Alley Cones
Ice Cream – Lakes Region Jordan’s Ice Creamery
Ice Cream – Manchester Area Moo’s Place Homemade Ice Cream
Ice Cream – Monadnock Region The Walpole Creamery
Ice Cream – Monadnock Region Multilocation Local Kimball Farm
Ice Cream – Nashua Area The Big 1 Ice Cream Stand
Ice Cream – Nashua Area Multilocation Local Hayward’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream – Overall Lago’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream – Salem Area Jay Gee’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream – Seacoast Region Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream
Ice Cream – Seacoast Region Multilocation local The Beach Plum
Ice Cream – White Mountains Region Super Secret Ice Cream
Independent Bookstore Gibson’s Bookstore
Independent Bookstore Multilocation Local Toadstool Bookshops
Independently Owned Fitness Center Drive Custom Fit
Indian Restaurant Shalimar India (Portsmouth)
Invitations Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Irish Pub The Peddler’s Daughter
Italian Restaurant Villaggio Ristorante
Italian Restaurant Multilocation Fratello’s Italian Grille
Japanese Restaurant Masa Japanese Steak House
Jeweler Bellman Jewelers
Jeweler for Engagement Ring Bellman Jewelers
Kid’s Clothing Shop M&C Clothing and Gifts
Large Music Venue Bank of NH Pavilion
Lobster Roll Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Lobster Roll Multilocation Local The Beach Plum
Locally Sourced Menu Pickity Place
Mac and Cheese Mr. Mac’s Macaroni and Cheese
Medical Spa Ariya Aesthetics
Mediterranean Restaurant Amphora
Men’s Clothing Shop George’s Apparel
Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa
Mexican Restaurant Vida Cantina
Mexican Restaurant Multilocation Local La Carreta
Museum Currier Museum of Art
New Hampshire Brewer’s IPA Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire Brewer’s Lager 603 Brewery
New Hampshire Brewer’s Sour Beer Pipe Dream Brewing
New Restaurant The Nest Family Cafe
NH Podcast Bear Brook
NH Radio Morning Show Greg and the Morning Buzz
NH Radio Talk Show “The Exchange” NHPR
NH Sports Team The New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Outdoor Dining TIE Bar Salida
Outdoor Dining TIE Town Docks
Outfitter/Guide Service Redline Guiding
Pet Boarding Pawquet’s Play & Stay
Pet Groomer Mac & Copper’s Pet Supply Outlet
Pet Supplies Store Four Your Paws Only
Pet Training No Monkey Business Dog Training
Pizzeria – Concord Area Constantly Pizza
Pizzeria – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Charlie Mac’s Pizzeria
Pizzeria – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Multilocation Local Ziggy’s Pizza
Pizzeria – Gourmet 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
Pizzeria – Great North Woods Region Gold House Pizza & Greek Restaurant
Pizzeria – Lakes Region Tilton House of Pizza
Pizzeria – Manchester Area Alley Cat Pizzeria
Pizzeria – Monadnock Region Zizza Pizza
Pizzeria – Nashua Area OakCraft Pizza
Pizzeria – Nashua Area Multilocation Local Kendall Pond Pizza
Pizzeria – Overall La Festa Brick & Brew Pizza
Pizzeria – Overall Multilocation Regional Sal’s Pizza
Pizzeria – Salem Area Granfanallys Pizza Pub
Pizzeria – Seacoast Region The Community Oven
Pizzeria – Seacoast Region Multilocation Regional The Flatbread Company
Pizzeria – White Mountains Region Elvio’s Pizzeria
Pizzeria – White Mountains Region Multilocation Regional The Flatbread Company
Radio Station NH Public Radio
Resort/Hotel Spa Spa at Omni Mount Washington
Restaurant With Best Beer List New England’s Tap House Grille
Restaurant With Best Beer List Multilocation Local Thirsty Moose Taphouse
Restaurant With Best Wine List Vino e Vivo
Sandwich Biederman’s Deli
Sandwich Multilocation Local Wrap City Sandwich Company
Sandwich Multilocation Regional Pressed Cafe
Seafood Restaurant Surf Seafood
Secondhand Clothing Shop M&C Clothing and Gifts
Ski Resort Loon Mountain
Ski Shop Ken Jones Ski Mart
Small Music Venue Tupelo Music Hall
Specialty Food Store Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop
Sports Bar Billy’s Sports Bar & Grille
Sports Bar Multilocation Local Thirsty Moose Taphouse
Steakhouse Buckley’s Great Steaks
Summer Outdoor Attraction – Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Mount Sunapee Resort
Summer Outdoor Attraction – Great North Woods Bear Rock Adventures
Summer Outdoor Attraction – Lakes Region Gunstock Mountain Resort
Summer Outdoor Attraction – Manchester Area Canobie Lake Park
Summer Outdoor Attraction – Monadnock Region The Inn at East Hill Farm
Summer Outdoor Attraction – Overall Santa’s Village
Summer Outdoor Attraction – Seacoast Region Hampton Beach
Summer Outdoor Attraction – White Mountains Region Storyland
Tacos Los Reyes Street Tacos & More
Tacos Multilocation Local La Carreta
Tattoo Parlor Arrows and Embers
Thai Restaurant Sweet Ginger
Thai Restaurant Multilocation Regional Thai Smile
Theater/Performing Arts Venue The Palace Theater
Toy Store G. Willikers! Toys & Books
TV News Anchor Erin Fehlau WMUR
TV News Reporter Ray Brewer WMUR
TV Sports Anchor Mike Cronin WMUR
Vegetarian Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar
Wine Shop Wine on Main
Winery or Vineyard Zorvino Vineyards
Winery or Vineyard (multi-location) LaBelle Winery
Wings Stark House Tavern
Wings Multilocation local Wing-itz
Women’s Clothing Shop Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co.
Yoga Studio Humble Warrior Yoga