New ethnic restaurant hot spots
Part of our 2014 list of Hot New NH Restaurants
“Not everything needs to be covered with cheese,” says owner Shane Bodkins at Revolution Cantina in Claremont. Don’t let the Day of the Dead theme creep you out; the Cuban and Mexican favorites are given a touch of Costa Rican cuisine with black beans instead of pintos, a Lizano-style salsa and fresh-ground spices for a piquant and flavorful Latin experience. Partner Isabelle Guillen was born in Bolivia, but raised in Miami, so look for a very nice take on the Cuban pressed sandwiches on an imported bread. A nice selection of tequila is complemented by a fruit- or chili-infused version on the back bar. Wines are from Argentina. Sunday brunch brings the usual rancheros, but also a Latin twist on breakfast items. Tacos for $3 on Thursdays brings the flavors to gringos.
Don’t Miss: Paella with house-made chorizo, mussels, shrimp and chicken, simmered in Mexican saffron broth with jalapeños, onions, tomatoes and Spanish rice (pictured).
38 Opera House Square, Claremont
Tomo Hibachi & Sushi
Modern Asian fusion restaurant with trendy décor and inviting bar. Sister restaurant to Masa in Manchester.
Tomo Hibachi & Sushi Salem
368 S. Broadway, Salem
Tomo Hibachi & Sushi Nashua
166 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua
More Ethnic Restaurants
Agave Azul Mexican Grill & Cantina
Authentic Mexican with a nightclub feel at night. Try the tableside guacamole. 94-96 Main St., Nashua. (603) 943-7362
A fast-food “shack” offering a Mexican-style sandwich on a soft sesame seed bun. A slab of fried or grilled chicken is piled with a slab of queso blanco, avocado, pickled red onions, cilantro and chipotle mayo for one heck of a melt-in-your-mouth. BYOB and they’ll provide the fresh-squeezed lime mix. 2454 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth. (603) 294-0261
El Charro Mexican Restaurant
Here you’ll find authentic Mexican. 5 Lumberyard Dr., Lincoln. (603) 745-3000
New gorgeous location and serious upgrade for former Tacos Colima in Nashua. Expanded authentic Mexican menu with flavors from Colima, Mexico — the beans and rice here are more than mere plate filler. 116 W. Pearl St., Nashua. (603) 889-8226
El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant
Special Mexican recipes prepared fresh daily made to order. 22 Loudon Rd., Concord. (603) 224-9600
Mi Jalisco Restaurante Mexicano
Authentic fajitas and other Mexican favorites. Sister restaurant in Milford. 463 West St., Keene. (603) 354-3123
Latin with flavors from Cuba and Venezuela in an ultra-modern setting. 288 Main St., Marlborough. (603) 876-5012.
Puerto Vallarta Mexican Grill
Mexican music, authentic décor. Oh, that molejete is impressive. 865 Second St., Manchester. (603) 935-9182