The best new locally Inspired restaurants in NH
Part of our 2014 list of Hot New NH Restaurants
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)
969 Elm St., Manchester
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
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)
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