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Featured Restaurants

The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco/Photography by Kindra Clineff / November 2016

It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon at the Tuckaway in Raymond, New Hampshire. At this hour, one would expect there to be a period of down time before the dinner rush, but there’s still a wait for lunch. That’s normal for the tavern and butchery, though. Owner Paul Simbliaris and Executive Chef Bobby Marcotte know that on most days they’ll be working nonstop until 9 p.m.

Blind Pig Provisions

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright, Photos by Tony Scarpetta / October 2016

If location is everything, then the recently opened Blind Pig Provisions in Kittery, Maine, has it all. Located on Badger’s Island, the convivial gastropub overlooks the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor. If you’re lucky, you’ll snag a waterside chair or a table in the beer garden, a brilliant sun will be setting, and they’ll have your favorite brew on tap. Fortunately, the restaurant, the latest venture from chefs Matt Greco and Mike Prete (owners of The Kitchen, Sandwich Kings Food Truck, and Portsmouth Catering Company) doesn’t rely on location alone. Add a relaxed atmosphere, new-American cuisine, reasonable prices, and smart cocktail, wine, and beer lists and it’s destined to become a neighborhood favorite.

Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco/Photography by Kindra Clineff / September 2016

Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown Newburyport. But step inside, and the mix of delightful aromas make it easy to imagine you’re in Italy.

Plant Power

In Featured Restaurants By Kristyn Lak Miller / August 2016

Vegetables take center plate at Seacoast restaurants

Spotlight on Dover, New Hampshire

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco / July 2016

Nestled between mountains and ocean, and just a hop over from Portsmouth and the bustling campus of the University of New Hampshire, Dover is a hidden gem on the Seacoast. The picturesque Cocheco River runs through the quaint center of town, surrounded by an abundance of eateries offering up creative cuisine and craft beers from microbreweries around the region.

CR’s the Restaurant

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Blair and Pamela Wright / June 2016

CR’s the Restaurant offers a relaxed dining space, friendly service, and dishes you not only recognize but that taste great. The eatery, which opened late October, 2014, is the newest venture from restaurateur Chuck Rolecek, who owned and operated the late, beloved CR Sparks in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Spotlight on Kittery, Maine

In Featured Restaurants By Amy Bevan / May 2016

While hundreds of restaurants, parks, museums, and theaters have made Portsmouth the capital of Seacoast culture, Kittery, Maine, is fast becoming a local favorite for regional flavors and superior cuisine. Within just a few square miles, you can find scrumptious French crullers, gourmet Italian paninis, modern American seafood, award-winning Indian fare, locally sourced artisan dishes, and Asian noodles so authentic one might think they are dining in the Far East rather than the coast of Maine. Several small neighborhood eateries have earned national acclaim from the likes of Bon Appétit,Travel + Leisure, and the Washington Post. Here are a few of these gems.