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.
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 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.
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.
Terry Grant smiles as he watches a ﬁve-year-old girl tucking into the Polpette, a sandwich stuffed with provolone cheese and meatballs made from his 86-year-old mother’s straight-from-the-Old-Country recipe. “Nonna would be so happy to see you eating that,” Grant says to the little girl, who later declares Nonna’s meatballs the best in the world.