Restaurants

Best of TASTE 2017 - Top 30 Restaurants

In Best of Taste By Alana Jeralds, Rob Levey & Jessica Sacco, with Lisë Stern / November 2017

2017 Best of TASTE Top 30 RESTAURANTS, as voted by you!

Tinos Kitchen & Bar

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/Photos: Tony Scarpetta / November 2017

We’d been missing out. That was our thinking on our first visit to this upstairs, upscale Greek-inspired restaurant in Hampton, New Hampshire. The vibe was lively and contemporary, the service was warm and friendly, and the food was seriously good. Why hadn’t we been here before (and often)?

Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar

In Featured Restaurants By Kristyn Lak Miller/Photos: Kindra Clineff / October 2017

By uniting favorite flavors from China, India, Malaysia, and Thailand, Green Elephant proves that great food knows no borders; and by serving a wholly vegetarian menu, it demonstrates how indulgence and gratification go hand in hand with health and compassion.

Spotlight on Newmarket, New Hampshire

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco / August 2017

The quaint Seacoast town of Newmarket, New Hampshire, runs along the banks of the Lamprey River and Great Bay. New businesses found their home in the community’s historical textile mills, and a ride along the Route 108 corridor will lead you to a charming waterfront view. The downtown area has plenty of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—whether you’re on the go or looking to stay a while.

The Barley House Restaurant and Tavern

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/Photos: Kindra Clineff / August 2017

“Eat Better. Drink Better. Have More Fun.” That’s been the motto and the philosophy of the Barley House Restaurant and Tavern since it opened in Concord some 16 years ago. It’s been a winning formula; the convivial Concord restaurant consistently gets rave reviews and ratings. And now, with a second location in North Hampton, owner Brian Shea is bringing that same laid-back atmosphere and modern twist on comfort food to the Seacoast. “Think of us as a favorite old leather jacket,” Shea says. “Come in, let your shoulders down, and relax.”

Sonny’s Tavern

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/Photos: Tony Scarpetta / July 2017

The first thing we do at Sonny’s is ask Mark Ryan, the tavern’s talented bartender and co-owner, to bring us a cocktail. We leave it in his hands. Perhaps it’ll be the Lemon Meringue, a frothy, light dessert concoction made with gin, egg white, vanilla liqueur, and lemon. We don’t even like gin, but we love this. Or maybe the award-winning Mingus, with Buffalo Trace, Dolin Rouge, cherry liqueur, Green Chartreuse, and lavender bitters. Somehow it all works, and we may order another. Or, if it’s a chilly night, he could bring us a Bearded Lady. “It tastes like smoke and leather,” he says. “It’s a little Mad Men-esque, but a lot smoother."

Dos Amigos Burritos

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco/Photography by Kindra Clineff / June 2017

You can keep it light, fun, and affordable at Dos Amigos Burritos. The fourth outpost of this Seacoast chain is in downtown Newburyport in the space formerly occupied by Greta’s.