Restaurants

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.

BRGR Bar

In Featured Restaurants By Alana Jeralds / Photos: Tony Scarpetta / April 2017

Nestled in Portsmouth’s Portwalk Place, BRGR Bar has been serving locals and visitors creative twists on the average American burger since February, 2014. When you enter, your eyes will be drawn to the steel-topped bar that winds through the middle of the open space in a series of right-angle turns. Seats are at the bar and at tables that line the sides of the room. Owner Phelps (Dieck) Craig ran Brazo, a Latin American restaurant in Portsmouth, for seven years before opening BRGR; she sold Brazo a year after opening BRGR, and now plans to open a second location in Portland, Maine.

Vote Best of TASTE Survey 2017

In Best of Taste By Taste of the Seacoast / March 2017

Taste of the Seacoast's 9th Annual Best of TASTE Survey is here!

Cure Restaurant

In Featured Restaurants By Rachel Forrest/Photography by Kindra Clineff / February 2017

Everything about Cure Restaurant exudes a feeling of comfort. Set just outside the main hustle and bustle of Portsmouth, it’s still within easy walking distance of Prescott Park and the Music Hall.

Spotlight on Amesbury, Massachusetts

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco / January 2017

Settled by the mouth of the Merrimack River—across from Newburyport and upstream from Salisbury, Amesbury is full of rich history. As you walk along the cobblestone pathways through the city’s center, eateries occupy converted mill buildings where chefs use fresh, local ingredients to create delicious dishes. Entrepreneurs know this tight-knit North Shore community is the up-and-coming place to be.

The Friendly Toast

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

“The Toast” is a Portsmouth institution, a bold and boisterous hangout, known for its kitschy, funky decor, come-as-you-are, laid-back vibe, and unique, satisfying food. In 2013, when new owners Eric Goodwin and Scott Pulver took over, locals were wary. Would they change it too much, get rid of its wacky but beloved atmosphere?