Restaurants

Best of TASTE 2015

In Best of Taste By Stephanie Deihl, Alana Jeralds, Kristyn Lak Miller, & Jessica Sacco / October 2015

The Seacoast is the place to be for fabulous food and superb sips. As you well know—we asked you to name your favorite destinations in over 80 wining and dining categories. We’ve tallied thousands of votes to determine the absolute best tastes out there, from casual to upscale, burgers, lobster, delectable desserts. And every single establishment listed here is worth a visit.

Misto!

In Featured Restaurants By Stephanie Deihl / October 2015

Traveling north on Route 1 in Kittery, just past rows of outlet malls dotted with fried seafood shacks, sits Misto!, a bright and lively Italian-inspired cafe and bistro. Open since July 2014, Misto! has quickly gained traction, garnering recognition as a 2015 Best of Taste top 30 restaurant. In Italian, misto means mixed, and Chef-Owner Suzanne Schepis-Gray’s menu mixes Sicilian, Californian, and New England cuisines, using indigenous ingredients, many grown in the bistro’s backyard organic heirloom seed gardens.

Ron Jillian's Italian Bar and Grill

In Featured Restaurants By Alexandra Pecci / September 2015

It’s not quite 4 p.m. on a Friday, and already the large, curving bar at Ron Jillian’s Italian Bar and Grill in Hampton is alive with regulars, who chat animatedly with each other and the staff as they relax with drinks after work. “This is actually pretty quiet,” says owner Ed Blouin, motioning over his shoulder at the lively afternoon crowd behind him.

The Golden Egg

In Featured Restaurants By Stephanie Deihl / September 2015

The Golden Egg, open since 1983, is a Portsmouth institution. Owners Debbie and Tom Gosselin have been flipping pancakes and eggs from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., 361 days a year, for over three decades.

Kume Japanese Restaurant

In Featured Restaurants By Sara Beth Nelson / July 2015

Set the night ablaze at Kume Japanese Restaurant. Opened in July of 2014, Kume is a standout in busy Brickyard Square in Epping, New Hampshire. Modern floor-to-ceiling natural stone walls, etched glass dividers, and ample lighting in the main dining room contrast with the lightly colored and impressive well-stocked bar. Along the back side of the restaurant chefs are abuzz at the sushi bar, showcasing a rainbow of fresh sashimi atop boats and decorative plates. Mahogany walls and gray stone are backlit to complement the inviting espresso-toned leather chairs that frame the rectangular stainless steel grills in the habachi dining room. Smartly dressed chefs, at home behind the grills, set the expectation that this is not your everyday dining experience.

7th Settlement

In Featured Restaurants By Diane Bair & Pamela Wright / June 2015

This convivial pub, brewery, and restaurant, located in a former mill building, takes its roots seriously. Owned by David Boynton and Josh Henry, two local residents, it’s named after the city of Dover, the seventh oldest non-indigenous settlement in America. The establishment also tries to hire locally, to re-use local supplies (the restaurant windows, wood accents, and bar top come from old Dover mill buildings), and support area farmers, using close-to-home ingredients for their farm-to-table dishes.

Best of TASTE 2014: Top 30 Restaurants

In Best of Taste By Taste of the Seacoast / October 2014

TOP 30 RESTAURANTS as voted by you!