From deck dining to romantic getaways Ice cream to martinis, microbreweries to wineries, the Seacoast is the place to be for culinary excitement. We all have our favorite places to go for the best—coffee, lobster roll, steak, you name it. We asked you to get online and vote for the Seacoast places you prefer for supping and sipping. We tallied thousands of votes to determine the best in over 80 categories, from alfresco dining to wings, and much, much more. Several places are newly Number One, joined by old faves. You can sample the best of the Best at our Fourth annual Best of Taste Bash on November 22, 2014. A portion of all proceeds will go to the New Hampshire Food Bank. Hope to see you there! Many thanks to the chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, bakers, sommeliers, farmers, and other food professionals who have established so many superb culinary destinations and created such amazing tastes. It’s your hard work that makes the Seacoast such an exciting place to dine. And now—the Best of Taste 2014!
The Higgins family has operated a restaurant in Hampton since the 1980s, and for over a decade at its current location in a 1740 building. There’s a variety of traditional fare at The Old Salt Restaurant, with over 100 choices available any time of day— including an extensive gluten-free menu.
The old-world atmosphere fused with modern charm greets you as you step off the historic streets of Strawbery Banke and into one of Portsmouth's hottest dining destinations, Mombo Restaurant. Deeming their culinary delights as American Twisted, their unique take on American cuisine has earned them a frenzy of awards including Taste of the Seacoast Magazine's Best New Restaurant in their opening year of 2011, Top 10 Restaurants in 2012 and 2014, and Best Restaurant in 2013. We invite you to take a sneak peek as Chef Tom Perron gives us a glimpse into their success. A TASTE TV production in association with Anchor Line
Established in 2006 by co-owners John Tinios, of The Galley Hatch Restaurant and Grill 28, and Master Baker Steve James, Popovers on the Square has carved out a niche for itself in downtown Portsmouth as a casual, full-service neighborhood cafe.
Valpolicella Classico, Italy: One of the leading wine producers in Italy today, the Allegrini family can trace its roots back to the 16th century. Marilisa Allegrini, a member of the sixth generation of the family, became one of the first women to successfully promote wine, as well as the Valpolicella region throughout the world. In the 21st century, Allegrini Estates added two vineyards in Tuscany to their portfolio: Poggio al Tesoro in Bolgheri (2001) and San Polo, an existing winery in Montalcino (2007). The estates are headquartered in a 16th-century compound, Villa della Torre.
Keith Prince and his business partner, Brook Gassner, opened Rudi's Portsmouth in 2007 in the eatery ediﬁce whose legacy boasts The Jarvis Tea Room and Metro. Prince had been very successful with Colby’s on Daniel Street (breakfast and lunch) for many years, but the early hours left him wanting a change. “I enjoy working the later hours of the day, so I wanted to open a place with good nightlife,” Prince says. With live jazz in the bar four nights a week and during Sunday brunch, he and Gassner have succeeded in that endeavor. But Prince did not leave a great lunch reputation behind at Colby’s; Rudi’s offers a quiet and sumptuous lunchtime respite six days a week.
Great hotel restaurants appeal to an eclectic clientele, including locals, weekend guests, and business travelers alike. With several indoor seating options and a varied, regionally inspired menu, Salt Kitchen & Bar is Wentworth by the Sea's new restaurant, located in the renovated dining room, and was voted Best Hotel Restaurant in this year's Best of Taste awards. The staff, under the direction of Executive Chef Ken Lingle and Food and Beverage Director Gabe Cogley, is focused on executing their motto, "Fresh, Local, and Lively."