When Pigs Fly Wood-Fired Pizzeria in Kittery, Maine, is an astonishing place in both edifice and fare. The exterior has a subtle arts-and-crafts-inspired style, while the post-industrial interior features a cathedral ceiling supported by huge I-beams. The décor is composed largely of repurposed metal from previous mills and factories, with a bar made of concrete with gear and cog inlays. Ultra-sleek Douglas fir chairs line each table and the bar of the 170-seat restaurant.
At the end of last summer, Martingale Wharf expanded our waterview dining options in Portsmouth. The restaurant and building are brand new, but the address has a history. Previous incarnations included a brothel and a rooming house. But the current establishment is most definitely an eatery, centered around a 360° bar. It is all about great views. Creative cocktails are both whimsical (White Gummy Bear, a blend of raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, orange liqueur, and housemade sour mix) and sophisticated (Classic Old Fashioned).
Sometimes you can go home again – that’s what Shane Pine effectively did what he opened The Community Oven this past April. The eatery is located in the building where Pine got his start in the restaurant business nearly 25 years ago, in his hometown.
For the past five years, Rudi’s Portsmouth has offered tempting menus of American food for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. This past June, after months of renovations to the former Little Timber Bonsai Nature Store, co-owners Brook Gassner and Keith Prince opened an addition, Rudi’s Market Square.
Restaurant years are kind of like dog years: Given the expected lifespan of a restaurant, each 12-month period is probably the equivalent of several calendar years. Hats off, then, to Poco’s Bow Street Cantina, in Portsmouth, which is now celebrating its 30th year in business—an impressive achievement in the industry. John Golumb and Marlisa Geroulo, the married couple who own Poco’s, have been involved since the early years, and the winning formula has stayed pretty much the same: plentiful, tasty, Tex-Mex food with a New England accent, bolstered by margaritas aplenty and, in season, a lovely view from the riverside deck. We recently caught up with Marlisa and chatted about what’s changed in 30 years—and what hasn’t.
Sweeping ocean views greet diners entering this spacious, upscale eatery on Salisbury Beach. The restaurant may be located in a warehouse-style pavilion, with an unadorned entrance, but once you’re inside, the views are spectacular. Sit at one of the tables perched over the water by the floor-to-ceiling windows and you’ll feel like you’re on the bow of a cruise ship.
Romantic restaurants, new eateries, cheap eats, haute cuisine—we have tons of dining-out options here on the Seacoast. Then there are the specialties, like seafood, steak, cocktails, beer, wine, chocolate... And we each have our favorites, the places we like best for all kinds of eats and drinks. We asked you to get online and vote, choosing your preferred culinary destinations all along the New England shore. The voter turnout was tremendous. We've tallied the numbers and determined the best in dozens of categories, from coffee to cocktails, butcher shops to health food markets, sports bars to special-occasion places, and lots more.Some old favorites are back, and several new winners have joined the list. You can sample the best of the best at our second annual Best of Taste Bash on October 19 (click here for details). A portion of all proceeds will go 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 wonderful 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 2012!