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!
It’s hard to imagine a prettier spot on the Seacoast than this postcard-perfect foodie find. Nestled on Harris Island, Dockside Restaurant overlooks a protected harbor and small marina dotted with bobbing sailboats and dinghies, small yachts, and working lobster boats. Look to the east and you’ll see the open ocean, the waves crashing against Boone Island, and a slice of Maine’s rocky, spruce-studded coastline. You could come solely for the setting, but what happens in the kitchen is equally dazzling.
John Welch, executive chef of the Wentworth by the Sea resort, says, "Our entire menu is inspired by the ocean that surrounds us." With a sweep of his hand, he adds, "I want people to know that everything they're eating is right out there."
A commercial plaza on Portsmouth's Mirona Road might not be the kind of place where you'd expect to find authentic Greek fare. Located in Madison Village off Route 1, Café Nostimo serves a variety of traditional Greek dishes (and a handful of American favorites as well), while offering customers an affordable alternative to dinner downtown. Having won Taste's Best Of award for Inexpensive Lunch and Dinner three years in a row, it's no wonder customers say, "It's like eating in Yia Yia's kitchen."