Restaurants

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.

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?

Best of TASTE 2016

In Best of Taste By Alana Jeralds, Rob Levey, & Jessica Sacco, with Lisë Stern / November 2016

Of course the Seacoast is known for superb seafood. But we also have fantastic culinary options for all tastes, from farm-fresh produce to top-notch steaks, plus creative cocktail sand craft brews to wash down pizza, wings, and noodles. In 80-plus categories, you voted for your preferred dining and drinking great checklist of must-visit establishments.

Best of TASTE 2016 - Top 30 Restaurants

In Best of Taste By Taste of the Seacoast / November 2016

2016 Best of TASTE Top 30 RESTAURANTS, as voted by you!

The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery

In Featured Restaurants By Jessica Sacco/Photography by Kindra Clineff / November 2016

It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon at the Tuckaway in Raymond, New Hampshire. At this hour, one would expect there to be a period of down time before the dinner rush, but there’s still a wait for lunch. That’s normal for the tavern and butchery, though. Owner Paul Simbliaris and Executive Chef Bobby Marcotte know that on most days they’ll be working nonstop until 9 p.m.