OUR GOURMET has ventured to La Maison Navarre in Portsmouth before, and enjoyed numerous delicious pastries and happy hours (4-6 p.m.) with charcuterie boards, $1 escargot and wine specials, but this was different. This was fondue night.
If you’ve ever been to a the Brazilian steakhouse before, you know the drill: Go light on the salad bar and hot food buffet. The big show at rodizio dining is the nonstop serving of meat and seafood at your table.
THE LAST COUPLE of times Mrs. Gourmet and I were out for Asian food, we were with relatives at old family-favorite Chinese restaurants. Mrs. G and I hadn’t been to either place in years. Neither was very good, and we both wondered how those places got to be old family favorites.
VISITING CURE was a long time coming for Our Gourmet and his Lovely Dining Companion. While wandering Portsmouth many months back, we had spotted the cozy bistro while walking back from Peirce Island just before dinner. We stepped inside to check it out and lingered for a few minutes, but a …
FROM ITS NO-NONSENSE exterior — Chapel + Main is in a 1950s-era shopping center in downtown Dover — to its gray/black walls and polished concrete floors, this restaurant/brewery seems focused on getting the job done.
The smiling pig has been a fixture on Route 16 billboards for almost 40 years. And for all those years, carloads of hungry people heading for the lakes and the mountains have followed the piggie all the way home — to the Yankee Smokehouse, at the intersection of routes 16 and 25 in West Ossipee.
Walk into Shopper’s Pub + Eatery at Indian Head and you find what you’d expect to see at a sports bar: 18 big-screen TVs surround you. Look up at how some of those TVs are arranged and you get a hint of the location’s past. The ones that hug the ceiling form a box that resembles an arena sco…
THERE’S NO ESCAPING the fact that Don Ramon looks like an old Wendy’s restaurant. That’s what it was built as, after all. But aside from the exterior architecture, there’s nothing fast-food, or even fast-casual, about this very good, full-service Mexican restaurant.
MR. KIM’S OPENED only weeks ago, but the sleekly decorated Korean-homestyle restaurant on Portsmouth’s State Street already has the happy hum of a comfortably running establishment. A small sign on the front door reads “positive vibes only,” and the staff’s upbeat demeanor and the fun food p…
REGULAR READERS know the moniker Our Gourmet is a persona invoked by a rotating cast of characters who remain anonymous. That keeps the process honest. The chef isn’t tempted to add an extra ravioli to our plate, and the writer doesn’t fall prey to the lure of basking in celebrity glow.
THE PAST FEW weeks’ dreary, cold weather had Mrs. Gourmet and me pining for the beach. And seafood. But knowing that the beach would be even colder and drearier than our inland home, we decided to go for some seafood closer to home.
When you’re the on-call Our Gourmet, you never know when an opportunity is going to present itself. So when the request was made recently I hungrily volunteered to fill in with The Dining Companion, brought out of retirement, in tow.
THE YELLOW BUILDING still hugs the Exeter River at the bridge on Water Street, but it’s had some work done. What used to be the Loaf & Ladle, famed for its wholesome and healthy breads, soups and sandwiches, is now the latest outlet for the Maine-based Sea Dog Brewing Co.
We first learned of Table 8 Pasta in Bedford from a few Facebook entries posted by parents of the Fussbudget’s classmates, who had touted a family-friendly atmosphere and good, fresh pasta. Given the 9-year-old’s penchant for spaghetti and meatballs, Our Gourmet (OG) and the Dining Companion…
The last time we dined at 70 State St. in Portsmouth, the restaurant was called The Rosa, a venerable institution that had just reopened after being closed for a year or so during the construction of the new Memorial Bridge just across the street.
Recent events brought family from afar to the Queen City. Some relatives opted to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in the city’s Millyard, just beyond the outfield fence of Northeast Delta Dental Stadium where the New Hampshire Fisher Cats play their baseball.
Hollis Country Kitchen has been on our target list for a while, but every time we’ve driven by at dinner time, the small parking lot has been packed, leading me to assume the equally small restaurant would be equally packed inside. Being the impatient sort, I would drive on by.
OPENING A RESTAURANT is always a challenge, so opening one with room for more than 100 guests and with 10 hibachi grills and a large cocktail lounge and sushi bar is a huge undertaking to say the least