FOR DECADES, Chez Vachon has been an obligatory tour stop on the presidential campaign trail, gaining national attention in 1993 when President Bill Clinton stopped by the West Side restaurant to dine on poutine and converse with locals.
YOUR TRUSTY restaurant reviewer visited the newly opened eatery on Portsmouth’s Market Square on a chilly late afternoon and was seated (along with the Primary Dining Companion) on the very spot where a friendly Bank of America staffer once helped Our Gourmet wire money.
IF YOU’VE EVER WATCHED “Ciao Italia” on PBS, you know that chef Mary Ann Esposito often talks about cooking with her grandmother and sharing old family recipes. It helps create a homey, familiar atmosphere that makes her recipes and food seem all the more attractive.
YOU CAN SEE most of Zachary’s Chop House when you walk through the door: an open dining room with booths and tables and a bar in the back — a familiar blueprint for a restaurant located in a strip center.
THE GOVERNOR’S STATEWIDE mask mandate had gone into effect hours before we sat down for a brunch/lunch at Fire and Spice Bistro in Newfields, which may have been one of the reasons we nearly had the place to ourselves.
IT’S BEEN YEARS since we’ve driven Route 111 between Salem and Kingston, and I’m pretty sure there was no Jamison’s in Hampstead’s Village Square plaza the last time we were out that way. If there had been, we would have discovered it long before now, and we would have been back several times.
Second Brook Bar & Grill opened a little more than a month ago, so its dining room looks a bit like a dance floor — lots of open space per pandemic protocols. There are a few tables in the middle and some booths along the walls in the space near the entrance.
DOING SOME RUBBERNECKING one afternoon while stuck in traffic near Nashua’s Pheasant Lane Mall, I spied a small sign for a new restaurant in one of the little strip plazas that persist in the shadows of the big-box retail megaplexes that line the Daniel Webster Highway.
There was less than a week left in a strange, boring-not-boring summer when Mrs. Gourmet and I decided it was time to finally get at least a look at Lake Winnipesaukee before the leaf-peepers started clogging the highways.
Homemade baked beans has been a tradition for generations in my family. Like my grandmother before her, my mom would fill an earthenware bean pot with raw pea beans and cover them with water, where they would soften overnight in time for her to make a batch of the molasses-based recipe the n…
THIS OUR GOURMET DUO originally visited Stalk in Dover on Friday, March 13, three days before Gov. Chris Sununu issued a COVID-19 stay-at-home order that restricted all restaurants to takeout business only.
Like most businesses these days, Auburn Pitts Bar & Grill has a sign posted on the door alerting patrons to wear face masks when entering the restaurant. But that 8-by-10 sheet taped to the glass is dwarfed by the placard hanging nearby that requests a pre-coronavirus brand of social dis…
THE THREAT OF afternoon thunderstorms over the weekend, coupled with the fact that one of us isn’t quite ready to resume indoor dining yet, had Mrs. Gourmet and me heading Sunday morning for brunch before the weather had a chance to turn bad.
THE BIG CATCH is the kind of waterfront seafood restaurant you’d take visiting relatives when they were in town during the summer. Choose a place by the water that serves fresh seafood, and it’s a good bet it’ll be a hit.