It is a good time to dine in Concord, NH. Not only is the city’s revived Main Street drawing in big crowds, but a variety of new restaurants have opened in the past weeks, shaking up the city’s dining scene. Yes, there is a new Chipotle opening– and guess what – no one cares… Here is why:
The Smokeshow Barbeque just opened its doors on Ft. Eddy Road, minutes from downtown, offering a tasty array of ribs, brisket, and turkey with beans that blow the mind and other great sides. Affordably priced, authentic, and tasty - this BBQ joint is drawing rave reviews.
Not far away, Go Food Basket on Washington Street is serving up Asian fare, including homemade kimchi and hand rolled sushi – they offer traditional Korean recipes, made with style.
Also, just opened is Lithermans Limited Brewery – opened in April. They brew and serve more than a dozen beers at 126B Hall Street. The tasting room offers guests a chance to explore new beers, and buy their local brews to enjoy at home.
The city has a new breakfast and lunch place—Tucker’s at 80 South Street. They offer fresh takes on traditional dishes—and gluten free options.
And, opening soon is the Little Creperie at 138 N. Main Street - - and you guessed it, they will serve a variety of crepes and waffles with tasty toppings in the heart of the newly revitalized Main Street.
Add to that the recently opened gourmet burger eatery on S. Main Street, Vibes, and the Clean Take, which will cook you a healthy full meal to go.
The good eats don’t stop there. Within the nineteenth-century brick architecture, Downtown Concord hosts a smattering of different international restaurants and bakeries. You can grab lunch or dinner at the House of India, a family owned and operated Indian restaurant. You can dine on authentic Indian cuisine that is prepared by the matriarch of the Kaur family. The restaurant itself is homey and the quality, authenticity, and taste of the food is unparalleled in the state. Prices for dinner entrées range from $8-15.
Interested in Thai for dinner? The chefs at Siam Orchid are guided by family recipes passed down through generations. Located in a newly renovated space on Main Street, the sophisticated atmosphere of the restaurant only enriches the taste of unique Thai dishes. Entrees range from $15-20.
If you are looking for a romantic dinner or a high-end lunch, Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano is the place to go. The rich taste of beautifully crafted Italian food made from only the finest and freshest ingredients will treat your taste buds. As you dine, you can soak in the relaxing atmosphere of white painted brick walls illuminated by soft lighting and candlelight. Dinner Entrees range from $15-25.
Get a taste of Greece at the Gyro House. The menu has a wide variety of Greek foods, the featured item of course being the Gyros. The service is speedy and you can chose to eat in or grab something for the road. Prices range from $6-10, and every gyro comes complete with French fries inside the gyro.
For dessert check out Aissa Sweets on Hall Street. This family owned business sells pastries that are crafted using Middle Eastern cooking traditions. Founded by Ahmad Aissa, a Syrian native, and his wife Evelyn, Aissa Sweets is known for its melt-in-your-mouth Baklava. These sweets are made in Concord but sold at farmers markets, fresh markets, and coops all over New England. When you go in the bakery on Hall Street, Ahmed and Evelyn are there to serve you.
Concord is a testament to the statement that you don’t have to sacrifice access to delicious and diverse cuisine to experience the charm of a quintessential New England city.