Good Food Places in New Hampshire
We often get the question, "Where can I find great Mexican food in NH?", or "Where's the best BBQ place?".
There's lots of great food places in NH. Will the burritos be as good as your favorite burrito spot in San Diego? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We'll let you be the judge. The places listed here were deemed good enough for someone to take the time to type an entry.
NH has some surprisingly good BBQ (for what little exists, remember it's New England), here are some ones to try:
Goody Cole's Smokehouse
Great BBQ. Some free staters say "the best", others disagree. But the one thing everyone agrees is "it's damn good".
No BBQ debate or conversation will be taken seriously unless Smokehaus is mentioned as a top contender. Their brisket is good -- really good. Be sure to check the board to the right of the cashier because they always have specials worth checking out. If you're lucky enough to be there when they're offering brisket chili, don't be dumb and not order it.
Traveling Texas Smoke Shop
Rubbin Butts BBQ
KC's Rib Shack
One of the oldest restaurants in New Hampshire, Puritan Backroom invented the fried chicken tender and mudslides. Many say it's got the best fried chicken tenders.
French Canadian food. Huge portions for an affordable price. They have a banana bread French toast that is to die for.
You're not a Granite Stater until you've been to 99s. Hell, you're not a New Englander until you've been to 99s. The steak tips are good.
Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
Wild Willy's Burgers
This burger place offers burgers, angus burgers, and fancy bison burgers. They also do frappes (New England term for "milkshake").
Lexie's - Peace Love Burgers
Alley Cat Pizzeria
Nik and Charlies
Located in Greenland, Nik & Charlie's passes the grease test when it comes to high-quality pizza.
G & P Pizzeria
Located in Chester, G & P Pizzeria's alfredo sauce is basically boiled cream but their pizzas are great and the maple pizza is decadent and amazing.
Plus when King Sununu told all the restaurants to contact trace G&P dug out some kids old stained spiral notebook and told their customers "sign it or don't, we don't care".
Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza
Luigi's West End Pizzeria
White Lake Pizza
Tilton House of Pizza
This is a good place to go if you like really stringy mozzarella.
Elm House of Pizza
Wakefield House of Pizza
Located in downtown Wakefield, this place may not look impressive but their pizza will knock your socks off.
Bistros, Tavern and Tapas food
I'm lazy so I'm just going to group all of these into one category
The Oak House
"Wait, NH has good Mexican food?!", you gasp. Yes, it's true. Check out these spots for your Mexican food fix:
Since a lot of Carribean cuisines tend to have similar range of foods we'll just make it it's own category (similar range of African and Indian influences). Anything from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Barbados, Saint Vincent etc will go here. (Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and just food with origins from Latino countries will go in it's own category)
Himalayan Curry House
This will crisscross over various different East and Southeast Asian cuisines that people *tend* to serve together. (Yes, we are aware that Asia is bigger than that, no we don't care)
Phở Keene Great
Kisaki Japanese Cuisine
People in NH love ice cream. Makes total sense considering it's freezing and snpowng half the year.
RoseLynn Ice Cream
If you are into ice-cream, Roselynn in Epping makes their own, and were very vocal against snusnu for the lockdowns, even snubbing them and taking donations for their free breakfasts. Freshly made bread and muffins also
Vegetarian & Vegan
The Green Beautiful
Restaurant offering a breakfast & lunch comfort food menu. Dishes include a breakfast hash, seitan steak, mac cheese, bagels, and more. Open Mon 7:00am-5:00pm, Wed-Sun 7:00am-5:00pm. Closed Tue. Kitchen closes at 3pm.
The Green Elephant
Serves Pan Asian vegetarian (and vegan) cuisine in a bright space with plenty of seating. Open Wed 11:30am-10:00pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-1:00am, Sun 11:30am-9:30pm.
The Friendly Toast
Bedford Location: 125 S River Rd, Bedford, New Hampshire, USA, (603) 836-6238
Portsmouth Location: 113 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, (603) 430-2154
Serves meat, vegan options available. New England group of diner-style restaurants with bar. Offers all-day breakfast and marked vegan options, including vegan mac n cheese, pancakes, tofu scramble, breakfast burrito, veggie burger, and the impossible burger. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-9:00pm.