Foodie Friday October 20th, 2017

Republic Cafe and Bistro

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Looking for a place in Manchester with excellent and delicious meals that is all farm-to-table and locally sourced? Look no further than Republic Cafe and Bistro located conveniently on Elm Street! From their unique breakfast menu to their dinner entrees, this restaurant has it all!


souffleBreakfast:

Pop in on Saturday and Sunday mornings to try their elegant breakfasts and roasted coffee! The Eric’s Framstand Egg Souffle, made with Hatchland cream, pesto and a tomato side salad is sure to brighten your morning and please your taste buds! For those who crave something a little more sweet to start their day, try Republic’s Nutella and Banana Panini with a wild blueberry compote and fresh strawberries! Yum!


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There is nothing better than starting a night out with an appetizer to share! Indulge in their Feta Bites, which are fried Maplebrook Feta cubes with black and white sesame seeds, tzatziki and Eric’s Farmstand honey! This perfect blend of flavors are sure to please any feta lover!


raguEntrees:

Republic has a variety of dishes ranging from Steak Frites made with Little Brook Farm grass-fed steak and hand cut frites, to their Chickpea Ragu made with spiced chickpeas, pomegranate molasses, saffron rice, spicy red cabbage slaw and topped with charmoula sauce! You will certainly leave satisfied after a locally sourced meal at Republic!


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Don’t forget to try one of their incredible cocktails, such as their Moroccan Old-Fashioned, which is an “old fashioned” old fashioned with straight rye, Berber
spiced syrup, and orange oil! They also have their Maple Mark which is made with Green Acre’s ‘Just Maple’ amber syrup, Maker’s Mark, fresh lime juice and a splash of ginger beer, perfect for the fall season!


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Finish off an incredible meal with a dessert that is one of our favorites, their Loukoumades, fondly known as Greek doughnuts made with Eric’s Farmstand honey and topped with toasted hazelnuts… you won’t be able to just have one! Also try their amazing Vegan Banana Chocolate Cake, served with strawberry and banana garnish and a taste of wild blueberry compote!


Check out Republic for yourself at 1069 Elm Street!

Hours:

MONDAY – THURSDAY:

11:00AM – 9:00PM

FRIDAY:

11:00AM – 10:00PM

SATURDAY: 

9:00AM – 10:00PM

SUNDAY:

9:00AM – 9:00PM


Check out these other great restaurants right downtown!

 

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Foodie Friday October 13th, 2017

                            The Birch on Elm

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Beautifully crafted cocktails, incredibly fresh entrees and a warm environment is what you will get when you go to the Birch on Elm. This cozy restaurant has some of the most exotic dishes crafted with the best ingredients from each season and the tastiest cocktails that are not only delicious but works of art.


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Start off any great meal at the Birch on Elm with one of their several incredible Quick Bites!  Try their out of this world,  Octopus Nuggets, which are tempura fried with a Korean BBQ aioli, so good you’ll get them every time! Not feeling the whole octopus thing? They have a fantastic Cheese Board with a rotating selection of cheese, meats and preserves that pairs nicely with any of their cocktails!

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The Birch on Elm offers a variety of dishes to please any pallet, ranging from their seasonal Whipped Pumpkin Ravioli to their Pine Syrup Glazed Duck Breast! One of our favorites is their Fried Chicken Sriracha Sliders on a soft potato roll with Sriracha Buttermilk Ranch Sauce, Bacon and Bibb Lettuce. These dishes are sure to make you want to go back for more… we certainly did!

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Don’t miss out on their skillfully crafted classic or seasonal cocktails, each with a beautifully placed garnish. Our favorite is the Leaf Peeper Spritz, and the Your Name is Apple Martinez. This seasonal martini is made with Laird Apple Jack, Apple Sweet Vermouth, Angostura, Allspice Dram and cinnamon, topped with a beautiful unique apple garnish! These cocktails are sure to cover all your fall favorite flavors!


Visit them and see for yourself at 931 Elm Street!

Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday:

5:00pm – 12:00am

Saturday and Sunday:

11:00am – 3:00pm


Looking for more great places downtown? Check out these places: 

 

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#foodiefriday October 6th, 2017

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Are you a breakfast lover? How about smoothies? Well, the Bridge Cafe, located right in the downtown of Manchester, has a lot to offer for all your breakfast, lunch and beverage cravings! Serving up breakfast all day, this is sure to be one of your favorite cafe’s in Manch!

 

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Craving a smoothie packed full of nutrients and flavor? The Bridge Cafe has over fifteen smoothie and juice options! All of their smoothies can be made dairy free or even with a “booster” which has protein, daily multivitamins, super greens and probiotics to start the day off right! Try one of their fresh juices, such as the Vegan Vampire, which is a perfect blend of beets, carrots, an apple and  cucumber!

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Looking for  lunch? The Bridge Cafe is the right place to go! Check out their seasonal sandwiches  such as their Thanksgiving Wrap, made with oven roasted turkey, cranberry chutney, apples, field greens, homemade stuffing, and dill Havarti cheese all wrapped up! Looking for a vegetarian option? They have that too, with their Veggie Quesadilla, made with roasted peppers, onions, black beans, portabella mushroom, guacamole & cheese!

 

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Don’t forget to try one of their award winning soups to warm you up this fall! Serving seasonal favorites such as their delicious Chicken and Rice soup, Pumpkin Bisque and even their Coconut Curry Chicken soup, this pairs well with one of their many sandwiches or wraps! Stop by for one of their many delicious and hearty sandwiches, creamy soups or fruity smoothies!

 

 Check them out at 1117 Elm Street and try all they have to offer!

Hours:

OPEN EVERY DAY:

6:00AM-5:00PM

Looking for other great places in the downtown area? Here is a few of our favorites!

 

 

 

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#foodiefriday September 29, 2017

Firefly American Bistro and Bar

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As the leaves begin to fall and the days get cooler, a great place to go for lunch with a co-worker or a cozy dinner with a friend is Firefly American Bistro and Bar! Their decadent comfort food and variety of cocktails are sure to make you want to come back for more!

 

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Craving a creamy pasta dish with tender scallops and shrimp? This traditionally prepared dish is made with garlic, a splash of white wine, freshly squeezed lemon and chopped parsley. Served over a plate of linguine, this pasta dish is one of our favorites at Firefly!

 Check out the bacon wrapped bistro steak which is pan-seared, topped with a Tennessee bourbon barbecue sauce and onion straws with a side of mashed potatoes! This dish is certainly one to make your mouth water with each bite!

Need a little pick-me-up with your dinner? Firefly American Bistro and Bar has just the cocktail for you, with vanilla vodka, Tia Maria, chocolate liqueur and fresh brewed espresso! The Espresso Martini is a great way to start the evening with just the right zing of caffeine for any cocktail lover! Be sure to check out their Happy Hour specials, Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6:30pm and from 9 to close.

 

 

Check them out at 22 Concord Street and try all they have to offer!

Hours:

MONDAY-THURSDAY:

11:30AM – 10:00PM

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY:

11:00AM-11:00PM

SUNDAY:

10:00AM – 10:00PM

Looking for other great places in the downtown area? Here is a few of our favorites!

 

 

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#foodiefriday September 22, 2017

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Feeling the need to spice things up? Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant is just the place for you! Located conveniently on Elm street, this restaurants has a variety of tacos, fajitas, chimis, nachos and so much more! Their vibrant and lively atmosphere will make you feel like you are transported to Mexico!

Marg's street tacosCheck out their street tacos, with three white corn tortillas stuffed with your choice of pork carnitas with salsa fresca, beef with onion and  fresh cilantro, or grilled chicken with salsa fresca (image on left). Also, try their delicious Gringo Burger, a Mexican twist on the traditional beef burger with a half pound of juicy beef!

 

zarape Try something different with Margarita’s favorite Zarape, made with braised beef, sautéed onions and peppers with cheese and a chipotle sour cream served with flour tortillas! This meal is sure to satisfy all your cravings! Another Margarita’s favorite is Tio’s SUPER Burrito, which speaks for itself. This burrito is made with beef and refried beans in a flour tortilla baked in red chile sauce and cheese. This monster burrio is topped with lettuce, salsa fresca, guacamole and crema, sure to make your mouth water!

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And of course, you can’t miss out on their drink selection with an array of traditional and flavored margaritas as well as other beverages such as their Naked Jalepeno! Made with hand-squeezed fresh lime, Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila, triple sec and simple syrup with fresh sliced jalapeño, this drink will surely get your taste buds fired up!

 

Check them out at 1037 Elm Street and try all they have to offer!

Hours:

MONDAY-THURSDAY:

3:00PM – 11:00PM

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY:

11:30AM-12:00AM

SUNDAY:

11:30AM-11:00PM

 Looking to try other great places in Manchester? Check these out!

 

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#foodiefriday September 15, 2017

Mint Bistro Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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Looking for a dinner with the freshest and most quality ingredients in the downtown area? Look no further than Mint Bistro located right on Elm Street! Serving delicious entrees such as their Elm Street Filet Mignon , served with Yukon Gold mashed potato, grilled asparagus, bearnaise butter, crisp shallot, and morel Mushroom-glacé de viande.

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Check out their large selection of sushi rolls, tataki and maki with crab, avocado and other various fresh ingredients. Looking to try it all? No problem. Mint Bistro offers the Taste of Sashimi, a six piece sampler with thinly sliced fish assortment of tuna, salmon and white fish, enough to share with a friend, or keep all for yourself!

DSC_07621-1024x682And of course, a night out would not be complete without a refreshing cocktail! Try Mint Bistro’s Classic Raspberry Lemon cocktail (image on right), made with muddled blackberry, Limoncello, Stoli Razberi vodka and a splash of Prosecco! They also offer an array of wines, exotic mojitos and even sake!

 

Check them out at 1105 Elm Street and try all they have to offer!

Hours:

MONDAY-THURSDAY:

4:00PM – 10:00PM

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY:

4:00PM-11:00PM

SUNDAY:

4:00PM – 10:00PM

 Looking to try other great places like Mint Bistro? Here are a few of our favorites!

 

 

 

 

#foodiefriday September 8, 2017

Bonfire Country Bar Heating up the City

After their soft opening last Friday, this bar certainly caught the attention of the downtown by giving away free burgers for a YEAR to the first 100 customers that day! This country bar and grill was certainly a contender for this week’s #foodiefriday!

The rustic atmosphere and country vibe pairs nicely with their Bonfire Burger, that is hand patted and topped with apple wood smoked bacon and melted pimento cheese. Their menu offers a variety of wood fired inspired entrees as well as other items such as their Crab Cake Salad, that is sure to please, with a spicy Cajun ranch sauce and many more steaks and burgers to chose from!

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And of course you cannot forget about their drink selection, ranging from craft beers to fruity cocktails served in mason jars, there is something for everyone! These drinks are sure to make you feel like your back at the ranch, or perhaps somewhere other than the city. Stop by for their happy hour, Monday through Thursday from 4-7 to enjoy a beverage accompanied with FREE bacon! Now that is a game changer.

Swing by their new location on 950 Elm Street and see for yourself!

 

Hours:

Monday-Friday:

4:00pm – 1:45am

Saturday and Sunday:

2:00pm – 1:45am

Looking for other great restaurants in the downtown? Check out these!