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hether your idea of a good drink is an innovative cocktail, a custom crafted coffee or any beverage sipped with a new friend on a second date, Hippo readers have some recommendations for where go to relax for a moment and appreciate your surroundings. In our March 31 issue of the Hippo, we announced the winners of our annual readers’ poll, the Hippo’s Best of 2022. Our readers offered their suggestions for places to eat, browse on a lazy day, get some fresh air and eat (we ask a lot about food). Flip through that issue with the list of winners on hippopress.com, where you can find e-editions of past issues as well as information about supporting the Hippo. Whether you are looking to revisit some favorite spots you haven’t been to in a while or discover a new favorite spot to enjoy nature, hang out with your kids or get together with friends, we have some ideas based on those reader suggestions.


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In this magazine, we wanted to take a deeper look at some of the categories and offer more reader suggestions for spots to go on a second date or weekly nights for trivia and other friendly competition. We applaud every one who made it onto this list; being picked as the 8th or 13th favorite is a big deal, as categories can get thousands of votes. So plan your outings for friends and family with a little help from these recommendations from Hippo readers. The information about the places listed here come from the locations’ websites and social media and, as we’ve all learned in the past few years, things can change at the last minute, so call ahead to make sure the burgers or chocolatey desserts you’re craving are still on the menu. Looking to get together with your crowd and enjoy some time out in the world? Here are some ideas...

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In This Issue

18 New eats 20 Inventive cocktails 24 Where to get your greens 28 Totally sweet 30 Art that surprises 34 Get your issues 40 Burgers! 44 Plan your second date 50 A round of mini golf 54 BBQ for you 58 Kids’ day out 66 For the birds 68 Decadent desserts 72 Game night 74 The perfect cup of coffee


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Looking sharp

Fun with axes

Buy this man a drink! Charles Keith, co-owner of The Rugged Axe in Manchester, was voted as one of the Granite Staters Hippo readers most wanted to buy a drink for. The Rugged Axe, an ax throwing venue that serves food and drink, also was named best of the best in Best Spot for Some Friendly Competition and in Best Spot for a Second Date. Photo by Sid Ceaser. 16 Hippo Magazine 2022



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New eatery

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ew Hampshire welcomed an all new roster of delicious eats from local restaurants this past year. Here are the five best new eateries as voted by Hippo readers.

1. Tucker’s Best of the best 95 S. River Road, Bedford, 413-6503, tuckersnh.com Arriving in the former Outback Steakhouse on South River Road in Bedford in October 2021, this is the sixth Tucker’s restaurant overall and also the largest — the local diner chain has five other locations, in Hooksett, Dover, New London, Concord and Merrimack. Tucker’s features a menu of breakfast items like omelets and scramblers, and lunch items like sandwiches and bowls, plus a rotating selection of specials. The opening of the Bedford spot brought with it new menu concepts for the brand, like fresh juices, smoothie bowls and brunch-based cocktails. 2. New Hampshire Pizza Co. 76 N. Main St., Concord, 333-2125, newhampshirepizzaco.com The latest venture of longtime Concord restaurateur Joel Harris, who opened the first Dos Amigos Burritos location in Portsmouth before coming to the Capital City four years later, the New Hampshire Pizza Co. opened in the former Crazy Goat space on Main Street in January 2022. This full-service dine-in restaurant features brick-oven artisan pizzas as its centerpiece, along with salads, brunch items, cocktails, homemade ice cream and more, with the overall focus of highlighting locally produced ingredients.

3. Hare of the Dawg Bar & Grill 3 E. Broadway, Derry, 552-3883, find them on Facebook @hareofthedawg Longtime Derry couple Kevin and Lesley Decker opened this family-friendly downtown bar and grill in early January 2022, taking over the space that had long been occupied by the C & K Restaurant on East Broadway. The eatery features a wide variety of comfort foods, craft beers and cocktails, with a 24seat custom bar built from the ground up by local woodworker Matt Daily. 4. The Lucky Moose Casino & Tavern 16 Gusabel Ave., Nashua, 864-0175, luckymoosecasino.com A sister establishment of The River Casino & Sports Bar just off Main Street in the Gate City, The Lucky Moose opened in July 2021 as New Hampshire’s newest casino, complete with daily games of blackjack, roulette and Texas hold ’em, as well as a full bar and an elevated tavern menu out of a scratch kitchen. You’ll find it in the former Bugaboo Creek Steak House in the Nashua Mall plaza — the moose structure that adorns the roof has even been kept, with a brand new set of antlers. 5. Elm House of Pizza 102 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5522, elmhop.com This neighborhood restaurant and bar opened in the old Theo’s space in March 2021, channeling the nostalgic vibe of the 1970s downtown favorite of the same name among Manchester locals. You’ll find what co-founder and business partner Tim Baines calls a modern twist on the traditional house of pizza, featuring everything from house pies and appetizers to fresh seafood dinners, pastas, burgers and more.

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1. Painkiller. Rum, Pedro Ximenez, coconut, lime, pineapple and raw sugar. 2. “Take a Walk.” Plantation rum, mezcal, passionfruit, orgeat syrup, pineapple, grapefruit bitters and togarashi. 3. C.R.E.A.M. (Cucumber Rules Everything Around Me): Mi Campo tequila, Ancho Verde liqueur, cucumber shrub, lemon juice and jalapeno tincture. 4. Tiki Negroni. Plantation Rum, Campari liqueur, Dolin Blanc, pineapple, lemon, Demerera and bitters Photos courtesy of Industry East Bar in Manchester.

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Inventive drinks

Creative cocktails T

he next time you’re looking to plan a night out on the town, check out these bars and restaurants that Hippo readers say serve up some inventive cocktails.

1. Industry East Bar Best of the best 28 Hanover St., Manchester, 232-6940, industryeastbar.com Jeremy Hart and Dan Haggerty are both seasoned bartenders with around four decades of combined experience. In February 2021 they went into business together to open Industry East, a craft cocktail bar with a unique food menu to match featuring appetizers, flatbreads, loaded hot dogs and more. Cocktails feature modern takes on the classics and all kinds of experimental concoctions, all using syrups, juices and other ingredients made in house. 2. Chuck’s BARbershop 90 Low Ave., Concord, 856-7071, find them on Facebook @chucksbarbershopnh Don’t let its name fool you — Chuck’s is a 1920s-style speakeasy “disguised” as a barbershop from the outside. The Prohibition-inspired bar opened in a tucked away corner of Concord’s Eagle Square in early 2018. It’s one of several other similar concepts in the Granite State spearheaded by Liu Vaine, who was inspired by speakeasies he visited in New York City.

3. 815 Cocktails & Provisions 815 Elm St., Manchester, 782-8086, 815nh.com Another local speakeasy, 815 is located in an upstairs unit on Elm Street in downtown Manchester. Co-owner Sarah Maillet is always experimenting with both experimental cocktails and modern takes on the classics, all complementing the bar’s intimate vibe and scratch-cooked foods. 4. Copper Door Restaurant 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; copperdoor.com In addition to T-Bones Great American Eatery and CJ’s Great West Grill, the Copper Door is part of the Great New Hampshire Restaurants family. Known for its “not too fancy, not too casual” concept, the Copper Door first opened in Bedford in 2011 before a second location followed suit in Salem in 2017. Both restaurants have a selection of more than a dozen signature cocktails with additional specialty drinks rotating throughout the season. Continued on pg 22

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5. The Birch on Elm 931 Elm St., Manchester, 782-5365, thebirchonelm.com This downtown Manchester eatery, which opened in September 2016, is known for its globally inspired shareable plates and hand-crafted cocktails, all served in a uniquely intimate environment.

8. The Lucky Moose Casino & Tavern 16 Gusabel Ave., Nashua, 864-0175, luckymoosecasino.com The Lucky Moose may be the place to be for its casino games, but don’t count its cocktail menu out. You’ll find a full bar of seasonal house drinks here — one of its more distinctive offerings is the Lucky Moose Juice, featuring Skyy blood orange vodka infused with pineapple over a five-day period.

6. New England’s Tap House Grille 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com In addition to having several dozen craft beers on tap, New England’s Tap House Grille boasts a diverse selection of signature cocktails, from a margarita with its own house mix to a sugar cookie martini and an “adult” version of a classic Arnold Palmer iced tea.

9. CodeX B.A.R. (Books. Antiques. Rarities.) 1 Elm St., Nashua, 864-0115, codexbar.com Hidden behind an unassuming storefront on the corner of Elm and West Pearl streets in Nashua, CodeX is a 1920s-era speakeasy serving a menu of internationally inspired fare and an eclectic lineup of house craft cocktails.

7. Revival Kitchen & Bar 11 Depot St., Concord, 715-5723, revivalkitchennh.com Owned and operated by award-winning chef Corey Fletcher, Revival is a downtown Concord favorite for its locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, along with its house craft cocktails.

10. Cotton Restaurant 75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, cottonfood.com Cotton has been owned and operated by award-winning chef Jeffrey Paige since its opening in 2000. Its cocktail menu is especially known for featuring more than a dozen types of martinis.


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Veggie love

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ooking to dive into some plant-based options? Here are five local eateries that may actually make you — dare we say it — crave dishes prepared with fresh vegetables.


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1. Troy’s Fresh Kitchen & Juice Bar Best of the best 4 Orchard View Drive, No. 6, Londonderry, 965-3411, troysfreshkitchen.com Londonderry native Troy Ward Jr. and his family opened this health-focused quick-service eatery in June 2019 in the town’s Apple Tree Mall shopping plaza. Troy’s offers smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, grain bowls, grilled wraps, breakfast scrambles and other items with fresh, all-natural and plant-based ingredients. 2. Col’s Kitchen 55 S. Main St., Concord, 227-6778, colsplantbased.com Col’s Kitchen opened in August 2020 in the former Willow’s Plant-Based Eatery space. Named after owner Jordan Reynolds’ pit bull, Col’s offers what Reynolds calls an “eclectic, all-American” approach to vegan foods, featuring a well-rounded menu of plant-based options from appetizers and salads to entree-sized meals, brunch items and desserts like pies, macarons and “pie shakes.” 3. The Republic of Campo 969 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0256, republiccafe.com and campoenoteca.com New York City native Edward Aloise already had more than two decades of hospitality experience in New Hampshire when he and his wife, Claudia Rippee, opened Republic Cafe on Elm Street in Manchester in 2010. Campo Enoteca, a farm-to-table Italian restaurant and wine bar also on Elm Street, would arrive a few years later. In August 2020, Republic moved all its operations under the same roof as Campo Enoteca, where both restaurants continue to serve separate menus under a concept now known as The Republic of Campo. 4. Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar 35 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, 427-8344, greenelephantnh.com Established in 2007 by chefs and owners Dan Sriprasert and Bob Wongsaichua, Green Elephant offers Asian-inspired vegetarian cuisine and a full bar, sourcing locally as much as possible. 5. Greenleaf 54 Nashua St., Milford, 213-5447, greenleafmilford.com This casual farm-to-table restaurant features the cuisine of award-winning Milford chef Chris Viaud, who competed on Season 18 of Bravo’s cooking competition series Top Chef. Greenleaf’s menu changes all the time, and that’s because it’s based on what will come in for products from the farms the eatery partners with.

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Bean-to-bar chocolate making at Loon Chocolate in Manchester. Courtesy photo.


ffering everything from handcrafted chocolates to novelty goodies, here are 12 spots that are guaranteed to make you feel like a kid in a candy store.

1. Granite State Candy Shoppe Best of the best 13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591, granitestatecandyshoppe.com Established by the Bart family in 1927, Granite State Candy Shoppe has been offering all kinds of homemade chocolates, candies and nuts for three generations. Founder Peter Bart came to Lawrence, Mass., in 1909, from the Greek island of Lesvos, where he found a job as a candy maker. He moved to Concord several years later, where many of his original recipes and candymaking techniques and equipment are still utilized today. 2. Van Otis Chocolates 341 Elm St., Manchester, 627-1611, vanotis.com Van Otis gets its name from Evangeline Hasiotis, who opened a small candy store inside a family apartment in Manchester following completion of a candy-making course in Boston in the fall of 1935. Today the business continues to thrive in the form a retail store and large candy kitchen on Elm Street and has also expanded into various wholesale initiatives — Van Otis purchased the assets of longtime New Hampshire staple Hutchinson’s Candy in 2020, and now produces its own candied popcorn under the “Evangeline’s” brand. A second Van Otis store also opened in Wolfeboro the following year. 3. Nelson’s Candy & Music 65 Main St., Wilton, 654-5030, nelsonscandymusic.com A Wilton institution, Nelson’s has been making its own peanut brittle, fudge, chocolate turtles and other indulgent treats for more than a century. The late

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Doug Nelson was a third-generation candy maker from Lowell, Mass., before selling his shop in 2019. Current owner Nancy Feraco continues to carry on the candy-making tradition at the Main Street shop. 4. Loon Chocolate 252 Willow St., Manchester, loonchocolate.com Loon Chocolate was born when owner and founder Scott Watson watched a Netflix documentary about a Southeast Asian coffeehouse that produced its own chocolate on site. He got inspired enough to start making chocolate out of his own house, eventually selling his first bar in the spring of 2018. Today Loon Chocolate operates out of an adjoining chocolate production facility and retail space, the latter of which Watson shares with Theresa Zwart of 603 Charcuterie. All of his chocolates are handcrafted in small batches from bean to bar, the cacao beans sourced from multiple growing regions in South America and Africa. 5. Dancing Lion Chocolate 917 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4043, dancinglion.us Dancing Lion Chocolate, which opened in 2007, is owned and operated by master chocolatier Richard Tango-Lowy. Originally a physicist, TangoLowy has been working with chocolate since 1996. He graduated from Ecole Chocolat in Vancouver before going on to earn master chocolatier designations in both France and Italy. Chocolates from his quaint downtown shop are sourced from cacao beans all over the major Central and South American growing regions. His line of products includes bars, Mayan drinking chocolate and bonbon sharing boxes, as well as house-baked croissants.

6. Sweet Boutique 21 Kilton Road, Bedford, 222-1521, visitsweetboutique.com New to Bedford last year, Sweet Boutique was founded by Michael Pais and his partner, Lynn Mackenna, a chocolatier with more than three decades of experience working at the former Willey’s Candy Shop on Salisbury Beach. Housed in the former Triolo’s Bakery space on Kilton Road, the shop also roasts its own nuts and produces its own caramel corn in several flavors, in addition to offering a line of sugar-free products. 7. Lickee’s & Chewy’s Candies & Creamery 53 Washington St., Suite 100, Dover, 343-1799, lickeesnchewys.com Calling itself a “unique medieval candy kingdom,” this downtown Dover candy shop is named after an old military term owner Chris Guerrette heard one day while serving overseas. It’s known for offering among the largest candy selections in the area, with thousands of items from around the world to choose from. There is also a wide variety of handmade chocolates and ice cream products, including its famous “king shakes,” loaded with all different types of candies. 8. Ava Marie Handmade Chocolates 43 Grove St., Peterborough, 924-5993, avamariechocolates.com Owned and operated by Susan Mazzone, Ava Marie Handmade Chocolates is named after her daughter. What began as a home-based business has since grown to offer all kinds of sweet indulgences, including its award-winning milk and dark chocolate pecan turtles, as well as hand-painted artisan chocolates, toffees, caramel centers, ice cream and assorted pastries.

9. Martha’s Sweet Shoppe 185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com/sweet-shoppe The candy counter at Martha’s Exchange Restaurant & Brewing Co. in downtown Nashua offers everything from fudges and truffles to seasoned nuts, English toffee, cream wafers, bagged candies and more. 10. Chutter’s 43 Main St., Littleton, 444-5787, chutters.com Chutter’s is the home of the “world’s largest candy counter” at its Littleton shop, featuring 112 spanning feet of glass jars filled with all different types (and colors) of candies. A Littleton staple since the late 1800s, it’s named after its original owner, Frederick George Chutter. A second Chutter’s with another long candy counter — though not as long, “only” 63 feet — opened in Lincoln in 2010. 11. The Chocolatier 27 Water St., Exeter, 772-5253, the-chocolatier.com Since 1978, this Exeter shop has been a favorite for its handcrafted small-batch chocolates, which include a wide selection of creams, bars, barks, cordials and even chocolate-covered potato chips. 12. Pearls Candy & Nuts 356 S. Broadway, Salem, 893-9100, pearlscandynh.com Family-owned and -operated on Route 28 in Salem, Pearls specializes in old-fashioned and novelty candies, as well as fresh hand-roasted cashews and peanuts.

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Surprises in the gallery

Eye-catching art B

rowse and buy unique works of art created by artists from New Hampshire and beyond at these art galleries, which Hippo readers voted as having the most surprising art.

1. Currier Museum of Art Best of the best 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org The internationally renowned art museum, founded in 1929, has permanent and rotating exhibits featuring American and European paintings, sculptures, photographs and more by notable artists such as Picasso, Monet and O’Keeffe, as well as local and regional artists. Its current special exhibition, “Warhol Screen Tests,” is on view until July 24, featuring projections of film shot by Andy Warhol in the 1960s. Museum hours, which are subject to change, are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission costs $15 for adults, $13 for seniors age 65 and up, $10 for students, $5 for youth ages 13 through 17; is always free for children age 12 and under and museum members; and is free for New Hampshire residents on the second Saturday of each month.

2. Diane Crespo Fine Art Gallery 32 Hanover St., Manchester, 493-1677, dianecrespoart.weebly.com The gallery, owned and operated by local artist Diane Crespo, features Crespo’s oil and pastel realism landscapes, which “capture the essence of a place and a moment in time as she interprets the landscape,” according to the gallery’s website. Crespo also teaches art classes and workshops for all ages and abilities. Gallery hours, which are subject to change, are Wednesday, from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, by appointment.

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3. Art 3 Gallery 44 W. Brook St., Manchester, 668-6650, art3gallery.com The retail gallery features fine art in a variety of media and styles by local, regional, national and international artists, and offers custom framing and corporate and residential art consulting. owned by Joni Taube, is a fine art retail gallery featuring art in a variety of media and styles by local, regional, national and international artists. It also offers custom framing and corporate and residential art consulting. Gallery hours, which are subject to change, are Monday through Friday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., with evening and weekend hours by chance or by appointment. 4. Art Up Front Street Studios & Gallery 120 Front St., Exeter, 418-6286, artupfrontstreet.com The 2,500-square-foot contemporary artists’ collective consists of eight working artist studios and galleries, featuring paintings and illustrations in various styles, mixed media pieces, photography, industrial quilts and more. The studios are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Concord Fine Craft Gallery 36 N. Main St., Concord, 228-8171, concord.nhcrafts.org The craft organization’s flagship retail shop and gallery features a variety of traditional and contemporary crafts created by juried New Hampshire craftspeople, including jewelry, hand blown glass, wood bowls, pottery, textiles and wearable art, handcrafted furniture, prints, sculptural pieces and more. It also hosts craft demonstrations by members throughout the year. Shop hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6. Twiggs Gallery 254 King St., Boscawen, 975-0015, twiggsgallery.wordpress.com Owned and operated by New Hampshire artist and calligrapher Adele Sanborn, Twiggs Gallery features rotating exhibitions with artwork in various media by local and regional artists. The gallery also offers art and craft workshops and classes for adults in the spring and fall, and is home to Spriggs Shoppe, where visitors will find “fun uniquities and shabby-chic antiques,” as well as Sanborn’s calligraphy work, according to the gallery’s website. The gallery and shop are open Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. 7. Studio 550 Art Center 550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, 550arts.com Owned and operated by local ceramics artist Monica Leap, Studio 550 offers classes and workshops for artists of all ages and abilities in pottery and clay, stained glass, acrylic painting, watercolor, drawing and more. Handmade crafts by local artisans are featured in its artisan gift shop. The studio and shop are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m.


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8. Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery 15 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 471-1888, sullivanframing.com The design and custom picture framing business has a built-in gallery space featuring art in various media and styles by local artists. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. Sullivan also coordinates the exhibitions for the art galleries at Labelle Winery’s Amherst and Portsmouth locations.


Comic book shop

Adventure on the page

Double Midnight Comics. Photo by Jennifer Gingras.


rom comic books, graphic novels and manga to games, cards and collectibles, these comic book stores have something for every pop culture fan. Some also host weekly in-store game nights and fandom events.

1. Double Midnight Comics Best of the best 245 Maple St., Manchester, 669-9636, dmcomics.com Double Midnight stocks an assortment of pop culture products, including comics, graphic novels, games and playing cards. It hosts weekly in-store gaming nights, regular gaming tournaments and annual events like Granite State Comic Con and a large Free Comic Book Day celebration. 2. Merrymac Games and Comics 550 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 420-8161, merrymacgc.com Merrymac sells comic books and manga, tabletop and card games, video games, action figures and other new and used pop culture collectibles. It runs weekly in-store gaming events for popular card games like Magic: The Gathering and Vanguard as well as periodic video gaming tournaments. 3. Jetpack Comics 37 N. Main St., Rochester, 330-9636, jetpackcomics.com Jetpack Comics’ claim to fame is its city-wide Free Comic Book Day Festival, the largest FCBD celebration in the state, which it hosts in partnership with the City of Rochester. The shop carries a robust selection of comic books, including Jetpack exclusives and variants and series by local comics creators, as well as games, toys and collectibles. Its spacious gaming room is open daily for free play and organized gaming events.

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4. Double Midnight Comics 341 Loudon Road, Concord, 715-2683, dmcomics.com Like its flagship shop in Manchester, Double Midnight in Concord has a variety of comic books, games and pop culture collectibles for sale and is a destination for weekly gaming gatherings. 5. Chris’ Comics 341 S. Broadway, Salem, 898-4151, facebook.com/chriscomicssalem Chris’ offers a mix of comics, classic cards and collectibles, both in Salem and at its second location in Seabrook. 6. The Comic Store 115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 881-4855, facebook.com/thecomicstorenashua The Comic Store has an extensive inventory of comic books, including back issues, trade paperbacks and graphic novels, as well as a large selection of board games, role-playing games and card games. 7. Pop Culture Cards, Comics, Collectibles and Games 66 Route 27, Raymond, 244-1850, popculturenh.com Pop Culture carries new and old comics, board games, video games, sports memorabilia, cards, vintage toys, miniatures and other pop culture collectibles.

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Farmers market

Fresh air shopping

The Derry Homegrown Farm & Artisan Market was named one of the best farmers markets. The market runs Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at 1 West Broadway in Derry through September. Photo by Jennifer Gingras.

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Burgers and fries from Vibes Gourmet Burgers in Concord. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.

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Burger from The Crown Tavern in Manchester. Photo by Sid Ceaser, 2018.

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Burger from The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern in Concord. Photo by Sid Ceaser, 2015.

Best burgers

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ho serves up the best burger in southern New Hampshire? Here are 12 local spots you voted for that do it best.

1. The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern Best of the best 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com Since opening on Main Street in downtown Concord in March 2000, The Barley House has become a Capital City staple for its tavern fare, including its burgers, which are ground fresh every day. Customer favorites include the Dublin burger, peppercorn charred with whiskey gravy and creamy blue cheese; the Hangover burger, with a potato cake, fried egg and Buffalo sauce; and the coffee-rubbed barbecue bison burger with bacon, cheddar, lettuce and tomato. 2. Vibes Gourmet Burgers 25 S. Main St., Concord, 856-8671, vibesgourmetburgers.com Vibes came to downtown Concord in 2016, along with Buza Dairy Bar, an adjoining space offering a variety of authentic Italian gelato flavors. Popular burger options include Concord’s Own, with applewood-smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, sliced apples, crisp lettuce and local maple syrup; and the Lone Star, with barbecue sauce, crispy onion rings, lettuce and smoked Gouda. 3. New England’s Tap House Grille 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com Known for being “a new take on the classic American grill,” this popular Hooksett eatery features multiple burger options made from certified Angus beef, hand-pressed and cooked on its wood-fired grill. Try the Backwoods Burger, featuring aged smoked Gouda, candied bacon, coleslaw and house bourbon barbecue sauce; or the Popper, with jalapeno poppers, pepper jack cheese and a maple soy reduction. 4. Papa Joe’s Humble Kitchen 237 South St., Milford, 672-9130, papajoeshumblekitchen.com For more than a decade Papa Joe’s has been a Milford favorite for its homemade freshly ground beef burgers, of which there are multiple unique options. The Oriental Cowboy, for instance, is a teriyaki seasoned burger topped with wasabi ranch dressing, coleslaw and crunchy Chinese noodles, while The Spartan burger is topped with barbecue sauce, half a hot dog, onion rings, bacon, cheddar cheese and lettuce.

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5. The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com The Tuckaway opened in March 2012 as a specialty meat market and shop highlighting quality beef and marinades. The tavern opened that June and has since received national recognition for its menu items, including its certified Angus beef burgers, which feature all kinds of unique toppings.

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6. The Crown Tavern 99 Hanover St., Manchester, 218-3132, thecrownonhanover.com A sister establishment of Hanover Street Chophouse, The Crown Tavern was born out of a vision to open an eatery with a more casual and relaxed environment to serve as an alternative to its predecessor. The restaurant opened in August 2017 just a block away from the Chophouse, in the space of the former Crown Theater, a popular movie theater during the early half of the 20th century. Among the top-selling menu items are the cheeseburgers, which feature two all-beef patties and the option to add local farm eggs or crispy bacon. 7. River Road Tavern 193 S. River Road, Bedford, 206-5837, riverroadtavern.com This local tavern has many menu staples, including the Kobe burger, featuring seven-ounce American Wagyu beef on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and onion and the option to add bacon and cheddar, Swiss or American cheeses. 8. Buckley’s Great Steaks 438 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com Part of Michael Timothy’s Dining Group, owned and operated by longtime Nashua chef Michael Buckley, this Merrimack eatery has been a staple of town since opening in 2005. It’s perhaps best known for its steaks but also features a menu of half-pound burgers, ground fresh daily from choice sirloin and tenderloin trimmings.

9. Strange Brew Tavern 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.com Since 1999, Strange Brew Tavern has been a Queen City favorite for live local music acts, craft beer options and tavern fare, including its specialty and build-your-own burgers, with countless topping combinations. 10. Renegade’s Pub 103 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 404-2942, renegadespub.com Renegade’s, which opened its first location in East Boston, Mass., in 2016 and its second location in Londonderry three years later, is known for its pub fare, including its burgers, made with locally sourced ground beef. 11. T-Bones Great American Eatery 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6100, t-bones.com Part of the Great New Hampshire Restaurants family, T-Bones opened its Bedford location in 1989, the third of six restaurants now open statewide. Burgers are among their staples, from a cheddar burger with the option to add bacon or garlic mushrooms, to a caprese burger and a jalapeno pretzel burger. 12. Col’s Kitchen 55 S. Main St., Concord, 227-6778, colsplantbased.com Plant-based burgers at this downtown Concord eatery include a house falafel and a lentil walnut option, as well as a Beyond Burger — all are served on vegan brioche buns.

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Second date spot

Spend time together

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hrow an ax, sit down for a brew and a board game, take a walk on the beach and more at these spots that Hippo readers voted as the best spots for a second date.

1. The Rugged Axe Best of the best 377 S. Willow St., Manchester, 232-7846, theruggedaxe.com With 16 lanes, plus a private party room with two lanes, The Rugged Axe is the largest axe throwing venue in the state, and the only one that serves food and adult beverages, according to its website.

4. Copper Door Restaurant 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033, copperdoorrestaurant.com The Copper Door Restaurant’s second location opened in November 2017, offering the same menu of New American and upscale comfort food, with multiple dining areas, including an outdoor terrace with a fire pit.

2. RelAxe Throwing 157 Gay St., Manchester, 782-3061, relaxethrowing.com RelAxe opened in June 2019, becoming the first indoor axe-throwing center in New Hampshire. Now, with 14 indoor lanes and eight outdoor lanes, the BYOB facility can accommodate groups of all sizes and offers axe-throwing leagues and tournaments for enthusiasts.

5. Hampton Beach hamptonbeach.org At the heart of Hampton Beach is Ocean Boulevard, a bustling boardwalk with restaurants, shops, arcades and live entertainment. Around a mile away, across the Hampton Beach Bridge, is the staterun beach, which offers a large parking lot, restrooms, a convenience store and a snack bar.

3. 603 Charcuterie 252 Willow St., Manchester, 603charcuterie.com 603 Charcuterie was started during the pandemic as a takeout charcuterie service. One year later, it opened a storefront in Manchester and hosts classes at area breweries and wineries teaching people how to make their own charcuterie boards using New Hampshire-made products.

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Continued from pg 44 6. Bistro 603 345 Amherst St., Nashua, 722-6362, bistro603nashua.com Opened in August 2020, Bistro 603 features a diverse menu of New American cuisine, creative cocktails, brunch items and more, served in what the restaurant calls “an upscale, yet casual setting,” which includes indoor bar seating and table dining and an outdoor patio. 7. Strange Brew Tavern 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern.net The relaxed downtown bar has indoor and outdoor dining areas with a menu of classic pub fare, an extensive selection of craft beer and live entertainment six nights a week. 8. BluAqua Restrobar 930 Elm St., Manchester, 836-3970, bluaquarestrobar.com The downtown gastropub, opened in January 2020, serves classic American food and cocktails with a southern twist. 9. Boards & Brews 941 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5184, boardsandbrewsnh.com The board game cafe offers a menu of shareable small plates and American classics, signature cocktails and signature coffee drinks, with a library of more than 1,700 board games. 10. Col’s Kitchen 55 S. Main St., Concord, 227-6778, colsplantbased.com Opened in August 2020, Col’s Kitchen serves a diverse plant-based menu of approachable vegan options in a casual setting in downtown Concord.

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Mini golf

Fun on the links

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hese mini golf courses offer a fun outing for people of all ages and abilities.

1. Chuckster’s Family Fun Park Best of the best 9 Bailey Road, Chichester, 798-3555, chuckstersnh.com Chuckster’s oversized mini golf course features 12,000 square feet of mini golf carpet, with 1,000 tons of boulders, 4,600 bricks, nine streams and ponds and hundreds of plants and trees. It claims to have “the longest miniature golf hole on the planet” at Hole 13, measuring 201 feet long. 2. Mel’s Funway Park 454 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield, 424-2292, melsfunwaypark.com Mel’s features two 18-hole mini golf courses, one that is geared toward families

and young children, and one that is a bit more competitive. On its trickiest hole, known as “the granite hole,” players are challenged to putt the ball into a hole that is drilled into the middle of a slab of granite. 3. Chuckster’s 53 Hackett Hill Road, Hooksett, 210-1415, chucksters-hooksett.com Chuckster’s second location features two 18-hole mini golf courses built in 2017, one of which is completely ADA-accessible. This Chuckster’s also claims to be home to “the world’s shortest hole, the world’s easiest hole, and the world’s most difficult hole.”

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4. Mammoth Green Driving Range & Mini Golf 135 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 432-4653, mammothgreendrivingrange. business.site Open seasonally; 2022 operating dates TBA. Mammoth has an 18-hole mini golf course with holes of varying levels of difficulty, plus a driving range for those who want to test their skills with regular golf. 5. Mini Links at LaBelle Winery 14 Route 111, Derry, 672-9898, labellewinery.com LaBelle Winery’s third location opened its mini golf course in May 2021. It features 18 multi-level holes, varying in difficulty, embellished with sand traps, rock formations and a waterfall. 6. Captain’s Cove Adventure Golf 812 Lafayette Road, Hampton, 926-5011, smallgolf.com Captain’s Cove is more than mini golf; it’s an adventure. The Seacoast course transports putters to a nautical world filled with storybook coves, shipwrecks and marine treasures.





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BBQ for you

Meaty & delicious

Rib plate from KC’s Rib Shack in Manchester. Courtesy photo.


ou don’t have to be down in Texas, Memphis or the Carolinas to grab a mouthwatering rack of ribs or a plate of smoked brisket. Get your barbecue fix in southern New Hampshire with these 11 local restaurants and food trucks, as voted by Hippo readers in this year’s poll.

1. KC’s Rib Shack Best of the best 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net Since opening in 1998, KC’s Rib Shack has been a local staple for its hickorysmoked ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and a variety of other barbecue favorites. Co-owner Kevin Cornish first got into barbecuing as a hobby about a decade earlier when he learned about the former Curtis’ All American Bar-B-Q in Putney, Vermont, which at the time had been selling its barbecue out of an old school bus. Cornish and business partner Greg Szaban originally opened KC’s in Litchfield before relocating to Manchester a few years later. Last year, they introduced KC’s Boneyard, a private function and event room housed in the former Souper Melt building directly in front of the Rib Shack. 2. Smokeshow Barbeque 231 S. Main St., Concord, 227-6399, smokeshowbarbeque.com This Texas-style barbecue restaurant originally opened in April 2016 on Fort Eddy Road in Concord. Owner Matt Gfroerer first experienced Texasstyle barbecue shortly after moving to Texas in 2000. He worked in some restaurants in the Austin area before returning to New Hampshire, where he cooked at KC’s Rib Shack in Manchester for about four years. In March 2022, Smokeshow Barbeque relocated into a new space in Concord’s South End, nearly tripling its seating capacity and sharing a building with Feathered Friend Brewing Co. 3. Smokehaus Barbecue 278 Route 101, Amherst, 249-5734, smokehausbbq.com Dave Mielke of Amherst and his father, Harold, opened Smokehaus Barbecue together in May 2018. The duo joined forces late the year before, completely

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rebuilding and redesigning the inside of the former Burger Mill restaurant on Route 101 themselves to give it its rustic look. Smokehaus offers a menu of low-and-slow smoked meats available as sandwich or dinner plate options, from beef brisket and baby back ribs to pulled pork and pulled chicken, as well as fresh sides like collard greens, baked beans and coleslaw. The eatery carries regular selections from several local craft breweries, and also recently began offering bottles of its own handcrafted barbecue sauces for purchase. 4. Georgia’s Northside 394 N. State St., Concord, 715-9189, georgiasnorthside.com A takeout-only Southern kitchen and craft beer market, Georgia’s Northside opened in late June 2019 in the space formerly housing the Korner Kupboard general store. Owner and chef Alan Natkiel posts the eatery’s always changing menu to Facebook daily, which will often include meats from buttermilk fried chicken to barbecue ribs, smoked brisket and pulled pork, plus fresh sides like Texas caviar, potato salad, tomato cucumber salad, grilled corn on the cob or green beans with bacon and blue cheese. Prior to opening the eatery, Natkiel owned Georgia’s Eastside BBQ in New York City for more than a decade. 5. Goody Cole’s Smokehouse and Catering Co. 374 Route 125, Brentwood, 679-8898, goodycoles.com Goody Cole’s originally opened in Exeter in 2003 before moving to a larger space in nearby Brentwood three years later. They’re known for smoking their meat using an Oyler Barbecue Pit, capable of holding up to 1,200 pounds of meat at a time and cooking without gas or electricity. Popular options include the St. Louis-style pork ribs, the beef brisket, and the smoked chicken and turkey.

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Continued from pg 54 6. Messy Mike’s Barbecue & Catering Co. Derry, messymikesbbq.com A former master electrician by trade, Massachusetts native Michael “Messy Mike” Massiglia quit his day job in 2014 to pursue his barbecuing dream full-time. He catered for all kinds of events across New England for several years before launching a 30-foot mobile food trailer in the fall of 2020. Today you can find him in the parking lot of Rockingham Acres Greenhouse (161 Rockingham Road, Derry), most Thursdays through Sundays, serving up a menu heavy on smoked meats like pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs, pulled brisket and chicken wings, plus sides like macaroni and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw. Massiglia also makes his own bottled hot and regular barbecue sauces, which have received recognition from the National Barbecue & Grilling Association and are available for sale online and on some local store shelves. 7. Smoke Shack Cafe 226 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 404-2178, smokeshackcafe.com In May 2020, longtime chef Greg LaFontaine took over the space formerly housing Gabi’s Smoke Shack, renaming it Smoke Shack Cafe and redesigning its menu. The eatery is known for serving “barbecue with a twist,” with a variety of uniquely inspired items, like the habanero brisket melt and the maple mustard cornflake chicken sandwich. But Smoke Shack Cafe has more than just barbecue — LaFontaine’s menu also includes everything from flatbread pizzas to specialty tacos and sliders. Prior to opening Smoke Shack Cafe, LaFontaine served as the executive chef of Owen & Ollie’s Restaurant in Dracut, Mass., for more than a decade. 8. The Alamo Texas Barbecue & Tequila Bar 99 Route 13, Brookline, 721-5500, alamobarbecue.com In addition to being known for its Texas-style smoked meats, used in several favorites from the chicken wings to the loaded pulled pork tater tots, the Alamo has an extensive tequila list, featuring all kinds of unique margaritas, palomas and other specialty drinks. 9. Smoke N’ Butts BBQ Raymond, smokenbuttsbbq.com Smoke N’ Butts BBQ was born when owner and founder Joe Lapietro watched a man build a smoker out of a file cabinet on the reality-documentary series Alaskan Bush People and was immediately inspired to cook his own smoked meats. Today he’s available for catering and events, serving items like seasoned pork spare ribs, and beef brisket and pulled pork available as tacos, burritos, sandwiches and plates. 10. Up in Your Grill Merrimack, upinyourgrill.com Dan DeCourcey of Merrimack was already an award-winning competitive barbecuer before launching Up in Your Grill, a trailer specializing in smoked meats like brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken, often available as either sandwiches or combo plates with sides like seasoned fries and coleslaw. When he’s not catering for an event, DeCourcey can often be found in the parking lot of Vault Motor Storage (526 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack) — the dates and times vary but are regularly updated on Facebook.

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11. Big Kahunas Smokehouse 1158 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 935-7400, nhkahuna.com A sister eatery of Merrimack’s Big Kahunas Cafe & Grill, Big Kahunas Smokehouse is known for offering barbecue options with a unique island-style flair. The restaurant opened in June 2020 in a kitchen space adjoining Shooter’s Outpost in Hooksett. Takeout is the biggest part of its business, featuring all kinds of fresh entrees with various sides and signature sauces to choose from. Lechon kawali, for instance, is a special kind of crispy pork belly that’s charred on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Caribbean pulled pork with hand-cut slaw, and smashers, or smoked potatoes cooked on a hot griddle with seasonings, are among some of their other staples.


Fun with the kids

Family friendly

Vintage toy plane display at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. Photo by Jennifer Gingras.


rom indoor playgrounds with trampolines and obstacle courses to museums and outdoor activity centers, New Hampshire offers all kinds of fun for kids and families.

1. Aviation Museum of New Hampshire Best of the best 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, 669-4820, nhahs.org The museum is dedicated to the science, technology, history and culture of aviation and features interactive exhibits and educational programs for all ages. Museum hours are Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and youth ages 13 and older and $5 for seniors age 65 and older, children ages 6 through 12, veterans and active military duty personnel, with a $30 maximum admission fee for families. Admission is free for children age 5 and under and museum members. 2. Fun City Trampoline Park 553 Mast Road, Goffstown, 606-8807, funcitygoffstown.com The 60,000-square-foot indoor playground and party venue features trampolines, foam pits, laser tag, a climbing wall, slam ball, dodgeball, bumper ball, bumper cars, battle beam, arcade games and a toddler area. Open jump hours are Monday through Thursday, from 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday, from noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; with toddler time

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on Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m. Open jump rates are $16 for 60 minutes, $21 for 90 minutes and $26 to $30 for 120 minutes for visitors age 7 and up; and $10/$12/$15 to $18 for visitors age 6 and under. Laser tag is priced separately at $8 for one game, $12 for two games and $15 for three games; as are bumper cars, at $2 per ride. 3. Krazy Kids 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, krazykids.com The indoor playground and party venue features a Ninja Warrior inflatable obstacle course, a trampoline, an aerial ropes course, slides, tunnels and other soft matted and inflatable structures for climbing, bouncing and jumping. Hours, which are subject to change, are Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two-hour admission costs $15 per child and $5 per adult. 4. Nuthin’ but Good Times 746 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-2200, nuthinbutgoodtimes.com The indoor playground and party venue has a soft two-story play structure for all ages, a separate play area for toddlers under age 4, a lounge, massage chairs and Continued on pg 60

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Continued from pg 58 a cafe with health-conscious, nut-free food options for snacks, lunch and dinner. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission, which includes unlimited time in the facility, is free for infants and costs $3.50 for crawlers, $8 for children age 3 and under, $11 for children age 4 and up and $2.50 for adults. 5. SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org The interactive science museum features hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and educational programs focused on technology, engineering and mathematics. It is home to the Lego Millyard Project, the largest permanent minifigure scale Lego installation in the world, which depicts Manchester’s Amoskeag Millyard circa 1900 with more than 3 million Lego pieces; and to a permanent BiologYou exhibition, which includes more than a dozen experiences centered on human biology and biotechnology. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with final admission at an hour before closing. Admission costs $10 per person ages 3 and up and is free for children under age 3 and museum members. 6. Cowabunga’s 725 Huse Road, Manchester, 935-9659, mycowabungas.com The indoor playground and party venue features an open gym with a threestory climbing structure, outfitted with numerous inflatable slides, ladders, obstacles, foam cannons, ball fountains and more, plus oversized toys and games and a creation station. The equipment is designed to be accessible to adults and encourage adult participation, according to the facility’s website. Hours, which are subject to change, are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission per child costs $15 for one hour of play and $20 for two hours; there is no admission fee for accompanying adults.

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7. McIntyre Ski Area 50 Chalet Court, Manchester, 622-6159, mcintyreskiarea.com The winter snowsports facility has 200 vertical feet of terrain for winter fun, including 11 skiing and snowboarding trails with four lifts and an eight-lane lift-serviced snow tubing thrill hill. The facility has its own snowmaking and hill grooming machines and usually opens for the season in mid-December, according to its website. Tubing is offered Friday through Sunday in two-hour sessions for $30 per person. Skiing and snowboarding is offered for full days (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), half days (9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 1 to 6 p.m.) and nights (4 to 9 p.m.) 8. Funspot 579 Endicott St., Laconia, 366-4377, funspotnh.com Named the “Largest Arcade in the World” by Guinness World Records, Funspot currently houses more than 600 games, as well as a 20-lane ten-pin and candlepin bowling center, a 5,500-square foot 18-hole mini-golf course, kiddie rides and games, cash bingo, a restaurant, a tavern and a free party room. It’s open Monday through Friday, from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free; visitors pay per activity and purchase tokens to operate the arcade games. 9. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, 968-2229, nhnature.org The nature center and zoo features live animal exhibits, lake cruises, a public garden, hiking trails, educational programs and a gift shop. According to its website, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is the only institution in northern New England that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It’s open daily, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from May through October. General admission costs $22 for adults, $20 for seniors age 65 and up and $16 for youth ages 3 through 15 and is free for children age 2 and under and members.

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1. New Hampshire Audubon’s Massabesic Center Best of the best 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045, nhaudubon.org The 49-acre wildlife sanctuary situated on a historic farm site features 5 miles of trails, including trail access to Lake Massabesic, winding through mixed forests and open fields. According to the NH Audubon website, the fields are managed for grassland nesting birds, and nest boxes are managed for tree swallows and Eastern bluebirds. The trails are free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. The property also has a nature center, open Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where visitors can see live animals and nature exhibits. 2. Carter Hill Orchard 73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, 225-2625, carterhillapples.com The family-owned farm has had an active orchard since the mid 1700s, according to its website. Today, it yields more than 11 varieties of apples, peaches, plums, pears, watermelon, cantaloupe, raspberries, blueberries and pumpkins, depending on the harvest. The farm also has a country store, a bakery, hiking trails and an observation tower with views of the region’s mountains. It’s open daily, July through mid-December. 3. New Hampshire Audubon’s McLane Center 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909, nhaudubon.org NH Audubon’s longest established center and operational headquarters situated at the 12-acre Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary features 3 miles of mostly forested trails, pollinator gardens, grassland fields and access to the

Great Turkey Pond shoreline. Grassland management and nest box programs are aimed at Eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, American kestrels, bobolinks and Savannah sparrows, according to the NH Audubon website. The trails are free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk, along with the raptor mews, accessible through the courtyard, which are home to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, barn owl and barred owls. At the nature center, open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will find exhibits, a reptile room and a nature store. 4. Mount Washington Route 16, Pinkham Notch; for GPS: 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham; mt-washington.com New Hampshire’s highest peak, located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in the township of Sargent’s Purchase, stands at an elevation of 6,288 feet. From May through October visitors can drive themselves to the summit via the Mount Washington Auto Road ($39 to $45 per car and driver, plus $14 to $20 per adult passenger, depending on the time of year; $9 for child passengers ages 5 through 12; free for child passengers age 4 and under; and $25 for motorcyclists); take a driven guided tour ($45 to $51 for adults, $40 to $46 for seniors age 62 and older and $25 to $31 for children ages 5 through 12, depending on the time of year, and $10 for children age 4 and under); hike and take the one-way hiker shuttle up to or down from the summit ($50 to $75, depending on availability; operation is weather-dependent); or, with proper preparation and extreme caution, hike both ways.

Milne Pond at NH Audubon Massabesic Center and NH Audubon McLane Center. Photo by Jennifer Gingras.

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1. Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe Best of the best 436 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 262-5929; 9 Market Place, Hollis, 465-5522; buckleysbakerycafe.com Like Buckley’s Great Steaks, each of these bakery locations is part of Michael Timothy’s Dining Group, owned and operated by longtime Nashua chef Michael Buckley. Both spots feature a wide array of scratch-made desserts and pastries, including cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies and more. 2. The Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub 72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com In addition to offering full-service lunch and dinner menus, The Red Blazer features a regular assortment of specialty desserts out of its in-house bakery, from cakes and cupcakes to multiple flavors of cheesecakes and pies. 3. Lucciano’s Bakeshop 4 Orchard View Drive, Londonderry, 432-2442, luccianosbakeshop.com Known for its gluten-free desserts, this Londonderry bakeshop offers all kinds of flavors of cakes, cupcakes and ice cream cakes, oftentimes featuring seasonal items for each holiday. 4. Col’s Kitchen 55 S. Main St., Concord, 227-6778, colsplantbased.com Col’s Kitchen partners with Love & Joy Vegan Sweets for many of its indulgences, which include macarons, whoopie pies, cakes, cupcakes, chocolate truffles and more.


5. Bedford Village Inn & Restaurant 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com Like with all of its other menus, the Bedford Village Inn prides itself on using the freshest ingredients, sourcing locally wherever possible. Popular dessert options include its signature chocolate bag, featuring Belgian white and dark chocolate mousses, an assortment of berries and chambord sponge cake; as well as dulce de leche tarts, Key lime cheesecakes, vanilla bean crème brûlée, and other house-made indulgences that include everything from sorbets and ice creams to cakes, tortes and cheesecakes.

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7. The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com Offering from-scratch baked goods and desserts since 1988, The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery features everything from cakes and cupcakes to pies, cookies, bars and more. 8. Carina’s Cakes 14B E. Broadway, Derry, 425-9620, find them on Facebook @carinas.cakes Carina’s Cakes features the baking prowess of Carina Hultgren of Derry. She’s perhaps best known for her always rotating selection of more than a dozen flavors of specialty cupcakes, including Oreo, chocolate chip cookie dough, red velvet, vanilla, Key lime pie and sugar cookie.

9. Queen City Cupcakes 790 Elm St., Manchester, 624-4999, qccupcakes.com Cupcakes at this downtown shop, which opened in 2011, are baked fresh daily in small batches. A rotating menu of flavors is updated to its website and social media pages weekly. 10. The Cake Fairy 114 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 518-8733, cakefairynh.com Cake Fairy owner Lisa Lucciano started decorating cakes when she was just 15 years old after watching her mother. She now runs this full-service bakery with the help of her daughter Brianna, offering cakes in a variety of filling flavors, in addition to other treats like cookies, brownies and whoopie pies. 11. Bearded Baking Co. 819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, beardedbaking.com Jon Buatti took over ownership of Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli in late 2019, bringing with him a culinary education and a specialization in custom cake decorating. The Union Street storefront is now known as Bearded Baking Co. — Buatti has built upon the longtime success of the popular Queen City bakeshop and deli, offering custom cakes with many of his own sponge and buttercream recipes. In November and December 2020, Buatti was a featured contestant on Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship.



6. Frederick’s Pastries 109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725; 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 647-2253; pastry.net Originally established in 1980 by Frederick and Gloria Lozier in their Nashua garage, Frederick’s Pastries is now known for providing hundreds of custom cake options out of two full-service bakeries in Amherst and Bedford. The couple’s youngest daughter, Susan Lozier Robert, purchased the business from her parents in 2004 and continues to run today.


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1. Ruby Room Comedy Best of the best Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. at The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, rubyroomcomedy.com The comedy series, founded in 2021, showcases up-and-coming comics from around the country. 2. Open Mic Night with Nate Comp and Paul Costley Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. at KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net The Open Mic series invites musicians to bring and play their own instruments or sing, with or without musical backup from the hosts. A different featured artist performs with the hosts each week.

3. Heather Abernathy: Trivia Bee Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. at The Farm Bar and Grille, 1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, farmbargrille.com, and Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. at Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 707 Huse Road, Manchester, 206-3888, chunkys.com; facebook.com/ manchestersbesttrivia Heather Abernathy is a Manchester-based trivia host. She hosts themed trivia nights at Chunky’s and, at The Farm, general knowledge trivia, with one themed trivia night a month. 4. Trivia with Steve Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. at The Alamo Texas Barbecue & Tequila Bar, 99 Route 13, Brookline, 721-5500, alamobarbecue.com, and Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at The Pasta Loft Restaurant & Brewing Co., 241 Union Sq., Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft. com; facebook.com/triviawithsteve Steve Erdody hosts general knowledge trivia with song clues two nights a week. 5. Trivia Nights with Bill Seney Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at The Hop Knot, 1000 Elm St., Manchester, 232-3731, hopknotnh.com; facebook.com/trivianightwithbillandcody Bill Seney hosts the weekly general knowledge trivia night at this craft beer and gourmet pretzel bar in downtown Manchester. 6. Famous Friday Rubber Chicken Toss Friday nights at 7 p.m. at The River Casino & Sports Bar, 52 High St., Nashua, 8819060, therivercasino.com. Players get three rubber chickens. Sink one rubber chicken into the pot and win a six-piece chicken tenders dinner; sink two, win a 12-piece chicken tenders dinner; sink all three, win $200. 7. Cornhole Game Changer Sports Bar & Grill, 4 Orchard View Drive, Londonderry, 216- 1396, gamechangersportsbar.com. Opened in May 2020, the 6,000-square-foot facility includes a sports bar and grill and eight indoor regulation cornhole courts where local cornhole leagues gather for weekly games and tournaments.

Heather Abernathy hosts themed trivia Thursday nights at Chunky’s. Photo by Jennifer Gingras.

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8. Musical Bingo Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, 1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545, backyardbrewerynh.com The game is played like traditional bingo, where the letters and numbers are replaced with song titles and musical artists. Players mark their bingo cards when they identify a match with the song or artist that the DJ plays.


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Your perfect cup

Coffee time

Flight Coffee Co. in Bedford. Courtesy photo.


fresh cup of coffee made just how we like it is an important part of how many of us start our day. Here are 11 local cafes and coffee shops that get us through our mornings with their perfect cups of joe.

1. Flight Coffee Co. Best of the best 209 Route 101, Bedford, 836-6228, flightcoffeeco.com When Claudia Barrett of Bedford started Flight Coffee Co. more than a decade ago, she had just one small commercial coffee roaster in her home garage. Since then, her company has expanded — now offering everything from specialty coffees and espresso drinks to bagels and pastries — and has experienced recognition at the national level, winning multiple coffee competition awards and being featured in the coffee industry trade magazine Roast several times. In 2013, Barrett launched a coffee roastery on Harvey Road in Bedford, eventually turning an adjacent space into what she called a “satellite cafe.” Last year, she moved all operations to a new flagship space across town, taking up a portion of the former Harvest Market store on the corner of Wallace Road and Route 101. 2. Revelstoke Coffee 100 N. Main St., Concord, revelstokecoffee.com Revelstoke Coffee came to downtown Concord in December 2018. Owners Alex Stoyle and Lyndsey Cole became inspired to open their own shop following an overnight stay the previous year in the Canadian community of Revelstoke, a small city roughly between Vancouver and Calgary. With a menu of freshly roasted coffees and teas, along with a rotating lineup of baked goods and breakfast sandwiches, Revelstoke Coffee is a shop built on the themes of travel and discovery.

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3. Hometown Coffee Roasters 80 Old Granite St., Manchester, 703-2321, hometownroasters.com Mike Brown originally started Hometown Coffee Roasters in 2017 as a hobby out of his Bedford home, eventually expanding it into a commercial roastery. In October 2018, he moved the business into his current space in Manchester, where he also launched a coffee bar last year. Brown sources his coffee beans from all of the major growing regions, including Central and South America and Africa. 4. O’Shea’s Caife & Tae 44 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 540-2971, osheasnh.com Carmel Shea opened this health-focused Londonderry eatery and coffee shop in the spring of 2018. O’Shea’s offers a variety of fair trade coffees, teas and espresso drinks, in addition to pastries, breakfast sandwiches and bagels with its own homemade butters and whipped cream cheeses. The lunch menu features sandwiches, salads, smoothies, smoothie bowls and other rotating options. 5. A&E Coffee & Tea 1000 Elm St., Manchester, aeroastery.com Founded in 2001, A&E was the first USDA-certified organic coffee roaster to come to New Hampshire. The company sources all types of single-origin coffees with an emphasis on sustainability. Its second cafe location opened in downtown Manchester in 2014.

7. The Local Moose Cafe 124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 232-2669, thelocalmoosecafe.com This cozy family-owned cafe opened its doors on the corner of Queen City Ave. and Brown Ave. in Manchester in September 2015. It’s known for its house-roasted single-origin small batch coffees, in addition to its lineup of baked goods and breakfast and lunch sandwiches. 8. The Brothers’ Cortado 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 856-7924, brotherscortado.com Brothers Chuck and Ian Nemiccolo opened this Capital City coffee shop in November 2021 in the former True Brew Barista storefront in Bicentennial Square. Coffees and teas are sourced from A&E, featuring a lineup of drinks that include hot and iced coffees and espressos. Paige Melanson of Crumb to Mama, a family friend of the Nemiccolos, serves as the shop’s in-house baker, offering a rotating menu of fresh treats like vegan strudels, gluten-free buttermilk blueberry muffins, apple loaves and cinnamon rolls. 9. The Grind Rail Trail Cafe 5 W. Broadway, Derry, thegrindnh.com With a focus on community and sustainability, this downtown Derry cafe and coffee bar offers a locally inspired menu that includes A&E certified organic roasted coffees, in addition to teas, bowls, bagels, sandwiches and more. 10. White Mountain Gourmet Coffee 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-3317, wmgconline.com In addition to selling specialty roasted coffee to cafes, restaurants, inns and other businesses throughout New Hampshire, White Mountain Gourmet Coffee has a cafe in downtown Concord where you can get fair-trade organic coffee, bakery items, gifts and more. 11. A&E Coffee & Tea 135 Route 101A, Amherst, aeroastery.com Like its Manchester location, the Amherst A&E cafe features all kinds of specialty coffee drinks and hand-roasted house bean blends for sale.


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NH is #1 at pizza I

n our readers poll, we asked people what New Hampshire is #1 at. We, as expected, got some great wise-guy responses: • “Avoiding sales taxes” • “Being da bomb!” • “Complaining about property taxes” • “Drinking iced coffee in a snow storm” • “Minding our own business” • “Pretending we have low taxes when we just push it all on property taxes” Clearly, readers have a lot of thoughts on taxes. But other people talked about how good we are at specific foods. “Pizza” was one answer. In support of this argument, you might want to check out the winners in the Best Pizza category. 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria (50 Dow St. in Manchester, 641-0900, 900degrees.com) was picked as best of the best and the other winners were Alley Cat Pizzeria (486 Chestnut St. in Manchester, 6694533, alleycatpizzerianh.com); Constantly Pizza (39 S. Main St. in Concord, 224-9366; 108 Fisherville Road, Concord, 227-1117; constantlypizza.net); Sal’s Pizza (80 Storrs St., Concord, 226-0297, salspizzaconcord.com) and Vintage Pizza (241 Candia Road, Manchester, 518-7800, vintagepizzanh.com). Another reader said that the Granite State was #1 at “takeout restaurants.” The Best of the Best in the Best Restaurant From Which to Get Takeout category was The Puritan Backroom (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com) perhaps in part because of its much-lauded chicken tenders, which was another reader’s pick for something the state is best at. Other winning takeout spots were Troy’s Fresh Kitchen & Juice Bar (4 Orchard View Drive, No. 6, Londonderry,

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965-3411, troysfreshkitchen.com), Col’s Kitchen (55 S. Main St., Concord, 227-6778, colsplantbased.com), Dos Amigos Burritos (26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos. Com) and Georgia’s Northside (394 N. State St., Concord, 715-9189, georgiasnorthside.com). Several readers said New Hampshire was #1 at brewing beer. 603 Brewery & Beer Hall (42 Main St., Londonderry, 404-6123, 603brewery.com) took home Best of the Best in the Best New Hampshire Brewery category with other winners being Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751, pipedreambrewingnh. com), Lithermans Limited Brewery (126B Hall St., Concord, 219-0784, lithermans.beer), Able Ebenezer Brewing Co. (31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 262-5543, ableebenezer.com) and Backyard Brewery & Kitchen (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545, backyardbrewerynh.com). “Seafood and foliage” was another reader’s answer. While the foliage is seasonal, you can get winning fish & chips year round. Hippo readers voted The Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter. com) Best of the Best in the Best Fish & Chips category. The other winners are The Lobster Boat Restaurant (453 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 424-5221, lobsterboatrestaurant.com), The Beach Plum (3 Brickyard Sq., Epping, 679-3200, thebeachplum.net), Goldenrod Restaurant Drive-In (1681 Candia Road, 623-9469, goldenrodrestaurant.com) and Clam Haven (94 Rockingham Road, Derry, 434-4679, clamhaven.com). But perhaps you agree more with the readers who can’t choose just one thing the state is good at — “everything” was a popular answer to this question. In the words of one reader, New Hampshire is #1 at “being wicked awesome.”



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BBQ for you article cover image

BBQ for you

pages 54-57
Game night article cover image

Game night

pages 72-73
For the birds article cover image

For the birds

pages 66-67
Kids’ day out article cover image

Kids’ day out

pages 58-65
Decadent desserts article cover image

Decadent desserts

pages 68-71
Where to get your greens article cover image

Where to get your greens

pages 24-27
Art that surprises article cover image

Art that surprises

pages 30-33
Get your issues article cover image

Get your issues

pages 34-39
A round of mini golf article cover image

A round of mini golf

pages 50-53
Inventive cocktails article cover image

Inventive cocktails

pages 20-23
New eats article cover image

New eats

pages 18-19
Totally sweet article cover image

Totally sweet

pages 28-29
Plan your second date article cover image

Plan your second date

pages 44-49