MANCHESTER, NH – With May just days away, food lovers in the Queen City have lots to look forward to. If there was ever a holiday centered around food and family, it is Greek Easter. Whether you are Greek or no you can feast at some of Manchester’s Greek restaurants. Also, mark your calendar for the Hippo Taco Tour – details below – and a spring Halloween party. Finally, spoil Mom with reservations, or take out. Next week we’ll have a list of places you can pick up a ready-made feast for Mom.
In the spirit of Greek Easter on May 1, celebrate with authentic eats at a variety of Greek restaurants in the Queen City. Athens Restaurant and Brother’s Restaurant offer extensive menus of classic Greek dishes. Also, Puritan Backroom has a selection of Greek dishes, like loukaniko, spanakopita, and barbecued lamb, plus the not-so-traditional baklava ice cream. Also check out The Gyro Spot, Theo’s on Elm Street for lamb kebabs and pastichio and Souvlaki Pizza, where you’ll find gyros’ lamb tips, and of course, souvlaki.
Hosting a Greek Easter feast? Head to Bakolas Market, 110 Spruce St., to pick up imported feta, olives and lamb. Or get some help in the kitchen from Goldenrod’s catering menu where you’ll find trays of spinach pita (serves 20- $38), pastichio (serves 15- $38), moussaka (serves 15- $38) and baklava. Another option is The Kitchen on River Road which sells platters of pastichiou ($45 small, $90 large) and grape leaves ($24 a dozen). Or count on Kay’s Bakery 443 Lake Avenue, (no website) for authentic Greek dishes like spinach pie, baklava, yogurt spice cake, katalfi, and pastichio. Call 625-1132. With all of these options, it is best to call ahead or make reservations.
Dust off your costume. Queen’s Pub & Grille is hosting a Half-way-to-Halloween Party on Saturday, May 14. There will be a costume contest, the band “By Request” will be playing and there will be a Jack Daniel’s Fire promo happening. Reservations are highly recommended as they’re expecting a large crowd. Call 603-622-2979.
Get creative. In the next few weeks Portland Pie Company is releasing their own beer and they are giving their patrons a chance to name it. The person who comes up with the winning name will receive a $100 Portland Pie gift card. Stay tuned for details on how to enter.
Don’t forget Mom. Mother’s Day is May 8 and there is still time to make reservations. Many Manchester restaurants are offering their regular menu, plus specials for Mother’s Day, and some, like the ones listed below, are offering brunch buffets and prix-fixe menus.
Copper Door is serving brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and a prix fixe menu from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., reservations required, call 603-488-2677.
The Derryfield is serving a brunch buffet with carving, omelet and pasta stations. The buffet starts at 9:30 a.m. and is $24.95 per person, seniors 65+ are $20.95 and children under 12 are $16.95. Reservations required, call 603-623-2880.
Fratello’s is serving a grand buffet brunch in the ballroom with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 603-624-2022 for reservations.
Hanover Street Chophouse is serving a special three-course menu, priced at $43-$75 per person,. Call 603-644-2467 for reservations.
New England Tap House Grille will offer a buffet brunch from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with live music. Cost is $23 for adults, $12 for children.
The Yard is serving a buffet brunch with a carving station, breakfast items and dinner entrees. Cost is $23.95 per person, $12.95 for children under 10, reservations required, call 603-623-3545.
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Susan Ware Flower writes about the local food scene for Manchester Ink Link. She has years of experience reporting for The Boston Globe and other regional publications, including reporting on the Manchester food scene for Hippo Press. When not writing for the MIL, she does PR and creates compelling content for the web while hanging out with her New Hampshire-made Golden Retriever. Send your foodie news tips email@example.com