Manchester Bites | August 18

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Finesse Pastries is leaving Manchester at the end of the year.
Finesse Pastries is leaving Manchester at the end of the year.

MANCHESTER, NH – Bites features food scene news from in and around Manchester. Have a tip or some news you’d like to share? Contact us here.

Sad to see them go. Finesse Pastries has closed its retail walk-in business, but is still taking catering, wholesale, and online orders from their Elm Street location, as well as offering their popular baking classes through the end of the year.  But, Finesse’s lease is ending at the end of the year and they are actively pursuing a new location closer to Boston.

The Mahrajan Middle Eastern Festival is this weekend
The Mahrajan Middle Eastern Festival is this weekend

Don’t miss this. The Mahrajan Middle Eastern Food Festival is this weekend. Running August 19- 21 at Our Lady of Cedars Church, 140 Mitchell St., Manchester. The festival features live music, dancing, activities for adults and kids, plus food tents, and admission is free. The festival offers a wide array of Middle Eastern dishes, like kabobs, kibee, stuffed grape leaves and lubyeh, those delicious, spicy green beans. Check out the complete menu here. 

The Phantom Gourmet loves NH. The Tap House Grill was recently featured on Phantom Gourmet. The Phantom touted the Hooksett restaurant’s 48 draft beer lines, a cooler designed for aging kegs, and one of the biggest burgers he says he has ever seen.  The Tap House has weekly food and drink specials and a Bloody Mary bar.  You can watch the episode here.

Watermelon gelato at Tanos Pizzeria
Watermelon gelato at Tano’s Pizzeria

La dolce vita. Tano’s Pizzeria now serves homemade gelato, the Italian style ice cream. Gelato is made with milk, not cream, and is churned less than ice cream, so it has a more robust flavor and is served soft. Look for daily specials of watermelon, kiwi, coconut, chocolate and strawberry.

Deal alert. The Dugout has a new menu with a buy one entrée, get 1 free through August 31. Check their Facebook page for a coupon.

Szechwan chicken with fried rice and teriyaki beef skewers $6.85 at Golden tao
Szechwan chicken with fried rice and teriyaki beef skewers $6.85 at Golden Tao

Curious what the buzz is all about? The online hype around the West side’s Golden Tao continues. Curious? Check out their extensive list of combination plates available all day long. The plates range from $4.85 to $10.25 and include pork fried rice, choice of soup and appetizer. Also, Golden Tao serves  dim sum on Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dim sum menu isn’t on line, but word is you can expect all the traditional favorites, like rice congee, crullers, steamed buns, and chicken claws with black bean sauce and shrimp taro patties.