Manchester Bites | Dec. 29

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Get creative at Firefly Bisto's build-your-own Bloody Mary bar
Get creative at Firefly Bistro’s build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

MANCHESTER, NH — As we get ready to welcome 2017 with wide-open arms, we couldn’t think of  a better way to start the new year off than with a leisurely breakfast. Typically, finding a breakfast or brunch spot open on January 1 is a real struggle, but this year New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday and many restaurants are open and offering their brunch menus.  Note, the restaurants that are open said they are typically super busy, and given that it is the holiday, plan accordingly. Know of a restaurant we missed? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list. Happy New Year’s!

The Meat Lovers omelet at New Day Diner
The Meat Lovers omelet at New Day Diner

Mix brunch up with dim sum at North Garden, serving from 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

The New Day Diner is open 7 a.m. – noon, and down the street, Billy’s Sports Bar is open regular hours and serving brunch from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Derryfield is open regular hours, serving a breakfast menu until noon, followed by lunch. Belmont Hall is serving breakfast on Sunday from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Gauchos is hosting its popular brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call (603) 669-9460.

Bloody Mary made with their Jalapeño Pepper Wine at LaBelle Winery
Bloody Mary made with their Jalapeño Pepper Wine at LaBelle Winery

The Bistro at LaBelle Winery is serving brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The holiday menu includes  steak and eggs ($18), and a smoked salmon and asparagus fritatta ($14). Call (603) 672-9898 for reservations.

Firefly Bistro is serving brunch from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The menu includes steak and eggs ($14), stuffed French toast ($9), a Monte Cristo ($10), and a selection of Bloody Mary’s and Prosecco cocktails.

The Foundry is serving a brunch buffet 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Priced at $25 per person, the buffet  includes 18-hour ribs, a prime rib carving station, fresh oysters and traditional breakfast items.

3-taco meal at El Rincon taqueria
3-taco meal at El Rincon Taqueria

Although their huevos rancheros ($8.50) are the bomb, El Rincon Taqueria will be serving their full menu from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The Yard is serving brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m.- 2:30p.m. Adults are $18.95, children under 10, $8.95. The buffet includes carving stations, traditional breakfast items and desserts. Reservations suggested. Call (603) 623-3545

Bedford Village Inn is serving brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The menu includes shrimp & grits ($13), French dip ($14), a selection of burgers and traditional breakfast dishes like eggnog French toast ($14) and Eggs Benedict ($14).

Other restaurants open on New Year’s Day include Thirsty Moose Taphouse, Murphy’s Diner, Republic and the Bridge Café, all on Elm Street and Red Arrow Diner, all locations, and Moe Joe’s on Candia Road.

On the West side, Chez Vachon and Margie’s Dream Diner. In Hooksett, Tucker’s is serving breakfast only starting at 9 a.m.


Susan Ware FlowerSusan 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. Contact: susanwflower@gmail.com

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