Manchester Bites | Dec. 30

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Big breakfast at Chez Vachon


MANCHESTER, NH – As the holidays wind down and some of us get ready to launch New Year’s Resolutions, we find New Year’s Day our one last chance to consume calories without all the guilt. Plus, who doesn’t love brunch following a night out? We called around and put together a list of restaurants open on January 1 and serving breakfast. Note, the restaurants that are open said they are typically super busy, so plan accordingly. Know of a restaurant we missed? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list. Happy New Year’s!

Make a reservation now for Gauchos buffet brunch on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The buffet includes hot and cold dishes, carving stations, salad bar and desserts. In addition, there is a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. The buffet alone is priced at $16.95 per person, and $10.95 for children under 10.

Recover from your New Year’s festivities at How’s Your Onion in Derry. Open regular hours on New Year’s day, the huge menu at this café spans everything from breakfast served all day to burgers, sandwiches and entrees.

Egg white veggie omelette at The Bridge Cafe

Other spots open on New Year’s Day include the Red Barn Diner, Murphy’s Diner, Republic and the Bridge Café, all on Elm Street and Red Arrow Diner, all locations, Moe Joe’s on Candia Road and Belmont Hall. On the West side, Chez Vachon and Celebrations Kitchen are open regular hours. In Bedford, Purple Finch Café is serving breakfast. In Hooksett, Tucker’s is serving breakfast only. Best to call ahead for holiday hours.

Veranda Bar & Grille now open at 201 Hanover Street. Once the Chateau Restaurant, the owners have given it a makeover and new fusion menu, which includes a raw bar. Appetizers range from gyoza dumplings ($10) to muchos nachos ($11) and alligator bites ($10). There’s a seafood fra diavolo ($30), tandoori chicken ($19), prime rib on Friday and Saturdays ($26), a selection of fried seafood and sandwiches like a lobster roll ($18) and buffalo burger ($10).

Portland Pie Company has a new winter menu. Check out the chili in a bread bowl, winter sausage salad, and twice baked potato and mac & cheese pizzas and finish your meal with bourbon pecan pie.

Better than fast food: the Queen’s Pub & Grille  is offering 15 lunch specials, all under $15 and served in 15 minutes or less. The menu includes a grilled Reuben, haddock sandwich, five different burgers and a house-made veggie burger, all served with fries.


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