Manchester Bites | June 22

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Strawberry shortcake for a good cause at Hanover Street Chophouse
Strawberry shortcake for a good cause at Hanover Street Chophouse

MANCHESTER, NH — There is a lot happening in the Manchester food scene; rumors of new restaurants, patios popping up all over the city and menus filled with summer dishes. There’s sad news too.  We’re really sorry to hear about the closing of some of our favorite restaurants and wish all the owners and staffs well in their next ventures.

Sad news. This has been a tough month for Manchester’s restaurant scene. Queen’s Pub & Grille, located on the corner of Elm and Lake, has closed. And on the West side, UnWine’d, which operated for 15 years on Second Street, has closed. These closing follow on the heels of the closing of Funktion Spirits & Spoonfuls. Both Queens’s Pub and Funktion were less than a year old and UnWind’d underwent a transformation last fall from wine bar to Key West-themed grill when it merged with Key West Café in Goffstown.

Order dessert for a good cause. This week only, Hanover Street Chophouse is offering  Mrs. Cameron’s Strawberry Shortcake made with strawberries freshly picked from Joppa Hill Farm — and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Audubon Society. You can dine in or order one to go (603) 644-246.

Lobster roll at Magoo's Drive-In
Lobster roll at Magoo’s Drive-In

On a roll. Magoo’s Drive-In, 230 South Mast Road, Goffstown is doing New England-style lobster rolls proud. Here you’ll find a hot dog bun piled high with lobster with just a trace of mayonnaise (they’ll add more if you want). Priced at $14.99, or $16.99 with fries.

Chocolate is always a good idea. Van Otis Chocolates is having their 13th annual Hawaiian Luau on Friday, June 24 and Saturday June 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Factory tours and in-store events. Plus, check out their signature Luau Tropical Swiss Fudge and Volcano Bar and enter the coloring contests- pages found here.

Newly renovated digs. KC’s Rib Shack has had a major make-over. After closing for a month to do renovations, KC’s Rib Shack has re-opened with a major upgrade to the kitchen which includes doubling its size, and adding a 1,000-pound Southern Pride Smoker. The dining room has been moved into the barn and the old dining room is now a lounge. While their popular menu remains the same, KC’s will expand their hours soon.

New kid in town. A&E Roastery has started table service at its Amherst location on Route 101A. The Sunporch Bistro (with indoor or outdoor seating) features freshly-made menu items sources locally. Stay tuned for more details!

Good for business. Starting in August, beer and wine vendors will be allowed to pour samples at New Hampshire farmer’s markets . Governor Maggie Hassan signed the bill on June 3.

Need a quick bite after hiking Massabesic? Moe Joe’s Family Restaurant, 2175 Candia Road, now has a take-out window selling Kayem hotdogs ($1.50) and chili dogs ($2.50), plus outdoor seating.

golden taoDim Sum lovers you now have another option in the Queen City. Golden Tao on Amory Street in the Gosselin Plaza, offers 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.

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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. Send your foodie news tips



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