Manchester Bites | October 28

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Gluten-free spiced cake donuts at The Local Moose

MANCHESTER, NHThe Local Moose Café has opened at 124 Queen City Avenue. This new eatery offers a menu featuring locally grown ingredients, and baked-in-house breads and sweets, alongside gluten free and vegan options. The menu includes a classic bahn mi ($7.75), curry chicken salad ($8) and grilled cheese ($3). There’s a barista and a menu of coffee drinks and sweets, plus a cozy vibe that will make you want to hang out for a bit. Open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and on the weekend 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Taco trio at Bs Tacos Truck
Taco trio at Bs Tacos Truck

Head’s up- B’s Tacos food truck closes for the season on October 31. Located at the BP Gas Station, 3 MohawkDr., Londonderry, this popular food truck serves up super fresh tacos made with locally grown ingredients, Nature’s Way Angus beef and produce from their own organic garden in Derry. Open 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The custom bourbon Cotton owners Jeff and Peaches Paige created at Woodford Reserve is set to arrive in New Hampshire on October 30. Stay tuned, you’ll find more details here.

Firefly American Bistro has rolled out new menus and according to manager Rachael Jones, the focus is on the hottest food trends of the year; Southern food, low country cuisine, and Asian-influenced dishes. Chef and co-owner, David Becker, a New Hampshire native, spent years cooking in the South is excited to serve some of the classic dishes to the Queen City. The menu includes crawfish etouffee ($12), shrimp & grits ($14), and a Cajun fettucine ($22) alongside ramen ($12), pad thai ($16), soba noodle salad ($12) and five-spice pork tenderloin ($22). Brunch combines classics like omelets and crepes with southern favorite biscuits & gravy ($12), savory crepes and $5 mimosas.

Chez Vachon has announced that they will appear on Phantom Gourmet on October 17, 2016 on MyTV38.

Milly’s Tavern has a new batch of their Crabby Apple. Cider fans will like the bold apple flavor while it is still enough of a beer for others. 5.2% ABV, 20 IBUs, with an OG of 1.046, this beer is great for a fall day. Tip: try a Smashed Apple made with a shot of Salted Caramel vodka.

Accepting orders for holiday turkeys
Accepting orders for holiday turkeys

Lull Farm in Hollis and Milford is now accepting orders for heritage and broad breasted turkeys for the holidays. The turkeys are free-range and raised locally on a chemical/antibiotic free diet. Broad breasted are $4.50 per pound, and heritage are $6 per pound. The heritage turkey is similar to what the Pilgrims would have dined on and average 12-16 pounds. Get all the details here.

Moe Joe’s has brought back their popular Sunday specials. Served noon-close, get a turkey dinner, fried clam plate or fried haddock plate for $10.

Fighting a cold? The avgolemono (egg lemon soup) at Athens has healing powers with the strengths of the Gods. Call ahead and get a bowl to go.

Dancing Lion Chocolate hosts classes and the next one is an introduction to chocolate on November 5. Here you’ll learn the history of cacao and chocolate, make chocolate “the old way” by grinding beans and taste four exquisite chocolates and a Dancing Lion Chocolate bonbon. $45 per person, class is held 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

FYI: the Manchester Farmers’ Market has closed for the season and will open again in June.

Fratello’s is taking reservations for their Thanksgiving buffet. There will be two seatings, and the buffet includes a carving station with turkey and prime rib, plus entrees such as crab stuffed salmon and veggie lasagna. The buffet is priced at $29.95 for adults, $14.95 children 4-12 and children under 3 are free.

Belmont Hall is taking reservations for its Thanksgiving buffet. Three seatings; all-you-can-eat. 603-625-8540

The Coach Stop, 176 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, is now taking Thanksgiving dinner reservations. Seatings are at Noon, 2:30p.m., and 5 p.m. Call 603-437-2022 for details.

The Common Man restaurants in Windham and Concord are hosting  Thanksgiving buffets from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The menu will include fresh baked breads, soups, salad, hearty entrees and desserts. Reservations strongly recommended. Adults are $26.95 per person, and children age 12 and under, $12.95.

Alpine Grove, 19 South Depot Rd., Hollis, is serving a Thanksgiving buffet with three seatings and a traditional turkey dinner with all the sides. Adults are $22, kids 12 and under are $10, and little ones under 4 are free. Reservations are required.

Want Thanksgiving at home without the hassle of cooking? Alpine Grove is offering three feasts-to-go this year. For $149.99 you will get a 22 lb turkey with all of the traditional sides and dessert.  They are also offering prime-rib-to go for $249.99 and Virgina ham-to-go for $149.99.