Manchester Bites | Sept. 7

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U-pick at Mack's Apples opens on September 16.
U-pick at Mack’s Apples opens on September 16.

MANCHESTER, NH – We’ve got food scene news from in and around Manchester. Don’t miss out on new restaurants, apple picking info and more!

The Birch on Elm
The Birch on Elm

Elm Street has a new restaurant The Birch on Elm is getting ready to open at 931 Elm Street on Tuesday. It’s a joint venture between Nick Provencher, former sous chef at The Foundry and Joel Soucy, former bartender at the former Funktion and The Foundry. Together  these business partners will be producing a globally inspired, locally sourced menu and craft cocktail program. “This is really something to get pumped about. The space has a cool vibe. The 20 item menu is unique, made up of small and medium, fully composed plates from a classically trained chef,” said Soucy. The menu ranges from $10-$25 and the hours are Tuesday-Wednesday, 4 p.m.- midnight, Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.- midnight and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. for brunch.  Call (603) 782-5365.

Spreading love Made with Love 603 food truck wants to share some love with people who have gone through chemotherapy by celebrating with a complimentary sample food platter when they get their appetite back. Made with Love 603 is a Manchester food truck specializing in Puerto Rican street food. “Cancer hits real close to home for us and if someone beats it and gets their appetite back,  they deserve to eat really well. We want to help people celebrate,” said co-owner Tony Elias. Elias and his wife, April Perez, have owned the truck for three years.

Jibaritos from Made With Love 603 food truck
Jibaritos from Made With Love 603 food truck

And business is good. Typically Made With Love 603 is parked at JFK Stadium Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m., but Elias says the response has been so good, that they either sell out and have to leave to re-stock, or have a gig.“We have a great fan base and we are so grateful for everyone’s support,” said Elias. Perez does all the cooking and according to Elias, the secret to their success is because they throw a lot of love into their food. “We know people get frustrated when we aren’t at JFK, so we ask them to please check our social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – to get information on where we are.”

It’s almost apple season Mack’s Apples has delayed apple picking due to immature fruit. U-pick will open on September 16 at 10 a.m. Also, the ice cream stand will close for the season on September 11 at 9 p.m. Call the apple hotline with questions (603) 432-3456.

Now serving lunch Hanover Street Chophouse brings lunch service back starting today. The lunch menu includes steal house meatloaf ($12), hanger steak ($16) and a raw bar ($1 on Wednesdays). Other specials include the lobster roll ($15) on Thursdays, Ben’s MacDaddy sliders ($10) on Fridays and box lunches ($16) featuring a starter, entrée and side. Call (603) 644-CHOP.

Deal alert $5 burgers on Wednesdays at Strange Brew.

Serving diner classics on the West side Earlier this year, DW Diner II closed and Francoeur’s Café quietly opened at 488 S. Main St., Manchester.  Owned by the folks behind the Café On The Oval in Milford, this eatery  is serving up local favorites for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast menu includes classics like pork pie with two eggs ($8.45), buttermilk pancakes ($5.45) and a grilled, homemade cinnamon roll ($4.25). Lunch choices include meatloaf and mashed potatoes ($7.95), open face roast beef or hot turkey sandwiches ($8.45 ea.) and a bacon burger ($8.25). Breakfast is served all day and lunch is served on Tuesday-Sunday from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. Call (603) 206-5329

Signals that summer is almost over The Brickhouse in Hooksett has closed for the season.

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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. Contact:


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