NH Magazine’s ‘Best of NH’ Winners Announced

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MANCHESTER, NH — New Hampshire Magazine announced the 2018 Best of NH award-winners, and tickets are now on sale for the 17th annual Best of NH Party. For the second consecutive year, tickets for the event, which takes place on Thursday, June 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, benefit Best of NH 2018’s non-profit partner, Stay Work Play New Hampshire.

The highly anticipated Best of NH Party gathers the best restaurants, wineries, distilleries and local producers from all corners of the Granite State under one “roof” for an evening of unlimited sampling, giveaways and entertainment at the ballpark. Partygoers will enjoy food and drink samples from more than 65 culinary stations, live music, a celebrity appearance from Jimmy Dunn and a spectacular fireworks display by Atlas to culminate the celebration.

“The Best of NH Party embodies the essence of summer fun in the Granite State – couples toasting over mini martinis, groups of friends sharing a laugh and families dancing to local bands. The only time people don’t have a smile on their face is when they’re too busy washing down a juicy burger with a frosty beverage,” said Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine. “As partygoers taste the best flavors each region of the state has to offer, they’re supporting an amazing organization dedicated to highlighting the Granite State as a premier location for recent college graduates and young professionals to plant their roots.”

The Best of NH Party is a food and beverage lover’s must-attend event; samples include The Common Man’s crab cakes, bourbon meatball sliders from New England’s Tap House Grill, Korean BBQ lettuce wraps from Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar, a variety of Granite State Candy Shoppe chocolates, a crisp glass of wine from Labelle Winery and a selection of 603 Brewery’s New Hampshire-made beer. On top of enjoying mouthwatering culinary options, one lucky partygoer will walk away with an all-inclusive, one-week vacation for four to Rockyworld-Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness, NH—valued at up to $5,500.

“The Best of NH Party reminds young New Hampshire residents of the many reasons they love calling the Granite State home, and everything our state has to offer when it comes to entertainment, activities and, of course, great food,” said Will Stewart, executive director of Stay Work Play New Hampshire. “Stay Work Play is thrilled to be Best of NH’s nonprofit partner once again, and we look forward to connecting great local businesses with the next generation of New Hampshire’s loyal patrons.”

The Best of NH Party has been known to draw the attention of celebrities with New Hampshire connections, with appearances over the years from Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler and local favorite, Recycled Percussion. This year, Hampton, New Hampshire, native actor and stand-up comedian Jimmy Dunn will join the party, arriving by helicopter on the baseball diamond. Dunn recently starred on the CBS comedy “The McCarthys,” and has performed at some of the comedy industry’s most prestigious events, including Denis Leary’s Comics Come Home, Montreal’s International Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Musical entertainment will be situated throughout the venue to spread out a variety of sounds. This year’s lineup includes:

Rockspring – a high-energy string band that bends bluegrass, rock and various other influences. The band is known for making people “dance out of their shoes.”

Gretchen & the Pickpockets – a soul/jazz rock band that features heavy horn lines and improvisation. Accolades include two Iguana Music Fund grants from Club Passim, Best in State: New Hampshire 2015 from the New England Music Awards and Best Rock Band 2015 from the Seacoast NH Spotlight Awards.

Jasmine Mann – a New Hampshire singer and songwriter known in the local community for her powerful, smoky voice and electric live performances.

David Corson – a young pop singer-songwriter that creates timeless music for the mainstream audience and music lovers.

Ryan Williamson – a self-taught musician known for his “solo acoustic” sound that is gaining the attention of a growing New England fan base.

The roster of local restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries participating at the party is constantly growing. For an updated list, please visit www.bestofnh.com and check back weekly for updates.

Tickets for the Best of NH Party cost $65 per person, or $55 per person for a group of six or more. Tickets for children age 12 and under cost $19 per person. Advance ticket purchasing is strongly encouraged, though remaining tickets will be available at the party. To purchase tickets, please visit www.bestofnh.com.

Winners are determined by an online poll organized by New Hampshire Magazine. The poll is divided into more than 80 categories that range from best ice cream to best margarita and much more. More than 210 New Hampshire businesses have been selected as the 2018 winners, and more than 15,000 votes were cast by readers.

In addition to the Readers’ Poll, New Hampshire Magazine editors include their favorite restaurants, events, shops, bands and more on their list of Editor’s Picks. This is where readers will find insider and expert information on the places they might have overlooked but will certainly not want to miss.

New Hampshire Magazine would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2018 Best of NH Party: Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, Hornitos Tequila, CR Helicopters Inc., Atlas Fireworks, Best Damn Sweet Tea, Liberty Utilities, Samuel Adams, AutoFair, Ninety Plus Cellars, NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development, 92.5 The River, 95.7-FM WZID and WMUR.

With nearly 15,000 total votes cast we’re happy to congratulate this year’s Best of NH Readers’ Poll winners. All of our winners, including Editors’ Picks, will be listed in more detail in the July Best of NH print and online editions of New Hampshire Magazine.

Bestof Logo 2018What readers should know about the winners and the process:

  • “Multi-location regional” refers to businesses with three or more locations, including at least one location in New Hampshire and the remaining locations in the New England area.
  • “Multi-location local” refers to businesses with three or more locations in New Hampshire.
  • Multi-location winners are awarded if they receive more votes than standalone locations. Example, if Lexie’s Restaurants has the most votes of any business in the burger category, then it is awarded the “Burger Multi-location Regional” winner and the next restaurant with the most number of votes is awarded the standalone winner. In this burger category example, that winner was Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery.
  • We have selected some of our most popular categories (ice cream, burger, bakery, diner, etc.) and have awarded an overall winner as well as regional winners.
  • Regions or areas are determined by the State of New Hampshire and can be found here.
  • Some categories really do come down to a tie and businesses receive the exact same number of votes. It doesn’t happen often, but this year it happened three times.
Restaurants and Food Categories 2018 Winner
Burger Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery
Burger Multi-location Regional Lexie’s Restaurants
Burger Concord Area The Barley House
Burger Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
Burger Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Multi-location Regional Salt Hill Pub
Burger Great North Woods The Black Bear Tavern
Burger Lakes Region Patrick’s Pub & Eatery
Burger Manchester Area New England’s Tap House Grille
Burger Monadnock Region Local
Burger Nashua Area Papa Joe’s Humble Kitchen
Burger Salem Area Granfanallys Pizza Pub
Burger Seacoast Region BRGR Bar
Burger White Mountains Black Mountain Burger Co.
Barbecue KC’s Rib Shack
Wings Wing-Itz
Chicken Tenders Puritan Backroom Restaurant
Mac and Cheese (Multi-location regional) Mr. Mac’s Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and Cheese Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery
Lunch Spot Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery
Steakhouse Buckley’s Great Steaks
Pizzeria La Festa Brick & Brew Pizza
Pizzeria Multi-location Regional Flatbread Company
Pizzeria Concord Area Constantly Pizza
Pizzeria Concord Area Multi-location Regional Sal’s Pizza
Pizzeria Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Lui Lui
Pizzeria Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Multi-location Regional Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza
Pizzeria Great North Woods Region Mary’s Pizza
Pizzeria Lakes Region Tilton House of Pizza
Pizzeria Manchester Area Alley Cat Pizzeria
Pizzeria Manchester Area Multi-location Regional Sal’s Pizza
Pizzeria Monadnock Region Athens Pizza House and Restaurant
Pizzeria Monadnock Region Multi-location Regional Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza
Pizzeria Nashua Area Nashua House of Pizza
Pizzeria Nashua Area Multi-location Regional Sal’s Pizza
Pizzeria Salem Area Granfanallys Pizza Pub
Pizzeria Salem Area Multi-location Regional Sal’s Pizza
Pizzeria Seacoast Region Front Row Pizzeria
Pizzeria Seacoast Region Multi-location Regional Sal’s Pizza
Pizzeria White Mountains Region Boston Brothers Pizzeria
Gourmet Pizza 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
Crab Cakes Surf Restaurant
Crab Cakes (Multi-location local) The Common Man
Clam Chowder (Multi-location regional) Wethervane Seafood Restaurants
Clam Chowder Newick’s Lobster House
Seafood Restaurant Surf Restaurant
Lobster Roll Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery
Lobster Roll (Multi-location local) The Beach Plum
Soup Collins Brothers Chowder
Sandwich Biederman’s Deli
Chili (Multi-location local) Red Arrow Diner
Chili Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Brunch The Old Salt Restaurant at Lamie’s Inn
Breakfast Parker’s Maple Barn
Breakfast Multi-location Local Tucker’s
Breakfast Multi-location Regional The Friendly Toast
Breakfast Concord Area The Newell Post
Breakfast Concord Area Multi-location Local The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Breakfast Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Country Kitchen
Breakfast Great North Woods Region Polish Princess Bakery
Breakfast Lakes Region Kitchen Cravings
Breakfast Manchester Area The Purple Finch Café
Breakfast Manchester Area Multi-location Local The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Breakfast Monadnock Region The Pub Restaurant and Caterers
Breakfast Nashua Area The Riverhouse Café
Breakfast Nashua Area  Multi-location Local The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Breakfast Salem Area Maddie’s Bagel & Eatery
Breakfast Salem Area Multi-location Local MaryAnn’s Diner
Breakfast Seacoast Region The Big Bean Café
Breakfast White Mountains Region Polly’s Pancake Parlor
Pancakes Polly’s Pancake Parlor
Diner Tilt’n Diner
Diner Multi-location Local The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Diner Concord Area Northwood Diner
Diner Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region 4 Aces Diner
Diner Great North Woods Region NA
Diner Lakes Region 104 Diner
Diner Manchester Area Airport Diner
Diner Monadnock Region Peterborough Diner
Diner Nashua Area Joey’s Diner
Diner Salem Area Nancy’s Diner
Diner Salem Area Multi-location Local MaryAnn’s Diner
Diner Seacoast Region Roundabout Diner & Lounge
Diner White Mountains Region Littleton Diner
Delicatessen Biederman’s Deli
Bakery Harvey’s Bakery and Coffee Shop
Bakery Multi-location Local Frederick’s Pastries
Bakery Concord Area Bread & Chocolate
Bakery Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery
Bakery Great North Woods Region Polish Princess Bakery
Bakery Lakes Region Laconia Village Bakery
Bakery Manchester Area Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli
Bakery Monadnock Region Kristin’s Bistro & Bakery
Bakery Nashua Area The Black Forest Café & Bakery
Bakery Salem Area Klemm’s Bakery
Bakery Seacoast Region Popovers on the Square
Bakery White Mountains Region Leavitt’s Country Bakery
Pie (Multi-location local) Red Arrow Diner
Pie Black Forest Café & Bakery
Pastries (Multi-location regional) Frederick’s Pastries
Pastries Popovers on the Square
Cakes (Multi-location regional) Frederick’s Pastries
Cakes Jacques Fine European Pastries
Cupcakes Queen City Cupcakes
Doughnuts Donut Love
Chocolatier Granite State Candy Shop
Ice Cream Shop Hayward’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream Shop Concord Area Arnie’s Place
Ice Cream Shop Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Sanctuary Dairy Farm
Ice Cream Shop Great North Woods Region Moose Alley Cones
Ice Cream Shop Lakes Region Jordan’s Ice Creamery
Ice Cream Shop Manchester Area Puritan Backroom Restaurant
Ice Cream Shop Monadnock Region The Walpole Creamery
Ice Cream Shop Monadnock Region Multi-location Regional Kimball Farm
Ice Cream Shop Nashua Area The Big 1 Ice Cream Stand
Ice Cream Shop Salem Area Moo’s Place Homemade Ice Cream
Ice Cream Shop Seacoast Region Lago’s Homemade Ice Cream
Ice Cream Shop White Mountains Region Slick’s Ice Cream
Coffee Roaster A&E Coffee Roastery & Whole-leaf Tea
Coffee Shop Breaking New Grounds
Coffee Shop Concord Area True Brew Barista
Coffee Shop Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Lucky’s Coffee Garage
Coffee Shop Great North Woods Region Polish Princess Bakery
Coffee Shop Lakes Region Wayfarer Coffee Roasters
Coffee Shop Manchester Area A&E Coffee Roastery and Whole-Leaf Tea
Coffee Shop Monadnock Region Prime Roast Coffee
Coffee Shop Nashua Area Union Coffee Company
Coffee Shop Salem Area The Grind Rail Trail Café
Coffee Shop Seacoast Region BeanTowne Coffee House
Coffee Shop White Mountains Region Metropolitan Coffee House
Brewpub Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Brewery Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Brewery Concord Area Henniker Brewing Co.
Brewery Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
Brewery Lakes Region Kettlehead Brewing Company
Brewery Manchester Area Backyard Brewery & Kitchen
Brewery Monadnock Region Elm City Brewing Company
Brewery Nashua Area Able Ebenezer Brewing Company
Brewery Salem Area 603 Brewery
Brewery Seacoast Region Throwback Brewery
Brewery White Mountains Region Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Co.
Winery/Vineyard LaBelle Winery
Distillery Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile
Restaurant With Best Wine List Bedford Village Inn
Cocktails The Copper Door
Restaurant With Best Beer List (Multi-location local) Thirsty Moose Taphouse
Restaurant With Best Beer List New England’s Tap House Grille
Martini Cotton
Sports Bar Billy’s Sports Bar
Bartender Scott Black from Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Italian Restaurant (Multi-location local) Fratello’s Italian Grille
Italian Restaurant Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano
Italian Restaurant (Multi-location regional) Tuscan Kitchen
Chinese Restaurant Lilac Blossom
Japanese Restaurant Shio
Mediterranean Restaurant Mediterrano Turkish & Mediterranean Restaurant
Thai Restaurant Thai Smile
Greek Restaurant Amphora Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant Hermanos
Mexican Restaurant (Multi-location Local) La Carreta Mexican Restaurant
Burritos Burrito Me
Burritos (Multi-location Regional) Dos Amigos Burritos
Tacos Taco Beyondo
Tacos (Multi-location regional) Dos Amigos Burritos
Indian Restaurant Shalimar
Irish Pub Patrick’s Pub and Eatery
Butcher Shop Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Vegetarian Restaurant Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar
Gluten-Free Options Kitchen Cravings
Family-Friendly Dining (Multi-location local) T-BONES Great American Eatery
Family-Friendly Dining Puritan Backroom Restaurant
Best New Restaurant Hop + grind
Fine Dining Restaurant Hanover Street Chophouse
Outdoor Dining Town Docks
Locally Sourced Menu Republic
Favorite Restaurant Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Favorite Restaurant Concord Area O Steaks and Seafood
Favorite Restaurant Concord Area Multi-location Local The Common Man
Favorite Restaurant Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Molly’s Restaurant
Favorite Restaurant Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Multi-location Local The Common Man
Favorite Restaurant Great North Woods Region Rainbow Grille & Tavern
Favorite Restaurant Lakes Region Patrick’s Pub and Eatery
Favorite Restaurant Lakes Region Multi-location Local The Common Man
Favorite Restaurant Manchester Area The Copper Door
Favorite Restaurant Monadnock Region Pearl Restaurant
Favorite Restaurant Nashua Area Surf
Favorite Restaurant Salem Area Trattoria Amalfi
Favorite Restaurant Salem Area Multi-location Local The Common Man
Favorite Restaurant Seacoast Region Surf
Favorite Restaurant White Mountains Region Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Favorite Restaurant White Mountains Region Multi-location Local The Common Man
Gourmet To Go All Real Meal
Shops & Services Categories 2018 Winner
Women’s Clothing Shop Gondwana & Divine Clothing
Men’s Clothing Shop George’s Apparel
Lingerie Shop Top Drawer Boutique
Secondhand Clothing Shop M&C Clothing and Gifts
Kid’s Clothing Shop Puddlejumpers
Jeweler Bellman Jewelers
Local Jeweler with Store Jonathan’s Jewelers
Eyeware Boutique The Eyeglass Shop
Antique or Vintage Shop Robin’s Egg
Florist Cobblestone Design Company
Art Gallery AVA Gallery & Art Center
Museum Currier Museum of Art
Home Décor Shop *TIE* Chickadee Lane and REVIVED Furniture and Home Décor
Garden Center *TIE* Wentworth Gardens and Churchill’s Garden Center
Independent Bookstore Gibson’s Bookstore
Comic Book Store Double Midnight Comics
Music Store (Multi-location Regional) Bull Moose
Music Store Pitchfork Records Stereo
Toy Store *TIE* G Willikers! And Whirlygigs Toy Shop
Automotive Group Grappone Automotive Group
Bicycle Shop (Multi-location Local) Goodale’s Bike Shop
Bicycle Shop S&W Sports
Pet Groomer (Multi-location Local) The Barking Dog
Pet Groomer Mac and Copper’s Pet Supply Outlet
Pet Supplies Store Friendly Pets
Pet Training Friendly Pets
Pet Boarding (Multi-location Local) The Barking Dog
Pet Boarding D La Pooch Resort
Specialty Food Store Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop
Beer Store Bert’s Better Beers
Wine Shop WineNot Boutique
Cooking Classes LaBelle Winery
Caterer Celebrations Distinctive Catering
Hair Salon Wingate Salon & Spa
Barbershop Topstone Barber Co.
Skincare/Specialty Makeup Boutique Wingate Salon & Spa
Day Spa Wingate Salon & Spa
Resort/Hotel Spa Wentworth By The Sea
Bed and Breakfast Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Family Friendly Resort Inn at East Hill Farm
Ski Resort Loon Mountain
Campground Gunstock Mountain Resort
Independent Movie Theater Red River Theatres
NH Sports Team New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Summer Attraction (Overall) Canobie Lake Park
Summer Attraction Dartmouth/Sunapee *TIE* Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens
Summer Attraction Great North Woods Bear Rock Adventures
Summer Attraction White Mountains Storyland
Summer Attraction Lakes Region Gunstock Mountain Resort
Summer Attraction Monadnock Region Inn at East Hill Farm
Summer Attraction Seacoast Prescott Park Arts Festival
Summer Attraction Merrimack Valley Chuckster’s
Large Music Venue Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Performing Arts Venue The Palace Theater
Small Music Venue Tupelo Music Hall
Fitness Instructor Karlene Linxweiler from Kama Fitness
Yoga Studio Sol Power Yoga
Indoor Cycling FortCycle
Independently Owned Fitness Center Dynamic Strength and Conditioning
TV News Anchor Erin Fehleau
TV News Reporter Ray Brewer
Weatherperson Josh Judge
TV Sports Anchor Jamie Stanton
FM Radio Station NHPR
AM Radio Station WGIR
NH Radio Morning Show Greg & The Morning Buzz
NH Radio Talk Show The Exchange with Laura Knoy

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About Stay Work Play
Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Will Stuart, will@stayworkplay.org  or (603) 860-3986.

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