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.

What 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 Categories2018 Winner
BurgerTuckaway Tavern and Butchery
Burger Multi-location RegionalLexie’s Restaurants
Burger Concord AreaThe Barley House
Burger Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee RegionFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
Burger Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Multi-location RegionalSalt Hill Pub
Burger Great North WoodsThe Black Bear Tavern
Burger Lakes RegionPatrick’s Pub & Eatery
Burger Manchester AreaNew England’s Tap House Grille
Burger Monadnock RegionLocal
Burger Nashua AreaPapa Joe’s Humble Kitchen
Burger Salem AreaGranfanallys Pizza Pub
Burger Seacoast RegionBRGR Bar
Burger White MountainsBlack Mountain Burger Co.
BarbecueKC’s Rib Shack
WingsWing-Itz
Chicken TendersPuritan Backroom Restaurant
Mac and Cheese (Multi-location regional)Mr. Mac’s Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and CheeseTuckaway Tavern and Butchery
Lunch SpotTuckaway Tavern and Butchery
SteakhouseBuckley’s Great Steaks
PizzeriaLa Festa Brick & Brew Pizza
Pizzeria Multi-location RegionalFlatbread Company
Pizzeria Concord AreaConstantly Pizza
Pizzeria Concord Area Multi-location RegionalSal’s Pizza
Pizzeria Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee RegionLui Lui
Pizzeria Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Multi-location RegionalRamunto’s Brick Oven Pizza
Pizzeria Great North Woods RegionMary’s Pizza
Pizzeria Lakes RegionTilton House of Pizza
Pizzeria Manchester AreaAlley Cat Pizzeria
Pizzeria Manchester Area Multi-location RegionalSal’s Pizza
Pizzeria Monadnock RegionAthens Pizza House and Restaurant
Pizzeria Monadnock Region Multi-location RegionalRamunto’s Brick Oven Pizza
Pizzeria Nashua AreaNashua House of Pizza
Pizzeria Nashua Area Multi-location RegionalSal’s Pizza
Pizzeria Salem AreaGranfanallys Pizza Pub
Pizzeria Salem Area Multi-location RegionalSal’s Pizza
Pizzeria Seacoast RegionFront Row Pizzeria
Pizzeria Seacoast Region Multi-location RegionalSal’s Pizza
Pizzeria White Mountains RegionBoston Brothers Pizzeria
Gourmet Pizza900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
Crab CakesSurf Restaurant
Crab Cakes (Multi-location local)The Common Man
Clam Chowder (Multi-location regional)Wethervane Seafood Restaurants
Clam ChowderNewick’s Lobster House
Seafood RestaurantSurf Restaurant
Lobster RollTuckaway Tavern and Butchery
Lobster Roll (Multi-location local)The Beach Plum
SoupCollins Brothers Chowder
SandwichBiederman’s Deli
Chili (Multi-location local)Red Arrow Diner
ChiliWoodstock Inn Station & Brewery
BrunchThe Old Salt Restaurant at Lamie’s Inn
BreakfastParker’s Maple Barn
Breakfast Multi-location LocalTucker’s
Breakfast Multi-location RegionalThe Friendly Toast
Breakfast Concord AreaThe Newell Post
Breakfast Concord Area Multi-location LocalThe Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Breakfast Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee RegionCountry Kitchen
Breakfast Great North Woods RegionPolish Princess Bakery
Breakfast Lakes RegionKitchen Cravings
Breakfast Manchester AreaThe Purple Finch Café
Breakfast Manchester Area Multi-location LocalThe Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Breakfast Monadnock RegionThe Pub Restaurant and Caterers
Breakfast Nashua AreaThe Riverhouse Café
Breakfast Nashua Area  Multi-location LocalThe Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Breakfast Salem AreaMaddie’s Bagel & Eatery
Breakfast Salem Area Multi-location LocalMaryAnn’s Diner
Breakfast Seacoast RegionThe Big Bean Café
Breakfast White Mountains RegionPolly’s Pancake Parlor
PancakesPolly’s Pancake Parlor
DinerTilt’n Diner
Diner Multi-location LocalThe Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Diner Concord AreaNorthwood Diner
Diner Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region4 Aces Diner
Diner Great North Woods RegionNA
Diner Lakes Region104 Diner
Diner Manchester AreaAirport Diner
Diner Monadnock RegionPeterborough Diner
Diner Nashua AreaJoey’s Diner
Diner Salem AreaNancy’s Diner
Diner Salem Area Multi-location LocalMaryAnn’s Diner
Diner Seacoast RegionRoundabout Diner & Lounge
Diner White Mountains RegionLittleton Diner
DelicatessenBiederman’s Deli
BakeryHarvey’s Bakery and Coffee Shop
Bakery Multi-location LocalFrederick’s Pastries
Bakery Concord AreaBread & Chocolate
Bakery Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee RegionLou’s Restaurant & Bakery
Bakery Great North Woods RegionPolish Princess Bakery
Bakery Lakes RegionLaconia Village Bakery
Bakery Manchester AreaMichelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli
Bakery Monadnock RegionKristin’s Bistro & Bakery
Bakery Nashua AreaThe Black Forest Café & Bakery
Bakery Salem AreaKlemm’s Bakery
Bakery Seacoast RegionPopovers on the Square
Bakery White Mountains RegionLeavitt’s Country Bakery
Pie (Multi-location local)Red Arrow Diner
PieBlack Forest Café & Bakery
Pastries (Multi-location regional)Frederick’s Pastries
PastriesPopovers on the Square
Cakes (Multi-location regional)Frederick’s Pastries
CakesJacques Fine European Pastries
CupcakesQueen City Cupcakes
DoughnutsDonut Love
ChocolatierGranite State Candy Shop
Ice Cream ShopHayward’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream Shop Concord AreaArnie’s Place
Ice Cream Shop Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee RegionSanctuary Dairy Farm
Ice Cream Shop Great North Woods RegionMoose Alley Cones
Ice Cream Shop Lakes RegionJordan’s Ice Creamery
Ice Cream Shop Manchester AreaPuritan Backroom Restaurant
Ice Cream Shop Monadnock RegionThe Walpole Creamery
Ice Cream Shop Monadnock Region Multi-location RegionalKimball Farm
Ice Cream Shop Nashua AreaThe Big 1 Ice Cream Stand
Ice Cream Shop Salem AreaMoo’s Place Homemade Ice Cream
Ice Cream Shop Seacoast RegionLago’s Homemade Ice Cream
Ice Cream Shop White Mountains RegionSlick’s Ice Cream
Coffee RoasterA&E Coffee Roastery & Whole-leaf Tea
Coffee ShopBreaking New Grounds
Coffee Shop Concord AreaTrue Brew Barista
Coffee Shop Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee RegionLucky’s Coffee Garage
Coffee Shop Great North Woods RegionPolish Princess Bakery
Coffee Shop Lakes RegionWayfarer Coffee Roasters
Coffee Shop Manchester AreaA&E Coffee Roastery and Whole-Leaf Tea
Coffee Shop Monadnock RegionPrime Roast Coffee
Coffee Shop Nashua AreaUnion Coffee Company
Coffee Shop Salem AreaThe Grind Rail Trail Café
Coffee Shop Seacoast RegionBeanTowne Coffee House
Coffee Shop White Mountains RegionMetropolitan Coffee House
BrewpubWoodstock Inn Station & Brewery
BreweryWoodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Brewery Concord AreaHenniker Brewing Co.
Brewery Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee RegionFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
Brewery Lakes RegionKettlehead Brewing Company
Brewery Manchester AreaBackyard Brewery & Kitchen
Brewery Monadnock RegionElm City Brewing Company
Brewery Nashua AreaAble Ebenezer Brewing Company
Brewery Salem Area603 Brewery
Brewery Seacoast RegionThrowback Brewery
Brewery White Mountains RegionMoat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Co.
Winery/VineyardLaBelle Winery
DistilleryTamworth Distilling & Mercantile
Restaurant With Best Wine ListBedford Village Inn
CocktailsThe Copper Door
Restaurant With Best Beer List (Multi-location local)Thirsty Moose Taphouse
Restaurant With Best Beer ListNew England’s Tap House Grille
MartiniCotton
Sports BarBilly’s Sports Bar
BartenderScott Black from Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Italian Restaurant (Multi-location local)Fratello’s Italian Grille
Italian RestaurantAngelina’s Ristorante Italiano
Italian Restaurant (Multi-location regional)Tuscan Kitchen
Chinese RestaurantLilac Blossom
Japanese RestaurantShio
Mediterranean RestaurantMediterrano Turkish & Mediterranean Restaurant
Thai RestaurantThai Smile
Greek RestaurantAmphora Restaurant
Mexican RestaurantHermanos
Mexican Restaurant (Multi-location Local)La Carreta Mexican Restaurant
BurritosBurrito Me
Burritos (Multi-location Regional)Dos Amigos Burritos
TacosTaco Beyondo
Tacos (Multi-location regional)Dos Amigos Burritos
Indian RestaurantShalimar
Irish PubPatrick’s Pub and Eatery
Butcher ShopTuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Vegetarian RestaurantGreen Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar
Gluten-Free OptionsKitchen Cravings
Family-Friendly Dining (Multi-location local)T-BONES Great American Eatery
Family-Friendly DiningPuritan Backroom Restaurant
Best New RestaurantHop + grind
Fine Dining RestaurantHanover Street Chophouse
Outdoor DiningTown Docks
Locally Sourced MenuRepublic
Favorite RestaurantTuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Favorite Restaurant Concord AreaO Steaks and Seafood
Favorite Restaurant Concord Area Multi-location LocalThe Common Man
Favorite Restaurant Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee RegionMolly’s Restaurant
Favorite Restaurant Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region Multi-location LocalThe Common Man
Favorite Restaurant Great North Woods RegionRainbow Grille & Tavern
Favorite Restaurant Lakes RegionPatrick’s Pub and Eatery
Favorite Restaurant Lakes Region Multi-location LocalThe Common Man
Favorite Restaurant Manchester AreaThe Copper Door
Favorite Restaurant Monadnock RegionPearl Restaurant
Favorite Restaurant Nashua AreaSurf
Favorite Restaurant Salem AreaTrattoria Amalfi
Favorite Restaurant Salem Area Multi-location LocalThe Common Man
Favorite Restaurant Seacoast RegionSurf
Favorite Restaurant White Mountains RegionWoodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Favorite Restaurant White Mountains Region Multi-location LocalThe Common Man
Gourmet To GoAll Real Meal
Shops & Services Categories2018 Winner
Women’s Clothing ShopGondwana & Divine Clothing
Men’s Clothing ShopGeorge’s Apparel
Lingerie ShopTop Drawer Boutique
Secondhand Clothing ShopM&C Clothing and Gifts
Kid’s Clothing ShopPuddlejumpers
JewelerBellman Jewelers
Local Jeweler with StoreJonathan’s Jewelers
Eyeware BoutiqueThe Eyeglass Shop
Antique or Vintage ShopRobin’s Egg
FloristCobblestone Design Company
Art GalleryAVA Gallery & Art Center
MuseumCurrier 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 BookstoreGibson’s Bookstore
Comic Book StoreDouble Midnight Comics
Music Store (Multi-location Regional)Bull Moose
Music StorePitchfork Records Stereo
Toy Store*TIE* G Willikers! And Whirlygigs Toy Shop
Automotive GroupGrappone Automotive Group
Bicycle Shop (Multi-location Local)Goodale’s Bike Shop
Bicycle ShopS&W Sports
Pet Groomer (Multi-location Local)The Barking Dog
Pet GroomerMac and Copper’s Pet Supply Outlet
Pet Supplies StoreFriendly Pets
Pet TrainingFriendly Pets
Pet Boarding (Multi-location Local)The Barking Dog
Pet BoardingD La Pooch Resort
Specialty Food StoreAngela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop
Beer StoreBert’s Better Beers
Wine ShopWineNot Boutique
Cooking ClassesLaBelle Winery
CatererCelebrations Distinctive Catering
Hair SalonWingate Salon & Spa
BarbershopTopstone Barber Co.
Skincare/Specialty Makeup BoutiqueWingate Salon & Spa
Day SpaWingate Salon & Spa
Resort/Hotel SpaWentworth By The Sea
Bed and BreakfastWoodstock Inn Station & Brewery
Family Friendly ResortInn at East Hill Farm
Ski ResortLoon Mountain
CampgroundGunstock Mountain Resort
Independent Movie TheaterRed River Theatres
NH Sports TeamNew 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 WoodsBear Rock Adventures
Summer Attraction White MountainsStoryland
Summer Attraction Lakes RegionGunstock Mountain Resort
Summer Attraction Monadnock RegionInn at East Hill Farm
Summer Attraction SeacoastPrescott Park Arts Festival
Summer Attraction Merrimack ValleyChuckster’s
Large Music VenueBank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Performing Arts VenueThe Palace Theater
Small Music VenueTupelo Music Hall
Fitness InstructorKarlene Linxweiler from Kama Fitness
Yoga StudioSol Power Yoga
Indoor CyclingFortCycle
Independently Owned Fitness CenterDynamic Strength and Conditioning
TV News AnchorErin Fehleau
TV News ReporterRay Brewer
WeatherpersonJosh Judge
TV Sports AnchorJamie Stanton
FM Radio StationNHPR
AM Radio StationWGIR
NH Radio Morning ShowGreg & The Morning Buzz
NH Radio Talk ShowThe Exchange with Laura Knoy

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New Hampshire Magazine is the essential guide to living in the Granite State, each month joining readers in a quest for all the best the state has to offer. With over 20,000 annual subscribers, New Hampshire Magazine presents features on the most fascinating people, most entertaining places and most delicious cuisine and includes departments covering everything from health to home to humor.


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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