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Our Gourmet: Everything nice, but a bit too much spice at Blue Mermaid Island Grill in Portsmouth

Spring has been slow to start in these parts, so we ventured to Portsmouth's Blue Mermaid Island Grill to fantasize that Mother Nature had pressed the fast-forward button on the season.

Our Gourmet: Some mighty tasty burgers at Willy's in Rochester

Wild Willy's has some mighty good burgers, pardner.

Successful launch for Bedford's Canoe

Canoe paddles into Bedford

Our Gourmet: Go for the beer, stay for the food at Hampton's Hayseed Restaurant

The highly anticipated Hayseed Restaurant in Hampton, operated by Smuttynose Brewery, finally opened last month, so we made our way over to the Seacoast to check out the place and cross another Granite State brewpub off our list.

Our Gourmet: A hint of the South on the Seacoast at Joinery in Newmarket

Joinery: Southern flavors in downtown Newmarket

Our Gourmet: Atlantic Grill in Rye is a new favorite for classy seafood

Atlantic Grill: A new favorite for seafood with style

Our Gourmet: Manchester's Cotton is worth the trip out into the elements

A warm welcome at Cotton

Our Gourmet: In Derry, we're big fans of Drae's small plates

If Drae had been around when we lived in Derry 25 years ago, we may never have moved away.

A special place for a special evening

Romantic dinner? Hanover Street Chophouse fits the bill

Our Gourmet: Tortilla Flat in Epping is fun and friendly, but on the mild side

Tortilla Flat: A bit more spice would be nice

Spicy new entry on local Asian scene

Were we not looking for it, we might not have spotted Sun Shui tucked into a shopping plaza in southernmost Bedford, located on Route 3 close by the Airport Road interchange.

An upscale spot for BTTR BRGRs

The brgrs are bttr at BRGR Bar

Our Gourmet: Nashua's 110 Grill off to a good start

110 Grill: New gathering spot shows great promise

Pressed for a great lunch or light dinner

Pressed for time? Pressed Cafe can help

These were a few of our favorite things…

Looking back on 2014, one thing is for sure: It was a delicious year.

Our Gourmet:: Italian with a twist in Portsmouth

Cafe Mediterraneo: Italian with a twist in downtown Portsmouth

Our Gourmet: A bit of Ipswich in the Queen City

There's a new seafood place at the site of the old Clam King on Manchester's Second Street, but Ipswich Clambake is far more than a makeover of the popular restaurant that used to live there.

Our Gourmet: Pop on over for the popovers – and more at Popovers in Epping

Pop on over to Popovers in Epping

Our Gourmet: Flying in for some homestyle cooking at Manchester's Airport Diner

Great value, good food and convenient hours at the Airport Diner

Our Gourmet: Great barbecue, and plenty of it at Riverside Barbecue Co. in Nashua

Lather up for some great barbecue by the Riverside in Nashua

Our Gourmet: PastaMore in Amherst is a tasty stop for shopping season

Warm up your shopping with dinner at PastAmore

Our Gourmet: New restaurant with a familiar feel in Hampton at CR's The Restaurant

When I heard that the same folks involved with CR Sparks were opening a place in Hampton, my interest was more than piqued. CR's The Restaurant opened a few weeks ago.

Our Gourmet: Elegance of India at Elm and Amherst in Manchester

Taj India: Exotic flavors at the corner of Elm and Amherst

A taste of Bermuda just west of Exit 20

Onions at the Tilton Inn: Turn right at Exit 20 for some great food

Like a trip to your Italian grandma's

Lucciano's: Like grandma's Italian kitchen

Our Gourmet: A trek to Nepal starts in Manchester

Cafe Momo: A trek to the Himalayas starts on Hanover Street, Manchester

Our Gourmet: Atmosphere, value at the Riverworks

This week's choice of restaurant was the work of the Teenage Bottomless Pit, whom I had made plans to meet for a quick bite while I was over on the Seacoast one Saturday afternoon.

Our Gourmet: Family-friendly Mexican in Concord

A craving for Mexican food on an unseasonably cool late summer day brought us to Concord, home of El Rodeo.

Our Gourmet: Next to the fun park, a new seafood spot

Better luck a second time at Naticook.

Our Gourmet: Memorable family spot in White Mountains

It was with fond memories that The Dining Companion and I found ourselves back at Tuckerman's Tavern for dinner over Labor Day weekend.

Our Gourmet: Discovering a Port City landmark

The Oar House: An upscale Portsmouth classic

Our Gourmet: Good food, good beer at Elm City Brewing in Keene

Elm City Brewing takes up a good chunk of the first floor of the Colony Mill Marketplace, a cool but underutilized retail complex in an old brick textile mill west of downtown Keene.

The beers are best at the Flying Goose

The beers are the best at New London's Flying Goose

A satisfying meal at Stonebridge CC

Continuing our summer search for golf courses where the on-site restaurant is advertised and touted on its own merits for success, we had just such an uninterrupted and leisurely, relaxed time one recent night at Stonebridge CC, about a mile west of state Route 114 on Gorham Pond Road in north Goffstown.

A taste of Rome comes to Elm Street

An Italian cousin joins the Manchester dining scene

A funky take on an old-world pub at Harlow's in Peterborough

Harlow's Pub in downtown Peterborough is much more than just a bar with food.

A greenside ace for diners at Pease

A fine dining experience is par for the course at Pease

Our Gourmet: Fine casual dining in a historic setting at Lavinia's

It's not often that an ad in a competing publication compels us to try a new restaurant, but when the ad features a black and white photo of two guys from the 1950s posing on a fishing dock beside a strung-up shark with moose antlers, it suggests something innovative.

Portsmouth's cool new Italian spot, Tavola

A cool and classy, very Italian eatery opened in Portsmouth in October, and if it wasn't a bit off the beaten path we would have been there pronto.

A beautiful spot for a great dinner

Sandwich's Corner House Inn: Beautiful location for a great dinner.

Maybe Manchester's best Mexican food

Puerto Vallarta: A vacation in Mexico in Manchester

Our Gourmet: Hitting the links ... to sample the food

Our Gourmet hits the links to check out golf course restaurants.

Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co. in West Ossipee is drawing crowds

When we visited the recently opened Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company on a recent Saturday night BEFORE Memorial Day Weekend, the wait for a table was an hour and a half.

Our Gourmet: Oh, did we have a great dinner at O in Concord

During a walk around downtown Concord, if you blink you might miss O Steaks and Seafood, which is located in the same building as Red River Theatres.

Kicking back like the locals at Locals

Going Locals in North Hampton

Our Gourmet: Relaxed dining in a stately setting at Governor's Inn in Rochester

Casual, affordable dining at Rochester's Governor's Inn.

7th Settlement Brewery in Dover is a new entrant on the brewpub scene

All together now at a new Seacoast brewpub

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