NH Restaurant Week spotlights Granite State restauranteurs, cuisine
Surely, we lack a location-specific dish such as Louisiana jambalaya. Nor do we have a single branded food such as Texas longhorn beef or Idaho russet potato.
But New Hampshire restaurateurs are seeking to change all that. The second-ever New Hampshire Restaurant Week starts Friday and runs for eight days. Timed to lead up to Memorial Day, it offers low-cost, three-course meals at some of the best restaurants in the state.
"There's a lot of interest in food. We all like to eat," said Mike Somers, president and chief-executive of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, which instituted the effort in 2012.
"I think it's very diverse, very well-rounded," said Bud Selmi, chef at Margarita Grill in Glen. He has developed his own line of hot sauces — Sizzlin' Sauces — that deliver a southwestern flare to the restaurant's line up, which emphasizes seafood dishes and locally made products.
And thanks to the promotional efforts of New Hampshire Restaurant Week, the search for Granite State cuisine won't be expensive. A three-course dinner meal — appetizer, entree, dessert — at Selmi's restaurant is only $25 a person.
"In this day and age, with bargain-hunters being what they are, they're looking for the best deal they can find," said Jack Carnevale, owner of Bedford Village Inn, which will offer meals for $35. "People get to trade up that week."
"For younger professionals, it's a romantic getaway, but it's as much a place to stay and what to eat as it is a romantic getaway," he said.
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