Portsmouth tops USA Today’s list for Foodies

By on May 5, 2016

diningUSA Today names Portsmouth as #3 in their recent ranking of the best foodie towns in the country (to visit or to live). They attributed the influx of talent-chefs from near and far coming to the shores of coastal Portsmouth, fueling a flavor-filled food revolution in this small, historic small city.

Want examples of the deliciousness? Here are the noteworthy mentions according to USA Today’s experts:

  • Moxy, with James Beard semifinalist Matt Louis at the helm, features New American with local New England ingredients, located at 106 Penhallow Street. Moxy is a fun and casual two story space staffed by friendly servers with a large and happening bar. Menu items include: Lacquered pork belly bites, pickled pears, radish for $6; Beef short rib marmalade, grilled bread, pickled onions, shades of bleu cheese for $9; blue cornmeal pasta purses, song away farm rabbit, butternut puree, arugula pesto, chevre $12; riverslea farm goat meatballs, dumplings in broth, sweet potatoes for $12; croquettes of pork deliciousness, star island special sauce $5; general berry’s chicken sandwich, fried chicken, chili sweet & sour sauce, cilantro for $12; and mini beef burgers a la’ MEat, “moxy-q” sauce, cheddar, bibb lettuce, tomatoes for $12.
  • Cava, with owner Chef Gregg Sessler overseeing the top notch tapas menu that serves inspired modern and traditional tapas prepared with only the highest quality ingredients. . Located on a side street, Commercial Alley, in downtown Portsmouth, the chef’s menu is ever-changing so to see the latest selections visit his blog at chefsessler.blogspot.com. Also note, wine connoisseurs will love this restaurant because co-owner John Akar delivers an eclectic wine selection with over 50 wines served by the glass.

Who decided which foodie communities would make the list? USA Today enlisted the help of a panel of travel experts, who then picked the initial 20 nominees. Then, those top picks were posted on social media and the top 10 winners were determined by popular public vote. Here was the breakdown of the top 10 food towns, in case you are planning on traveling this summer and are looking for delicious spots to visit

The top 10 winners in the category Best Small Town Food Scene are as follows:

  1. Frankenmuth, Mich.
  2. Driftwood, Texas
  3. Portsmouth, N.H.
  4. Yountville, Calif.
  5. St. Helena, Calif.
  6. Traverse City, Mich.
  7. Tarpon Springs, Fla.
  8. Hendersonville, N.C.
  9. Naples, Fla.
  10. Fredericksburg, Texas

Locally, in Portsmouth, sometimes, only a burger joint will do.  So, that the next time you need a juicy beef patty for lunch, here are a few of our favorites in the port city.

  • Lexi’s Joint: A small, slightly hidden and a gem. They are a favorite burger destination for burger lovers on the Seacoast, and they feature three different kinds of house made burger patties and daily specials. You can add on to it with smoked bacon, smoked Gouda and roasted tomatoes. It is served on a house-baked sesame-studded brioche bun. During the summer harvest, lettuce, herbs, tomatoes and other ingredients are grown on-site!
  • BRGR Bar: Chef Phelps Craig offers an upscale burger bar located in the Portwalk shops, He chooses local, Maine-raised, grass-fed and hormone-free beef and local bacon. A choice of 10 house-made sauces accompany the fries, leaving diners fully satisfied.
  • Mojos: They take build your own burger to the next level. With toppings like smoky pulled pork, diced jalapenos, Applewood smoked bacon, and fried pickles- just to name a few options, everyone’s tastebuds are happy when they finish.

Eating on Portsmouth is a culinary adventure and it happens to be a top place to reside in the Granit State. The real estate market is booming here, and people’s love of the city and all it offers is why. Go for a visit, enjoy some great food, and remember this beautiful, walkable, port city when it is time to buy your next home.

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