Please help with a cool idea we want to do.
We're spending a couple weeks off in March and rather than pay for flights & hotels for vacation travel, we want to spend the money on trying different restaurants within 1-1/2 (2 hours if very special ) drive from Concord NH. NH VT even ME MA all good if drive not more than 2 hours.
Someplace SPECIAL, but upscale fine dining OR down n dirty unique local dives good.
Our tastes, and desires for this staycation especially, are:
continental, American, French only if very special - such as chef owned, local produce or meat, unusual dishes or the best duck confit you've ever had etc.
We're not so into Italian or steakhouses, unless it's the best place you've EVER been (and not Italian-American cuisine please). For example we love Cinque Terre in Portland ME.
Not much of a sandwich eater either.
Love: vegetarian (although we are not vegetarians), most "ethnic" such as Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, classic diners, crepes, homemade soups, chocolate desserts, BBQ.
We might spend the afternoon in a town and eat either lunch or dinner there. So if you have advice on cool stuff in town and a place to eat, even better! Would especially like to hear about places that I might not already see on recent chowhound board, or might not even find much info by googling (restaurant has no website).
Oh, I DON'T need info on Manchester though, already know enough. And I've lived in China so I already know the few good places in New England that would meet my standards. Portland ME is too far and I'll just search Boston board even though that would be within 2 hrs requested range.
So far I'm thinking of:
Keene or Peterborough since I've heard is some good food there, and we'll see Taiko drums concert one night in Keene, but don't know much about that area.
Silver Moon Creperie in Dover, any feedback on that?
Please describe the food, atmosphere, prices and WHY you think it's special or you love it so much. You can't get too detailed for me. Name your favorite dishes even.
Thanks, we are looking forward to our chowhound staycation!