Just a little shout out to my favorite lunch spot in Portsmouth, NH!!
Ceres St. Bakery, located ironically enough on Penhallow St, is not to be missed. A locals favorite, often decorated with a colorful mix of artists to bankers, this bakery serves up fresh baked breads and an array of homey lunchtime concoctions. There are generally: four soups to choose from (Hurray for Fall!!)
two entrees (almost always including a vegetarian dish)
two specialty sandwiches (in addition to their ever present make your own sandwich board)
flatbread pizzas by the slice
egg wraps in the morning
and of course an array of sweets.
The bakery generally has an assortment of full sized cakes available at all times too.
It's counter service, as you might expect, and manned by some delightfully non-conformist types who seem to know most of their customers by face if not name. What's best is the open kitchen, whether by design or default is to be considered, but allows the customer a sense of being involved in this ever buzzing hub.
A tiny dinning area is suplemented with extra tables in an additional dinning room- brightly painted, decorated with local art, and the kind of spot where someone will always leave a newspaper behind for you once they are finished.
Three cheers for something non-corporate, inviting and real! Three cheers for folk who deliver (I almost forgot to mention the food) DELICOUS, FRESH, and QUALITY PRODUCT and PORTIONS!!
Long live Ceres St., Bakery. I just love ya.
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