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Great addition to the north country

tucsonanne | Sep 25, 2011 06:48 AM

Those of us who live north of the notch (franconia) are food deprived. But now there's a great new addition to the restaurant choices: Terra in Bethlehem, NH. We had our first meal there last night; they opened four weeks ago. The setting is fine, though a bit noisy. The service was eager and excellent. The food was exceptionally good for this area. There were some interesting starter choices: smoked trout salad had frisee something crunchy (chinese noodles?), tantalizing horseradish dressing and good but somewhat sparse smoked trout. A small cobb salad with the same dressing was wonderful. One of us had duck breast with excellent fresh, not frozen, duck breast perfectly cooked with a green and fingerlings; another had a "porterhouse" pork chop which she declared was the best pork, ever, sitting on top of fall vegetable hash, and the third had a very excellent hamburger. We followed these up with goat cheesecake, an excellent choice.

Food is mostly locally sourced, which explains the great pork and burger (duck no doubt from Canada) and the salads.

If you are passing through on a fall foliage tour, or, more importantly, if you live up here and will be here over the winter dine at Terra to keep it going until I'm here next summer.

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