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Primary Flavors: Z Bistro & Merrimack Restaurant

whs | Jan 7, 200809:15 AM

NH is caught up in Primary frenzy right now; the excitement is palpable on the streets of Manchester, where restaurants that would ordinarily be closed on Sunday and Monday are open to handle the media hordes and campaign workers. We stopped by the Merrimack restaurant yesterday morning for breakfast after a political event--the blueberry pancakes with sunnyside eggs were great, the coffee was gawdawful, but where else could you see Tim Russert sitting at the counter, and a Japanese film crew trying to interview the waitresses as they flew by with plates of food? A friend alerted us that Z Bistro was open, so we had dinner there. Past posts have commented that the placed had slipped, so we were curious to try it. We were very pleased with our meal there--service was attentive and well-informed (ask for Sean). The owner Tom came by to check on us several times, and the food was top notch. I had the lobster risotto for the first time--it is beyond luxurious, with caramelized onion and pancetta complementing the shellfish. SO had a new menu item--grilled lamb chops served with a variety of Mediterranean accompaniments including a fantastic cauliflower vinaigrette and lemon orzo. All in all, a fun day, and if you want a uniquely American experience, Manchester is the place to be for the next two nights. On Wednesday, it'll be a ghost town as the politicos move on...

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