Appetizers are one of the most underrated parts of any meal. Whether you’re looking to have a quick bite to silence your rumbling stomach before your entrée or you’d like to make the app your whole meal, there are several excellent options in New Hampshire. Here are the 9 best places to grab appetizers in the state.
Try the ahi tuna sashimi at Blue Latitudes. Encrusted with sesame seeds, it has just the right amount of crunch. Other favorites include the barbecue pork belly. It’s served with coconut slaw.
The warm feta dip at the Galley Hatch has long been a fan favorite. Served with fresh tomatoes, olive tapenade and pita chips for dipping, it’s hearty and delicious. Their fried calamari is delectable, too. It is served with cherry pepper relish and three dipping sauces.
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When you visit the Ignite Bar & Grille, their Ignition Combo Platter is something you really must try. But make sure you’ve got at least one friend to share it with, as it’s ample. Comprised of a choice of four items from chicken tenders, mozzarella, sticks, Buffalo tenders, fried pickles, chicken pepperoncini, spring rolls and teriyaki tips—you likely won’t want dinner after sharing this incredible heaping appetizer (but the main dinner menu is delicious here, too, so you will have to make room!).
If ever a restaurant had the perfect vibe for enjoying appetizers, it’s Street. The restaurant’s premise is serving street food you’d find in places around the world. Choose from yuca fries, an empanada filled with spiced beef or dumplings con pow. There’s nothing on their appetizer menu that isn’t flavorful and unique.
Bacon-wrapped scallops grace the appetizer menu at the Red Blazer Restaurant, and they deserve top billing. Drizzled with maple syrup and served on a bed of rice, they’re the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Their coconut-crusted chicken fingers served with Thai chile sauce are perfect for those who love a cross between sweet and spicy. You can’t go wrong with the appetizer choices here.
The Roasted Vegetable Plate at Martha’s Exchange is big enough to share. The tasty assortment of veggies—peppers, summer squash, zucchini and more—are served with hummus, feta and olive tapenade. Their mussels—choose from fra diavolo or lemon garlic cilantro—are divine. Be sure to wash your appetizers down with the beer that’s brewed on site.
Since the Farm is a farm-to-table restaurant, the food is sublime. The wings are moist and tender and come in a variety of temperatures. The Thai lettuce wraps are filled with chicken, veggies and a side of peanut sauce. Then there are the beer battered pickles, which are hot and crisp. You’ll have a hard time choosing the perfect appetizer.
The Ploughman’s Plate is a fan-favorite among the appetizers at the Portsmouth Brewery. A hearty sampling of artisanal cured meats and cheeses with pickles is big enough to share. The Flatbread of the Day is always an excellent bet, too.
Try the Antipasto D’Amalfi at Trattoria Amalfi for some bites of excitement. Prosciutto, stuffed cherry pepper, Italian tuna, olives, mozzarella and more are served on a fresh bed of greens. Their stuffed mushrooms are simple—stuffed with seasoned bread crumbs—but elegant.