While there’s certainly no shortage of great places to dine in Manchester, we have some great new spots that deserve some attention. While Darlene and I have not yet been able to visit these spots, the guests at the Ash Street Inn have given us some great reviews. So we thought we could pass along some great new ideas to our readers.
XO on Elm, at 827 Elm Street, calls their style “metropolitan nouveau cuisine with a unique New England flair. Our guests call it fresh, unusual and exciting! Lots of different mixtures of flavors in some new twists on old favorites makes for an interesting experience whether you go for tapas and cocktails or for dinner. There is always lots of excitement with a new place and the service has always been quick and professional. I’m looking forward to the jumbo sea scallops frilled with a maple bourbon glaze and accompanied with pumpkin risotto!
Ignite Bar and Grille, at 100 Hanover Street, has been around a bit longer than XO on Elm but it is still quite new. In a very short time it has become a favorite spot for local professionals after a hard day’s work whether it’s just for a quick drink and some appetizers or a leisurely dinner with friends. Lots of great menu items and some really interesting takes on some things. Ever had fried pickles? One of our guests said that a deep fried sliced dill with ranch dip is awesome! And the Asian BBQ Ribeye Steak is made with real Asian BBQ sauce. I’m going to have to try that one just to see what it is.
Firefly American Bistro and Bar, at 22 Concord Street, has been around well over a year but they still have that “new spot” feel. They have won several awards through our local “underground” newspaper’s reader’s poll (I promise to write about the Hippo soon!) including 2010 awards as the “Best Date Place” and the “Best Cocktail” for the Firefly Dirty-tini! One cold, raw day last winter, Darlene and I stopped in for an early dinner and a wonderful time. It was just noisy enough to put some life into a dreary day and the chowder was perfect for warming up the insides too! I’m already planning to go back for their Sea Scallops Casino because I’m dying to try scallops with smoked bacon, spinach and feta cheese. Might have to get back there soon!
We’re really blessed to have great little spots like this so close to us at the Ash Street Inn. These three are all within a three-block area (little city blocks – not NY blocks) and just over a half mile from the Inn. We’ll keep talking about all the fine dining that’s available here in Manchester. Sooner or later we know you will find a reason to some stay with us at the Inn and indulge in some fine dining of your choice.