MrsJimbob and TeensJimbob will be meeting a newlywed couple in Manchester NH this weekend. They are staying in the downtown area. Any suggestions for a good place for dinner? My normal inclination when on the road would be to interesting looking holes in the wall, but in this case, I think we’ll need a place with reasonable seating and good food. The husband in the couple and the two of us lived in ChangSha, HuNan for a year together, so we all like good authentic regional Chinese cookery, but I think we’d all be up for anything exemplary, for a reasonable budget.
We travel between Boston and north of Concord regularly, and are kind of dismayed at how hard it seems to find anything beyond extremely boring all along this route. Maybe we’re not looking at the right sources of info? I don’t know. One problem is that the Common Man cartel seems to own about 60% of the restaurants in New Hampshire and are dedicated to mediocrity. I can tell you that Daw Kun had top notch Thai as of the last time I was there (maybe 3 years ago) and might be up your alley. They are near the Manchester airport.
There used to be some pretty good Greek Places (Very retro/kitsch interiors but good Greek food) I do not know if that is still the case.
Eater is usually a decent resource https://boston.eater.com/maps/best-restaurants-bars-cafes-manchester-new-hampshire
I’ve heard decent things about the French Canadian spot Chez Vachon but they’re not open for lunch.
To echo @Ruprecht, Common Man & Co owns a lot of the area’s eateries and they’re all underwhelming. You could try for Cotton Restaurant which seems to be one of the better options in the area that’s not directly tied down to a larger chain
According to their Facebook page Chez Vachon is open for breakfast and lunch, 7AM - 2PM.
I meant not open for dinner. Sorry, hadn’t had any coffee yet