I moved to New Hampshire for work in March. Since then I've tried to explore as best as I can in the 2 major (well, major for NH) hubs. I've eaten a lot of, and grown to actually like seafood, and explored on and off the beaten path to see what I could find. Here are my favorites!
Co-Op natural food grocery store with a hot bar, sushi (with GF soy sauce!), and salad bar in addition to their gluten free grocery options. $6 sushi on Wednesdays can’t do you wrong!
Lots of delicious options and a great New Hampshire atmosphere. I love the flat bread and spaghetti squash. They also make their own root beer which I’ve heard great things about. There’s a mini version at the rest stop between Concord and Manchester, surprisingly, though I'm not sure how great their GF offerings are there.
This might be my favorite restaurant in Concord based entirely on the spinach and artichoke dip. I’m not kidding. It’s amazing. Get it. I know the name sounds like it'd be a definite no but they're incredibly careful and even have a separate gluten free menu. They also have gluten free buns for burgers and sandwiches and a delicious crème brûlée, in addition to the spinach and artichoke dip. Which you should get. Did I mention it's amazing?
Dos Amigos Burritos
This is a perfect spot for lunch. They’ll sub corn tortillas for flour for burritos, their chips are safe, and they have a different deal for what feels like every day of the week (think $5 burrito Monday, Taco Tuesday, etc).
This is the closest thing you’ll get to a SweetGreen or Chop’t in NH. Plus side: the drink names are really fun to make your co-workers order for you when they’re nice enough to offer to get you something. “Hello, I’d like a Lover please.”
The name sounds scary. As does the logo with the gingerbread person. BUT they have gluten free bread, pastries, and deserts! I’ve had some amazing and some not-so-amazing deserts from here. I’d opt for the tarts to be safe, they’ve definitely perfected them. They also have a location in downtown Manchester.
If you’re a former beer fan or haven’t ever been able to have it but are curious, this is the place to go. They have 7 gluten free beers available along with great ciders, including Down East, on tap. They also have gluten free buns and can do a lot of their meat dishes gluten free. I’ve spent many an evening here and have loved all of what I’ve gotten.
This place is super popular for both sit down, take out, and just coffee shop work space. It’s one of the only places open on Sundays along with A&E Coffee (below). They do gluten free bread on sandwiches, have some salad and soup options, and some good breakfast/brunch choices too.
A & E Coffee
They occasionally have gluten free pastries, though I’ve learned not to count on it. Mostly including it as it has a decent coffee ship atmosphere and is actually open on Sundays which is a feat in New Hampshire, apparently.
They also have a location in Concord, but I definitely frequent the Manchester one. Great queso, knowledgeable wait staff, and as the name indicates, fantastic margaritas. Pretty much the only place to find Mexican food so I’ll take what I can get.
See my thoughts on their Concord location. Great location on Elm Street Downtown!
I’ve had mixed experiences here. Overall I’d say it’s a positive choice, but I’ve gotten some conflicting information from different waiters on ingredients. If you go, make sure your waiter is clear on what your allergies actually include (i.e. wheat, oats, rye, and barley), and ask them to double check things. Plus side: the atmosphere is great and you get to be inside one of those old mills Manchester is known for.
This is a great Italian restaurant with lots of gluten free options including pasta, pizza, bread, and even tiramisu! Everything I had (and I had a lot) was fantastic! The setting is also pretty cool, in a mill near Cotton!
The Puritan is a little off the beaten path. It’s the only place in Manchester I actually have to drive to, but it’s great. They claim to have invented the chicken tender, and while I don’t know if that’s true, I do know that they have gluten free ones! They also have FANTASTIC ice cream available both in the restaurant and the to-go counter.