The Blue Claw is located on a little side street that runs parallel to Market Street, right on the harbor. It is very casual. You seat yourself out on the back deck (there is no inside) and all of the food is served on paper plates. They have a full bar and several types of beer on tap. The view from the harbor on the deck is wonderful. You can sit and relax while watching boats pass by and catch a nice breeze of off the water. The Blue Claw is closed during the winter.
Favorite Dish: The best thing they have here is the seafood. The lobster salad and steamers are delicious. They also make a mean shrimp chowder. For non-fish-eaters they also have a lot of items, even some vegetarian ones.
Izzy's is a small ice cream/coffee shop on the corner of Bow Street. They have a decent selection of both hard pack and soft serve ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes and coffee drinks. The ice cream here is very good and the waffle cones are very fresh and crunchy. Liz and I often make Izzy's a stop when we are visiting Portsmouth.
Favorite Dish: I have only had the chocolate ice cream here and it is very good and creamy.
This place didn't thrill me. Was a pub like atmosphere where we ate dinner. Just basic pub food that was take it or leave it to me. Our main purpose being here was it was an idine.
Favorite Dish: I no longer remember the meal I had here. That should tell you something about it.
The Portsmouth Gaslight Co. is actually two restaurants housed in one building, the upstairs being an attractive, casual bistro and the basement level a pizzeria. The upstairs restaurant serves great sandwiches, fish, steaks and some vegetarian options while the lower level offers brick oven pizza and pasta. Both are quite good, though very different. There is outdoor patio seating available in the summer for the upstairs restaurant.
The third-floor level of the restaurant houses a night club which offers dancing and live music on weekends.
Favorite Dish: I like the atmosphere of the upstairs restaurant better than the downstairs. It's more attractive and has a very nice bar and wine list. I like the food from both however. It just depends on what I'm in the mood for. The prices at both places are fairly moderate as well.
Poco's is our favorite stop when wandering around Portsmouth. The place has a nice restaurant upstairs which we have never bothered with...oh well. We tend to sit at the bar downstairs or their outdoor heated patio when we come here. The atmosphere here is very laid back and inviting.
We enjoy hanging out at the bar, chatting with other patrons, catching a bit of a game on TV while having some drinks and snacks. The bartenders here are very nice and make a good drink. You never have to wait for a refill; they are that attentive.... The menu consists of some typical pub grub and seafood entrees. Liz and I usually get appetizers whether it's their awesome nachos, spinach dip or just some chips & salsa.
The drink menu has a good selection and they have several different Margaritas to chose from. The traditional Margarita is very good but my wife adores their Blue Moon Margarita; she has to have one every visit to Portsmouth. It's always a fun time and we love coming here.
Our most recent visit to Poco’s was January 2013. The place had a nice crowd inside watching some football; staying warm from the freezing temps outside. We sat back and enjoyed some drinks; a beer for me and a XXX Mimosa for my wife (her new favorite drink here at Poco's).
**As of the end of 2012, this is no longer an AA I-dine.**
Favorite Dish: The nachos here are very good and piled high with toppings. The spinach and cheese dip is our favorite and is ultra creamy and gooey. The chips & salsa are also very good and the salsa has a nice kick to it. The chips here have a seasoning on them that give them a salty and spicy kick...very good indeed.
I usually stick to beer when I'm here and they have a nice selection of bottle and beers on tap. Liz loves their Strawberry Dacquiris, XXX Mimosas and their Margaritas....especially their Blue Moon Margarita.
This BBQ place has pretty decent ribs and pulled pork, at least a lot better than what you can usually find here way up north. It's not as good as something you'd get in Tennessee, but it will satisfy a craving. They have a kids' menu here as well as a nice bar.
Favorite Dish: I like the pulled pork salad. It's a serving of pulled pork on top of a nice bed or greens.
Lobster pound. This is the way to go to keep costs down and get better flavor lobster. It comes right from the boats, and does not set in a refrigerator at a restaurant before devouring. I found that the best one is the SEaview Lobster, because the price was better, and the location easier to find, and the owner friendly and been in the business for 50 years. They used to trap lobster, and now ship around the world (Japan, Europe, etc) a crate at a time.
Price is only $5 a pound. Two pounds gets you about one pound of meat, after the torso throwaway. By the way the lobster was fabulous and the only way to go. It had been 30 years since I did this, and enjoyed as much now; in the motel and dipped in clarified butter.
Favorite Dish: Duh-I got the tails only and it was precooked that day. WONDERFUL with butter dip.
The Rosa is one of the oldest restaurants in Portsmouth. It's been around since 1927 and is still family-owned. The food there is excellent. They make great pizza. In fact I don't think I've ever had anything bad to eat there. Their staff is great, too. We had a big VT meeting dinner there and they were very helpful and friendly. They really know what they're doing. My friend spilled red wine on her white shirt and our waitress even let us borrow her bleach pen, right from her own purse. Eating there was a very nice experience.
Favorite Dish: It's an Italian restaurant, but really my favorite thing is their seafood. It's always very good.
Friday September 21, 2007
4:30- to 7:00 -- Drop-in Happy Hour
This was a great little place to have our VT Drop-in and it was so wonderful to see some old friends and meet many more new people.
I am not a beer drinker, but the ones who know, said the PORTSMOUTH BREWERY beer tasted great. Some even had "The Sampler Bar" which is a long narrow board featuring small glasses of all the beers the Brewery makes.
They also have a menu to choose from.
The food was okay, but the reason for showing up is the fact that this place has been in business since 1912. It is in a lot surrounded by buildings. Apparently no one was ever to get them to move, and unable to force the matter. The trailer with extension looks like it may still be from 1912. Prices are a great deal. The hotdog was $2.85. The burgers were $3-4 and fries $1 and pop $1.
Favorite Dish: I had a hotdog and kraut. It was good and what you would expect from a diner that is fast service. The burgers looked liked they were good and fried on a griddle. The fires came from the back room and appeared crisp and decent serving. Overall the bean and two dogs are the tradition per the customers. Every mix of people come here to eat, for price and ambiance.
The Blue Mermaid really wasn't anything special as far as the decor and atmosphere is concerned. They did have great beer though. I believe I had the Tuckerman Pale Ale, which reminded me of a Sam Adams. This place must serve up quite the menu though, because I researched it and found out that Rachel Ray from the food network is featuring it on her show Rachel Ray's Tastey Travels. Be careful of the steps, they are slippery when wet.
Hans and I ate here twice. We had lunch at POPOVERS ON THE SQUARE. We both had the roast beef sandwich which was absolutely divine. The large bun was stacked with roast beef and came with a side of au jus and a little bag of chips - all for $7.95.
We also went for the VT Sunday morning brunch. We all sat outside on the patio tables and enjoyed the afternoon sun.
It's a great little spot and seems very popular with the locals.
If you're staying out a ways from downtown in a cheaper hotel like the Motel 6, there aren't a lot of places for breakfast. The only place within walking distance is McDonalds. You've probably already eaten at one of these, their brekkie's are egg McMuffin, 'hash browns', pancakes and some other things. OJ andlcoffe is available, and the coffee is supposedly upscare type nowadays(Not sure, I don't drink coffee).
It's located right across from the Motel-6. The other option from Mo-6 is to walk to the right about 10 minutes, then hang a left and another 5 minutes you get to a Dunkin' Donuts.
Favorite Dish: pancakes
I almost didn’t venture into the Blue Claw because I was suspicious of the fact that on a sunny, beautifully warm day it wasn’t as crowded as some of the other waterfront dining options. As a matter of fact, it was almost downright deserted. Still, the menu looked appetizing and unlike the other establishments I saw that I could sit right near the water. As it turns out, the food was great and the staff even better. I wasn’t that hungry so I ordered a cup of the corn chowder and a caprese salad. The chowder was thick and spicy and flavored with little bits of baby shrimp. It was really good and when I return I will probably have a full bowl of it. The caprese didn’t use the normal roma tomatoes, but the mozzarella was lightly flavored in the oil and not too thick. Sometimes mozzarella can have the consistency of rubber. This was not one of those times. The Pepsi I ordered came in a plastic bottle, but they brought me a cup of ice with it. The food itself was served almost picnic style in Styrofoam and plastic ware, but the quality of it was excellent. I don’t think I liked the idea of paying so much without real dinnerware, but I got over it. The drink menu was fairly limited to tropical, summery drinks, but the couple at the table next to me ordered a blue Hawaii and it was of good size.
The most fascinating part of the meal came when I couldn’t finish my caprese. The waitress offered to wrap it up for me but I told her that I would be walking around all day and it would go bad. To this she answered that she would store it in the refrigerator for me and I could pick it up later. Feeling a little sheepish I at last told her that I would take it with me and she proceeded to make a big deal out of wrapping it up. She even put ice on the bottom of the carrier to keep it cool for me. Not THAT was service.
The Seaview if the best of the three in the local area of Portsmouth. Number one, the Flanigan's are friendly and the spot is easier to find. I went to the Sanders Fish Store and lobster pound at the south end of town. It is too commercialized and costs more. The Taylor Lobster Co was impossible for me to find on Hwy 236, and I went back and forth 3 times before giving up. Signage is lacking.
Either way Seaview is the place at $5 a pound, which is cheaper and location is better.