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Owner Jacqui’s healthy take on homestyle cooking shines through in every entree at Serenity Cafe & Catering, whether she’s cracking eight eggs to make breakfast pizza in the morning or baking housemade dough for the oven-roasted turkey BLT. A bulk of the menu is dedicated to sating noontime appetites, with fruit smoothies, deli sandwiches, and a hummus wrap stuffed with roasted red-pepper hummus, sprouts, and avocado. Even the dessert menu, with the Wacqui Jacqui brand of gluten-free cookies, sticks to the healthy-living program

25 Sagamore Rd
Rye,
NH
US

Ruby's chefs pluck specialty pizzas and quesadillas hot from an authentic brick oven, in addition to slathering barbecue dishes with house sauce and grilling up steak and seafood entrees. Guests burst out of the barbecue gate with an appetizer of Ruby's smoked ribs, a hickory-smoked heap of pork crafted St. Louis style, piled into a delicately balanced arch. The Odyssey pizza rallies wine, artichokes, and greek olives on a field of mozzarella and feta for an epic journey to waiting mouths, and The Philly covers its sandwich-inspired disk with shaved steak, american cheese, peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Diners can summon an 8-ounce salmon fillet in a grilled, blackened, jerk, or citrus model perched across from two sides. For a more portable meat parcel, the pulled-pork sandwich stuffs its bun with saucy strips that have been smoked for 12 hours and trained to defend themselves from beef patties in martial combat.

433 US Route 1
York,
ME
US

Tom's Fried Clams lures in famished stomachs with a subaqueous menu of maritime morsels fresh from an in-house fish market. Anchor seafaring incisors into a half-pound of clam strips, which expose diners to Atlantis' version of French fries ($9.99), or catch a half-pound of Maine-harvested whole-belly clams to encourage tableside acts of seashell ventriloquism (market price). Those with a crustacean-shaped hole in their heart can adopt twin lobsters (market price) or adhere a Maine-crab-cake sandwich to their chest and hope it sinks in ($7.99). In-port eaters can dine in, while culinary pirates who prefer to travel can pillage the carryout menu and take their bounty to nearby long-sands beach, short-sands beach, and York's Wild Kingdom.

855 US Route 1
York,
ME
US

Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s Mission Viejo location stocks fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.

2222 Lafayette Rd
Portsmouth,
NH
US

At What a Crock!, chefs turn locally sourced ingredients into experimental and familiar made-from-scratch soups, stews, and chowders. Three signature options headline the menu, including creamy tomato and the chicken-based Doc in a Crock, and chowder. Five daily-rotated specialties join the signature selections on the Slurp side, and on the Sip side, What a Crock! maintains its locally sourced theme with milks, sodas, and waters tapped from nearby springs. For a crunch, the restaurant dishes out freshly prepped salads, such as our house "crock salad" and Caesar salad, in addition to the speciality salads offered throughout the week.

14 Manchester Sq
Portsmouth,
NH
US

Cuisine Type: Coffee, sandwiches, lunch, bakery, wine
Established: 1996
Reservations: Not offered
Most popular offering: prepared foods
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Pro Tip: Fast easy drive-thru shopping

Q&A with Gary Decoste, Owner

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We offer Green Mountain coffee, available both hot and iced. From breakfast sandwiches and bakery items to a full lineup of all-natural, fresh-made sandwiches, wraps, soup and salads. Now serving soft-serve Gelato.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are the area's only drive-thru convenience store complete with coffee, beer, wine, prepared foods, frozen foods and ice cream.

167 State Rd
Kittery,
ME
US