I know we all get stuck in the “main” part of Elm Street, but once in a while you should venture down each way just a little bit further. There’s more to Elm than just the great shops and restaurants between Bridge and Granite Streets, and that’s where we went today. North End Bistro isn’t necessarily tucked away in a corner, it’s in perfect view of the corner on Elm and Myrtle street, and definitely worth the walk.
We went for lunch and got the award winning Short Rib Poutine- sweet potato tots, topped with cheese curds, braised short ribs, beef gravy, and scallions. I absolutely LOVE poutine- I try it everywhere I can, anywhere I travel, so I like to think of myself as a poutine pro. The poutine at North End Bistro was good. The beef just fell apart and melted in your mouth, the sweet potato tots complemented it with just a touch of sweetness and the curds and gravy were the perfect finish of saltiness and gooey goodness. It was brought out to our table and gone very quickly after, with the debate of licking the empty plate (Stay classy Manchester- we resisted, don’t worry).
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That was a delicious (and filling) appetizer, well worth getting. I can say the same for our main lunch dishes, the Angry BLT and La Wrap. My mouth only stopped watering while we were in the restaurant when I got my food. It smells great as soon as you walk in and only gets better when the people who were there before you get their food. The Angry BLT has perfectly toasted bread, juicy tomatoes, and a great spice to the bacon, definitely a winning twist on a classic sandwich. La Wrap, in its panini pressed, pesto goodness, was a great chicken lunch with mozzarella, peppers, mushrooms, and onions, oh my. It was a pesto-dripping-down-your-hand, please may I have some more kind of situation.
Not only was the food good, but the service was as well. Our waitress was attentive, funny, and gave the perfect recommendations. She had us pegged as poutine-lovers from the start, so my thanks go to her for that. My taste buds were happy, and I’m glad we went with the short rib poutine instead of the regular, which is available if you’re not into beef. I was looking around while we were in the restaurant and I can assure you all of the other diners were having a similar experience to ours. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is comfortable, it is also a lot bigger than I thought it would be. There is a full bar and different daily specials. I would definitely recommend The North End Bistro as a stop on your downtown Manchester food tour!
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