Keep it Classic

When planning out Eat Drink Play topics, I usually try to find unique, local spots that new residents might not have visited before. Occasionally, I realize that tried and true favorites have not been covered yet on this blog, and I make sure they get their 500 words in the spotlight!

If you live in Manchester, you’ve probably heard of Mint Bistro. It is a staple, beautiful restaurant on Elm Street and while I may be preaching to my New Hampshire choir, it’s worth remembering how great this place is and stopping in to see their updated seasonal menus.

If you haven’t been, Mint is known for its great sushi and solid dinner menu. They have great cocktails and friendly service, so whether you’re bringing visitors or a first date, Mint is a great place for a nice sit-down meal.

So while my above comments focused on the tasty food, the bar is nothing to scoff at, either. On this occasion we dined and toasted while sitting at the bar on a crowded Saturday night which suited me just fine. I ordered a lemony cocktail named Khaleesi, after the mother-of-dragons Daenerys (I definitely just had to look up how to spell that!) from Game of Thrones. It was refreshing and exactly what I was looking for that night, though it was just one of many options on the cocktail and beer list.

We started our meal with an assortment of smaller plates, including the buttermilk fried chicken and the hazelnut-crusted goat cheese “fritters.” Have you ever ordered a salad that had dried cranberries, nuts, and goat cheese on top and you thought, wow this salad would be a lot better if there was more cheese? This plate right here is the solution. The creamy, tangy goat cheese paired with the crumbly chopped hazelnuts is appetizer heaven, and I loved the salad accompaniments.

Our bartender recommended the fried chicken as one of his favorites and let’s just say my date didn’t disagree with him. The crispy chicken is served with a homemade buffalo sauce and a honey-bourbon mustard to keep things interesting.

I’m quite picky when it comes to sushi, and this sweet potato sushi really hits the spot for me. It sounds weird, I agree, but it works. The soft sticky rice, soy sauce, and the crisp texture and subtle flavors of the sweet potato unite for delicious bites. While in the midst of eating these plates of food, we noticed the chefs were putting together pretty wooden boats of sushi. I know what I’m getting next time.

We may have been too full to eat an entire boat of sushi but I rarely turn down dessert. I don’t remember the name of this beautiful plate but it contained several puffy pastries stuffed with three different kinds of ice cream, and topped with slivered almonds, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. I cannot confirm or deny whether we finished this, but I can confirm I will definitely order it again!

If you’re looking for a nice place for your next date night or happy hour, Mint is a great choice. They’re currently taking reservations for New Year’s Eve, just check out their Facebook page for more details.

Visit them at 1105 Elm Street in Manchester, and check out their menus at

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in our “Eat Drink Play” blog posts.

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