Off to Market

There is no shortage of great lunch spots in Concord! I’ve written about a few of my favorites, including the Little Creperie and Aissa Sweets. But you know the phrase, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?” Sometimes that’s true when it comes to restaurants, too. Luckily for me and the people of Concord, occasionally those gems come back under different ownership and you find a new favorite.

This beauty is the European Grilled Rustic from Wellington’s Marketplace. On the busy day I arrived, they had run out of the “rustic” part of the sandwich – the bread. The friendly person taking my order offered to turn it into a salad and it was. so. good.

We sat outside on this glorious mild Fall day and devoured our salads. Mine had panko-crusted fried eggplant, and my friend had the prosciutto. The other salad/sandwich toppings include pesto, fresh local mozzarella cheese, and tomatoes. I don’t know many people who actively seek out eggplant in their lunch destination, but this one is worth driving for. It’s slightly crispy, buttery and melts in your mouth, which is a nice contrast for the fresh greens and creamy mozzarella. Highly recommend it.

Despite my enthusiasm for their eggplant, this is not even close to what Wellington’s is known for. As I hinted at before, Wellington’s Marketplace has recently reopened under new ownership and thankfully the prior owners passed along all their old recipes to keep things consistent. Wellington’s is advertised as a wine and cheese marketplace, and they have a lot of really good wine and cheese. I stopped by for their reopening and ribbon cutting and sampled some of the wines and cheeses and everything was excellent.

I snapped some photos of the deli cases featuring some beautiful cheeses and their pre-made foods, including eggplant(!!!), shrimp, sausages, quinoa salad, and olives. Not shown: a wall of unique wine options, crackers, and bottle openers. Basically, everything you need for a tasty cocktail party spread or a movie night for one.

Did I mention they frequently have wine tastings? For free? At lunch? You’re welcome.

To summarize, Wellington’s Marketplace is a wonderful little treasure trove for your wine and cheese needs, as well as lunchtime specialties. Whether you’re trying the European Grilled Rustic (via sandwich or salad) or their famous Korean Pork Tenderloin Burrito, you are in for a treat.

Find them at 124 North Main Street in Concord, or check out their daily specials on Facebook. They are open Monday – Saturday.

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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