A Day In Portsmouth, New Hampshire
You haven't met your burger match made in heaven until you've been to Lexie's Joint. Juicy, hearty, and filled to the brim with an array of interesting toppings, you can order a "Beef," Cluck" (ground chicken with chimmichurri), or "Beanie" (Black Bean/Pepper/Onion/Panko). Make sure to try their Salt Cellar fries, which come with a variety of mouth-watering toppings paired with premium flavored salts from another local Portsmouth business called the Salt Cellar. Every order comes with a diminuitive and delicious chocolate chip cookie.
The Black Birch
The Black Birch is actually a short five minutes away from downtown Portsmouth in Kittery, Maine, but you won't regret making the extra trek. This gastropub has an everchanging food and classically influenced cocktail menu, but you can often find favorite small plates like Poutine with Duck Confit and Deviled Eggs 3 Ways and the 2 Govt. Street cocktail (Buffalo Trace, Lemon, Housemade Grenadine, Muddled Orange Peel, Sugar, Fees Aromatic Bitters). The Black Birch is the Seacoast's best kept secret - look for the small wooden sign in the corner of the window and the crowd of hungry people forming by the doorway.
Earth Eagle Brewings
When you enter Earth Eagle Brewings, prepare to be amazed. This nanobrewery (classified as such because it has a brew system with less than four US beer barrels) is like a beer laboratory, with six creative and tasty options at a time that change frequently. Founded by Alex McDonald and George "Butch" Heilshorn, Earth Eagle is known for its unhopped ale style called a "gruit," which is made with herbs instead of hops. Like their "St. Corbinian's Red," a sour gruit made with bear meat. Yes, you read that correctly! The tasting room is the only location in the area that has their brewings. Options include pints, half pints, and 4 oz. tasters, but take a growler back to your lodgings to let the magic continue. During the daytime, home brewers should also check out Alex’s other venture next door, A&G Homebrew, for all brew concoction needs.