Having never been to Portsmouth I figured learning the area through its cuisine was a good start! To begin, Portsmouth Eats tours five restaurants during the course of 2 hours (expect it will take longer than this, ours was about 2 1/2 to 3 hours). We first stopped at the Library Restaurant to taste their "bang bang shrimp." There was a nice bit of chili heat and crispness to the shrimp. We also got to sit in a very stately looking dining area with a bar that is reminiscent of olden times.
We then ventured to the Blue Mermaid restaurant. This was my least favorite stop on the tour due to the food choice. We were given a sharing portion of an island salad that had mango, peppers, and sliced banana. The salad was not as substantial as the other food we received on the tour. Maybe a salad with jerk chicken would have been tastier. The high point here was the chips and salsa.
Next was the Gas Light Restaurant where we dined on potato bacon pizza and veggie pizza. We sat in the pizza area downstairs near the open brick oven which was nice to see. The pizza was creative and had a light crispy crust. This was the biggest portion of food we received on the tour.
Fourth stop was the River House Restaurant for some awesome clam chowder. The chowder was creamy and had some of the biggest chunks of clam I've ever had in clam chowder. I also spotted some lobster in the soup. This would be a good spot to return to given the outdoor eating area right on the water.
Last we ventured to the delectably sweet "Random Acts of Sweetness" for "James Bon Bons." The bon bons were cake balls dipped in white chocolate with a pomegranate frosting and sea salt. These were really delicious!
I also appreciated that we sat down at regular tables at 4/5 restaurants. The combination of Portsmouth history and food talk discussed on the tour added a lot of insight. Portsmouth Eats is a fun option for an afternoon!
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