Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Sampling of Portsmouth Waterfront Dining

With April just around the corner, Portsmouth seafood restaurants with outdoor dining start to come to life.   It may still be cold outside, but a 15-20 minute walk from our Portsmouth bed and breakfast will place you in a front row seat with tug boats and steamed clams.  The little area of waterfront restaurants at the corner of Bow and Ceres Street, known locally as "the decks," is where Portsmouth natives mark the beginning of outdoor dining season..  Calendars count down the days to the re-opening of the Old Ferry Landing, along with the deck portions of The Riverhouse, Poco's Bow Street Cantina and The Oar House.  Almost nothing heralds the coming of spring more clearly in Portsmouth than the smell of steamed lobster and clam chowder wafting along the waterfront.

When the weather is rainy, seafood lovers flock to traditional seafood joints such as Newicks in Dover, BG's Boathouse in New Castle, and the old standby - Warrens in Kittery.  When summer really arrives, the lobster-in-the-rough places open for al-fresco lunches at picnic tables with plastic bibs and nut crackers for those tough lobster shells.  Our favorite is the Chauncy Creek Lobster Pier.  Best experienced at lunch time and with a little can of bug spray, Chauncy Creek is literally on a creek and you should not be surprised to see a kayak or two float by while you are enjoying your steamers.  The restaurant is BYO anything they don't sell.  So look at their menu, if they don't sell it (liquor, beer, cake, brie and crackers), you can bring it with you.

Your summer stay at the Martin Hill Inn can include one of these great lobster shacks, just tell us what you are looking for and we'll get you to the right place.

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