Monday, March 21, 2011

Tandy's Top Shelf in Concord, New Hampshire

Whew! I don't know about you, but I am coming down from one crazy awesome/busy weekend. It all started when Z and I drove down to Connecticut Friday night to see some of my closest friends from college, followed by a mad dash back to Cambridge Saturday afternoon to attend a cooking class (more to come on that later this week). Finally, on Sunday, we went up to Loon Mountain for a day of snowboarding in the sunshine. It was a fantastic, albeit very packed, weekend.

With that being said, on our way home from snowboarding yesterday, Z and I were both famished and exhausted. We Googled a few restaurants on the way home, and finally decided to check out Penuche's Ale House in Concord, N.H. After walking around downtown Concord only to find Penuche's looked a little too sketchy for our liking, we (thankfully) stumbled upon Tandy's Top Shelf.

I didn't have my camera on me, but this place is definitely worth a mention. When we got there, we realized all drinks and appetizers were half off (until 7 p.m.), and spent just over $10 for two beers and an appetizer. We both enjoyed a Red Hook Mudslinger - which, despite it's delicious description, is a pretty flat-flavored brew - as well as Tandy's appetizer sampler. For the sampler, you can choose any three appetizers to share, so we opted for the Red Pepper and Artichoke Dip, Onion Rings, and Mozzarella Sticks. Nothing very healthy about this meal, but everything was tasty and well seasoned - and surprisingly, not overly greasy. The onion rings also came with a creamy horseradish dipping sauce, which I thought was a unique (and successful) accompaniment to the onion rings.

I'd love to go back to Tandy's to try their Veggie Wrap (served with an avocado ranch sauce) and Veggie Burger. After trying just a few of their appetizers, it's clear these guys know how to make some good, nothing-fancy pub grub.

Did you try any new restaurants this weekend?

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  1. My weekend was the exact opposite and filled with lots of low-key relaxing moments. I think we both had a great weekend!

  2. sounds like a busy but super fun weekend! you guys were all over the place. I love Red Hook beers, but have never sampled the Mudslinger. bummer it didn't deliver!

  3. Yum! Sometimes all you want is good beer and a not-so-hot-for-you appetizer selection. I love it :)


  4. I was at Loon on Saturday! BF and I skied all day and then had beer and apps at Common Man. The food was kind of ehh but the atmosphere was awesome! Was not easy to pry ourselves out of those comfy chairs and the free cheese + crackers were a bit hit.

  5. Melissa - small world! I'm surprised we didn't run into each other, since there was barely anyone else on the mountain. ;)

  6. Hey! I just found your blog, and I love it! I love the idea of eating healthy on a budget! Something I'm working on :)

    I didn't try any new restaurants over the weekend, but I did make a new cheesecake recipe for the weekend ,and it turned out well!