Tasty tapas with creative twists.

By Catherine Smart

Chef and owner Matt Louis has some hard-won bragging rights: He’s a two-time James Beard Award Best Chef, Northeast semifinalist and a three-time Food & Wine nominee for The People’s Best New Chef. Sample his super-flavorful and unexpected New England-style tapas, and you’ll taste what all the fuss is about. From Salt & Vinegar Frites, which we assumed would be potatoes but what arrived was a twist on fried hasty pudding made with locally grown and milled cornmeal, to luscious Chicken Cacciatore, and fresh Heirloom Tomatoes with sumac vinaigrette—you’ll never get a boring bite. Stop in for a drink and snack, or a parade of small plates you can call dinner—it’s always warm service, good vibes, and a pleasant sock to the taste buds.


106 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH

  • Must Have

Salt & Vinegar Frites

Creamy and crunchy fried cornmeal pudding with shallot remoulade. A friendly reminder in the age of Instagram that beige food can be damn delicious.

  • Insider Tip

Louis loves a good pickle. Whether it’s marinated shellfish, dilly beans, or fried pickle chips, be sure to sample something he’s brined.

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