Concord, food capital of New Hampshire? You bet!

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As you make your foliage sojourns through the Granite State this fall, take a break from artificial apple and pumpkin-flavored foods and stop in Concord, NH, to sample tastes from cultures all around the world. Within the 19th-century brick architecture, downtown Concord hosts a smattering of different international restaurants and bakeries.

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You can grab lunch or dinner at the House of India, a family owned and operated Indian restaurant. You can dine on authentic Indian cuisine that is prepared by the matriarch of the Kaur family. The restaurant itself is homey and the quality, authenticity, and taste of the food is unparalleled in the state. Prices for dinner entrées range from $8-15.

The chefs at Siam Orchid are guided by family recipes passed down through generations. Located in a newly renovated space on Main Street, the sophisticated atmosphere of the restaurant only enriches the taste of unique Thai dishes. The new location is quaint and boasts a great view of Main Street. Entrees range from $15-20.

If you are looking for a romantic dinner or a high-end lunch, Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano is the place to go. The rich taste of beautifully crafted Italian food made from only the finest and freshest ingredients will treat your taste buds. As you dine, you can soak in the relaxing atmosphere of white painted brick walls illuminated by soft lighting and candlelight. Dinner Entrees range from $15-25.

Get a taste of Greece at the Gyro House. The menu has a wide variety of Greek foods, the featured item of course being the gyro. The service is speedy and you can choose to eat in or grab something for the road. Prices range from $6-10, but every gyro comes complete with French fries inside and tzatziki sauce of course.

For dessert, check out Aissa Sweets. Only a mile from Main Street, it sells pastries that are crafted using Middle Eastern cooking traditions. Founded by Ahmad Aissa, a Syrian native, and his wife Evelyn, Aissa Sweets known for its melt-in-your-mouth Baklava. These sweets are made in Concord but sold at farmers markets, fresh markets, and coops all over New England. When you go in the bakery on State Street, Ahmed and Evelyn are there to serve you.

Concord is a testament to the statement that you don’t have to sacrifice access to delicious and diverse cuisine to experience the charm of a quintessential New England city.

For more information: www.concordnhchamber.com/visitor_info.html

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