Recently we made our way to downtown Portsmouth for another blog shoot. This trip brought us to 103 Congress St. at The District. Although it was too rainy to sit out on their patio, we were happy to go inside and try some menu items, take some photos, and learn more about this great restaurant. To help us achieve all of this was The District's owner, David Takis.
It's great to be here, David. Please tell us a bit about The District.
The District is a casual fine dining restaurant like no other. Located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, NH, you’ll appreciate our seasonally inspired, approachable menus that feature local ingredients from more than 18 local area farms. Our dining room is warm but elegant, and outside on scenic Congress Street you’ll find the largest outdoor dining patio in downtown Portsmouth. We are Portsmouth’s late night dining, serving dinner 5 to midnight seven days a week!
For our first dish we tried the Crab Salad Napolean
It is made up of local fried green tomato with a crispy light panko crust, add lump crab, sweet corn & avocado salsa, and we season it with a chipotle aioli and a sweet basil oil all topped off with organic micro greens.
Up next came the Trio of Tacos.
The first is a house made chorizo taco, accented with pico de gallo and creme fraiche. The next on the plate is a freshly caught fried fish taco topped with habanero sauce and our house slaw, and then, to round out the dish, a Korean braised short rib taco accented with an apple slaw and a house made kimchi. All three tacos are wrapped in a freshly made corn tortilla.
Our next dish was the Salmon & Risotto.
Grilled All Natural Salmon served with smoked Maine mussel & lobster risotto, sautéed spinach and a light lemon sabayon sauce, a light, mousse-like Italian sauce.
Our last meal was the Chicken and Waffles.
Beer battered chicken perfectly fried paired with a Belgian waffle and New Hampshire maple syrup from North Family Farms.
The food tasted excellent. Can you tell us more about your menu?
Fresh seafood, fine cuts of steak, vegetarian delights, and a gluten-free menu are just the beginning of what we have to offer. We offer brunch on both Saturday & Sunday brunch 9am-3pm. Our full-service bar presents local craft beers and martinis, innovative handcrafted cocktails including our dope local rhubarb mojito (seasonal-when we can hound our local folk to keep cutting it) and (now) our black mission fig-tahitian vanilla infused bourbon.
Thank you for everything, we had a great time at The District. What does being an independent restaurant in Portsmouth mean to you?
Being a small independent local business in NH, having local farms in our back yards, provides us with the opportunity to support our local farms. If I need to buy peas, I can either buy them from a food distributor or get them directly from a farm a few miles up the road. Our local farm produce provides fresher products to our customers and helps our local economy at the same time. In the end, we get fresher food, and we support our friends and neighbors. It’s a win for everyone.
In addition to their delicious food, The District has a great selection of drinks at their bar. To see photos of a few drinks, some extra dishes, and more bonus content, check out the slideshow below. A big thanks to all the staff and everyone that made this post a possibility. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our next blog post!