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“bit of Euro in Newmarket”
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Poppers
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Find your way to the "OINK" flag along upper Main Street in downtown Newmarket, along the stone mill entrance built by the Newmarket Manufacturing Company in the mid-1800s, open the old wide black wooden door and prepare for a wild ride of flavors. Upon entering, you immediately see the glass-front coolers that contain the wide variety of house-made charcuterie and the blackboards listing the local vendors and farmers that supply the restaurant. Sit at the bar (open-kitchen style) or sit at a traditional table. What you will experience is not often found in the USA. There are regular items on the menu, all good and a wide variety of flavor experiences...and a list of daily specials that are also varied and interesting. Now...sit back..and remember...you're not here to eat a Weight Watchers meal..because "fat is flavor" ! But its not all nasty stuff..and probably healthier than the fried stuff you'd get at a national chain. The beer and wine list is varied enough for all needs - explore it. Your servers are polite as well as extremely knowledgeable about their wares...these folks are good ! Oh, yeah...besides the charcuterie, interesting salads with tasty things like pork confit, foie gras (yup !), there's even an elegant version of poutine - something you'd expect in a fine restaurant in Montreal. Not the kind of poutine you'd get in a Canadian hockey rink snack bar, but a finer version, nicely crispy fries, cheese curds, duck gravy (what else?) and...if you want to really go for the full flavor, add the foie gras to it - amazing paring, a portion worthy to be shared (you probably shouldn't eat one of these plates all by yourself, especially if you're there to try other delights too !). Small plates, medium plates and a few traditional entrees for those who want more "traditional fare": but traditional its not ! Try the bison short ribs: mmm comfort food. Lots of dishes served with local organic farm products that are really tasty: our winter fare included some awesome roast fingerling potatoes, root veggies such as rutabaga, parsnip and carrot. Cant wait to see what Poppers has in the summertime ! This place is a hidden gem: you'd expect to find it in more cosmopolitan Portsmouth - and then wait ages for a table with the rest of the tourists there, as well as probably paying $4-5 dollars more per entree, as well as parking. So - go find this gem and enjoy it while you can, and tell your friends - or maybe keep it a secret...shhhh !

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1  Thank Bob A
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Over the weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday mornings we went to Poppers for brunch. The first time it was just my wife and me, the next day with another couple.
Saturday the restaurant was not busy at all. The space is very pleasant and welcoming, especially for an old factory space. Marilyn welcomed us warmly and was very attentive. The food, a breakfast hamburger (breakfast sausage patty, thin potato pancake, cheese and egg, and a prosciutto wrapped asparagus turned into a take on eggs benedict, was tasty and well-prepared. The deep fried home fries were hot and tasty and not at all greasy. A superb Bloody Mary was an added treat. Upon hearing that we would be returning tomorrow and knowing my wife was looking forward to a Bailey’s special waffle, we were assured there would be one for her on Sunday.

So, Sunday dawns stormy—we are talking snow and 40-50 mph winds. Along with our friends, we ventured out since we had to get home, and Popper’s was on our way. The place was quite a bit busier, but we were greeted as if we were old friends and seated in an area by the pick up window away from the major hustle and bustle. The coffee was a bit slow in coming but the cups, a bit on the small side, were kept topped up. One of our friends ordered the asparagus dish my wife had yesterday, only to find out that there was no asparagus. She substituted the Flannel Hash. When it came, it was almost as if the Flannel Hash had been crossed with the other dish. Not all that appetizing. The Piglet, eggs, bacon home fries and toast, was ordinary with the bacon a bit overcooked. The special waffle was available; alas, it was cold. The accompanying hot Italian sausage was so good we bought a couple of pound to take home. Finally, the Monte Christo (Smoked Ham · Smoked Turkey · Aged Havarti · Smoked Bacon · French Toast · Strawberry Jalapeno Jam · Home Fries) was excellent.

So, two visits with different experiences. I’ll chalk some of the problems on Sunday up to the weather. All in all, we will definitely give them another chance and would like to try a supper.

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Thank rnmteach
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Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Poppers is a great place. It is not cheap, but the food is really good and really fresh. All the food is from local farms and of the best quality. Poppers may be "too different" for people who are used to going to Applebee's, but it is one of my favorites and worth a visit. The new entre menu was a great addition. The staff is friendly and remembers the regulars. My only criticism is the noise from chairs scraping on the floors.

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Thank Pathrep
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day and looking forward to a nice meal with friends. No mobile service in the bar and I say bar, NOT restaurant, so if your party is late there is NO WAY of contact. BAD service and I mean REALLY BAD, bizarre menu, EXPENSIVE, and the food is served in ugly Jethro Bodine bowls, looking like vomit and not tasting much better. If you are a pretentious, trendy wannabe who likes eating very expensive disgusting bits in a dark bar, then this is the place for you!

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1  Thank Lilleybells
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Located in the renovated mill building, the atmosphere is great for lunch, dinner or an evening stop for something light to go with a good selection of beer and wine

Thank GaryT421
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