Ever wonder what it would be like if the chefs from your favorite restaurant came to your house, took over your kitchen, and cooked your favorite dishes just the way you like them? Well, on February 11th, your dreams came true! UNH Dining hosted an event called ONE: “ONE restaurant, ONE chef, ONE station, ONE place – Holloway Commons.” This unique event was a great chance for students to enjoy some of their New Hampshire favorites as well as discover new restaurants.
One of the great things about going to UNH is being in Durham. While the campus takes up most of the town, it feels like one giant community. Not matter where you are on campus, you’re never too far from the grocery store or a coffee shop. However, what Durham lacks in size it makes up for in food options! Sick of eating at the dining hall? (gasp) There are some great, locally owned places right down the street. Take Mama Mac’s, who made their famous Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese. Two classic dishes, one delicious creation! Thai Smile 2 made Nutty Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai. My friend (shout out to Corey!) waited in a line that snaked throughout HoCo for the Pad Thai, and she said it was totally worth the wait! Ko-Yo Sushi took over the sushi station with fresh Baja, Avocado, Vegetable, California, and Spicy Crab rolls. Sushi lovers had plenty of choices, and it seemed to be going quickly!
While Durham has plenty of places to keep everybody happy, there are tons of other hidden gems nearby as well. My new favorite discovery is Good Karma Café in Exeter. They made a delicious Tomato Quinoa Soup that I loved, plus a yummy Berry Bliss smoothie. It was vegetarian heaven! For those more meat-inclined, Rocky’s Famous Burgers supplied their Batman Burger, which was piled high with bacon, cheddar cheese, onions, and BBQ sauce. Rocky’s is a cult favorite among UNH students, and everyone was pretty excited to see their favorite burger. Panzanella’s Pizzeria in Newmarket made Pepperoni Pinwheels, which were definitely a crowd-pleaser and a potential party snack idea. I foresee many UNH students trying to recreate those at their next Super Bowl party. My go-to place for a great meal in Downtown Portsmouth, Popover’s on the Square, was also there with the best part of any meal—dessert! They prepared Chocolate Mousse with Dark Chocolate Ganache, which was basically heaven in a cup. I saw many students going for seconds, challenging the “one” theme, but everything was so good it was hard to stop!
On a more personal note, one night after a hockey game, my friend (second shout out to Corey!) and I were starving. We decided to go to Mama Mac’s, which I had never been to before, for a late night snack. We had so much fun eating Mediterranean Mac and Cheese (which I HIGHLY recommend) and reminiscing about our first days at UNH. We would not have had that experience unless Mamma Mac’s stayed open after the game to feed hungry students.
With access to such great places to eat on and off campus, UNH students are seriously spoiled. I have friends who go to other schools that complain about both their on and off campus options. This part of New Hampshire in particular is filled with local businesses that make an effort to support their communities in addition to making excellent food. This event speaks to the symbiotic relationship UNH has with Durham and other New Hampshire communities: they work great apart, but are even better together.
Written by Samantha Friedman, UNH Class of 2015.