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Old World Elegance at Manchester Steakhouse

By Kelly Church

On the corner of Hanover and Pine in Manchester, NH, the Hanover Street Chophouse serves beautiful food with good wine- and a charitable spirit. With an elegant atmosphere that pulls from elements of old world steakhouses, the Hanover Street Chophouse strives to not only serve some of the best cuisine in Manchester, but to buy local and to give back to the community.

There's no doubt that owner Steven Clutter has built something extraordinary. His long list of recognitions for the restaurant range from Diners' Choice 2014 Award for Top 100 "Best Steakhouses in America" to "Best Bathrooms" in 2013 by The Hippo Press. The steakhouse has even won Wine Spectator Magazine's "Award of Excellence" every year since 2006.

It's easy to see why. The menu is like a love letter to food: you can order a dry aged bone-in rib-eye or a filet Mignon cooked in truffle butter, then pair it with bacon-wrapped scallops or a lobster tail. Finish it off with a rich chocolate torte or a strawberry rhubarb tart. The carefully-curated wine list boasts over 200 wines- as well as an impressive selection of bourbon and whiskey.

The Hanover Street Chophouse has made local, sustainable food a priority- to the point that they grow some of it themselves. "We buy as much local as we can get and have been buying local long before it came into Vogue," says Steven Clutter, Owner. "A good portion of our produce this summer will come from one of three of our own gardens."

However the team behind the Hanover Street Chophouse is doing it, they're making it work- and work well. Customer reviews are nothing short of outstanding. Many call it their new favorite restaurant, and nearly all of them call out service as "perfection."

For the staff at Hanover Street Chophouse, though, the service is about more than just exquisite food. The restaurant supports local organizations throughout the year in order to benefit the community.

"We spend a tremendous amount of time, energy and money giving back to our community," Clutter says. "Participation in various culinary fundraisers for Easter Seals, YMCA and Share our Strength, to name a few. A large amount of our donations are for children and especially children who are sick."

The Hanover Street Chophouse has partnered with many groups that advocate for awareness on behalf of children, including Make a Wish, The Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County, and Families in Transition. They don't stop there, though. They have previously partnered with hospitals, food banks, the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association, and the local animal shelter.

"We pride ourselves with trying to be a part of the good of Manchester," Clutter says. "It is very important and we are happy to do it!"

Clutter appears to have carved out his home in the 5-star restaurant industry with the Hanover Street Chophouse. Slide into a tufted leather seat, order a glass of wine, and enjoy the old-fashioned elegance that this Manchester steakhouse has in spades.

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