Portsmouth is one of my favorite places. It’s like this ever-changing mini city that is constantly evolving for the people that live and play there. When I was growing up there were about 3 restaurants and 2 stores worth visiting in downtown Portsmouth.
Now it’s buzzing with culture, unique eats and thriving businesses. But still, one of the greatest things about it is that in many ways, it remains the same. The streets are brick and crooked, the buildings are quintessentially old, the stores are exceptionally quirky and the restaurants are continuously surprising and delightful.
Fezziwig’s Food and Fountain was no exception to that. Probably one of the most unique cafes I have ever been in, Fezziwig’s is a must-stop for anyone visiting Portsmouth for lunch (or breakfast or dinner). This restaurant is a sister to its parent shop Pickwick’s Mercantile, a historically inspired shoppe that flawlessly depicts the merriment, peculiarity and charm of days gone by.
The festive atmosphere of Pickwick’s seamlessly spills over into the cafe with costumed baristas and exquisite decorum. The elaborately decorated space transcends time and brings you to a fairy-tale place where everything has a little bit more wonder to it.
And who doesn’t need a little wonder in their Sunday afternoon?! We certainly did, and girl talk and tomato soup was on the menu today.
The tomato bisque I ordered was creamy and thick, with toasted croutons floating on top, just waiting for us to dig in. The turkey BLT was hearty and wholesome, with a salad and a crisp pickle on the side.
This is not one of those cafes where you leave and you’re hungry 20 minutes later because your sandwich was made on tiny bread and had two lettuce leaves on it. This food is genuine good eats, and kept me warm and satisfied for hours.
I mean did we leave and go straight to Stonewall Kitchen for free brownie samples? Maybe.
But at least we had our salad first.