This little diner is in Plymouth, which is only a minute or two from the Cold Spring Resort, where we stayed in Ashland. Classic diner with fun signs on the walls, stools at the counter for fast service...and a fabulous Reuben sandwich! Corned beef was lush. Give it a try if you are in the area....and many thanks to ElaineCatherine of VT for the tip!
The Mile Away restaurant specializes in Swiss/German cuisine, but also offers typical American dishes. I like the sausages, schnitzel and bratwurst, but I really love the prime rib! You pay one price for your meal, which includes your salad, soup, main course AND desert and coffee. Portions may look a little small-ish, compared to other restaurants, but once you've finished all of your courses including desert, you do not leave hungry! I find the portion sizes to be perfect and the management is wise in their restraint.
The building itself is an old farmhouse with 3 fireplaces. It's nice to eat dinner with a blazing fire nearby! It's a great experience! My only complaint is they close too early. But this is a common problem in NH. They are open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, and Sundays, 1:00 to 7:00 pm.
This place is a Milford, NH institution! The restaurant has been in business for generations, though I think it may have changed family ownership once or twice. They've has been known to close up temporarily during the slower winter months, so call ahead in wintertime to make sure they're open.
Favorite Dish: Order the prime rib or the wiener schnitzel. You can't go wrong, unless you're a veggie!
The Hannah Jack Tavern in Merrimack, NH.
The building really is a genuine antique. It is divided into small, intimate rooms with about 4 tables each. Some rooms have a fireplace.
The restaurant has been in business for well over 20 years - at least, that's how long my family has been frequenting it. I just recently ate there after a long absence and everything was just as I remembered it!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Hannah Jack closed when the owners decided to retire! So sad! Keeping the tip for sentimental reasons... I wish they had decided to sell instead, but maybe the atmosphere would have changed too much anyway with new owners. Local bakeries still sell the 'Hannah Jack bread' which is a semi-sweet, soft bread filled with raisins and nuts. So delicious! I understand The Common Man restaurant has opened in the old Hannah Jack location. I'll write a review when I get over there.
Favorite Dish: The prime rib is the best anywhere. The salad bar has very unique and tasty items, and the Hannah Jack is known for its soft loaves of bread made with raisins and nuts. Delicious!
Another terrific restaurant is Polly's Pancake Parlor.. you can go to their website and get all of the information, and even order maple syrup and pancake mixes...it's worth it!
Favorite Dish: I believe that would be PANCAKES!
If ever you find yourself in the Manchester, NH area...Don't miss driving down Candia Road to Goldenrod's. Now, if the weather is warm, you will spot it due to all of the cars lined up on the street & the full parking lot.
Is it worth waiting in the line outdoors?
Most definitely yes.
You will have your choice of many homemade flavors of ice cream.
My personal favorites are coffee, black raspberry, & when the mood hits: Almond Joy.
If you have kids (or feel like one)...They have a great bubble gum ice cream.
The scoops are huge!
This restaurant doesn't look like anything I would care for from the outside.
Anyway, someone talked me into trying it one day & I'm so glad I did.
The rolls that they bring to your table (hot) with an herbed olive oil dipping sauce are absolutely mouth watering. Also, try their delicious sweet Italian sausage soup. The name does not do it justice!
The pizza is excellent and you will be full, happy, & not broke when you leave.
the Bridgewater Inn is now one of the local watering spots on the lake. It has expanded to feature itseld as a Japanese Steakhouse and Tavern with new owners (from my viewpoint) Soon-Jin and Dianna.
Great atmosphere with a friendly if loud crowd.
Favorite Dish: Most anything,
Excellent Open-Pit Barbecue. The extras on the menu -- corn, fries, cole slaw, dessert -- are adequate, but remember what you are there for. Focus on the meat. The Decor is done in Early Porcine, and it is swine souvenier central. Last I knew they didn't take credit cards, but there is an ATM 100 yards up the road.
Favorite Dish: Pulled pork
It is a mark of an authentic New England restaurant to offer beans for breakfast. This is a carryover from the logging camp breakfasts of 3-5,000 calories, with pancakes for early energy, eggs for midday energy, and beans to keep you on your feet late in the day. It is still favored by those who will labor during the day with little or nothing at lunch. The lumberjacks in turn got the idea from the old Yankees. Beans, then called pease (as in pease porridge hot) were the puritan canonical dish for centuries.
I never have the beans myself, but their presence on the menu suggests a restaurant that has good pie. And in New Hampshire, it is acceptable to eat pie for breakfast.
They bill it as "Incredible Edibles" and that it is. Sandwiches built to order...or try one of their creative combinations. Salads of most any description...daily specials, sweets, fruits, and fresh baked. Catering also available, (in case you are staying in the area). Green Mountain Gourmet Coffee, Boar's Head Meats...a long list of accompaniments.
Ashland is the home of the original Common Man restaurant but there are a number of them scattered throughout the territory. You feel as if you are in an old barn filled with memorabilia on the walls... friendly wait staff to make things seem homey. Good American food, homemade deserts. At the entrance you will find collections of old magazines on hunting or other collectible subjects...and the honor system is used for purchase of those. There was a St. Patrick's Day party on the 2nd floor when we were there, so we were treated to lots of Irish music.
Newick's is right off of Route 4 in Dover, New Hampshire. It's the perfect place to go to after a day at the beach. They served fresh boiled lobsters, great fried seafood and baked seafood too. They do have a kids menu with stuff like cheeseburgers and chicken fingers too. It's extremely casual. There are long bench seats that you may share with another family, but the view of the Great Bay is amazing and really worth it! The prices are reasonable as well.
Favorite Dish: Onion rings are my favorite food in the universe, and theirs are the best. Their portions are way to huge for even my entire family to eat.
Benton's is a traditional New England sugar shack, producing it's own maple syrup on-site for 4 generations! They sell an extensive variety of all things maple-y... candies, spreads, syrups, etc. And every weekend, they open up their kitchen and have an awesome pancake breakfast!
While you're waiting for your table (no reservations) you can look at exhibits and sugaring paraphernalia they have around the restaurant. But the stars are the pancakes! People come from all over the region - locals and tourists alike. It's a real unpretentious, downhome kind of place.
Benton's is only open on weekends for breakfast, though they may have increased hours of operation during the sugaring season (Feb thru Apr). I consider this place to be a great alternative to the overpriced and more well known Polly's Pancake Parlour in Sugar Hill.
You probably aren't used to hearing the words "shockingly expensive" and "pancake house" in the same sentence, but it fits in this case.
Polly's is an institution - and it knows it. Many people claim that Polly's has the best pancakes in the region - and for what they charge, they had better be! It is located in the Sugar Hill area, which is home to more than it's share of the high-end B&Bs, so everything is more expensive around here.
It's worth trying - once - IF you're in the neighborhood. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to make a special trip here.
Favorite Dish: The pancakes are certainly good, and the variety of maple products they bring you to put on them is impressive - the glaze, with the consistency of peanut butter, is the best. But a plate of 6 3-in. bluberry pancakes costs 7 bucks!!! A la carte!!!! I don't care if they are made by angels - that is pricey! You can't throw a stone anywhere in New Hampshire and not hit a pancake house, so there are certainly other choices.
If you must have the whole cutesy/farmhouse/syrup-made-on-premisis experience, then may I suggest Benton's Sugar Shack. I'll put a seperate tip for them. Benton's, however is only open on the weekends outside of the sugaring season.
Pollys Pancake Parlor. it´s not only for Breakfast. Here you can have all the Pancakes and Waffles and French Toast and of course Sandwiches and Homemade Bread etc. you want.
They use no prepared mixes, the maple sirup and maple sugar is made by themselfes also.
The house itself was built in 1830 and is a view itself.
Restaurant open weekends 7AM April, early May, late Oktober and November
OPEN DAILY mid-May thru Mid-Oktober 7AM
Favorite Dish: Walnut- Pancakes with Maple Sirup of course!
100 Portsmouth Blvd, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801, United States
Good for: Business
Stayed last psring and this summer and every time the service, accomodation and staff were amazing....more
21 Front Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, 03102, United States
Good for: Couples