About Regional Flavor
Vintage diners continue to flourish in the Granite State, where the maple-syrup consciousness is high. Thus, it is a great place to have breakfast. But don’t neglect first-rate seafood down by the shore and one of the best turkey dinners in the east up in the Lakes Region. Good ice cream shops are found throughout New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Regional Specialties
High whole-grain consciousness, a bounty of maple syrup, and the tradition of farm-worker hours make New Hampshire a significant breakfast state. At Polly's Pancake Parlor in the White Mountains, stone-ground buckwheat, corn, or whole wheat flour pancakes can be dressed with fancy-grade syrup, granulated maple sugar, or butter-thick maple spread.
The Yankee version of Irish-American corned beef-and-cabbage, boiled dinner also includes root vegetables. It is never fancied-up with gravy or upscale cuts of meat. Leftover boiled dinner is used to make the next morning's corned beef hash.
Grape-Nuts pudding and Grape-Nuts ice cream are big favorites in this part of the world. What's good about adding the hard little pebbles of cereal to creamy dessert is that the cereal softens to become ribbons of earthy grain that contrasts so nicely to its ethereal medium. In a state with high ice cream consciousness, Grape-Nuts ice cream is a must-eat sensation.
A minimal menu features lobster at its best, including sherry-scented lobster rolls and fluffy chowder, which is a swirl of butter, cream, and sweet crustacean.
For casual summertime food eaten under a sunny sky, a picnic table at The Ice House is the right spot: burgers, fried clams, chowder, & ice cream star.
A popular, all-purpose New Hampshire restaurant, Puritan's has something for everyone; it boasts of being the place chicken tenders first were served.
Worcester Diner #837 in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Four Aces serves hash house fare with a Yankee twist: big food, low prices and greasy-spoon ambiance to spare.
Artisan pastries accompany coffee and the world's best hot chocolate at L.A. Burdick, one of New England's top chocolatiers.
The beautiful Sunny Day diner gets the finest vanilla available for ice cream and makes from-scratch turkey croquettes and homey gravy. A New Hampshire gem!
A mid-20th century diner with a large new room and kitchen added on the back, Tilt'n is great for breakfast, especially when roast beef hash is on the menu.
Bishop's has been a summertime destination for ice cream lovers for more than three decades. We love the unique New England specialty flavor, Grapenuts.
At Markey's, we recommend the utterly grease-free fried seafood and the lobster roll. Sit out back on the covered deck and look out over the river.