P&H Truck Stop

Bakery | Diner | Donuts
Worth a detour

Outside, you smell diesel fumes, but the first thing you notice when you enter the P&H Truck Stop is the smell of bread. P&H bakes its own, and there are shelves of the good homemade loaves ready to be sold whole or sliced and toasted to accompany breakfast (served round the clock). Even if you aren’t a hungry trucker, the view inside is mighty appetizing. Beyond the bread, dozens of home made pies are displayed on their own shelves in the spacious dining room.

The menu’s listings are written in both English and French (for Canadian drivers). French translations give the most pedestrian meals a curiously epicurean twist, i.e. “Sandwich de Hamburgeoise Chaud” (a hot hamburger), “Fillet de Palourde avec Petit Pain” (a clam roll), and “Saucisse de Francfort” (a hot dog). Much of the food has an accent that truly is regional, including New England pot roast and a chowder listed almost every day on the blackboard menu. Our favorite is corn chowder: with a couple slabs of good toast, it is stalwart enough to be a meal unto itself. You can also get a hot meat loaf sandwich with potatoes on the side. Sandwiches are available on supermarket bread or on thick slices of the good P&H stuff. Top it off with such Downeast desserts as pudding made with Grape-Nuts and robust pies loaded with blueberries or piled high with sweet maple custard. And speaking of maple, breakfast pancakes and French toast are served with Vermont maple syrup (“sirop d’erable pur”). The menu patriotically guarantees that pure maple is “the only kind we’ll serve.”

P&H is a true truck stop, featuring bunkhouse rooms upstairs and a bulletin board next to the cash register where dispatchers and gear-jammers thumbtack messages to each other regarding loads that need hauling.

What to Eat
P&H Truck Stop, Dinner Roll
Dinner Roll
Now, where is that gravy for mopping? This is one terrific, utterly fresh dinner roll, delicious even without gravy or butter.
P&H Truck Stop, Yankee Pot Roast
Yankee Pot Roast
Call me a pot roast snob, but I prefer mine in big, fallapart hunks rather than thin slices. This roast is impeccably tender, but wasn't succulent enough to make me smile.
P&H Truck Stop, Hot Turkey Sandwich
Hot Turkey Sandwich
'Sandwich de dinde chaud,' hot turkey, is made from good-tasting oven-roasted bird and served, of course, on thick slices of P&H-made bread. I'd recommend getting French fries rather than the mashed potatoes.
P&H Truck Stop, Baked Beans
Baked Beans
Homemade Baked Beans along with a couple of nicely grilled wieners is a Saturday special at P & H.
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 156 MILES | 2 hr 45 min

Along the River

A drive along the Connecticut River is described as a one of "traditions, vivid history, deeply rooted farming heritage, call of the railroads, natural beauty, and recreation." And memorable Yankee fare in diners and truck stops, at farm stands and sugar shacks, and in town cafes.

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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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