In this beautifully restored diner, expect scrupulous attention to be paid to every detail, such as obtaining the finest vanilla available for ice cream and from-scratch turkey croquettes served with real mashed potatoes and homey gravy.
Worthy fried clams and lobster rolls that are well-known to locals but mostly a secret to visitors passing by on the interstate. We recommend the utterly grease-free fried seafood and the lobster roll. Sit out back on the covered deck (the choicest seating) and look out over the river.
While most Roadfood restaurants have a particular dish or two to draw our attention, the Friendly Toast masters the entire meal of breakfast. Bread is made on the premises and is used for sandwiches and delightfully thick French toast. Be sure to order home fries to accompany any plate. Omelets are light and fluffy and filled with a fresh selection of ingredients.
Tucked down an alley just off the main drag in downtown Portsmouth, Annabelle’s award-winning natural ice cream has been turning heads and making smiles since Lewis Palosky cranked up his churns in 1982. Witty marquees accent the small shop, and generous tasting spoonfuls give Annabelle’s a distinctively quirky vibe that perfectly suits Portsmouth’s eclectic, seacoast character.
The exterior of Lago’s Lone Oak is the picture of roadside ice cream stands with long outdoor counters and multiple windows for serving the queued-up masses. Lone Oak also serves a full drive-in menu of hamburgers, great hot dogs, and locally-made draft sodas (from Captain Eli’s of Portland, Maine). Hot dog connoisseurs will appreciate how the cooks place a bed of chopped purple onions in the bun underneath the hot dog for a crunchy surprise.