Boston Restaurant Blog -- March, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Just got back from a snowshoeing and hiking weekend in the North Conway area up in New Hampshire. Actually, there was little of either since there was so much mud in the White Mountains (even in Pinkham Notch). But it's always fun going to North Conway, Glen, and Jackson, and, of course, there are lots of restaurants to try in the area.
We arrived around lunchtime and stopped at the Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing Company in North Conway for a quick lunch. The Moat, as some call it, has excellent food and even better beer. The chili with brisket was delicious, as was the flatbread with hummus and the bison quesadillas. Moat Mountain is family-friendly, so if you're going up to North Conway with the kids, this is a great restaurant to check out.
After some snowshoeing and hiking in Pinkham Notch, we wandered around North Conway for a bit (Zeb's General Store in the center of town is a really fun place to go!), then headed up to the little town of Glen for dinner at the Margarita Grill (formerly known as Margaritaville), a Mexican restaurant across from the Red Parka Pub just west of where Routes 16 and 302 intersect. I used to like Margaritaville / Margarita Grill a lot, but our meals were average at best this time around. Hopefully it was just an off night for them.
On Sunday, we had a great breakfast at the Cabernet Inn, which is where we stayed. The Cabernet Inn, which is really a nice place to stay, is only a few hundred yards north of the Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery; both are about a mile and a half north of the center of North Conway. After leaving the Cabernet Inn, we drove down to Wolfeboro, but the town was mostly closed for the winter months, so we continued to Epsom, where we had lunch at a dining spot called the Circle Restaurant. Now the Circle doesn't look like much--it has a huge sign that towers over the traffic circle where Route 28 meets Route 4, and the interior of the restaurant has a lot of turquoise (chairs, walls, etc.). But the food was excellent and dirt cheap, including an open-faced turkey sandwich and a roast beef dinner, both of which were around 6 or 7 dollars. The turkey was some of the best I have had in a long time.
So basically we hit two great restaurants on our trip to New Hampshire and one that disappointed. I know that I'll definitely be going to the Moat again soon, as it is in a convenient location and the beer selection alone makes it worth going to.
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