Boston Restaurant Blog -- September, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
I know the foliage season isn't quite here yet, but we headed up to Jackson, NH, anyway for the weekend, since it's such a nice spot any time of the year. We headed up on Friday, stopping at the Yankee Smokehouse in West Ossipee on the way. Lunch was excellent at this barbecue joint at the corner of Routes 16 and 25. The chicken cutlet sandwich with BBQ sauce was very tasty, as was the sliced pork sandwich. The sauces at the Yankee Smokehouse might not be of the caliber of, say, the Blue Ribbon BBQ, but it is always a good place to stop on the way to the White Mountains.
After arriving in Jackson and relaxing amidst the cool, clean air and the high mountains, we drove into North Conway to check out Zeb's, a fun country store in the center of town, then headed down to the Muddy Moose, a restaurant and pub near the factory outlets south of town. I wasn't all that impressed by the Muddy Moose; yes, the ski lodge atmosphere and the great beer selection help a bit, but the food was nothing special (decent bison burger, pretty good buffalo enchiladas) and the waitress was not very friendly and messed up our beer order, not even bothering to apologize when it was brought to her attention). We headed back to Jackson after dinner and had a round of beer at a terrific pub that a friend of mine had told me about. The Shannon Door is cozy, friendly, laid-back, and full of outdoors lovers--basically making it the perfect watering hole for me.
The next morning, after having a fine breakfast at the Inn at Ellis River, we drove through Crawford Notch to do some light hiking, then continued up Route 3 north toward the Vermont border and Canada. At Whitefield, a hotbed of great diners and family restaurants, we stopped at perhaps the best of the lot. In fact, Grandma's Kitchen was so good that it will likely be featured on our site soon, so stay tuned.
We never made it to Canada, but drove past dramatic northern landscapes in towns such as Groveton and Stark, eventually heading back to Jackson by way of Gorham and Pinkham Notch. After sitting by the river for awhile in Jackson, we headed down to North Conway to have dinner at the Stonehurst Manor, a stunning restaurant and hotel on a hill overlooking the Mount Washington Valley. To say that the Stonehurst Manor was a great experience would be an understatement. Everything about the place, from the elegant atmosphere to the outstanding food (the meat loaf and prime rib au jus were both delicious) to the excellent waitstaff, made it a special dining experience.
Sunday morning rolled around and it was time to return home. We had another excellent breakfast at the Inn at Ellis River, then wandered through the White Mountains, eventually ending up in the Lakes Region. We had lunch here, at a funky place called Bobby's Girl Diner in New Hampton, just west of Meredith. This diner is housed in the last of the Worcester Diners, and has charm like you can only imagine. The interior is all turquoise and pink, and cheesy murals and pictures adorn the walls. And each table has a really bad joke book that nevertheless allows for many laughs while waiting for the food. Speaking of food, our meals were typically good diner entrees, as the flame-broiled burger and the crispy chicken tenders were decent enough to keep us filled up and happy all the way back to Boston.
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Stonehurst by far was the worst restaurant I have ever been to! We went there in 12/07 on Christmas Day, to celebrate our Engagement about an hour earlier, and the first thing to happen, was a dead bug floating in my cosmo glass. The steak was worse than ones I have had at Applebee's and I HATE Applebee's! Not to mention the service, we mentioned we just got engaged and the server didn't even have a smile on her face during our meal. Not worth the money or the visit! Wish we had gone to the Red Fox! Always good food there!
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