Grub in the Granite State: What to Eat in New Hampshire
Find the ice cream, lobster, maple syrup and other foods that make New Hampshire as delicious as it is beautiful.
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Hungry in New Hampshire?
New Hampshire is backboned with granite mountains and laced with pristine lakes. It’s a vacation destination for its natural beauty, with plenty of iconic foods along its byways. Rolling hills are lush with apple orchards, and small farms abound, providing restaurants across the state with close sources for fresh produce and protein. And even with just a kiss of ocean shoreline, there is plenty of fresh seafood. If you like it fried, the state has you covered.
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It stands to reason that a state with a serious maple syrup operation would put a high priority on pancakes. With views of the White Mountains and preserved historic properties including the home of Robert Frost, the town of Sugar Hill holds Polly's Pancake Parlor. Try the whole grain pancakes, which are made from freshly milled flours and served with the house maple syrup. Diners can mix batters (plain, whole wheat, buckwheat) and additions (coconut, ginger, blueberries) for endless combinations. Your server makes the cakes and delivers them in two rounds to make sure they are piping hot.
When an apple orchard opens a bistro to source hyper-locally throughout their orchards, barns and fields, apple fans should plan a visit. Sure, at Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls — the oldest and largest in the state — you can find rows of apple pies and cider doughnuts in their market. Dash into the Bistro for more than just apples, including pâté graced with apples and walnuts
Apple Cider Cocktails
Chicken and Waffles
Chocolate Chip Cookie
The folks at Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith wanted to make wine from what grows well in the Granite State. The answers was fruit, especially apples. The rest is history. They now specialize in fruit wines styled like grape wines. Their Sparkling Harvest Apple Wine is made from heirloom varieties from Apple Hill Orchard harvested at their peak and bottled with a light effervescence.