Twin Mountain, Littleton, NH area recs
Had a quick dinner at the Gypsy Cafe in Lincoln, NH last weekend. A very respectable foccacia came first--but we had to ask for bread. Thai salad with grilled shrimp was really quite outstanding...marinade zesty and shrimp cooked just right. Lots of nice greens/veggies with a lime/cilantro dressing. My daughter had the shrimp quesadilla, also well prepared with olives and good quality cheese. Desserts looked great on surrounding tables and we were tempted, but passed.....I'd definitely recommend in this chow-challenged area!
Thanks for the suggestions..We didn't make the Littleton Diner due to logistics but all indications and comments we heard were good..likewise Polly's Pancake.
We did hit the Crustaceans Restaurant in the Thayer House and can't recommend it especially to chowhounds. Point of maximum interest: A drunk falling off the barstool still wearing his baseball (or was it a John Deere hat) and being escorted out lurching through the dining room..soon followed by his buddy...must have been the designated driver.
Really poor amateurish service..rolls at the end of the meal when they had to be asked for..steak tough as shoe leather, clams linguine with the smallest cultured clams
I have ever seen..about the size of dimes. Numerous requests for the check when the manager or hostess ultimately brought it. Waittress not seen for the last half hour. I'd pass this one by unless you're looking for some offbeat entertainment.
Rosa Flamingo's in Bethlehem is another server amateur hour. Unable to answer any questions regarding meal preparation such as whether a veal dish is a pounded cutlet or a ground patty. In all fairness, she did get the answer and was correct (pounded). Half roast duck was quite tough and the server was never in the area to request a stiletto to get the carving job done so a sharpened stick had to do.
Sambuca's and coffee's were ordered but the coffee portions required a flare gun to get the server's attention and ultimate serving.
Fabyan Station was our third choice and probably the best though really not Chowhound material. OK food, OK service..nice surrrounding in old rail station.
I think that if you want really good food and professional service in this area, you may have to pay the price of the likes of the Mount Washington Hotel and gentlemen, wear your jackets.
Down the road in Whitefield, NH, you will find one of the real treasures of Northern NH. The Mountain View Grand resort, is a fully restored, wood hotel in the style of the MT. Washington and the Balsams. The dining rooms are open to the public and serve breakfast, brunch/lunch, and dinners. Breakfast and lunch are surprisingly reasonable, considering your magnificent surroundings. Here is a link to their website: