just what is it about those New Hampshire Diners
Love the Red Arrow diner, Mary Ann's in Derry NH...Good food, cool atmosphere. I recently went to Dream Diner in Tyngsboro. Sat at the bar as I was passing thru for a quick breakfast. The place is ALL regulars in there in the mornings. I know some like the feel of everyone know's everyone, but they were so inquisitive about me that I thought they were going to try to get my blood type by the time I left. Food was underwhelming at best.
That's too bad, Dream Diner is owned by same family from the Owl in Lowell - usually very good in there but I've only been twice. Eggs Bennie is to die for though, anything with ham is phenominal - they bake several a day - big thick pieces. Another great little one in Chelmsford, Vinyl Sq. is Rosie's Diner. It's another Owl Diner sister.
I've got to get to Mary Ann's - keep hearing great things.
Also another great recent find - Dracut - Cynda Ann's House of Ham.
I love the Red Arrow in Manch too. I also think many are made in Pennsyvania. We were in South Beach Miami on vacation and could never find a place open early enough in the morning for just a simple breakfast - found it, a diner (they bought in Pa. - I think) . It's the 10th or 11th Street Diner.
There is one in Derry Nh that everyone talks about. I love George's Diner in Merideth, NH but my altime favorite is Lowell Ma. - 4 Sister's Owl Diner.
I think it's pretty simple:
(a) Mostly due to the proliferation of diners in the Northeast, with one of the major historic manufacturers of diners being located fairly close by (Worcester, MA)
(b) Diners are photogenic and a nice place to be seen shaking hands with people.
As far as good diners in NH, I particularly like
(a) The Red Arrow Diner in Manchester
(b) Lindy's Diner in Keene
(c) Tumble Inn Diner in Claremont
It's definitely not just a NH thing, New England probably has the second highest concentration of "diners" after NJ.
In addition to those listed above, check out Andy's place (not the classic diner structure, but the same type of atmosphere) Great food, quick friendly service, and a great little bread/muffin selection to start the meal. I've also heard very good things (never been) about the "Airport Diner" it's not at the airport, it's on Brown Ave near the airport.
I recently tried the Tumble Inn and I liked it. I had the vegie omelet with cheese and home fries. The omelet was more green than pale yellow, there were so many vegies in there, and I loved the home fries at this diner above all others. They slice them thin, like scalloped potatoes and then fry them on the grill so they have a nice big crunchy surface.
I had a bite of the corned beef hash as well and it was tasty.
I was not impressed by the toast though, so skip it if you want a a more substantial bread. The wheat toast was basically a wheat-colored white bread. The coffee was ho hum as well.
If they ever started making their own bread, a nice whole grain oat or wheat, that would be the best!