Red Arrow Diner Manchester NH. Best pancakes ever!
I had breakfast today with my husband, we went for the pancakes we had seen on our last trip, which we wished we had bought instead of the country chicken. I ordered mine with peanut butter chips and banana slices cooked inside.
I am by no means a breakfast person, But I am still thinking of those pancakes.
For anyone who loves griddlecakes, this is Mecca.
I won't set foot in that place on weekend nights, you get all the drunks coming in. It is almost like the diner scene in Animal House, I keep waiting for someone to squeeze mashed potatoes out of their mouths. ugh.
But, if you go at about 4p on a weekday, they have this one waitress... she is AWESOME! I wish I had gotten her name, she had me in stitches. I wish she was working the morning I got those pancakes...
This place was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, among other sorts of things. So I can well imagine it's very busy. :)
Either I am missing something or I just went on a bad day. I counted about 3 blueberries in each of my blueberry pancakes, which were otherwise rather dense and dry. Then they had the nerve to charge $1.50 for a tiny (1 oz.) bottle of maple syrup which didn't even suffice for 1 pancake. When I requested more syrup, they charged another $1.50 for the second bottle! We buy our pure maple syrup at BJ's for $9.99 for a 48 ounch jug, so there is no excuse for this.
Since it was around 2:30pm, the others in my party had hot lunch plates, featuring bland meatloaf with canned vegetables. We topped it off by sharing some chocolate cream pie which had some sort of sugary artificial topping instead of real whipped cream.
My quest for a real diner shall continue.
My wife and I went about two weeks ago and I suppose to be charitable, I could call it mediocre. The pancakes were no better than IHOP, and the blue plate special was overly fatty pot roast with frozen fries. I believe they benefit from the fact that most people are really not very picky about breakfast. As for USA Today, they mainly pick places that look funky, in which category this place scores high. Do you really think they visited every diner in America?