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Aug 18, 2008 11:54 AM

Lunch in or around Concord, NH

Headed west through NH on Friday, and we'll be ready for a lunchbreak right around Concord. Suggestions? Not looking for anything fancy, just good solid road food. Will have a 4-year-old in tow--a pretty accommodating one, but still...


PS, Thanks to all who posted about the Yankee Smokehouse. Turns out I was about 30 miles off when I was planning my route. Curse you, Google Maps!

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    1. re: whs

      Arnie's would be good - some bbq items and their own ice cream. If you have a hankering for really rare roast beef sandwich with bbq sauce and a side of onion rings, I like Beefside on Manchester Street. In a Pinch Cafe is my favorite for soups, salads and sandwiches. They have daily specials shown on their website. The original is up near Concord High School near the corner of Fruit/Pleasant and Warren. They are on Pleasant. Parking is kind of tight. Small area/small tables for inside eating. Their new location is larger. Directions say 2 Pillsbury St which is a large office building. Park in back, enter in back and the Cafe is right there on your right. To get there travel done south Main St/Rt 3A. From downtown Concord it will be on your right. You just have to know that South Main St vears to the right at the MacDonalds/Vinnie's Pizza. You wouldn't know the cafe was there if you didn't have directions. It's more spacious.
      Depending on your route ... the Smokeshack in Boscawen near Exit 17/Rt 93 is great and now has indoor seating.

      1. re: whs

        I second Arnie's - awesome pulled pork sandwich and want to try ribs next time (looked excellent).

        1. re: whs

          Based on the recs we tried out Arnie's. All in all, it was pretty good but nothing spectacular. The pulled pork sandwich was very good, but a little dry (they were happy to give me a side of BBQ sauce to perk it up a bit). Fries were good, burger just OK. Ice cream was a little disappointing-- it was perfectly fine, but I was expecting something a little more special, especially at $3.50 for a regular cone.

          I might go back if I were in the neighborhood, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go again.

          1. re: breakfastserial

            Wish I'd have seen this before you went. While Arnie's isn't bad, I've never really been a big fan myself. I'd have gone with some of the other suggestions, Beefside on Manchester St is far superior in my mind to Arnie's except I don't think they do the whole ice cream thing. On top of the awesome roast beef already mentioned, they have some of the best french onion soup and chowder around, plus other sandwiches, BBQ items, and some pretty decent seafood

            Likewise, In a Pinch makes some really good sandwiches, though I prefer the newer location, menus are slightly different but overall the same. The newer location offers a large selection of panini. They also have rotating soups and salads that are delicious.

            Butter's as well might have been a nice stop for a Chowhounder, not sure if the child would appreciate it much, so probably wouldn't have worked as a stop on it's own. But certainly a nice place to pick up something to snack on. Would have also been a stone's throw from Bull Moose Creamery, assuming they're still around I haven't been through main street Concord since last spring. They have superior ice cream to Arnie's, and also offer some gelato.

            1. re: Whydon

              Thanks for the followup. We make this trek at least once a year, so we'll keep your recs in mind next time.

        2. Butter's Fine Foods, on North Main Street, does some very nice sandwiches using products out of their meat and cheese cases. They don't have sit-down space, but if you're on the road anyway that's not a big deal, and if you're not, there's Eagle Square just down the block -- very pretty lunchtime area when the weather is nice.

          (Disclaimer: I have worked at Butter's as a part-time cheesemonger this summer while seeking permanent employment.)