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What's new in the Lakes Region New Hampshire?

Spend most of my time in the lakes region during the summer and I'm always looking for something new or new to me. Last year I got hooked on Ellcoya Barn & Grill, love the rustic atmosphere, the mussels and lobster pizza. Vineyards in Belmont was pretty nice as well, especially the lounge area with it's kind of living room appeal. Other places I frequent would be the Galley in Laconia; Guissepes or Harts in Meredith; Lemongrass or Canoe in the Center Harbor area. So, what am I missing or are there any new restaurants. The restaurant I miss the most, which closed just a few years ago, was Zacks on Winnesquam. They had the absolutely the best fried clams and lobster rolls.

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  1. My favorite is O Steaks & Seafood (see photo)- they are at the Lake Opechee Inn in Lakeport and are owned by the same folks as Canoe. T-Bones is another good one. They also have Cactus Jack's in the same building (downstairs) - they are also very pro-active in their community. Last summer, I went to the Shaker Table at Canterbury Shaker Village. The whole restaurant is wood in shaker style - real simple - real impressive. At Weirs Beach there is a little place on the boardwalk with the best Margaritas anywhere - Crazy Gringo. Have a great meal and watch the fireworks on the Weirs Beach boardwalk on Lake Winnipesaukee when your done.

    Lakes Region Association
    61 Laconia Rd, Tilton, NH

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    1. re: lakesgirl

      Thanks, O Steaks & Seafood looks like a good option and probably just 15 minutes from me. I've been to Crazy Gringo, but I guess I just miss the old "Fancy". I also checked out the Weirs Times but didn't really see any new listings. I haven't really found a "regular" spot since Zack's closed.

      1. re: Pegmeister

        The Lyons Den, Coe House, and William Tell Inn.....all very good

        1. re: Buddernut

          Just checked the website for Lyons Den. Did that used to me Gretchens? It's been a few years, but as I remember it was right by the Marine Patrol. I don't remember them having a bar though. The menu looks good and I saw some favorable reviews so I'm definitely adding that one to my list. Thanks so much!

    2. My fav is still Corner House Inn in Sandwich, but awesome lobster roll in Ctr Harbor at Sam & Rosies (just across the lake). Awesome clams at "no frills" Village Kitchen on rt 25 Moultonboro. I've been wanting to try the tex mex place over by Newfound Lake - have you!!

      I haven't seen/heard anything new but that Boscowen BBQ place just opened at the Weirs too - many on here like them, I wasn't too impressed.

      Have you done Dipsy Doodle in Northfield/Tilton - very awesome lobster roll, clams, haddock, ice cream, sweet pot fries, etc.

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      1. re: lexpatti

        I really enjoy the Corner House Inn but have just been there for lunch. Hoping to try the upstairs tavern this summer. Walter's Basin is another place that I really enjoy the Sunday brunch. Dipsy Dodle sounds like a place I should check out, and it shouldn't be too far since I'm in Gilmanton. My to go list is really starting to shape up.

        1. re: Pegmeister

          and Walter's Basin just changed their menu - I joined Dad for Cribbage Tourns most weeks during winter and really enjoyed the food - they're a hidden gem too.

          Meant to say, I agree totally about O, love it, nice ambiance too and excellent service - too bad they don't do the same at Canoe.

          1. re: lexpatti

            Service can be pretty bad at Canoe. I find it's generally a little better at the bar. All in all it's worth it to me for the lobster mac & cheese.

      2. Not new, but we love Lago in Meredith. Inspired Tuscan food served with warmth and great efficiency. It's right on the water in Meredith Bay, so ask for a seat near the window. Nice wine list, great bar.

        My favorites: the butternut squash ravioli, the individual pizzas,any fish dish, spaghetti carbonara. Great salads too. I have never had a bad meal here.

        Lago Trattoria
        1 Route 25, Meredith, NH

        1. Upscale, I like O's, Lemon Grass, Woodshed and the Coe House. Kevin's just west of Center Harbor on Rt. 25 is a somewhat hidden gem. Best crab cakes ANYWHERE (and I'm from Maryland) Excellent fried seafood of any kind. Creative menu and reasonably priced. Surroundings not quite upscale, but definitely a must. "Chowish" standbys are Georges in Meredith, Village Kitchen (Country Cookin) in Moultonborough and Patricks. A new interesting arrival, worth a breakfast/lunch is Kitchen Cravings. A little hard to find but hidden near the Laconia Airport. Very extensive menu (from Miami Cuban to other regional dishes). Its reach exceeds its grasp but still worth a visit. Panama Bills in Laconia is said to have excellent BBQ, but I have not yet tried. And, the Lyons Den is near the Marine Patrol. Finally, I just don't like Canoe. Some dishes are quite tasty, but the overall experience just doesn't do it for me. I just feel they believe they are doing me a favor by serving me. Same owner as O's, but if I want an expensive hunk of meat, O's is the place.

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          1. re: Sinicle

            I'm with you on Canoe, what''s up with that??

            1. re: Sinicle

              How's the food at Coe House? Can you elaborate? Thanks.

              1. re: Sinicle

                I noticed in the Dining Guide that Kevin's has a location in the Weir's. Looks like it's probably located on the pier. Any experience with that location? I'm curious if they would have the crab cakes.

              2. Just as a follow-up. Ellcoya Barn & Grill seems to be working out as my regular spot. On a recent visit I commented to the bartender that I was disappointed they had taken the lobster pizza off the menu. She immediately offered to ask the kitchen if they would make them. The chef was more than accomodating, and the pizza was loaded with lobster. I also finally made it to O Steak & Seafood. Sat at the bar, where I enjoyed great service. Gina was the bartender. Lobster mac & cheese was every bit as good as Canoe, and the Kobe pops were a treat. Next stop Lyons Den .

                1. We stopped in at The Dipsy Doodle last weekend, and I must say, this is the worst excuse for a lobster roll I have ever eaten. They offer both cold and hot, so we ordered one of each. The cold one was mediocre, but the hot one had a spongy texture to the meat with no sweet lobster flavor at all. I inquired as to how they were prepared and the lady behind the counter very politely explained that they start with pre-cooked lobster meat in a vacuum sealed pack from a food purveyor, then nuke it till its hot!
                  That's right - nuke it!
                  Then she said "Its really not like fresh lobster meat, is it?"
                  Duh! No, guess not. More than anything it reminded me of that awful "imitation crabmeat" they sell at Market Basket.
                  Add to that an order of limp, frozen fries and - well, you get the picture.

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                  1. re: derekj

                    That's really too bad, very bad - we have always loved it - including yesterday when we pulled in - I was sooooo happy to see Oysters as a special - fantasticly fried oysters with a side of onion rings. We were just in New Orleans a few weeks ago but here in NH, these were as fantastic as the real po-boy deal.

                    1. re: lexpatti

                      We've never had the hot lobster roll at the Dipsy Doodle but we rank the cold lobster roll right up there with the best we've eaten in Maine. Sorry derekj you had a bad experience.

                      1. re: dfrostnh

                        I've done both and absolutely loved them, they use fresh lobster - I've spoken with the owners on several occasions. I truely hate previously frozen (colorful sponges) and would have picked up on it but maybe on teh rare occasion - they ran out and it's their back up - just hard to believe.

                        1. re: lexpatti

                          No, sorry to say they didn't run out. I had a discussion about it with her and she said they have no place to boil a lobster and have no choice but to use vacuum packed pre-cooked meat. You mention frozen in your post, but vacuum packed meat is not necessarily frozen.
                          This doesn't come close to any fresh lobster roll you would get along the coast.

                  2. We had dinner at the Corner House Inn this past weekend. It's quite a haul from our home base in Meredith, and all were hoping for a rustic gem out in the countryside. Didn't quite find one. The pan seared diver scallops were well prepared, but a few days past the point where any amount of maple or bacon could have rescued them. And the Peekie Toe crab cake was a deep-fried disaster, mostly a ball of bread crumbs bound with egg and slightly flavored by crab. The "delicately fried calamari" was fresh and properly prepared, but rather bland. When we turned to ask the waitress-- clearly a believer in the "drop and run" technique-- for some Tabasco, she had vanished. All in all, you'd get much more bang for the buck at Louie's Famous Pizza, or stop by http://www.moultonfarm.com/ , get some Hereford beef or fish from Sal's, and cook at your cottage...

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                    1. re: rubysdad

                      that's too bad, I love Corner House Inn. But you are soooo right about moultons Farm - everything is fantastic, breads, pies, fish, etc.

                    2. I love diner food, and when we found ourselves, by chance, traveling through Center Harbor, New Hampshire on vacation last week, and the ring binder of restaurants and menus at our motel listed "George's Diner" down the road about 5 miles in Meredith, NH, we had to check it out. We felt like we were surrounded by friendly local folks, although I am sure a lot of them were just as much tourists as we were (Merideth sure looked like a tourist town). I wanted to post this just to pass along my wife's recommendation that the chili at George's Diner was especially tasty. I don't think it was spicy hot. She says the blend was a little bit sweet, and she loved the supply of legumes.

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                      1. re: Florida Hound

                        We do George's diner quite often, love it. Mostly during winter though. Another great cheap eats/diner feel/great food is the Village Kitchen in Moultonboro (on Rt. 25). Great seafood at good prices.

                        for those that love the Common Man rest., they bought the diner on 104 (off exit 23, from Rt 93).

                      2. As a follow up, I wanted to get to Kevin's for a crabcake but just haven't gotten up that way, so this weekend I stopped at the pier at Weir's Beach for a sample. I tend to be fairly critical when it comes to crabcakes because I like my own, but their version is quite good, plenty of crabmeat and crispy coating. Their version is topped with a mildly mustard flavored aioli. On a side note, the bartender at Crazy Gringos across the street makes a wonderful mudslide! Also, got back to O's for their kobe pops (small meatballs blended with bacon and bleu cheese served with a chipotle mayo). They also make a respectable lobster roll, served with housemade potato chips. The bartender brought a side of their bleu cheese dipping sauce and all is well with the world. Still hoping to get to Lyons Den before the season ends! Also hoping to get to the Wolftrap in Wolfeboro. Has anyone been recently!