I'm heading to Manchester for a week with the family on June 25. I'd appreciate restaurant recommendations. We're staying at Equinox and we'll be with a 2-year old, who'll join us for some meals. Because we'll be there for a full week, it would be great to hear about the full range of places - from classics to casual.
Lucky you! Lots of great places to eat. there.Two of our favorites are:
Up for Breakfast: a tiny little second-floor place with great breakfasts. Worth the wait.
Candalero's Southwestern Grill: inspired Mexican food Good for lunch or dinner.
Both should be good for a child.
I never found anything too outstanding for dinner in this area, but you and your little one might like the Little Rooster Cafe for breakfast. I loved Zoey's Deli for sandwiches, very cool. With all of the natural beauty in that area, get it to go and eat outside. There's a fantastic recreational park (swings, etc) not far from downtown; I'm sure you can ask at the hotel.
I did have a very nice dinner, outside in the courtyard at The Perfect Wife. If you're there on a nice night and like al fresco dining (as I do), you should check it out.
There's a Harrington of Vermont store there. You can pick up some of their famous ham or smoked meats to take home. The honey mustard is good, too.
If you have time, check out the Orvis flagship store. It's like LL Bean on steroids. They have a stocked fishing pond there, so your little one may like to see the rainbow trout close up.
I second Up For Breakfast. Al Ducci's is a nice sandwich shop for lunch, very relaxed. Dorset (10 minute ride) has a couple nice places for parent only or parent-kid dinners: Dorset Inn, Barrows House, Inn at West View Farm. Or get takeout at the Dorset Union Store or Essex Green and have a picnic at the Dorset Quarry. Manchester locals like the Sirloin Saloon for its salad bar, etc.
Don't miss the farmers market in Manchester (Thursdays) and Dorset (Sundays) for good local stuff.
FYI - Essex Green is closed.
Manchester Farmers' Market is Thursdays 3-6pm at the Rec. Center on Route 30. And there's plenty for the kids to do while the adults shop.
Dorset Farmers' Market is Sundays 10am-2pm on Route 30, about 6 miles from Manchester.
I'm not a huge fan of Candalero's but I think it's one of a handful of places you can eat outside in the summer. For sandwiches and other lunch stuff, I prefer the Lawyer & the Baker over Zoey's.
I'd stay away from Candaleros mediocre food at best. Up for breakfast is good but is pretty expensive and you don't get hashbrowns, you have to order them seperately. The Rooster is always good, get there early if it's the weekend. The Sushi Boat has really nice sushi, you should check them out. Al Ducci's is great, as is Bistro Henry.
Sherri's Cafe in Manchester is very good for breakfast or lunch, without the wait you would have at Up for Breakfast...the Spiral Press Cafe, located in Northshire Bookstore (definitely worth a stop) has great sandwiches and cookies...be sure to grab an ice cream cone at the window outside...it's local Wilcox Dairy ice cream. Al Ducci's is also a must for any foodie...try the farro salad or any of the sandwiches. Zooey's Double Hex (near Route 7) has good burgers and homemade potato chips. Dinner is another story...nothing is really great, but you can have a pleasant, locally sourced meal at the Perfect Wife. The Depot Cafe, located in a home furnishing store, has wonderful thin crusted pizzas, cooked in a wood burning oven, like Taleggio and carmelized onion. They have a small but delicious menu of Turkish food, also. The local Chinese restaurant, I think it is called Panda Garden, is ok for old school Chinese in a comfortable, child friendly place.
I would avoid Sirloin Saloon.