A Hound Comes To Hampton Beach and Portsmouth
Next month we will be spending several days in New Hampshire. We like hearty breakfast diner places, local simple food, italian,, brew pubs, or seafood joints at the beach. We are also amenable to ethnic places,
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Well thanks for all the tips. So many restaurants, too few meals, I guess we will have to visit again. High points were a meal at Ron's Landing, Baked goods, from The Handy Andy Bakery in Amesbury, the beer sampler at Portsmouth Brewery and Lobster Rolls at the Beach Plum.
Low point was the noise level at The Friendly Toast! As much as I liked the funky "Austin Style" decor, I think the food would have tasted much better if there would have if we could have been able to have a conversation without yelling!
Go to Ron Jillians for Italian in Hampton, or Ronaldos in Rye. There is a small breakfast place on back roads 1A from Hampton Beach to Portsmouth called Golden Egg - its awesome. Hagans Grill in Hampton worth a visit. For soup and sandwich Loaf and Ladle in Exeter. Markey Lobster pound in Seabrook for lobster and clams
Linda's Breakfast on Rte 1 in Seabrook has gigantic delicious breakfasts - must go early to avoid the long lines.
Ron Jillian's (same road) in Hampton has great pub grub and is next to a fab miniature golf place (if you're athletically inclined that is !).
Further up same road in Hampton Village (actually at intersection of Rte 1 and High Street) is Hagan's Grill (upscale, well prepared dishes using a lot of local farmers products)
Avoid the Hampton Beach strip if you can - go inland for the good local food.
Lena's on Rte 1 is Salisbury has really good fried clams and onion rings. Right across the street is Hodgies#2 for ENORMOUS ice cream cones, and on Rte 286 in Seabrook is Tripolis Pizza if you like thin crispy crust, supersweet tomato sauce and provolone cheese.
Good side trip is Jewel Towne Vineyards in South Hampton - tours and wine tastings every Saturday.
I have to say, we had the absolute worst breakfast ever at the Friendly Toast - the only good thing about the place is the bread. The service is terrible, the wait is too long, and the food is over priced and just not that good. Seriously it should not cost over $35 for two orders of substandard corn beef hash and eggs with burnt coffee. Had a much better breakfast just this past weekend at Colby's Breakfast & Lunch on Daniel St - they had a special cinnamon and almond pancake that was just great! So far the best breakfast we've found in the area - but there can be a wait there at times since it is a very small place.
Friendly toast definitely a good place for breakfast
The Beach Plum at North Hampton Beach has great lobster rolls and lots of other seafood snacks and a huge list of ice cream
Portsmouth Brewery, downtown, has some pretty good pub food and old ferry landing, on the water is good for seafood
Jumpin Jay's is a little more upscale, but they have fresh fish and you can pair the fish you want with a list of different marinades
the ice box in new castle is a pretty good seafood shack as well
I will second winecafe's suggestions. The Friendly Toast is probably the best breakfast place anywhere in this area. Homemade breads and many local ingredients, plus a great, funky atmosphere.
I'll add Steve's Diner in Exeter to the breakfast list, especially if you like homemade corned beef hash.
Mimmo's and Bob's are below average tourist dumps, don't see how anyone could recommend them.
If you are willing to drive 20 minutes or so south, The Clam Box in Ipswich has absolutely the best fried seafood, bar none.
Enjoy your trip!
I would avoid Friendly Toast. Best seafood anywhere is at Al's on Rt. 1 in N. Hampton, and Bob's clam shack in Kittery. Gilly's for hamburgers, and if you like s. italian, take the drive to york and go to Mimmo's, and bring lots of wine. Best seafood joint on beach is Petey's.