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Syphrite May 9, 2010 06:28 PM

I'm visiting family in NH in a few weeks and will be in the North Conway area. Any recommendations for places to eat? I'm gluten free, but I'd do a steakhouse too, if there is a good one in the area.

Would love recs for any bars or restaurant bars to grab drinks at too!

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    bewley RE: Syphrite May 10, 2010 04:17 AM

    This may be of interest:

    White Mountain Cider Co
    Old Route 302
    Glen, NH 03838


    White Mountain Cider Co
    Us-302 Glen NH, NH

    1. FoodGuruNH RE: Syphrite May 19, 2010 01:23 PM

      There are many in the area. Try the Valley originals. Its a group of about 20 in North Conway. Bartlett, Jackson, Delaneys on Rt 16 is good. great wings, The Thompson House Eatery in Jackson is very good and artistic. The 1785 is romantic and pricey but worth it. Call to check on the gluten-free places pick up a guide at any plaza or store.

      Thompson House Eatery
      RR 16 Box A, Jackson, NH 03846

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        bewley RE: FoodGuruNH May 20, 2010 04:05 AM

        It's sort of vague: "Valley Originals." After a short search I found a pretty nice website listing their members and info. Some of these places stand out as being impressive, and some, well, not so much. So just because they are all paying members that have to meet some specific criteria, doesn't make them places I'd want to spend my time and $$ at.

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          FoodGuruNH RE: FoodGuruNH May 20, 2010 08:45 AM

          Dont knock the VO until you try them. Pizza Hut and 99 are everywhere. If that is your idea of dining out when you are on vaca, they are here also. The Independents wouldn't be around if they did just an average job. These restaurants have been around for many years. They are successful because they pay attention to the important things, like quality and service.

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            bewley RE: FoodGuruNH May 22, 2010 04:41 AM

            To recommend a group of establishments "en masse" always puts a red flag up to me. Some of the places in that group of paying members I'm sure are really good and some are not. The fact many (not all) of those places have been around for many years may not necessarily indicate good quality and service, it could also indicate an area's lack culinary "awareness". I can name a number of dive bars and restaurants around in New Hampshire and Maine that have been around for many years that I would never consider passing the time of day. I do, however, that your website is outstanding in its design and information provided.

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              FoodGuruNH RE: bewley May 22, 2010 01:20 PM

              I do not belong to the VO group. I happen to live in the area and have frequented many of them and and still do more then I would go to the chains. They all have something unique. The fact that the parking lots are usually filled around dinner time and the locals frequent these establishments for drinks or food solidifies the fact. Have you ever been to one of the VO? Open your mind and give it a try.

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                Highland Park RE: FoodGuruNH Jul 19, 2010 07:17 PM

                Thanks for the VO info, FoodGuruNH. I didn't know this existed. I have eaten at many of the places and find them to be very interesting and some exceptional, such as the Thompson House Eatery. All are a unique experience, which in and of itself is a standout in todays dining scene filled with Chili's, Applebee's, and 99. We spend a lot of time in the North Country year round, mostly hiking, and are often in need of a good meal out up there.

                Thompson House Eatery
                RR 16 Box A, Jackson, NH 03846

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          cfrolio RE: Syphrite May 19, 2010 05:20 PM

          I second the recommendation for the White Mt Cider Co rest. Not inexpensive, but very good food in a fancy/rustic setting w/ great service.

          White Mountain Cider Co
          RR 302 Glen NH, NH

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            nanas RE: Syphrite Jun 24, 2011 10:39 PM

            The absolute best place for gluten free is RAFFERTY's they know what they are doing bcuz they are celiac. They have a pretty extensive GF menu too. They are in downtown conway. We are celiac are have eaten there MANY times.

            Maestro's close by is GREAT italian and will accommodate but.....you have to work with the kitchen but the food is outstanding.

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              defboater RE: Syphrite Feb 2, 2012 05:12 PM

              Try the Moat - great growlers and nachos!

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                collie RE: Syphrite Feb 2, 2012 07:23 PM

                A personal and local favorite is the Moat which has great BBQ, pizzas and of course beer. It is not a tourist trap which many places are up there. For coffee the Frontside Grind is the best in valley. Pizza the Flatbread co is alway a good stand by quite busy. The muddy mouse is good if you have kids. Just please avoid the chains they have taken over the town!

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                  winterstorm RE: Syphrite Feb 7, 2012 11:39 AM

                  We enjoy Margarita Grill in Glen and Tuckerrman's Tavern in Intervale. Casual. Good food. Ok for kids. Maybe the Red Parka Steak House. I do not eat steak but my husband and son enjoy it.

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