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We are traveling to this area with two 4th graders and am wondering if anyone has any good restaurant recommendations for our family? My children are very flexible eaters and enjoy any Asian, Indian, Italian, and Greek/Middle Eastern restaurants. We would prefer that it not be a formal restaurant with a dress code but just casual with really great food. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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  1. The good news is that there is no place with a formal dress code in Hanover! We are a college town and casual is fine anywhere. I have a 6th and 4th grader-- here are some of the places we enjoy with them:
    Yama, good Korean and Sushi. Very moderately priced with good lunch specials.

    Canoe Club, a bit more upscale American fare. They have a nice children's menu as well.

    Salt Hill Pub is a nice cozy spot and kids are fine there.

    Jewel of India, passable Indian food if you really crave Indian. Service is a bit indifferent.

    Lou's, a casual diner institution. I don't love this place-- but it is good with kids-- and they have nice breakfasts.

    A bit north of Hanover in Lyme is a place that my kids love, Stella's Kitchen. Nice Italian/pizza in a very warm atmosphere.
    A bit south in White River is the Tip Top Cafe-- inventive with lots of veg options.

    Hanover isn't a true foodie mecca, but there are some nice places and it's a great town. Enjoy!

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    Canoe Club
    27 S Main St, Hanover, NH 03755

    Yama Restaurant
    96 Main St, West Lebanon, NH 03784

    Jewel of India
    27 Lebanon St Ste Frnt, Hanover, NH 03755

    Stella's Kitchen
    5 Main St, Lyme, NH 03768

    1. on monday evenings canoe club has a magician who goes from table to table doing great magic and sleight of hand tricks. it really appeals to the kids and the food is great also. there is also a chinese restaurant on lebanon street (next to post office) and the food is good not great but children usually enjoy that sort of cuisine.
      good luck

      1. For Asian, I would recommend Yama - I just moved from a city with a sizable Korean population and Yama stacks up pretty decently, although I haven't tried their sushi. Add to that the service has always been prompt and friendly and its a consistent answer to the "what should we eat tonight?" discussion with my wife.

        Jewel of India was better than I thought it would be although it is a little small. Depending on when you go, it could be a little hectic for you and your family.

        I didn't know about the magic shows but I was underwhelmed by the Canoe Club - it wasn't bad but it wasn't good either - it kind of sums up my experience with restaurants in Hanover in general. Same with the Salt Hill Pub - I actually like the Lebanon location but was seriously underwhelmed with the new Hanover spot - it feels like an airport hangar and the food was unimpressive (for example, my friend had a grilled pear salad that was clearly grilled on the same spot as burgers, which gave the pears an undeniably greasy and vaguely meat-y taste - yum!)

        If you are willing to drive to White River Junction I would recommend the Tip Top Café. The food is excellent and, while I don't have kids myself, I have often seen families eating there.

        As madisoneats said, nobody is going to come to Hanover specifically for the food, but the situation isn't anywhere near as dire as some people told me it was when I first moved here.

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        Canoe Club
        27 S Main St, Hanover, NH 03755

        Yama Restaurant
        96 Main St, West Lebanon, NH 03784

        Tip Top Cafe
        85 N Main St Ste 100, White River Junction, VT 05001

        Salt Hill Pub
        64 Main St, Newport, NH 03773

        Jewel of India
        27 Lebanon St Ste Frnt, Hanover, NH 03755

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        1. re: chrispa

          My husband and I were at Tip Top last night for the first time -- 2 thumbs up. Decor was sort of funky-industrial with a nice amount of space between tables. Presentation was (depending on your point of view) very nice or a little fussy. Food was really good - a nice mix of comfort food and more unusual dishes (relative to the Upper Valley) -- chicken breast stuffed with creamed spinach and finished with a sundried tomato butter vs roasted butternut squash taquitos, for example. 2 glasses of wine, 2 beers,a salad, 2 entrees and 2 desserts were $85 before tip -- a pretty good deal for the quality, we thought. We'll definitely go back.

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          Tip Top Cafe
          85 N Main St Ste 100, White River Junction, VT 05001

          1. re: bpjacks

            Tip Top is rather good, and the same folks run Tuckerbox down the street, which has my favorite BLT.

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            Tip Top Cafe
            85 N Main St Ste 100, White River Junction, VT 05001

            Tuckerbox
            1 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001