Great Brunch or Lunch Spot btwn Hollis and Windham, NH
Well Saturday you won't get the actual brunch thing anywhere I can think of.... but Meena's (Pearl Street) in Nashua - vegetarian indian is very very good and serves beer and wine, Shortys on rt 3 at exit 6 not bad american style mexican and full bar http://www.shortysmex.com/index.htm, it's a tough day for brunch lunch in that area. If you do happen to be there on Sunday... Michael Timothy's in Nashua on Main St. has a great brunch. Good luck w/the race and finding a good spot to fuel up!
212 Main St., Nashua, NH 03060
lypp, are you heading back toward eastern Mass? If so, the suggestion of Nashua will be your best bet. You may have to forego "brunch" (eggs, toast, etc), but if a good post-run lunch with full bar will work, downtown Nashua (20 min from your run) may be your best bet. If that is logistically appropriate let us know and we can fine-tune the recommendations a bit more.
Good luck with running the Applefest route - it is a hilly mofo. If you want an easier half-marathon as a training run, consider the Swanzey Covered Bridges race this weekend. http://www.elijahsrace.com/ It looks like the running weather will be great.
I'm not running it as I can only handle 10-15 miles per week, and not in one shot.... cycling works better with my legs these days, but I'll be at Swanzey and Applefest as my girlfriend is running in both.
Regardless, the need for drinks, and...er, food after a long run is critical (if you run the way I do)!
re: Dave B
lypp, an afterthought recommendation with possibly better route logistics after reading veggiequeen's Mexican food suggestion;
Heading from Hollis back toward Nashua on Amherst St/101, try El Tapatio Mexican in the little plaza with Georgio's. I've eaten there I believe four times now, and they serve not-fancy, yet satisfying Tex-Mex, with a full bar.
As you're heading back eastward toward Nashua, it is directly after Home Depot and the Harley Davidson dealership on the left, on the other side of Continental Blvd.
re: Dave B
Thanks Dave B! Downtown Nashua could definiltely work for us if you have even more suggestions. And thanks for the running suggestions - we've been warned about the hills and are doing this as a practice so we know what to expect race day. We're all a little worse for the wear after training so we're going to take it easy this time in preparation for giving it our all on race day.
Good luck to your GF!
For DT Nashua, a couple of things come to mind for lunch after a run. Neither of these two have what I would consider 'great' food, but for post-run nom-noms with the full bar option, they would work fine for me based on the circumstances;
The Peddler's Daughter (Irish pub/restaurant). I think their breakfast/brunch options will be available.
Martha's Exchange (Brew pub with general type of menu)
Both are casual, as in if you are still in running gear it wouldn't be terribly awkward. And they both have outdoor seating if the weather is nice for you.