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Breakfast near Nashua

We rarely go out to breakfast and when we do, it's usually to Parkers. Well, the inlaws are here and we need a breakfast place for tomorrow. We don't want to drive far since they have a 6 hour drive ahead of them later in the day. Mother in law is a bit picky and prefers more upscale establishments but we will have two toddlers so I don't want too fancy. But she isn't going to do a dive diner either. Where do we go??? Buds, Rolands, Midfield Cafe??? I've never been to any....

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  1. City Room on West Pearl street is a great place !!!

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    City Room Cafe
    105 W Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

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    1. re: lynnsway

      never even heard of it...i'll go google it now :)

      1. re: rizzo0904

        quaint, very small fills up quick, but very yummy!!! They have a facbook page as well

    2. City Room does have really great breakfast but the service can on or off. Last time I went our teenage waitress was interested in things other than serving breakfast. It was annoying enough that the wife and I have not been back.

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      City Room Cafe
      105 W Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

      1. Of the three you mentioned I'd pick Midfield Cafe for having nice specials and better atmosphere, especially if you like airplanes. Breakfast at Buds and Rolands is good but basic.

        As others mentioned the food is excellent at City Room but if they're busy you might have a hard time getting a table.

        Have you tried Estabrook Grill on West Hollis St? They do a nice job at breakfast and I think your mother-in-law would be happy there.

        1. I hope you chose Midfield. Upscale cuisine (aka lobster benedict) but great kid environment. Food and views are awesome for anyone. Homemade muffins, great specials.

          1. Ended up at City Room. It was really good. Service was a bit off, but food was tasty. I would go again.

            Next time, maybe we'll hit up the airport. I've been there for lunch, but never breakfast.

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            City Room Cafe
            105 W Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

            1. Now that I have time, I thought I'd elaborate.

              MIL and I got chocolate chip pancakes. They were pretty damn delicious and not such a huge portion that you felt like a stuffed pig afterward. I also got a bowl of fruit to share with the boys. It was big and fresh...apples, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, and pineapple. FIL got eggs, toast, and home fries. He was pleased. Older son has fruit crepes and home fries. He finished one crepe and loved the potatoes. Hubby had the blueberry muffin. He liked it, I thought it was dry. I would definitely go here again though. But it is a tiny space so it can quickly fill up.

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              1. re: rizzo0904

                I tried out the Nashua airport Midfield Cafe a couple of Sunday's ago and had a really nice brunchy-experience. Thanks for your recent rec here about this place, Lexpatti. Very good food and friendly service was our experience.

                First of all, the fact they are open until 2pm is huge for me. Some of my favorite Nashua area Sunday breakfast places such as City Room and Country Kitchen (Hollis) close at 1pm. My mandatory sleeping-in on Sundays means that arriving noon-ish for breakfast is sometime rushed. I try to avoid showing up at any restaurant near closing time expecting to take an hour or more to chillax when I know the staff are eager to close up, so 2pm works perfectly. Side note - The Riverhouse Cafe in Milford is also open 'till 2 and their food is really, really good, even if the service can be a little twilight zone-ish.

                We had a little test-run breakfast feast; Eggs Benedict with sausage and sausage gravy, Breakfast burrito, a side of corned beef hash, and one pancake on the side. Pancake test is mandatory...... it's a good indicator of any restaurant's overall breakfast acumen and theirs were great. (2nd only to the Country Kitchen's) Loaded... and I mean loaded with blueberries. With the egg dishes there are choices of hash browns or home fries. The quality with which breakfast side potatoes are prepared are another reliable indicator of how well a restaurant "does breakfast," in my opinion. Both potato sides were great. The hash browns resemble tiny little french fry's - loved 'em.

                The staff was super friendly and the place just had a really nice vibe to it. Lots of other breakfast options on the menu as well as sandwiches. The Midfield Cafe is definitely on my list of breakfast favorites for the Nashua area.

                 
                1. re: Dave B

                  yayyy, so glad you loved it. My test is a good benny and The Owl still has my two thumbs up in lowell but this place is awesome (love the diff selection of bennys). But wait ......no mention of all the airplanes coming/going? Not just for kids.... Lol

                  1. re: lexpatti

                    Lex, the airport theme was indeed cool. It added something different and neat that one wouldn't get in any other restaurant. I walked around and perused the photos and aviation nick-nacks after we ordered.

                    Notice in my photo you can see the helicopter theme on the table cloth under the glass!

              2. If youre just looking for eggs and greasy food..Buds, Suzy's in Hudson, DW Diner in Merrimack all do the trick. Midfield, i hear is decent, but have never been and I know the owner..go figure.

                The place I prefer is Riverhouse Cafe/ Milford Oval...Its under new ownership and focuses on fresh, seasonal, local (working hand in hand with Trombly Gardens, also of Milford) produce, eggs, coffee etc..They push the local & farm to table focus which is what I am all about lately, and it works..they are still somewhat of a work in progress, but if you get what they are doing, you want to support it. I love this place

                Could never recommend The City Room, place is overpriced (for what it is) and the service is probably the worst i have ever had, in any establishment i have ever eaten in. Seriously. Not just a few times, seems every flipping time i ve gone there. Never again. you dont care about your business enough to hire competence? Neither do I...

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                The Riverhouse Cafe
                123 Union Sq, Milford, NH 03055

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                1. re: ctroutman

                  I've never had horrible service at City Room. The breakfast food is pretty good (way above average), but I will acknolege the edge for overall food/cooking quality toward Riverhouse. Now talk about service...... if it wasn't for the very high quality of the food at Riverhouse, I wouldn't go back exactly because of the service. Do they all do bongs in the back or something, or is it just a Milford restaurant thing? But despite the service, I'll keep going and take my chances with that - the breakfast food is about the best around. Just the couple of strips of bacon on the side with my last breakfast were different and special. Not your standard bacon, fer sure.

                  On Midfield Cafe, went there again this Sunday. Another great brunch. Steak and cheese omelette with their awesome hash browns (as I describe as "tiny french-fry's"). There was a message on the specials board from the owner that she was out of town visiting someone (in Maine, I think the message was?) and that "the kids" were running the place. And sure enough, it was nothing but youngsters handling all the service, and everything was great! A very smooth flight.

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                  The Riverhouse Cafe
                  123 Union Sq, Milford, NH 03055

                  City Room Cafe
                  105 W Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

                  1. re: ctroutman

                    Is the new Riverhouse Cafe kid-friendly? We had gone several times under the old management, but with an active, talkative three year old, I wasn't sure if their new menu meant the atmosphere wouldn't be as welcoming to the under-5 crowd.

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                    The Riverhouse Cafe
                    123 Union Sq, Milford, NH 03055

                    1. re: Tante

                      Yes! We are very kid-friendly (we have two young kids ourselves, and they are seen in the restaurant from time to time). We have high chairs, kids menu (or feel free to order just some sides or share plates) and books for the kids to enjoy while they wait.

                      For the record...no bong hits going on in the back whatsoever ;). Dave B you have us laughing and shaking our heads at the same time. Feel free to find John any time you come in and let him know what you think, or send and email to us if you'd rather! We usually get compliments on service from people so it's always good to hear the other side of things.

                      We are working with Trombly Gardens on a special dinner next week (as well as using their meat and produce regularly) but we also work closely with Lull Farm. Our house blend coffee is from A&E.

                      1. re: Riverhouse Cafe

                        Thanks for your reply! We will be in soon for brunch. You'll recognize us by the frequent refrains of "Please sit down" and "Don't play with your food".

                        1. re: Tante

                          We've made Riverhouse Cafe our new regular weekend "I don't feel like cooking" breakfast place. Really creative menu and so love the use of local ingredients--I can taste a huge difference between their food and the places we'd been going. I love the benedicts and have twice gotten the "Lemuel", which has pepper jack and a dash of sriracha. One of the only issues I have is that the benedicts come on shredded potatoes (they call them "potato croutons") and I find myself missing a bread product, so usually order toast on the side. No biggie, except that as mentioned, service can be a tad... distracted. ALL of the waitresses are extremely friendly and eager to please (and excellent with my preschooler) but I've found that if I ask for something extra during the meal (side of toast, glass of water), it takes about 15 minutes to get it, by which point I'm pretty much finished eating. (I just wish they'd give me lemon with my iced tea! After 3 separate visits where it was forgotten, I stopped ordering it.) Still, the pleasant attitude makes up for it, and though the place always seems busy, we've never had to wait for a table, even at 10AM on Saturday and Sunday. Now I just have to branch out and try one of the breakfast sandwiches...

                          1. re: Tante

                            Love the Riverhouse Cafe--great local ingredients, had a tasty burger last time with grilled jalapenos and avocado. The service is slow, but the wait is worth it.

                            1. re: whs

                              The burgers look excellent, and really creative flavor combinations. Think I'm going to have to try one on my next visit.

                              1. re: Tante

                                Riverhouse has become a favorite. Was disappointed to arrive two Sundays ago after driving from Nashua because they are supposed to be open until 2 PM on Sundays, to find they closed early for a private party at 1 PM. Arrived at 1:05. Other than that, and the sometimes strange service ------- great breakfast food. Opted for a burger once and they also do a fine burger.

                                Also, they need to replenish their hot sauce selection if they haven't already. Last couple of visits the selection was low and the bottles were in bad need of a cleaning. I had become accustomed to the nice hot sauce selection previously. Eggs and burgers require good and different hot sauces, and that is a fact ;-)

                  2. Parkers? that cattle call? If your in those parts, check out Hilltop Cafe in Wilton instead. It's actually on the Parkers side of Wilton. It's 'upscale' in an organic, on-site sourced, crunchy farm kinda way.

                    Last time I was there, there was a barefoot and ponytailed guy, a guy wearing rubber boots (from the attached farm) and students from the prep school down the way. Organic coffees, teas, lattes, chais, omelettes, crepes, panini ... that's pretty much the kind of place it is.

                    Riverhouse isn't 'upscale'. It's a local/townie place. Admirable creative menu, selection, local sourcing. Good fries. I had the grilled cheese burger and actually didn't think it was very good. Dry.

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                    1. re: cringle22

                      I ordered my burger rare, and it was very good. And the fries are good too.

                      1. re: cringle22

                        Parkers is a tourist trap for sure.

                        Riverhouse is decent, but nothing special.

                        Hilltop is off the beaten path, but very good IMO. Ate their for the first time recently and had an excellent omelet with fresh local ingredients. A bit pricey but worth it to splurge. Had some excellent looking baked goods as well. Will be back.

                        1. re: Msample

                          Totally not getting your statement Msample. I'm not sure what you're looking for, for breakfast, but no one in this area touches what they do. Seriously. Maybe you tried it when it was the previous owners? or when they first started out? The make the grade for all farm to table/local and very innovative with it.

                          1. re: ctroutman

                            I have to agree. Riverhouse was full today, so we opted for Cafe on the Oval (just down the street), which we'd never been to. Service was very good; they took names and told you how long the wait was, and they were right on with their estimate. I saw the owner/manager (?) constantly walking around, evaluating which tables were free, communicating with waitstaff. Very nice.
                            I had the omelette special, with asparagus, mushrooms, sausage, and cheese, and it was really good. "Tasty" is the best way I can describe it--every bite was savory which I think is an indication of proper seasoning in the kitchen. Just nice. DH got steak and eggs, and DD got a plate of eggs, sausage, potatoes, and toast, which was fine. The only quibble I have is that the waitress didn't return while we were eating to inquire, and I was hoping she would because we really needed more napkins.

                            But after we left, hubby and I looked at each other and had the same thing to say: good, but not like the Riverhouse. It's just special. The farm-to-table thing works, and works well. We find that we sometimes don't know what we're going to get after ordering, but it's always good and fresh. Case in point: on one visit, my DH ordered the chili burger, only to find out 10 minutes later they no longer make chili. Onion strings and cheese, yes, the other items on the described burger? Yes, says the waitress. It arrives with onion slices instead. Fine, still a very good burger. On a different visit, I ordered a side of fresh fruit for DD. "I'm sorry, we're out of fruit," says the waitress. "Do you have anything like fruit?" I ask as DH starts laughing. But really, I'm thinking, orange slices you use for garnish? Anything else, because I don't want to pass up my 4 year old wanting healthy food. Nope. Ok. Our order arrives.. with a bowl of fresh fruit. So to sum up, we feel like we never know if we're going to get exactly what we ordered, but it's always excellent. We'll be hitting RIverhouse again next weekend, I'm sure.

                            1. re: Tante

                              OK, I went back to Riverhouse this AM for a quick breakfast and I am sure that I was last there before it changed hands. I noticed a big difference, esp the call outs on local/organic ingredients that weren't there before.

                              Thanks for the call out; I will be returning.