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Oct 27, 2013 06:15 AM

Great lunch within 50 miles of Gilford, NH? ( for this friday)

Looking for a great lunch within 50 miles of Gilford, NH. Anything goes.

Thanks in advance if you have something to offer!

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  1. wow, anything... ok, so here are some places to search for that are within a 50 mile radius of Gilford, NH:

    Fairlee, VT (the Fairlee Diner is GREAT, love that place)
    White River Junction, VT
    Lebanon, NH
    Portsmouth, NH
    Manchester, NH
    Derry, NH
    Concord, NH
    Hanover, NH
    Lincoln, NH
    Laconia, NH
    Ossipee, NH
    Merrimack, NH
    Andover, NH
    Exeter, NH
    Rye, NH
    Biddeford, ME
    Kennebunk, ME
    Wells, ME
    Ogunquit, ME
    York, ME
    Bridgton, ME

    So, uhm, yeah, there's a LOT in the radius you just asked about. You could plug in some of those town names into the search box to get a list.

    Areas I can highly recommend are Portsmouth, York, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunk, Hanover, and White River Junction. You should find some decent hits if you search for any of those. I believe Manchester has been improving on the restaurant front, as well, but I am less certain of there.

    If you would like to narrow it down a little more could probably be of more specific help. :)

    6 Replies
    1. re: Morganna

      Thanks for your replay. I was looking for specific restsurants, not a list of nearby towns.

      Anything within a one hour drive.

      1. re: aregularjoe

        I was trying to convey to you that your request was insufficiently specific for us to provide much real assistance to you. There are, quite literally, hundreds of good restaurants within that area that offer a great lunch opportunity. Without more specific information, like a price point, or a type of food, or a specific sort of dish you prefer, it's impossible to narrow it down any more usefully for you.

        I've provided you with a fairly comprehensive list of the towns within that radius that are sufficiently unique to provide you the best chance of getting hits when you type the name into the search box.

        I ALSO provided you with a specific suggestion for a lunch spot in one of those towns.

        What I did was make it possible for you to narrow in on the restaurants that have been suggested many times over here in this forum so you could decide what appealed most to you without having to provide us with additional information. Though without you having to do a little bit more work on your own behalf.

      2. re: Morganna

        If Rye is within 50 miles, I would suggested Petey's for fried seafood and/or lobster. The fried scallops and clams were great last week. I thought the lobster roll was good but not as good as the scallops. Baked and broiled dinners are also on the menu.

        Asian Delight in Franklin NH is our favorite for Thai. It is open Tue-Fri 11am to 9pm. Not open for lunch on the other days. It's more of a hole in the wall but very nice service and my husband's favorite place for fried rice.

        Republic in Manchester NH is the place I would like to go but haven't been yet. It's gotten some wonderful reviews and I like that kind of menu.

        Barley House in Concord also gets a lot of good reviews but I haven't been in ages. It will be busy at lunch time since it's on Main St.

          1. re: aregularjoe

            Sunnyvale on rt 16 or Hart's Turkey Farm come to mind.

            1. re: drewinmrblhd

              Thanks for your suggestions. I will look into Sunnyvale. Harts, however, is one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to. Steam table, cafeteria slop. I understand it was once something many years ago when they raised the birds there, but now, forget it.

      3. A very fine lunch spot much closer than some of your 50-mile limit options; I've always had great food at the Granite restaurant in the Centennial Inn in Concord.

        Sample lunch menu:

        If I were there for lunch, you'd have a difficult time talking me out of the Sloppy Joe. Or maybe the Crab Cake BLT. Damn!

        1. How about narrowing it down a smidge as Morganna suggested. We know that Harts is not to your taste. Any other places in the area you would nix, or food types you'd rather not have at lunch? Do you want a light or heavy lunch? Ethnic or standard Yankee/New England fare?

          We could give you fave spots for BBQ, or clams, or Italian subs, or tacos. Is there a time limit on lunch?

          1. There's Canoe in Center Harbor fairly close to Gilford snd O's Steak and Seafood in Laconia --both are owned by the same chef. Mis en place in Wolfeboro is great, but not open for lunch. Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth is good too, not sure about lunch there either.