Best of NH 2017 Delis, Butcher Shops, Catering, Cafés, Lunch and Breakfast

Looking for a healthy lunch? Need a gourmet meal on the go? Hungry for a locally sourced breakfast? Here you'll find the best sandwiches, soups, catering, breakfast spots and more.





The lobster eggs Benedict from Editor's Pick Temple Street Diner. (Courtesy photo)

High School Lunch: Slow-roasted and hand-pulled Barbecue poke panini, turkey and avocado BLT, locally sourced ingredients — no, it’s not your usual school cafeteria. North Conway’s Mineral Springs Café is a restaurant run entirely by the students of Kennett High School’s culinary arts program, serving lunch three days a week. mineralspringcafe@gmail.com

Apple Cider Donuts: The thing about serving a classic New England favorite like the apple cider donut is that you’ve got to live up to everyone’s sense of nostalgia. Luckily for Durham’s Emery Farm, they nailed it. Bite into one of these homemade delights and it’s just like Proust’s madeleines — suddenly you’re a kid again, enjoying a treat after a day of picking apples.  

Jerk Chicken Twist: You might not think you’d find a great example of an island dish in a Jackson deli, but the jerk chicken wrap at J-Town Deli, while not wholly traditional, is very tasty. They wrap up slices of chicken breast rubbed with jerk spice with sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato and drizzle of ranch dressing. 

New England Breakfast Dish: Nashua’s Temple Street Diner has a way with lobster, and their lobster eggs Benedict checks all the boxes for a perfect regional breakfast, especially when you ask for their tender baked beans as the side. Perfect poached eggs meld it all together. It’s only $12.95 and $2 more with tasty home fries. Better yet, breakfast is served all day.

Biscuits and Gravy: It’s not only Southerners who love this, but it’s not so easy to find north of the notches — or anywhere else in New Hampshire. Munroe’s Family Restaurant in Twin Mountain does it right, and goes it one better (if there is such a thing) in a Redneck Benedict: fresh-baked biscuit, sausage and poached eggs topped with plenty of gravy. 

Buffet Brunch: Sundays are for indulging in an afternoon of food and libation. At The Foundry in Manchester, the super-gooey, maple-caramel-glazed cinnamon rolls are irresistible, but please make sure to press on to the oyster bar, fruit displays and the pastrami-rubbed smoked salmon. 

Vegan Treats: From all-day breakfast to quinoa bowls and seaweed wraps, there’s lots to love at the nearly 2-year-old Laney & Lu Cafe. If you just can’t wait from breakfast till lunch to get your fix, though, this Exeter eatery has you covered. Their oh-so-tempting snack menu changes a bit every day, but past offerings include vegan donuts, almond and miso-flavored kale chips, and the fan favorite Maca Matcha Macaroons, truffle-esque spheres coated in lime green matcha tea “frosting.” 

Smoothies: Step away from that blender. Rainbow-hued healthy smoothies are the latest thing in Instagram-ready foodie trends, but there’s no need to make your own when Manchester’s Milk & Honey Juicery and Café makes trend-following this easy. Named simply for their colors, the nine smoothies at this 5-month-old spot include the dessert-like White with banana and maple, the berry-heavy Purple and the requisite Green, made with spinach, orange juice and, of course, kale. 


2017 Best of NH Readers' Poll Winners

Best Breakfast in NH
The Friendly Toast
Portsmouth

Best Breakfast in NH
Multi-location Local
Tucker's
Multiple locations

Best Breakfast in the Concord Area
The Newell Post
Concord

Best Breakfast in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Lou's Restaurant & Bakery
Hanover

Best Breakfast in Great North Woods
Polish Princess Bakery
Lancaster

Best Breakfast in the Lakes Region
Kitchen Cravings
Gilford

Best Breakfast in the Manchester Area
The Purple Finch Cafe 
Derry

Best Breakfast in the Manchester Area
Multi-location Local
The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Manchester, Milford and Londonderry

Best Breakfast in the Monadnock Region
Parkers Maple Barn
Mason

Best Breakfast in the Nashua Area
The Riverhouse Cafe
Milford

Best Breakfast in the Salem Area
Maddie's Bagel & Eatery
Salem

Best Breakfast in the Salem Area
Multi-location Local
​MaryAnn's Diner
Derry, Salem and Windham

Best Breakfast in the Seacoast Region
The Big Bean Cafe
Newmarket

Best Breakfast in the White Mountains
Polly’s Pancake Parlor
Sugar Hill

Brunch
The Old Salt Restaurant at Lamie's Inn
Hampton

Caterer
Celebrations Catering
Manchester

Chili
Cactus Jack's Grill & Watering Hole
Manchester and Laconia

Chili
Multi-location Local
The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Manchester, Milford and Londonderry

Delicatessen
Bubby's NY Style Delicatessen
Portsmouth

Diner
Tilt’n Diner
Tilton

Diner Concord Area
Rock On Diner
Pembroke

Diner Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
4 Aces Diner
West Lebanon

Diner Lakes Region
Miss Wakefield Diner
Sanbornville

Diner Manchester Area
Airport Diner
Manchester

Diner Manchester Area
Multi-location Local
The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Manchester, Milford and Londonderry

Diner Monadnock Region
Lindy’s Diner
Keene

Diner Monadnock Region
Multi-location Local
The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Manchester, Milford and Londonderry

Diner Nashua Area
Joey’s Diner
Merrimack

Diner Nashua Area
Multi-location Local
The Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner
Manchester, Milford and Londonderry

Diner Salem Area
Casey's Diner
Plaistow

Diner Salem Area
Multi-location Local
MaryAnn's Diner
Derry, Salem and Windham

Diner Seacoast Region
Roundabout Diner & Lounge
Portsmouth

Diner White Mountains
Littleton Diner
Littleton

Gourmet-To-Go
All Real Meal
Derry

Lunch Spot
Pressed Cafe
Nashua

Lunch Spot
Multi-location Local
The Green Bean
Exeter, Portsmouth and New Castle

Pancakes
Polly’s Pancake Parlor
Sugar Hill

Sandwich
The Nashua Garden
Nashua

Sandwich
Multi-location Local
The Green Bean
Exeter, Portsmouth and New Castle

Soup
Collins Brothers Chowder Co.
Nashua

Soup
Multi-location Local
The Green Bean
Exeter, Portsmouth and New Castle

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