Best of NH 2011 Delis, Cafes and Breakfast Spots

Whether you're looking for a fresh bagel or a leisurely brunch with live jazz, we've got the place for you.

*Editor's Picks
Readers' Poll Winners

Bagel: The Bagelry in Durham is proud to be a one-location shop with a focus on freshness. Keep an eye out for new super baseball star Sam Fuld who drops by when he’s in town.

Bagel (National Chain): Panera Bread is a national chain but their individual cafés are viewed by locals as hang-outs where the bagels and coffee are always fresh and delicious.

Bakery Bread: The Loaf & Ladle in Exeter offers lovely river views and pairs up their many homemade soups with warm slabs of their many home-baked breads. (603) 778-8955

Bakery Bread (National Chain): They don’t call it Panera “Bread” for nothing. Along with the many salads and sandwiches of this national chain, the baked breads play a starring role.

Butcher Shop: The family-owned Mr. Steer Meats Marketplace in Londonderry has been in business for four generations. These days you can get fresh and marinated meats, fresh produce and meals ready to cook at home.

Butcher Shop: (National Chain) The wildly successful The Meat House now has six locations throughout New Hampshire. A six-time Best of NH winner, this butcher shop also offers wine, beer and local specialties.

Breakfast Place: The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth makes breakfast into an experience and was picked by “Good Morning America” as one of the four best breakfasts in the U.S.A.

Delicatessen: Find great fresh sandwiches at Jerome’s Deli & Catering in Londonderry and Manchester.

Delicatessen (Regional Chain): Find just about every cut of meat — and seafood, too — at McKinnon’s Market & Super Butcher Shop in Salem.

Delicatessen (National Chain): Hannaford’s reputation for carrying fresh and local foods in so many convenient locations makes their deli counter a state favorite.

Gourmet To Go: When you need a delicious meal fast, the heat-and-serve pasta selections at Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop in Manchester will come to the rescue.

*Healthy Lunch: Concord’s downtown has always seemed healthy, but especially so since the Concord Co-op opened their Celery Stick Café, which provides delicious, all-natural meals and “grab and go” specialties all week long. Plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Their Hot Bar is famous for a variety of seasonal treats, all cooked up by Chef Mike Cook. Try the jerk pork. And look for an expanded café once the current renovations are completed next year.

*Lunch Solution: Lunch time delivery just got much more convenient thanks to the Manchester-based Lunch Bunch. All orders and payments are taken the day before and are handled completely on the web. Choose from a nice selection of fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, sides, desserts and drinks all with the click of a mouse.

Pancakes: The landmark Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason makes its own syrup and offers a special pancake of the month.

Pancakes (National Chain): Ever-popular IHOP was picked by our readers as best national chain because we don’t have an “international” category.

Soup: Made from scratch daily, the creative soups at Loaf & Ladle in Exeter have been a reader favorite for years. (603) 778-8955

Soup (National Chain): One can’t live by bread alone at Panera Bread with locations across the state. Not with so many soups on the menu.

Sunday Brunch: Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel & Spa in New Castle makes a delicious Sunday brunch even more special with live jazz.

Sunday Brunch (Local Chain): The Common Man Family of Restaurants with locations in every nook of the state makes it easy to find a great brunch when you are on the road.

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