Best of NH 2023 Delis, Butcher Shops, Catering, Cafés, Lunch and Breakfast

Here's a look at places where you can find a stack of mile-high pancakes, crispy bacon and local maple syrup. Also, don't miss out on exceptional sandwiches, delicious diners and cozy cafés

Editor’s Picks

Family Friendly Café

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For anyone tired of the side-eye they get when they take their kids to coffee shops, the Nest Family Café in Londonderry is the spot for you. Enjoy a lavender cold brew oat latte and turkey and cheese bagel for yourself while your kiddos sample from the “Picky Chickies” menu with items ranging from smoothies to snack boxes. The free nest play area, reading lounge and chalk wall are perfect sensory-friendly spaces for your kids to hang out while you do, too. (Don’t forget to ask a barista to join you in a chalk wall picture contest.)

Cheap Eats Bodega  

While New Hampshire doesn’t exactly have “bodegas” the way a big city might, Katz’s Deli and Market in Dover is as close as you can get. Selling household goods like laundry detergent and ketchup, grilling up wonderfully greasy creations on their grill (with the cheapest egg sandwiches around and a solid selection of burgers, pizza and fried food) and featuring a great local beer selection, you can find just about anything you’d need in a pinch at Katz’s.

Bagels and Breakfast Sandwiches 

Bubbys Bagel DeliThe query of who makes the best breakfast sandwich in New Hampshire (or anywhere, really) is a hot topic. Everyone has their opinion — and we can only state ours: Bubby’s Bagel & Deli in Dover has our heart. Bubby’s runs out of the Dover Transportation Center, making for great grab-and-go if you’re hopping on the Amtrak or a bus. Inevitably, that leads to more Bubby’s trips when you’re not leaving town. Its bagels are New York style; its creative breakfast sandwich options are tasty and unexpected; its owner, Gregg Schweitzer, is charming and wry. Bubby’s first held court on the corner of Portsmouth’s Hanover and Bridge streets from 2015 to 2019 and is just starting to gain serious traction in Dover, having opened in April of 2020. If our opinion means anything, they’ve got the best breakfast sandwich in the Granite State. Don’t believe us? Stop by and see for yourself.

Italian Café and Market

Gusto Italian Cafe2Learn about Italy while feeling like you’re at home in Tuscany at Gusto Italian Café in Center Harbor. Owners Elena and Nick met on a train in Florence, and hope to give you a taste of their origins with noteworthy menu items like their authentic gusto panini. Grab fresh homemade pasta and traditional soup, or stop by Gusto Market to pick up a to-go meal for dinner. They also offer weekly cooking classes that round out this “all purpose” home away from home.


Readers’ Poll Winners

Breakfast Place

Breakfast Place Overall winner
Polly’s Pancake Parlor

Sugar Hill

Breakfast Place Overall winner Multilocation Local

Breakfast Place Concord Area
The Windmill Restaurant


Breakfast Place Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery


Breakfast Place Great North Woods Region
Full Send Bar and Grill


Breakfast Place Lakes Region
The Farmer’s Kitchen


Breakfast Place Manchester Area
The Purple Finch Café


Breakfast Place Manchester Area Multilocation Regional
The Friendly Toast


Breakfast Place Monadnock Region
Parker’s Maple Barn


Breakfast Place Nashua Area
Suzie’s Diner


Breakfast Place Nashua Area Multilocation Local
Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner


Breakfast Place Salem Area


Breakfast Place Salem Area Multilocation Local
MaryAnn’s Diner


Breakfast Place Seacoast Region
The Airfield Café

North Hampton

Breakfast Place Seacoast Region Multilocation Regional
The Friendly Toast


Breakfast Place White Mountains Region
The Sunrise Shack




The Old Salt



Celebrations Distinctive Catering



Biederman’s Deli



Klemm’s Bakery


Overall winner
Tilt’n Diner


Overall winner Multilocation Local
Red Arrow 24 Hr Diner

Diner Concord Area
Northwood Diner


Diner Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Four Aces Diner

West Lebanon

Diner Lakes Region
George’s Diner


Diner Manchester Area
Airport Diner


Diner Monadnock Region
Peterborough Diner


Diner Nashua Area
Suzie’s Diner


Diner Nashua Area Multilocation Local
MaryAnn’s Diner

Diner Salem Area
The Bacon Barn


Diner Salem Area Multilocation Local
MaryAnn’s Diner

Salem, Derry and Windham

Diner Seacoast Region
Roundabout Diner and Lounge


Diner White Mountains Region
Littleton Diner



Butcher Shop

Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery



Biederman’s Deli

Sandwich Multilocation Local
Wrap City Sandwich Co.

Sandwich Multilocation Regional
Pressed Café
Bedford, Nashua and Salem

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