What to do on those nights when you feel like a good homemade meal, but you don’t want to actually cook? That’s when you head to your favorite mom & pop restaurant. These family owned gems provide food that tastes great and is prepared with love. Here are 7 of the best mom & pop restaurants in New Hampshire. We challenge you to try them all!
1. Rocco's Pizza Bar and Grill, Hudson
Rocco's is so much more than the neighborhood pizza joint. Sure, you can get a great slice, but you can also enjoy expertly cooked seafood and other Italian inspired dishes. We venture to say that it's even better than homemade.
2. Benedict's Grill, Rochester
Sometimes you need a home cooked breakfast that will make you say wow. Benedicts is here to help. If you come in for breakfast you'll probably meet the owner, and will definitely meet some people who want to chat like you're family. Plus the food, like this seafood omelet, is amazing.
3. Calef's Country Store, Barrington
Calef's is one of the most famous country stores in New Hampshire, but it is also a great spot to grab lunch. These homemade sandwiches and salads are so good that you'll be begging for the recipe.
4. Cafe Indigo, Concord
This cafe is truly family focused. The parents began the cafe after their adult daughters became vegan. Don't let that put you off though - the food is so great that the cafe has become a hit even with meat lovers. The baked goods are scrumptious. Cafe Indigo is also well-known for its seitan (vegan meat alternative), which is used in dishes like this seitan pepper steak wrap.
Puritan Backroom, Manchester
The Puritan Backroom has been operating in Manchester since 1917 under the operation of two families. Working together for nearly a century, those families build Puritan Backroom into a favorite destination, especially famous for their chicken tenders.
6. The Peddler's Daughter, Nashua
The founder of this restaurant is an Irish immigrant, and when you taste the food you won't be surprised. And if your family is Irish (who's isn't?) you'll feel right at home in this warm and friendly pub. The Peddler's Daughter offers classics like fish and chips, but also more sophisticated Irish dining.
7. George's Diner, Meredith
George's is synonymous with great homecooked food for anyone who lives in or visits the lakes region. Whether you visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will not be disappointed.