They save never judge a book by it’s cover, but when it comes to selecting a restaurant, it’s usually a good bet to stay away from anything that looks a bit dodgy on the outside. However, sometimes by playing is safe you miss out on something great. Here are eight underrated restaurants in New Hampshire that don’t look like much from the outside, but have great food. We promise you won’t be disappointed trying one of these local favorites.
1. 4 Aces Diner, West Lebanon
When you go to a diner you generally have low expectations for a somewhat tasty, but "just okay" meal with plenty of grease. This is NOT what you should expect at the 4 Aces Diner, where freshly baked treats and expertly prepared meals are the true winning hand. The menu is large with classic American foods, and more unique fare that is simply delicious.
2. Colby’s Breakfast and Lunch, Portsmouth
Sure, you have to enter Colby’s through an alleyway, where you’ll probably have to wait because this place has a reputation for great food. But at least they’ll give you free coffee! Once inside you have to embrace the seacoast and order something with lobster – lobster eggs benedict if it’s breakfast time or the lobster roll for lunch. Yum!
3. Thai Garden, Keene
There’s something about being located in a strip mall next to a t-shirt printing company that doesn’t exactly scream fine dining. But Thai Garden has become a favorite among the locals in Keene for it’s fresh ingredients and authentic Thai food.
4. Lindy’s Diner, Keene
Lindy’s has become a favorite spot for presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire, but between the election cycle it’s also a hit with locals. Everything – from the soup to the crab cakes – is homemade and simply delicious.
5. The Local Moose Café, Manchester
From the outside this old brick building with a big purple and green sign doesn’t look like it could offer anything worth stopping for, but inside this hidden gem the feel is distinctly modern. The Local Moose uses locally sourced and sustainable ingredients and blends unique flavors. Try the Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches on the menu.
6. La Caretta, Nashua
It’s not much from the outside, but you’ll love the Mexican food at La Caretta. In fact, it’s so popular that the restaurant is now opening more locations throughout New Hampshire.
7. Our Place Restaurant, Laconia
A favorite place for breakfast or lunch in the lakes region, Our Place offers simple, but great cooking. Just like you went over to a friend’s for a meal.
8. Littleton Diner, Littleton
The Littleton Diner has been feeding people since the 1930’s, so it’s no surprise that the food is good. If you’re in the mood for homemade corned beef or meatloaf, or have a hankering for breakfast for dinner, this is the place for you.