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Boston Restaurant Blog -- July, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Highlights from a Recent New Hampshire Trip

I got to spend some time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire last week, checking out several restaurants along the way--most of which I had been to before. Since the restaurants have already been reviewed on this site, I'll post brief recaps of each, including some of the highlights.

As is often the case on trips up to the White Mountains, we stopped by the Pizza Barn in Center Ossipee on the way up, and once again, the pizza was terrific, with the medium-sized pie having a moderately thick crust and countless slices of crusty pepperoni on top. (The Caesar salad that we had there was good as well.) For dinner that night--and lunch the following day--we hit the Thompson House Eatery in Jackson, with dinner including an appetizer called "Zorba the Grape" (which featured goat cheese in grape leaves, marinated red peppers, Greek Gigandes beans, grapes, crostini, and more) as well as a mushroom ravioli dish and a black angus steak, both of which were excellent. Lunch at the Thompson House included an angus roast beef sandwich with herbed cream cheese and a baked ham, brie, and apple sandwich on a croissant (the latter sandwich was outstanding). We went to Maestro's in North Conway for dinner on the second night, and while it was hot inside (the air conditioning didn't seem to be working well), the authentic Italian fare was marvelous, including cacio avvolto (breaded house-made Mozzarella cheese with prosciutto and pesto), castellammare (orecchiette pasta with mushrooms, onions and sage in a truffle cream sauce), and pollo al zungoli (chicken breast with eggplant and fontina cheese in a marsala wine sauce). For breakfast we went to Yesterdays in Jackson, where I had their tremendous corned beef hash and fresh bread, while one final lunch was spent across the White Mountains at Rustic River in North Woodstock, where we sat on their outdoor deck overlooking a quickly-moving stream and dined on cheeseburgers that were juicy and tasty, with high-quality meat used.

If I had to pick a food highlight of the trip, it would either be the ham, brie, and apple sandwich at the Thompson House Eatery or the cacio avvolto at Maestro's, though the pizza at the Pizza Barn is always tough to beat. I hope to be heading back up to the area over the coming months, so expect another recap of where I end up on the next trip.

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