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Ten In New Hampshire: Restaurants (Non-Buffet) In Central NH, Worth The Drive.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.
In no particular order other than trying to intersperse the Chinese restaurants so they don’t all appear together.


The Italian Farmhouse. Part of the Alex Ray, 'Common Man' empire.

The Italian Farmhouse. Part of the Alex Ray, ‘Common Man’ empire.

Restaurants (Non-Buffet) In Central NH, Worth The Drive.

.1. The Italian Farmhouse– Plymouth.

.2. Green Ginger — Tilton. Œ

.3. Mame’s — Meredith.

.4. Red Arrow Diner
>>Concord.

.5. West Lake
>>Wolfeboro
. Œ

.6. Common Man— Ashland.

.7. Peking Tokyo
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— Gilford. Œ

.8. Giuseppe’s— Meredith.

.9. Walter’s Basin — Holderness.

10. Fratellos — Laconia.



Œ — Chinese.



Mame's in Meredith. Classy adult dining.

Mame’s in Meredith. Classy adult dining.

Thanksgiving: Portsmouth, NH, Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Read the review of our experience.


Click image to access the menu as a PDF.


As we have done a few times before we are going to the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH for our Thanksgiving meal.

The Portsmouth Sheraton buffet is a family favorite — though, as a rule, Deanna is not that enamored with buffets, hygiene and overindulgence being her gripes. [Of late I have come to appreciate her concerns, though when push-comes-to-shove I am still partial to a good buffet, though I will readily confess that seeing grossly obese folks at the Chinese buffets do serve as a good object lesson in ‘indulgence in moderation.]

We have been to this buffet for Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day and Easter — over the years. So it is familiar territory for the kids.

Thanksgiving 2010 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Harbor’s Edge dining room. Click to ENLARGE.

Deanna, after our recent uplifting experience, wanted to go to Mame’s in Meredith for Thanksgiving. She called them and found that they were not doing a buffet. Despite her aversion to buffets she knows that she is invariably outvoted 3-1 on the buffet issue. So she told me to find one. Since this will be our 10th anniversary, I tried ‘Mount Washington’. They claimed that they have been fully booked for 8 weeks. Bully for them. I wasn’t heartbroken.

So, after flirting with a couple of places in Jackon, NH (and we had spent Thanksgiving there in 2004), I was back to the Sheraton in Portsmouth.

You would never guess it from this picture but I was deathly ill that day, in 2010! They were trying to kill me again at Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord). I had begged for antibiotics. They said I was fine. I had coughed so hard the night before, I cracked a rib. But, I am kind of used to cracked ribs and broken bones. And no I was not on any pain killers other than my usual aspirin. The next day they had me get a Cat-Scan (for $3,900) and put me at once on antibiotics. That is Dartmouth Hitchcock, at least in how they treat me. Click to ENLARGE.

The food is OK. They do have some variety. Their dessert table makes up for all sins. It is, or at least it was in 2010, divine.

This says it all about their desserts. Skip the meal. Just eat the desserts. There is a saying as such isn’t there: “Life is uncertain. Eat the dessert first.” This is also from 2010. Click to ENLARGE.

Of course, I will share with you our experience post Turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving. Cheers.

Meredith ‘Trick or Eat’ (Got Lunch) Sunday October 28, 2012 Was A RESOUNDING Success. Thank YOU.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Best $10 I Have Spent In 2012, Maybe In A Longtime.

Overall a great experience. Lot of fun.
Showcased Meredith to perfection.

Thank YOU. You folks did Great. Take a Bow.

It was Goldilocks weather. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Perfect for a walking tour of Meredith. They could not have asked for better.

So here is one thing. Me being who I am, I inquired from multiple ‘officials’ what their plan would have been if it was bucketing down with rain. They had none! They left it to chance. That was a bit unsettling. Maybe they will have some contingency plans next year.

Deanna had called up and booked more or less as soon as we read about it in the Laconia Daily Sun. So we were on the 2pm tour. The 1st tour of the day, the 1st tour of the event, the 1st Meredith ‘Trick or Eat’ tour ever. So, they impressed upon the 30 of us, on that 1st tour, that we were on the inaugural tour. That was nice.

Something else. I did not see a laptop insight. They had all the registrations written down on a piece of paper. Typical NH. Shades of the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Exploiting some decades old technology, an old laptop with Excel 2003, is not a cardinal sin. So maybe we might see some technology next year. They also had a very compelling, one sheet color program with a very cute, hand drawn map of Meredith. I liked the map very much. But, they had NO Web presence. Yes, there was two mentions in the program as to who created that map. Yes, I went and checked them out. But, I am NOT going to give them a plug because they let the side down by not creating a Web presence, just pushing their URL. Sorry. I am a hard taskmaster. Yes, I could scan the map and show it to you, but I won’t. Sorry.

From what I heard they had 260 pre-registrations. That is great. I saw some walkins. So they probably had 300 or more.

We had 5 Meredith History stops with ladies in period costumes acting out roles. Nice costumes. Sometimes difficult to hear. Would have been nice if they had some amplification. I learnt some. I knew about 45% of it. There was just a tad too much duplication. So they should coordinate their stories next year. Plus, do MORE about Bob Montana. He is famous and the kids will love the Archie stuff.

Our tour guide, a ‘Home/Building Inspector’. She was very nice. Full of energy. A firecracker. I was remiss. Never got her name. That is the ‘New Horizon Band’. Good elevator music. That was fine.

Me as ever checking the scene, at the Chase House, prior to the tour. No idea who that goblin in the picture is. It was Halloween.

The 10 ‘Eats’ and What We Thought About The Grub:

1. Lago.
OK. Nothing special. Did NOT do themselves proud.

Their ‘Frutti Di Mare(fruits of the sea) seafood ‘gumbo’ with Shrimp, mussels, calamari, little neck clams and fish fillets in fennel-infused tomato broth (but sans the Garlic toasted ciabatta). This is one of their menu items and they charge $22. I don’t think there was any calamari in what we got. It was OK. Did not knock my socks off. I thought it was way too salty (even for a seafood dish). If I had paid $22 for a dish of this, I probably would have choked. I then remembered that I had gone off Lago 8-9 years ago. Don;t get me wrong. In general we are BIG FANS of Alex Ray’s Common Man Restaurants. But, Lago is atypical. Too pretentious; for the upscale tourist. That is fine. I haven’t gone there in 8 years. I much preferred what used to be there before the Lago. That was fun. Had a the best ‘Electric Lemonade’ in the Summer. I lived EXACTLY a mile away, by water, on Mile Point. So I know. [Yes, we know Alex.]

2. Lakeside Deli.
BRILLIANT. Bravo. Out did themselves. Wow. Wow. Wow. THANK YOU.

Turkey Gobblers! Thanksgiving on toast. Turkey, stuffing and cranberry between two slices of toast. It was irresistible. Devanee and I went back for more and then the owner came out and gave us a 3rd piece.

Right through the tour I heard people raving about the Turkey Gobblers. These are ‘new’ owners. I used to ‘frequent’ the place when I lived in Meredith. Now we will go back. This was good PR for the Deli.

3. George’s Diner.
Good, as ever, which is their calling card. Did themselves well. It is WYSIWYG dining with them. Straightforward, decent grub.

Chili and Apple crisp. Both good. Kids liked it.

4. Mame’s.
Very good. Did themselves proud. Bravo. Owner John Cook (which is a great name other than the fact that he is also a commercial pilot) did ALL of the serving and clearing up. Nice touch. Many would not know that this was the legendary John Cook. I just asked him whether he was still flying. He was. He didn’t recognize me. I am 10 years older and haven’t weathered well. Very nice guy. After our visit today, Deanna wants to go there for their Thanksgiving Brunch — as that will be our 10th anniversary of meeting! For Deanna to pick it says tons. I used to visit quite often — again when I lived in Meredith and Gilford. Looks like John has won us back.

Pumpkin Ravioli. Exquisite.

5. Sunshine and Pa’s.
OK. They had 3 options: chili, corn chowder and clam chowder. I had the latter. It was tasteless and cold! Deanna had the corn chowder and liked it. They served small flat breads. Nice folks. Not my cup of tea. Not somewhere I would go to eat. But, seems like a nice place.

6. Giuseppe’s.
Hhhhmmm. Good job we love the joint! They didn’t, in our opinion, do themselves justice. Not any of their signature dishes or pizzas. Just some easy-to-forget mediocre pizza! But, they provided much needed water. That was good. The water was good, very good.

Pizza and water, and by now the water was very WELCOME.

7. Meredith Village Pizza.
Pity that it was pizza back-to-back. This pizza was pretty awful! Enough said. If we want pizza in Meredith we would go, without hesitation, to Giuseppe’s.

8. Phu Jee Chinese.
OK. Not their best, as with Giuseppe’s. These folks, at least when I used to frequent the joint (when I lived on Mile Point, 1996 to 1999), had top notch Chinese. Today’s was passable. I had thought that they had redone the interior. What a shame. The inside continues to be claustrophobic. Somebody needs to help them.

Crab Rangoon and a piece of General Gau/Orange Chicken. Lady next to me wouldn’t eat it. Gave it to me.

9. Frog Rock Tavern.
What were they thinking? They screwed up! I heard people muttering about it for the next 5 minutes.

SPICY Rangoon — cut in half. Kids wouldn’t touch it. Was way too spicy for many. It was fine with me, but it was a ‘nothing’ experience.

10. Kara’s Cafe and Cakery.
It was OK, I think. Didn’t ‘wow’ me in the slightest. Kind of sad. The last two stops of the tour were anti-climactic. Shame.

Pumpkin whoopee pie and a small, whipped drink. I wasn’t thrilled, BUT that the kids didn’t eat theirs tells a tale.

So, that was the tour. On the whole a GREAT success. Wish we could do something like this in Alton — but we only have three and a half restaurants, and one is the McDonald’s!

Thank you organizers. Thank you the eateries. It was a good cause.

The best part of Lago, the Botticelli imitation definitely enhances the time spent in there. Thanks Alex. Nice touch, as with all your restrooms. I miss the Italian lessons at the Farmhouse.

Another nude at Giuseppe’s. Not as nice as the one above the bar. See my prior post of Giuseppe’s which does show that picture. Kids kept on asking me who it was. I have no idea. Not even sure who painted it. It could be a Hodecker. He likes nudes.

We Met With Dr. Jill Biden, The V.P. Joe’s Wife, In Laconia, NH This Evening. It Was A Rare Honor. What A GREAT Lady.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Related post:
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We Met Michael Dukakis In Laconia, NH, Today — Oct. 27, 2012.


She really was all that had been portrayed of her. What a role model for the kids. I just thanked her and her husband. Click to ENLARGE to full size.

Teischan, who is a fairly stoic soul, was obviously impressed. Most important lady she has met so far. Click to ENLARGE.


Good crowds. Maybe around 70. The little Laconia office was packed. Lots of local VIPs. That was good. The campaign send a team of young ladies ahead to setup and jazz-up the office. I am glad they did. Looked very festive, though there were a lot of us very apprehensive. This is not 2008. A couple of things that amazed me, but I will not talk about them here.


Teischan’s full-size Obama standup, on temporary loan to the office, dressed up by the office staff for the event. Not sure if Teischan was impressed. Click …

Andrew Hosmer (left), a VERY NICE gentleman, who is running for NH Senate from Laconia. Please vote for him. He will excel.

Ed Philphot Esq., my friend and sometimes lawyer, who is running for Belknap County Commissioner, posing with his son — obscuring Mrs. Biden.

Me working the crowds chatting with Ed Philpot.

Dr. Mrs. Jill Biden, The V.P.’s Wife, Is Visiting Laconia, NH This ‘Evening’. We Plan To Attend. She Is Really Neat.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Related post:
>> We Met With Dr. Jill Biden, The V.P. Joe’s Wife, In Laconia — Oct. 26, 2012.
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We Met Michael Dukakis In Laconia, NH, Today — Oct. 27, 2012.


Click to get to know Mrs. Biden, a really neat lady.

E-mail me for details (—>>>)
For obvious reasons I don’t want to blab about this too much. It is NOT a secret.
It has been publicized – which I why I am bringing it to your attention.
See you there.

Meredith, NH: Halloween ‘Trick or Eat’ Event, Sunday October 28, 2012 To Benefit Got Lunch!


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


We saw this in the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ and decided to sign-up.
Not sure what it is all about. But it involves food & music!

But, it includes Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante (our favorite restaurant in the Lakes Region), Phu Jee Chinese Cuisine (which is noted for its authentic Chinese), Mame’s (that is invariably good) and Georges Diner (with its generous portions). I used to live in Meredith and am quite familiar with the surroundings and characters. So this could be fun.

Hoping that Lisa DeMartino, who is running for NH State Rep., Belknap County, District 2 (Gilford & Meredith), might be able to join us. We are scheduled for the 2pm tour. See you there.

There is supposed to be music from Happy Tunes Band, Julie Velie and New Horizons — all of which are new to me. No Paul Warnick and Phil ‘n The Blanks. Shame.

Call 603-279-6121, the Meredith Chamber of Commerce, for more details.

Click to access October 13, 2012, ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ article.

Click to access this write up at the ‘Meredith Chamber of Commerce’.