New Hampshire is a rugged and beautiful state, with lots of outdoor activities, from the southeastern beaches to the lofty White Mountains. That means your body needs fuel for the day, and you will find it at diners across the state. Hometown diners serve all the classics, including blueberry pancakes and maple syrup. Enjoy this treat in March — maple harvesting season.
Lindy’s Diner, 19 Gilbo Avenue, Keene, NH
Lindy’s is a Paramount diner, manufactured in New Jersey and transported to Keene in 1961. Lindy’s is renowned for its New England clam chowder, homemade macaroni and cheese, codfish cakes, baked beans, deep-fried chicken croquettes, and Salisbury steaks. You can always have breakfast at Lindy’s, you can have it for dinner, or you can have dinner for breakfast! Hours: Monday-Thursday & Sunday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Littleton Diner, 170 Main Street, Littleton, NH
Built in Merrimack, MA, in 1928 and transported to Littleton – where it opened in 1930. In 1940 a new Sterling Diner was constructed on the original site, where the Littleton Diner has continued to serve as an integral part of the community. Littleton Diner has been chosen Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice in 2010 and Food Network Magazine’s 50 States/ 50 Best Breakfasts. Serving classic diner food in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Hours: Open daily, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH
Red Arrow Diner, 63 Union Square, Milford, NH
Red Arrow Diner, 137 Rockingham, Londonderry, NH
By sticking to the simple formula of good food, low prices, courteous service, and clean atmosphere, the Red Arrow packs ’em in. Among the highlights on the menu is the breakfast chili omelet, the brownie cream pie and coconut cream pie. Red Arrow was named “One of the Top Ten Diners in the Country”, by USA Today. Hours: Open 24 hours a day.
The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, 113 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH
This hipster, high-energy place takes diner standards and revs then up in a blender of wacky creativity, e.g., the S’More the Merrier is two slices of graham cracker-crusted oatmeal French toast stuffed with peanut butter and Fluff and topped with a drizzle of caramel, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Whoof! The chef does some crazy stuff with New England baked beans. Food is locally sourced, natch. Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday, open ‘til 9 p.m.; weekends, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
Roundabout Diner & Lounge, 580 US 1 Bypass (Portsmouth Traffic Circle), Portsmouth, NH
At the Roundabout, you can enjoy all your favorite diner classics. Excellent meals include burgers and sandwiches, Phantom Gourmet award-winning barbecue, comfort food classics like meatloaf, roast turkey, and of course, New England favorites like fish and chips, and the best lobster roll around. And all desserts are made onsite, from scratch. Hours: Open daily at 5:30 a.m.; serving to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Tilt’n Diner, 61 Laconia Road, Tilton, NH
“Where our coffee is strong and waitresses are fresh!” Tilt’n Diner is a traditional ‘50s-style diner located near the Tanger Outlet Center. Complete with be-boppin’ music, hearty breakfasts served all day, including the popular “Cadillac,” and classic comfort food favorites like baked shepherd’s pie and White Mountain meat loaf, Tilt’n Diner offers something for everyone. Don’t forget the classic frappes, flavored Cokes and home-made pies! Breakfast served all day – lunch and dinner items start at 11 a.m. Hours: Sunday- Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
4 Aces Diner, 23 Bridge Street (Route 4), West Lebanon, NH
“Where the locals eat.” This place is what a diner should be. Interior is totally vintage, built around a 1952 Worcester Diner Car #837. A staff favorite is the corned beef hash. Also, don’t miss the fries with melted cheese. The cook will stuff pancakes with almost anything you ask for. Look for homemade cakes, pies and huge doughnuts, along with daily specials with fresh ingredients. Hours: Open daily, Monday-Saturday, 5 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Plain Jane’s Diner, 897 Old Route 25, Rumney, NH
Plain Jane’s Diner serves classic American food to visitors and local people in the White Mountain and Lakes Region areas. Located just before the Polar Caves on Route 25, PJ’s Diner boasts the friendliest staff and the most authentic dining experience you will find. PJ’s Diner is where the cooking is from the pan, not the can! Hours: Daily, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
The 104 Diner, 752 NH Route 104, New Hampton, NH
Try some home cookin’ in this 1950s-style roadside diner setting. Delicious breakfast served all day and comfort foods galore! Try the famous tuna melt, barbecue pulled pork sandwich, or diner classics like homemade mac ‘n cheese or shepherd’s pie. Just like Mom used to make. Satisfy your sweet tooth with home spun frappes or malts, an old-fashioned vanilla Coke or a slice of homemade pie. A member of the Common Man family of restaurants. Hours: Open daily at 7 a.m.
Gilley’s Diner, 175 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, NH
Named a winner of the Phantom Gourmet’s Hidden Jewel award. This is a no frills burger and dog joint. Also, fries and poutine. Open ‘til 2:30 a.m.! Fun in a borderline-dingy corner of a great little city. The Gilley’s Lunch cart was built in 1940 by the Worcester Diner Co. of Massachusetts. This diner is one of only five that were built and is the only one remaining in full operation today. This diner and its predecessor were hauled into Market Square each evening in preparation for the evening’s business. Originally the diner was towed by horse, then tractor, and finally by truck. Gilley’s was moved to its present location in June 1974. Although permanently situated, Gilley’s retains the same characteristics as when it was mobile. The truck that towed the diner is still attached to the front of the structure and the wheels remain under the skirting. Every effort is made to retain the original charm and character of this historic diner. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2:30 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.