Family Dining in the Lakes Region
The region's restaurants cater to vacationers' hearty appetites. When you're ready to refuel, consider one of these notable establishments.
It's Thanksgiving every day at Hart's Turkey Farm (Routes 3 and 104, Meredith, 603-279-6212, www.hartsturkeyfarm.com), where, on a busy day, they serve 1 ton of turkey, 40 gallons of gravy, 1,000 pounds of potatoes, 4,000 rolls, and 100 pies. There are turkey nuggets for the kids and plenty of other choices, three meals a day.
Dine inside a rustic, homey, nineteenth-century farmhouse and barn at The Woodshed (128 Lee Road, Moultonborough, 603-476-2311, www.thewoodshedrestaurant.com). Kids eat well here, with everything from king crab to a kids' filet on the pricey “Young Folks” menu.
It's not easy to find Southern-style barbecue in New England, but Yankee Smokehouse (Routes 16 and 25, West Ossipee, 603-539-RIBS, www.yankeesmokehouse.com) claims the largest open pit north of the Mason-Dixon line. They're known not only for their smoky ribs but for creamy corn chowder and strawberry shortcake. The Smokehouse Feast is a good value for families with hungry teens.
If your kids have been good all day, treat them to the ice-cream-sundae buffet at Kellerhaus (259 Endicott Street North, Weirs Beach, 603-366-4466, www.kellerhaus.com), a Lakes Region tradition for thirty years.
You'll remember the food and the views at Walter's Basin (Route 3, Holderness, 603-968-4412, www.waltersbasin.com), a good choice for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. Squam Lake is so close you can almost dip your toes in. Dine outdoors at the fry shack in the summer.
Italian food and music go perfectly together, and at Giuseppe's Show Time Pizzeria (Routes 3 and 25, Meredith, 603-279-3313, www.giuseppesnh.com), there's live entertainment on the menu every night.
Flash back to the 1950s at the Tilt'n Diner (61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 603-286-2204, www.thecman.com/html/restaurants_Tiltn.html), a stainless-steel diner car where the food is affordable, and breakfast is served all day.
Popcorn is passé at Smitty's Cinema (630 West Main Street, Tilton, 603-286-4444, www.smittyscinema.com), where you can enjoy a full pub-style menu of appetizers, burgers, main dishes, kids' selections, beer, wine, and desserts along with your choice of six movies.
Don't leave the Lakes Region without going to Camp (300 Daniel Webster Highway/Route 3, Meredith, 603-279-3003, www.thecman.com/html/restaurants_camp.html). This rustic restaurant is styled to resemble an Adirondack Great Camp and serves family-style salad, steaks, S'mores, and more.