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New Hampshire diners serve the classics, plus blueberry pancakes, baked beans

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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, with local flair: baked beans and Boston cream pie in Massachusetts, blueberry pancakes and lobster rolls and maple syrup in every state. A stop at a diner is a fun and diverting way to fill up your kids on an active family vacation.

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Lindy’s Diner

19 Gilbo Avenue Keene, New Hampsire Phone: 603-352-4273 Hours: Monday-Thursday & Sunday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Country Girl Diner is a 1940s-period Silk City Dining Car built in New Jersey. Its slogan is “great food and great friends; that’s what we’re all about.”Breakfast and lunch are served using local Vermont foods – for instance, pancakes with Cabot butter and Vermont maple syrup. Usual hours are daily, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., but on summer Fridays the diner serves dinner, 5-8 p.m., including prime rib, beer battered fish, and other specialties. Email: cgdiner@gmail.com.


Littleton Diner

170 Main Street Littleton, New Hampshire Phone: 603-444-3994 Hours: Open daily, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

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.


Red Arrow Diner

61 Lowell Street Manchester, New Hampshire Phone: 603-626-1118 Hours: Open 24 hours a day

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.
Also located at: 63 Union Square, Milford, New Hampshire and 137 Rockingham, Londonderry, New Hampshire.


The 104 Diner

752 NH Route 104 New Hampton, New Hampshire Phone: 603-744-0120 Hours: Open daily at 7 a.m. Serving breakfast and lunch until 2:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday until 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m.

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.


The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth NH

113 Congress Street Portsmouth, New Hampshire Phone: 603-430-2154 Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday, open ‘til 9 p.m.; weekends, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

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. Social media is heavy, include a NoWait app. Food is locally sourced, natch.


Roundabout Diner & Lounge

580 US 1 Bypass (Portsmouth Traffic Circle) Portsmouth, New Hampshire Phone: 603-431-1440 Hours: Daily, Open daily at 5:30 a.m.; serving to 10 p.m.

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. The roundabout uses locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, like bread from When Pigs Fly Bakery, breakfast sausage made in Vermont, local cheeses, and more. And all desserts are made onsite, from scratch.


Gilley’s Diner

175 Fleet Street Portsmouth, New Hampshire Phone: 603-431-6343 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2:30 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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.


Plain Jane’s Diner

897 Old Route 25 Rumney, New Hampshire Phone: 603-786-2525 Hours: Daily, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

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!


Tilt’n Diner

61 Laconia Road -- Exit 20 off Route 93 Tilton, New Hampshire Phone: 603-286-2204 Hours: Daily, Sunday- Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

“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.


4 Aces Diner

23 Bridge Street (Route 4) West Lebanon, New Hampshire Phone: 603-298-5515 Hours: Open daily, Monday-Saturday, 5 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

“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.