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Grab Lunch Before Your Hike in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

Where do the hikers go? Beyond picking the perfect hiking trail – measuring it for elevation gain, mileage and a view worth the work, the next; most important part of the plan is where you’re going to grab lunch before you head out!

We have you covered with some of the great lunch spots who specialize in lunch to go for those looking to spend a day in the great outdoors! Below are just a few samples of some of the restaurants in North Conway and beyond that work hard to fill your pack and stomach with great food during your vacation. For a complete list of Mt. Washington Valley restaurants, click here.

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Cheese Louise: making a stop at Cheese Louise, is an absolute must. Cheese Louise is an artisanal grilled cheese shop that serves up sandwiches with entertaining and delicious combos, as well as freshly squeezed juices, homemade ice cream sandwiches and epic shakes! It’s a stop that the entire crew will approve of! With multiple locations throughout Mt. Washington Valley, including a stop right at the base of the Conway side of “The Kanc,” a kiosk in Settlers Green, and a food truck, you can get your hands on a cheezy and melty treat before or after your adventure!

Bagels Plus: Using only the best ingredients, these guys make their bagels fresh every morning! Featuring over 20 different bagel flavors, PLUS, the infamous “Boissant” – a cross between a bagel and croissant, as well as gluten-free options. Grab a breakfast or lunch sandwich depending on what you’re craving, along with a coffee to go to start your hike with.

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Grab a smoothie, juice, or sandwich, or all three from The Local Grocer, before you head out on your adventure! Photo c/o The Local Grocer.

Local Grocer: Leaders in everything local, all natural and organic and Local Grocer has a delicious and awesome take-out and eat-in menu. Featuring options for the carnivore, the vegetarian and the vegan, your entire hiking crew will be smiling with satisfied stomach after grabbing lunch here. Local Grocer offers local, organic and naturally raised meats, eggs, milk, cheese and produce, and you can grab an organic beer or wine to celebrate reaching the peak on your hike with!

J-Town Deli: The crew at J-Town are pro’s at lunch to go. A valley favorite is the endearingly called the “# 2” and it’s made with roasted turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato and a chipotle mayo. You don’t have to take our word for it, you should definitely order one for yourself – or any of J-Town’s other sandwiches. None will disappoint.

And for good measure, make sure you grab a bag of chips from J-Town’s grocery section and a few homemade cupcakes from their bakery! You’ll deserve them after your hike!

Big Dave’s Bagels: They’re not kidding with the word “big,” here. They’re sandwiches are unapologetically large and the flavor is in charge! Their mission is to provide the most consistently excellent breakfast, lunch and catering experience in the Mount Washington Valley. Period. They aren’t messing around. Whatever can be homemade in their building, is. From their bagels to their cream cheeses to their sandwiches – which you can watch them prepare in their open concept kitchen – to their MUST-HAVE “kweenies.”

These are a non-negotiable for your hike. Big Dave’s “kweenie’s” are like a croissant on steroids. The name comes from the Breton language words for cake and butter, a word and ingredient that are both sacred at Big Dave’s.

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