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Here's Where to Dine!


Plan your spring vacation in North Conway, NH - and its surrounding towns around Mt. Washington Valley's dining scene!

You'll find fun and hard-working locals who will not only pour you a beer, and serve you a burger, but answer your questions on where to go and what to do next on your vacation!

Live music can be found at ski taverns, and bands are regularly scheduled at breweries, where you can design your own tastings tour with Mt. Washington Valley's wineries, and distilleries too!

Here are five ideas on how to find the best burgers, beer, and wings to make sure you eat like a local! For a list of all restaurants in Mt. Washington Valley, click here!

1) Eat With The Valley Originals!

The Mt. Washington Valley is known for a band of 20-plus restaurants that make-up The Valley Originals. This group of locally owned restaurants have joined together to offer an experience of local dining unique in ambiance, recipes, and service. Look for the designated yellow flag outside each Valley Original and you’ll know you’re in the right spot!

Through The Valley Originals you’ll find: outdoor dining, fine dining and casual pub fare; diverse flavors like Indian, Italian, and Irish cuisines; mainstays like steakhouses and fresh seafood.

One option is Chef’s Bistro, located right in North Conway Village, serving oysters, world-class charcuterie, ice-cold grapefruit cosmos, and more!

If you’re looking for a cup of coffee to start your vacation off right, we suggest making a stop at J-Town Deli, a Valley Original serving breakfast and lunch.  Grab a large-and-in-charge breakfast sandwich made-to-order, or if you’re stopping for lunch, a favorite sandwich is the Turkey Chipotle Club with bacon and chipotle mayo. Insider tip: be sure to ask for it toasted!

Date night in Mt. Washington Valley is covered by The Valley Originals with casual fine dining options at restaurants led by chefs that are James Beard-nominated, like Chef Jeff at Thompson House Eatery; and chefs trained at the Culinary Institute of America, like Chef Jonathan Spak at The Oxford House Inn.

Do you want to know where to get great homemade barbecue? Or some of the best ribs, wings, and pizza in town? The Valley Originals have you covered there too with pulled pork and nachos at 302 West Smokehouse, ribs from Red Parka Pub, and wings and pizza at The Shannon Door Pub!

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Local restaurants in Mt. Washington Valley promise a really great meal, and friendly service! photo c/o Corey David Photography.

2) Grab Lunch To Go!
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!

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.

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.”

Of course if you need sustenance (and a great beer) after a day hiking or biking, then we suggest stopping at Matty B’s (hint: get its burger), Red Fox Bar and Grille, and Wicked Fresh Burgers. (Don't skip the fries at this place!)

3) Get as Close to the Farm as Possible!

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!

Make the MWV Farmer’s Market a regular Tuesday outing! Happening weekly, adjacent to the North Conway Community Center, the vibe of this market is high! With the sun shining down on you, listen to live music as you make your way to each vendor. Farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, bread-makers, and more all convene on each Tuesday to bring the most colorful and freshest assortment of vegetables, fruit, honey, cheese, and more.

Stop by Weston’s Farm Stand with locations in Fryeburg, Maine and North Conway, NH. Its original location in Fryeburg, Maine overlooks the Saco River. There you’ll find freshly picked vegetables from the farm, and from its partner vendors, baked goods such as pies, breads and cookies, handcrafted coffee and beer, cheeses, and local meat. Its Fryeburg location also has a gift shop where you can find New England themed decor and books.

Weston’s also has a location on West Side Road. This stand is open-air and offers a sampling of what you would find at it’s Fryeburg location.

4) Make A Stop for Coffee!

The Metropolitan Coffee House: Featuring two locations, one in North Conway Village and one in Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, you’ll have your every coffee need met here. Specialty coffee drinks cover all the bases from drip coffee to cappuccino’s to frappe’s. They also highlight their Nitro Coffee which is their specialty cold brewed coffee on tap that’s infused with tiny nitrogen bubbles.The bubbles give the coffee a foamy texture, like beer. Nitro coffee pours out of a tap.

The Met brews with coffee roasted right in Conway, NH, and also has an extensive menu of bagel sandwiches appropriately named after Mt. Washington Valley landmarks, such as “The Saco” made up of a cheesy egg, avocado, tomato and bacon topped with a dab of sriracha sauce. Every morning six varieties of muffins and croissants are baked and freshly baked bagels, made right in North Conway are delivered.

Lunch at The Met offers hot panini’s, cold sandwiches and salads. Gluten-free options for bagels, treats and breads are also offered.

Frontside Coffee Roasters: This coffee shop is fun, funky and fresh, with vibrant art decorating its walls, an outdoor and dog-friendly patio, and coffee that is roasted by one of the owners. Featuring a fleet of classic coffee drinks from a latte to a cortado to a chai-fu (chai with a shot of espresso) to drip coffee, your caffeine fix will be met here. Non-coffee options include tea, kombucha, and craft sodas. Fresh, handmade donuts, muffins and cakes are delivered from local bakeries daily; and if you’re lucky you might be able to snag a “Mr. Pretzel” giant soft pretzel on delivery day. Bagel sandwiches, oatmeal, gluten-free treats, and smoothies are also on the food menu.

Frontside Coffee Roasters also serves up beer and wine. It’s a perfect stop before a hike to grab a bagel for the ascent and perfect place to end a hike for a cold beer.

5) Go on a Tasting Tour!

Build your own tasting tour of the valley's local beverage scene, and make your way to five breweries, two wineries, and one distillery that span from Fryeburg, Maine to Bartlett, New Hampshire. Enjoy each unique perspective on hand-crafted liquor, cider, wine, and beer at each of these locally owned businesses.

Taste the difference between each beverage; feel the excitement from the local brewers, wine-makers-and distillers as they perfect their craft; spend time amongst locals who are enjoying a refreshing beverage after a day of hiking, biking, or skiing; and catch some entertainment in the form of live music, corn hole, or food trucks.

Ski pubs also hold their own in Mt. Washington Valley’s dining scene. After listening to music at Ptarmigan’s Pub, you’ll find a great menu and funny bartenders across from Attitash Mountain Resort at Matty B’s (hint: get its burger). Or bask in live music at Zip’s Pub at the base of Cranmore Mountain Resort, where you can enjoy a beer and appetizer, before heading out to your main meal at local favorites such as Red Fox Bar and Grille, and Wicked Fresh Burgers. For brunch, make a stop before hitting the slopes at 27 North or Sweet Maple Cafe!

To check out the complete list of dining options in Mt. Washington Valley, click here. For complete trip planning resources and information, explore, or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) to talk to a Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce rep. To learn more about New Hampshire vacations, go to

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