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Old 08-24-2004, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Reminiscing About Restaurants

The reason I'm not putting this thread under "Restaurants - Information & Reviews" will become obvious is a second...

My question is - Does anyone have a favorite restuarant or place to eat around the lake that is no longer around? You know - one that you can't figure out why they ever went out of business or moved on? One you went to as a kid...

I thought it would be fun to start a thread for people to reminisce a little about these places...

For me, one of these places was Bill Anderson's Bakery on Main St. in Meredith. This was the first place my parents would let my cousins and I walk to alone when we were old enough (and, as clever as they thought they were, we still knew they followed us in the car the first few times to make sure we made it ok). I remember getting the best bavarian creme donuts there. For some reason, they were way better than anything you could get at Dunkin Donuts.

There was also the Studio Cafe on Main St. too. They had the greatest cinnamon rolls, but the place burned down.

Ahh well, like I said - if anyone else cares to reminisce...
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:02 PM   #2
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I used to stay at B' Mae's when it had B'mae Denny restaurant this place had the greatest breakfast. We would go there and eat the buffet and the food was sooooo good. Then it changed to Wade and Malloy's which wasnt bad then to Gilford Steakhouse which was good 1st yr bad 2bd yr. I still have alot of memories of this place.
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:07 PM   #3
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Default Week's Dairy Bar

I miss Week's Dairy Bar in Laconia. They had sundaes called "the Mount Washington" and "Sissy Splits", and Inter-Lakes Dairy in Meredith. A smaller version of Weeks.
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Old 08-24-2004, 04:07 PM   #4
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Default Oh Yeah

As a kid, we stayed at two pines trailer park in glendale, right across from what is now Townsend's tavern. Back then it was known as Dorothy's and she ran a little convenience store downstairs. Nice older lady, great food, used to give us kids the dickens for hanging around, and then wouldn't take our money for an ice cream cone. Ate there quite a bit with mom & dad.

Later in life, when I was married and had my own kids, we used to go to the Schooner in Lakeport (now C. J. Avery's). Roland and his wife were always there and put on fantastic meals. He would come out and get our kids and take them into the kitchen "to show them the kitchen" and they would come out with a mouthful of something that Roland would give them. ("It's my fault if they don't finish their supper....".

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Old 08-24-2004, 04:11 PM   #5
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Default Is that Alpine place still by Gunstock?

I don't remember the name of it, or whether it's still there, but they had some of the best corn chowdah there. Was really cozy.

And then there was a place on Union Ave near Burger King....Hathaway House it used to be. Then it was something else, or was it something else before Hathaway House? That was really nice. Nice upstairs. Good Mai Tai's, too.

And for fun after rehearsals, there was the "Slime Out" er............."Time Out".
It's been a few years since I was stomping around there.

Oh.....I think it was Summerfields. Is that right?
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I miss Chases in Meredith. Breakfast was a tradition when I vacationed here as a young boy. I remember the fried bread and Helen the Hostess!!!
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Default Belly Buster

Does anyone remember the "Belly Buster" at The Soda Shoppe in Downtown Laconia? It was a scoop of every flavor ice cream with every topping they had, served in a huge mixing bowl from the kitchen. It was something like 38 bucks back in the early 80's and you needed about six people to eat it!

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used to love having dinner at the pavillion restraunt in alton bay by the town docks. great food good atmosphere and reasonable prices.and good variety on menue. why has building remained empty for the last three or four years anybody know?
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Old 08-24-2004, 09:39 PM   #9
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The pavillion is up for sale, but so far no takers. Too bad, the Hoitts put a lot of money into the building, but the revenue evidently just wasn't there.
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do you think that the shibley family influence has anything to do with the fact that there is still no new restraunt there? or is the building overpriced at just under a million dollars? beautifull building inside, cant understand why still empty.
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Oh.....I think it was Summerfields. Is that right?
Yeah, I think you're right about that being Summerfields. It's been a while.

Anyone remember when Ames Farm served dinner? My father swore I would turn into a chicken because I always had their boneless fried chicken.
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Default Goody Good Donuts-Meredith Station-Jade Island

Goody Good Donuts-They were located on the main strip (Union Ave.) in Laconia just after the High School and before the hospital. They had the very best CHOCOLATE HONEY DIP DONUTS!! Never have had a better one!! If anyone knows of a really good Chocolate honey dip donut, please let me know. I've been having withdrawals for over 10 years!!

Summerfields was that restaurant located next to Burger King, Bonanza. It was pretty good too!!

The Meredith Station-Us adults have many FOND memories of that night club. We really wish there was a place around here like that again.

Believe it or not, even though the place was a bit of a dive, Jade Island in Meredith was a fun place to take the family out to dinner before the wild crowd started arriving for the upstairs lounge and later in the evening the downstair lounge. They had a nice view of the lake and Quan King would greet you in some real Chinese outfix to seat you. She was always very nice. I accually liked the food there although is wasn't the cleaniest place.
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do you think that the shibley family influence has anything to do with the fact that there is still no new restraunt there? or is the building overpriced at just under a million dollars? beautifull building inside, cant understand why still empty.

From what I hear, the Pavillion building has septic issues that will cost a lot of $$$ to correct...
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Old 08-25-2004, 10:54 AM   #14
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A distance away on Rte 16 (not sure of the town) was a tired little building called Zee's I believe. Awesome all you could eat fish fry Friday nights. My wife swore some of the best haddock she's had. Nothing fancy, just a little diner, sometimes they're the jewels..
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Default Zees

I think thats Ossipee, its across from a Gulf station just before Skandia Estates & just after Indian Mound Golf course. Its no longer Zees, it closed down for awhile, was renovated, reopened, closed again & now I think it reopened again. Never ate there but everytime I went by there were very few to no cars.

My favorite place on 16 on the way to North Conway is Jakes on the left going northbound just before MT Whittier, great seafood, ribs at reasonable prices. Unfortunately its for sale but its still open for now.
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Old 08-25-2004, 12:19 PM   #16
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Default Parisi's in Meredith

Anyone remember it? It was located across the street from where the Inn at Bay Point is located where a bank now stands and after dinner we'd go the stream that ran alongside the place and cut down a few cat-tails to burn the next day. It was a great little italian place. There was another up the road called the Wakitatina.
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Default Bil-a-fair Melvin Village

The Bil-a-fair (sp ?) in Melvin Village started as ice cream only and added food over the years. Closed but not for lack of my money.
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Default I miss Chases too

I had breakfast there every Sunday morning during the summer fo years. Also wasn't there a snack bar at the Weirs, (where the ticket building is now)? Seem to remeber going there for donuts as a kid.
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Might that be what was once ages ago the Ossipee Diner? Just a bit North of Westward Shores, on the opposite side of Rte. 16?
Oh Lordy, do I have memories of those days. Camping at White Lake, putting the boat (Swiftie) in Silver Lake..
Best hotdogs and fries there. Of course, some things do improve with memory.
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Goody Good Donuts-They had the very best CHOCOLATE HONEY DIP DONUTS!! Never have had a better one!! If anyone knows of a really good Chocolate honey dip donut, please let me know. I've been having withdrawals for over 10 years!!
I am not a doughnut person, but when I go up to visit a friend in Wells, Maine, I can't help myself. Perhaps you will find your chocolate honey dip here? Thankfully I am going soon! Crunch in my favorite! Mmmm.
Check the days they are open before you go. Showing up on a day they were closed was a huge disappointment. Definitely worth the drive. Good luck!
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do you think that the shibley family influence has anything to do with the fact that there is still no new restraunt there? or is the building overpriced at just under a million dollars? beautifull building inside, cant understand why still empty.
I don't think the "Shibley Family Influence" would have anything to do with it. Think about the cost of a mortgage for even $750,000, and then think about how much you would have to make each month just to break even, never mind make a profit. To fully utilize that space, you would need quite a waitstaff, kitchen staff, chefs/cooks, and be reasonably priced so as to attract customers YEAR ROUND. I have also heard that there are possible septic issues and possible structural issues.
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What a great thread! I really miss Meredith Station (shrimp grilled with some kind of poppy seed marinade was to die for), along with B Mae's -- the one that was there back about 10 and 15 years ago. They both had great food, relaxing atmosphere, good waitstaff, and food that made my mouth feel like it'd died and gone to heaven! Also, does anyone remember the Windrifter in Wolfeboro? They were wonderful also!
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I don't think the "Shibley Family Influence" would have anything to do with it. Think about the cost of a mortgage for even $750,000, and then think about how much you would have to make each month just to break even, never mind make a profit. To fully utilize that space, you would need quite a waitstaff, kitchen staff, chefs/cooks, and be reasonably priced so as to attract customers YEAR ROUND. I have also heard that there are possible septic issues and possible structural issues.
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I have to agree with your analasys of the pavillion,as you say there might be other issues with the building or its mechanicles. cant think of any other reason why some other type buisiness hasent bought It. I would like to see something like a boat US catolog store or something similar to that.
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I remember the Black Diamond,owned by Mark Packard in Center Harbor.It was a wonderful dining experience.Later on he opened the Hathaway House in Laconia.I still dream about the veal oskar....thinly pounded and sautee'd golden brown with made from scratch bearnaise and KING crabmeat.......
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I never heard of this place before....but since you mentioned it Looniac, this may bring back some memories.
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Does anyone remember this Moultonboro gem? How much more New England does it get??
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In Melvin Village, right on 109. We would make an annual trip from either Kona (until 1986 when my grandparents sold their place) or Centre Harbor from 1986 until it closed (maybe 1988?) to the Weary Traveler. On the ride there, during daylight, my Dad would always tell the story about my uncle hitting a rock and sinking an old family boat @ Pistol Island, when we would swoop through the channel on the counterintuitive side of the marker there. On the way home, my Dad somehow snaked through there in the dark in a 25' boat with a pretty deep draft.
I wonder what restaurants our kids will remember which will be no more in 20-30 years. Whatever happens to be @ the site where Chequers Harbor (now Canoe) is...will no doubt be gone every 10 years. I can't believe that the King's Grant has been around as long as it has, either.
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One of my wife and my favorite places was The Red Hill Inn. Gone now for 3 or 4 years. They had the best duck anywhere.
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I had the best Duck at Hickory Stick Farm in Belmont.
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There was a place where Nadia's is now it was called Colonial House of Pancakes, I would go there when I was a kid < im only23 now> and I would eat the chocolate chip pancakes these and the regular were the best ever. I surely miss this place.
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The Wakitatina was located where the old Jade Island was, across from The Great Escape. Anyone remember when there was a Howard Johnson's in Weirs beach? How about the diner inside the old Newberry's in Laconia?
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This is the old Howard Johnson at the Wears. It was located where the Lobster Pound is currently located. I believe this went up in flames in 1983-84.
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Boston Broad,I know I'm dating myself but I can go one one step back from the Chowder Barn. It was originally called the Hi There Cafe.Art Lively was the owner and they served up nothing but good ol' Yankee food.....made from scratch.
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Does anybody remember the Hathaway House ? What a great restaurant, what great food ! Obviously a bit too fancy for the area at that time. My wife and I first went there 26 years ago, spending our honeymoon at our camp in Alton Bay and working on our Trojan cruiser at Gilford Yacht Sales, later to become Gilford Yacht Club of which we became one of the first memebers, me the first Vice Commador and my wife the first Secretary. Also, is the Swiss Chalet on Rt 11 still there ? What a great place you have, take care of it. There certainly isn't anything like that here in Arizona.
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pretty cool postcard McDude. I especially love the "He Man's Dinner" in fine print. One group or another would sue you today for putting that on your advertisement.
There was a place called the Colonial Arms in Wolfeboro years ago that was also pretty good. At the time, it was generally considered the best in town. It was across the street from where the Wolfeboro Inn is now.
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How about the Shore Dinner in Lakeport where Burger King is now located. They had a counter man called "Spider" because he seemed to be able to do many things at once. Was also was the home port of the "Foxy" tour boats.
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how about the sportsmen den where jons roast beef is now this place had the best beer and pizza in town about 25 years ago
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There used to be a small, local's only restaurant in Lakeport, on Elm (?), between Union Ave and the water, that served (yum!!) New England Boiled Dinner.

That was my first and only exposure to that interesting food.
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Arlberg Inn, The Village Dining Room, Katie's.

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(Tamworth - German/Alpine food) never seems to be open when I go by.

I saw a reference to the Arlberg Inn (Laconia area) a few years ago.

In Melvin Village, the Village Dining Room had a great American menu, but closed after many successful years. The building is still there, but ????.
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being a summer lakester from new jersey, i always wanted pizza. i remember going by boat when i was real young to a place called "the golden horse shoe"......does anybody remember that place? our cottage was on spindle point in meredith bay and i believe we were heading towards center harbor to get there....
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Dave....boy,are you going back....I remember Spider.He's still around,actually.He owns a clock repair shop on the corner of Union Ave. and Stark st in Lakeport.It has lots of huge clock gears out on the lawn.I brought him an antique clock that wasn't running and he had it humming in no time.Fair price,too.
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As a kid I used to love to eat at DOT'S on Rt. 11 or get doughnuts down on the corner in Alton Bay next to the Miniature Golf course.
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The Depot in Meredith, before it became the Station.
Sweetwater Inn in Moultonboro
Back Bay Boathouse in Wolfeboro
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I loved Dot's Lunch, too, but it was in Durham where that Railway Depot restaurant is now. I also remember the donuts in Alton Bay next to the mini-golf, but I remember them not so favorably (got a moldy one once - yuck!).

How about Myrtle Ann's where Dockside in Alton Bay is now?

And I miss the soda fountain at Victoria's Pier in the bay where Shibley's has it's fancier restaurant (not the ice cream place).

Hmmm . . . what else? Of course, it's only been gone for two summers now, but Morrissey's Front Porch in Wolfeboro will always be Bailey's to me. Don't get me wrong, I really like Morrissey's (and know the owners), but I just hate things to change. I liked Bailey's Dockside at the Wolfeboro pier, too. Nice to see a good place has moved in there. Hate to see a great location like that go to waste.

Have I dated myself yet??

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Anyone else recall "Frankensundae" just south of the Meredith docks? Used to love that place as a kid. They did an ice cream sundae buffet.

What was the place in Wolfeboro with all the horse racing betting slips posted everywhere?
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The place with the betting slips was Father John's Pub - that was a great joint. What about the Sports Pub in Wolfeboro that burned down a few years ago? Anyone recall Edwards that used to be over by Lake Wentworth? So many places have come and gone....
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being a summer lakester from new jersey, i always wanted pizza. i remember going by boat when i was real young to a place called "the golden horse shoe"......does anybody remember that place? our cottage was on spindle point in meredith bay and i believe we were heading towards center harbor to get there....
I remember the Golden Horse Shoe. Use to have hanging signs in the shape of a horseshoe all along Meredith Neck Road.
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:58 AM   #48
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The Myrtle Ann was always a stop every summer.

The Blue Bird in Alton Bay, where the doughnut shop came after, was great for breakfast and even had room rentals in the 50's. We actually stayed there when looking for our first vacation cottage rental in the Bay.

I also loved to go to the Busy Corner store which had the summer post office too.
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Wow. We still talk about Anderson's Bakery. They were just the best. No matter how many goodies we would purchase on Friday night on the way in, we never had enough. I miss them
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I used to go to Frankensundea I loved that place when I was a kid but I have found new place Lili's on weirs blvd. I dont feel like spelling the full name lol.
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Make that Frankensundae
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Does anyone remember "The Country Kitchen"? It was uptown in Meredith across from the library..wonderful homemade pies. The other sorely missed place is GreenRidge Turkey Farm..Harts can't compare!
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The other sorely missed place is GreenRidge Turkey Farm..Harts can't compare!
We miss Green Ridge Turkey Farm too! It was truly a wonderful dining experience. The best buffet ever. When they first closed, there were rumors that they would re-open in another location. Sadly they did not. A couple years ago the famous “Turkey” was sold on E-bay, if I remember correctly. It was an end of an era. I wonder what all those people who bought their complete Thanksgiving dinners "to go" are doing now?
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Wow! Is this thread bringing back memories!

Summerfields...oh yeah...I miss it.

The Windmill in Laconia...gone.

How about the Weirs Tavern? John Lawton's place in the Weirs.

The Foxy Johnnie B. (New Durham) "Fred Flintstone cut" prime rib...in its heyday...the 70's.
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What was the name of the plase in Glendale (near Smith Cove) it was a lunch place but good food as I remember it? I think it was dorothy's(?). It became a seafood place and I am not sure it is still open.
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Arlberg Inn, The Village Dining Room, Katie's.

Katie's
(Tamworth - German/Alpine food) never seems to be open when I go by.

I saw a reference to the Arlberg Inn (Laconia area) a few years ago.

In Melvin Village, the Village Dining Room had a great American menu, but closed after many successful years. The building is still there, but ????.
I used to like that place cant understand what happened to it. Maybe it was too far off the main drag
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Default Foxy Johnny's & Bittersweet

Is Foxy Johny's gone? Hadn't been there in years (since wee ones were born), but remember it fondly. Did something else move in there or is it empty?

ALthough Bittersweet is, thankfully, still open, I want to share a memory of it from 1972 when I was just 12. It was mid-October and the place had just opened up. My family was the only group there. All the waitstaff put on the antique clothes and/or accesories to serve us. It was great! I also remember being utterly shocked that the bill for five of us was, get this, $24. I thought that was a fortune!

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What was the name of the plase in Glendale (near Smith Cove) it was a lunch place but good food as I remember it? I think it was dorothy's(?). It became a seafood place and I am not sure it is still open.
You are correct. It was Dorothy's and she ran the family style restaurant and the convenience store below. My parents had a trailer in the park across the street.

And in Alton Bay where Gillan Marine is... Woody's pizza!!!!! Great pizza and in the winter, the windows would fog from the heat of the ovens.
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Is Foxy Johny's gone? Hadn't been there in years (since wee ones were born), but remember it fondly. Did something else move in there or is it empty?
I worked there in the summer of 1970. Dishwasher.

I was told that it is closed and up for sale. I drove by last week and the "for sale" signs are out. Doesn't look like anything is happening there, but I cannot say for sure that it is closed.
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