What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives?

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What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives?

Next month I'm heading up to New Hampshire for vacation.. end of Oct or beginning of Nov. Heading up to the World's Largest Arcade in Weirs Beach. I'll also be near Pelham.
 
So where should I eat? I like Hot Dogs. I like Pizza. I like greasy dives. I like interesting things. I hate seafood.
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 02:46:55 (permalink)
    Hello yuppicide!  A couple of places deifnitely worth checking out are:
    1.) The Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, NH
    I made a stop there when my friend Doug lived up that way.
    Here's my Trip Report to give you an idea of their food:  http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=540616&high=red+arrow
    I would also recommend the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH.  Great chicken tenders with duck sauce.  I know. chicken tenders, right?  But they were quite good and I hear their baklava ice cream is excellent too.
     
    Fellow RFers Wanderingjew & Cecif also made a trip up to The Red Arrow Diner:  http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=397216&mpage=1#397219  (not sure why the photos from this thread don't show up.  They didn't when I pulled it up but great descriptions nonetheless)
     
    And a trip to Chez Vachon in Manchester, NH for some poutine!
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=621812&high=vachon
     
    The arcade that you're going to, is that a video arcade?
     
     
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 08:29:11 (permalink)
    The Red Arrow is pretty good.
     
    While nothing terribly near your destination, you can see my list of reviews at http://offbeateats.org/category/us/nh/
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 09:24:41 (permalink)
    New Hampshire is known for low taxes!
     
    And for quadrennial over-exposure in the news media.
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 13:58:11 (permalink)
    The arcade I am visiting.. Funspot and also Pinball Wizard.
     
    I also plan to find some thrift stores if anyone knows some good ones. My friend and I look for old board games, video games, toys, etc.

    @kaszeta: Nice website. Your review of Gyro Spot sounded great. I've never had a "real" gyro. Gyro fries? Tzatziki fries? Yes please!
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 14:04:19 (permalink)
    There are good restaurants in the Strawbeery Bank area of Portsmouth, as I recall
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 20:17:56 (permalink)
    Any Mongolian restaurants? I love those.
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 20:44:08 (permalink)
    You would also be remiss if you didn't make it to Popovers on the Square  in Portsmouth
     

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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 22:12:31 (permalink)
    Those popovers look fantastic. Is there something in them?
    How about a good place for a bowl of Chili in New Hampshire?
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 22:27:24 (permalink)
    have spent time in manchester over the years and would agree with all of the above, but also be on the lookout for seafood..Many little places have great seafood specials , but Tinkers http://www.tinkersseafoodrestaurant.com/  ,very down home and casual is always a great place to go...
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/04 23:12:00 (permalink)
    OMG - those popovers!!!  Gorgeous.
     
    New Hampshire also has some delicious maple syrup.   (It's not all in Vermont!!)
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/05 00:40:37 (permalink)
    How could I have forgotten the syrup? I brought a fair amount of it back as gifts some years ago. Got it in Hooksett.
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/05 10:15:31 (permalink)
    yuppicide

    Those popovers look fantastic. Is there something in them?
     

     
    No, but they are typically served with maple butter. 
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/15 13:46:33 (permalink)
    It gets mixed reviews, but has anyone ever went to Chunky's Cinema Pub? Movie theater/restaurant in one? We may decide to partake in a movie. I have off 2 weeks for vacation, so if life takes us to a movie, life takes us to a movie lol.
     
    Any good Indian up there that maybe has a big weekend buffet?
     
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/15 17:28:02 (permalink)
    Chunky's Cinema Pub is a definite meh. The big thing is being able to sit in a recliner,drink beer and nibble microwave chicken fingers while watching a movie.
    If you're in Pelham, Trattoria Amalfi in Salem is very good Italian as is Salem Kebob and Pizzeria- good falafel,baba ghanouj etc.
    Goody Cole's Smokehouse has very good barbecue in a very dive atmosphere.
    Seconding Tinker's.We also like the Dinnerhorn in Portsmouth and Gilley' Hot Dogs in the same town.
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/15 17:28:40 (permalink)
    Kashmir,also in Salem is decent Indian.
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/15 20:39:26 (permalink)
    Whatever you do, don't miss Polly's Pancake Parlor! Enjoying their 75th year in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. 
    http://www.google.com/sea...;ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/10/16 10:21:42 (permalink)
    Polly's is definitely worth the trip.
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/11/04 15:59:38 (permalink)
    I'm back!
     
    Chunkys - I enjoyed this place a lot. We had a pitcher of beer, nachos, and waffle fries. The fries were cooked nicely. The nachos were nothing special. The salsa tasted like ketchup. It was nasty. The waitress was very nice. It wasn't bothersome that she came around every now and then. The only thing I didn't like is that the sound in there sucked. Looked like speakers on the wall, but only the front ones working. Pinball Wizard Arcade next door is great. Few hundred games, only one or two not working, and the owner very friendly.
     
    The Gyro Spot - Awesome!! It was on my route from stop 1 to stop 2. I am so glad I stopped. I had the gyro fries.. pork, onion, tomato, parsley, tzatziki sauce, on top of fries. I added eggplant spread. The owners are super nice. The Son(s?) make the gyro meat fresh. They put their own spices blend on and pile on tender pork or chicken. They didn't have a shirt in my size, but I emailed them to keep me in mind the next time they order.
     
    On the way home I stopped in Cambridge, Mass for Ethopian food at Addis Red Sea. My first Ethopian experience and I loved it. I have a place about an hour from my house and comparing prices Addis Red Sea is a MUCH better value. I had Kitfo (spicy steak tartare) and three vegetarian dishes.
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/11/07 10:05:08 (permalink)
    Glad you enjoyed the Gyro Spot.  They are really friendly, and really try to do a good job on their gyros.
     
    Addis Red Sea is also great.  If you are in Cambridge, Asmara is pretty good as well (I actually like them better for most stuff, but Addis has better Kitfo).
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/11/07 11:02:38 (permalink)
    Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery in North Woodstock, NH has great steaks and burgers.
    Oh yeah the beers good to.
    post edited by bandit1951 - 2013/11/07 11:03:50
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    Re:What is New Hampshire known for? Any good pizza? Hotdogs? Greasy dives? 2013/11/07 13:55:12 (permalink)
    Addis Red Sea - the only Ethopian within an hour drive of me (far as I know) charges $28 for Kitfo! Addis Red Sea is $17.
     
    My only complaints:

    1 - Other people seem to have this same complaint. I asked what they had to drink and they said only water right now and wine. I can understand if they weren't allowed to serve beer or liquor (even though there was a bunch of liquor behind the bar), but to not have iced tea or tea or coffee? Crazy!
     
    2 - Their website says $14.95 for the Kitfo combo and their menus say $17.
     
    My only other gripe is not with them. I don't like chicken and I certainly don't like stringy meats (like pulled pork). My friend ordered chicken and at first it was okay on the table, but as we ate it touched my beef and I was pretty much done eating at that point.
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