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Sunny Day Diner

Connector Rd, Lincoln, NH - (603) 745-4833
Posted By Ed Smith on 7/11/2002 11:24:00 AM
You understand the meaning of the word serendipity when you unexpectedly come across this wonderful little diner in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Co-owner Bruce Balch is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a former chef in several major restaurants around the United States. Bruce, along with co-owners Christine (his wife) and Kelly-Ann Kass (also a Culinary Institute graduate) wanted to open a place to serve simple GOOD food. This is the best "Roadfood" we have ever encountered.

It is a classic diner in every sense. The diner was built by the Master Company of Pequannock, NJ. It was originally in Dover, NJ before being moved to Lincoln, NH in 1988. It was placed on a full foundation with a kitchen addition in the back. When Bruce, Chris, and Kelley took over in 1997, they added a complete bakery in the basement. Chris' pies are fantastic, especially when they are topped by Bruce's ice cream made in an early 1900s ice cream maker. Careful attention is paid to every detail, such as obtaining the finest vanilla available for the ice cream and baking. For lunch I had Chris select my food and she served me turkey croquettes with real mashed potatoes and gravy, accompanied by perfectly steamed fresh asparagus. (No overcooked vegetables in this establishment.) Everything, and I mean everything, is prepared from scratch. This is Roadfood prepared with loving care by genuine master chefs. Unbelievable.

It's not just that the diner is beautifully restored and the comfort food is superb. The diner say's "fun" from the moment you enter the door. The young girls that were there to help with serving were obviously there because they loved the diner, the owners and their work. Bruce and Chris are the perfect hosts and love to share every detail of the operation with interested people. This is a diner run by real "people persons." Kelley prefers to work in out of the limelight, but is just as warm and friendly as her partners.

This is a diner worth driving hundreds of miles just to visit. The beautiful setting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire aren't a shabby secondary driving goal either. As Chris herself says, "Stop By, Say Hi, and Eat Pie!!!"

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The hollandaise sauce on eggs Benedict is made in-house and the home fries are perfectly crispy.
"The hollandaise sauce on eggs Benedict is made in-house and the home fries are perfectly crispy."
Cliff Strutz





I walked in thinking of getting a slice of pie, but couldn't resist a freshly made whoopie pie instead.
"I walked in thinking of getting a slice of pie, but couldn't resist a freshly made whoopie pie instead."
Cliff Strutz


Good looking muffins sit wrapped up on the counter, making it easy to grab one to go.
"Good looking muffins sit wrapped up on the counter, making it easy to grab one to go."
Cliff Strutz


When you have Chris' pie with Bruce's home made ice cream, you think you've died and gone to heaven.
"When you have Chris' pie with Bruce's home made ice cream, you think you've died and gone to heaven."
Ed Smith


Bruce proves that no one does hash browns as well as an Executive Chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America.
"Bruce proves that no one does hash browns as well as an Executive Chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America."
Ed Smith


The interior looks like the classic New England diner, full of locals who all seem to know each other.
"The interior looks like the classic New England diner, full of locals who all seem to know each other."
Cliff Strutz


Chris not only puts the
"Chris not only puts the "sunny" into the Sunny Day Diner, she puts the best pies and goodies available anywhere into their pie case."
Ed Smith


The Sunny Day is beautifully restored diner made by the Master Company of Pequannock, NJ in 1958.
"The Sunny Day is beautifully restored diner made by the Master Company of Pequannock, NJ in 1958."
Ed Smith



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