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Backwoods Best: Farm to Table Restaurants

Updated: Jan 14, 2020

From the field to the flame, the sea to the sauce - we're bringing you some of the BEST local eats in the Granite State that you must try!


1. Umami

284 1st New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, NH

Culinary wizardry that is locally sourced, solar powered and sustainable. Cozy up in this rustic barnwood cafe nestled in Northwood's "Antique Alley". Chill out for a live Bluegrass brunch, open mic night, spoken words and even yoga! Menu items are endless and always changing with what's in season, which keeps us comin' back for more. This food is as fresh as it gets so make sure to arrive early to get it before it’s gone!

Umami works with several local New Hampshire farms to make all their tasty menu items:

Hunky Dunk Farm- Deerfield, NH
Old Family Farm- Nottingham, NH
Stonefence Farm- Pittsfield, NH
Brookford Farm- Canterbury, NH
Bartlett Farm- Concord, NH
Paradis Farm- Dover, NH
Vernon Family Farm- Newfields, NH
Brasen Hill Farm- Barrington, NH
The Root Seller- Nottingham, NH


Korean Chicken & Waffles-

Korean glazed fried chicken topped with a runny egg and hot honey sauce - sandwiched between scallion cheesy waffles with a side of slaw - what a mouthful!

photo provided by phantom gourmet


2. Pickity Place

248 Nutting Hill Rd, Mason, NH

A "hilltop hideaway" in the woods of Mason, NH. This little red cottage was the setting for author Elizabeth Orton Jones' adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood in 1948. You will find this whimsical wonder at the end of a winding dirt road. Half of the cottage has been historically preserved and the other half transformed into a farm to table kitchen with a seasonal chef's tasting menu.

A 5 course menu is served during 3 scheduled seatings @ 11:30am, 12:45pm & 2:00pm, reservations are required. The menu changes every month to serve what is in season. Edible flowers and other ingredients are picked fresh every day from their gardens.

GOTTA GET: Lavender Lemonade

Lavender, Hibiscus and lemon are the perfect pairings in this lovely lemonade.

Time stands still within these dining room walls. Creaky floors and reclaimed wood keep the charm. Flickering candles and dried flowers keep it cozy. Make sure to take the time to wander the gardens and stop by the herb shop!

*reservations are by phone only


3. Hilltop Cafe

195 Isaac Frye Hwy, Wilton, NH

You can find this tiny cafe inside of an old farmhouse from the 1700's on the Temple Wilton Community Farm. This farm just so happens to be one of the oldest CSA's (community supported agriculture) in the country!

Local. Organic. Fresh.

Just the way we like it.

Organic ingredients are grow right on the farm and served straight to your table.

Breakfast is served Wednesday-Sunday and Lunch Wednesday-Saturday. Dinner is a seasonally inspired prix fixe menu on Friday & Saturday nights (reservations required)


Bevs: Lavender & Matcha Lattes Eats: sprouted veggie sandwich w/ bone broth


4. Throwback Brewery

7 Hobbs Rd, North Hampton, NH

Farm-fresh beer and food is the claim to fame for Throwback.

Both the gastropub and brewery are located on Hobbs Farm where they grow their own hops, fruits and vegetables.


Cheek Squeezer- a funky sour blonde

Gin & Juice - red ale aged in gin barrels

Lita Grey's Party Pants - apricot sour with Gin botanicals

...we've gotta thing for Gin

Local Cheese Board + Thai Salmon Ceviche | Pickled Veggies | Green Cury Lemongrass Sausage


5. Stairway Cafe

2649 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH

"And as we wind on down the road Our shadows taller than our soul There walks a lady we all know Who shines white light and wants to show How everything still turns to gold And if you listen very hard The tune will come to you at last When all are one and one is all To be a rock and not to roll And she's buying the stairway to heaven"

Allow Led Zepplin to lead the way up to the Stairway Cafe - a mother & daughter owned and operated breakfast & lunch joint in the heart of North Conway.

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