Mom and pop restaurants are often integral parts of their surrounding communities—offering a taste of the familiar, no matter the cuisine they serve. Attention to detail, quality ingredients, appreciation for tradition, and friendly service are often hallmarks of these culinary gems. Try something truly delicious, see a new side of your city, and support local business all in one move by sampling the best mom and pop restaurants in the Granite State!
George’s Diner bills itself as “Just Good Food,” and what it delivers is nothing short. This Meredith location is open seven days, year round, and serves up some of the best home cooking in state. From classic breakfast sandwiches to incredible nightly dinner specials, George’s is a tasty way to greet or end your day. In addition to the quality eats, George’s offers a level of hospitality not often found these days, with a friendly staff that takes your satisfaction seriously.
The Coffee Pot has been a Littleton institution since 1980, and shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. You’ll feel like family from your very first visit, and Jim and Jean McKenna would have it no other way. All day breakfast, alongside incredible specials like baked beans and franks, available affordably and with a smile. Don’t forget about the incredible desserts, including the out-of-this-world strawberry shortcake, served on a homemade biscuit.
Timoleon (Lindy) Chakalos is practically the King of Keene, and his restaurant his mighty castle. Timoleon’s is an all-American throwback, serving up classic diner fare of the utmost quality. Visit for famous clam chowder, and deeply impressive desserts from complicated cakes to decadent lemon meringue pie.
Family owned and operated, Shira Kiku is your resource in the Nashua area for Korean food and sushi. A relaxed, home-like environment, enhanced by exceptional service and openness to special requests. Even if you’ve never experienced Korean cuisine, Shira Kiku is a wonderful first step, and has the accommodating staff to get you through your first bites with ease!
From diner standards to Greek specialties, Margie’s Dream Diner lives up to its moniker with ease. Serving just breakfast and lunch, this Manchester mainstay does everything exceptionally well, but their eggs simply cannot be beat- unless, of course, you like them scrambled. From a menu that’s easy to mix-and-match to familiar service, Margie’s is a must-eat in the Granite State.
If you’re facing a big day in Portsmouth, there are few better places to fuel up for victory than Colby’s Breakfast and Lunch. All flavor no frills, this seacoast staple aims to please, whether you’re a regular or just happen to wander through the door. Try exciting dishes like sour apple pancakes, and quality takes on traditional food like bacon and eggs.
A classic piece of American home cooking, Grandma’s Kitchen is a fabulous place to both congregate and consume. This Whitefield location emphasizes home-style cooking, with all day breakfast and familiar dishes such as liver and onions or bacon wrapped meatloaf. With seasonal outdoor seating and affordable prices, Grandma’s is a great place to take the whole family.
Founded by owner Steven Chase in tribute to his grandmother Bea, who dreamed of owning her own restaurant, this Conway location is about as Mom and Pop as it gets. A diner with distinct New England flare, Bea’s is the place to be for cozy, nostalgic dishes, just like grandma used to make.
Stroll down Main Street, USA at the Soda Shoppe, a throwback eatery with classic offerings. From waffles to “Super Sandwiches,” this Laconia location is an important part of its community, to which you’ll belong after your very first meal.
Located in a charming peach colored house, Peach’s is an adorable- and delicious- breakfast and lunch option in North Conway. With gluten free and vegetarian options available, as well as seasonal outdoor seating, Peach’s is a great option when dining with a diverse group. Don’t you dare walk out that door without a slice of the iconic Peaches and Cream Coffee Cake!