After a killer day on the slopes, what’s better than refueling with a great meal? A true foodie makes a restaurant bucket list for every vacation, and a ski weekend should be no different. Before you head out to those high altitudes, check our list on where you can ski and savor some local eats.
Thompson House Eatery – Jackson, NH
When you go to Thompson House Eatery, you get scratch-made dishes made from the highest quality ingredients. Chef Jeff Fournier’s passion for flavor shines through in the beautiful presentation of every dish he makes. The menu is ever-changing, but you can expect innovative, farm-to-table dishes with 80% of the produce coming from their working farm. From this current menu, we’re eyeing the Pan-Roasted Atlantic Swordfish served with jumbo asparagus, pan-roasted butternut squash, microgreens, and a curry pickled green tomato gastrique.
The Local Grocer – North Conway NH
You’ll find everything you need at The Local Grocer; they’re not only a full-service market, but a cafe, deli, and smoothie bar in one. Their mission is to provide the community with deliciously healthy food and natural living products; organic and local when possible, but always all-natural. Before heading out to the mountain, fuel the body with juices and smoothies. After a long day, relax over an incredible dinner at Table + Tonic where you’ll find farm fresh food with many vegetarian and gluten-free options. A dish we recommend is the Maple Roasted Free-Range Chicken with roasted winter squash, leafy greens, and rosemary butter.
One Love Brewery – Lincoln, NH
For a more casual experience, head to One Love Brewery for local beer and food that will certainly fill you up after an adventurous day. Indulge in their Firecracker Nachos, Fried Avocado, or The Brewer’s Duck Tacos. For something more beer-inspired, their Dark Brew Onion Soup will warm you right up. Main dishes include their legendary Chicken & Waffles, Vermont Mac & Cheese, and a variety of flatbreads.
Mangalitsa – Woodstock, VT
The objective at Mangalitsa is to offer a complete dining experience where hospitality and cuisine work hand in hand. This cozy and quaint restaurant offers a charming atmosphere with excellent modern American food. The menu is on the smaller side, but they certainly specialize in what they do offer. Expect simple dishes like Spinach & Artichoke Capitelli with preserved lemon and sundried tomato as well as Duck Breast with beets, pink peppercorn, saba, and charred orange.
Idletyme Brewing – Stowe, VT
Once in a while you’ll find a place that offers everything you need in a dining experience and Idletyme Brewing is a great example of that. They offer quality beer brewed on site with high-value family fare in a family friendly, local atmosphere. Sit back and enjoy the roaring fireplace as you dine on pub fare dishes like hefty burgers, fish & chips, roasted prime rib, and creamy mac & cheese. Skiing burns a ton of calories, right? Right.
The Mountain Room – Newry, ME
Love dinner with a view? The Mountain Room at Peak Lodge serves up some of the tastiest charcuterie boards while sitting on the mountain side and enjoying the view. This Sunday River restaurant is open Thursday to Sunday, so book your reservations in advance. The menu is full of small plates pork belly buns, whipped ricotta pancakes, and tuna tartare. Super hungry? Order the cured meat board with housemade condiments alongside the cheese board with offerings from Maine and nearby creameries.
The Coplin Dinner House – Stratton, ME
Owners Tony Rossi and Heidi Donovan are proud to serve real food from their converted farmhouse in Carrabassett Valley. Their expansive menu offers seasonal dishes made from local, sustainable ingredients whenever possible. Want to treat yourself? Order the Lobster Toast with grilled Bigelow Field sourdough, fried sesame encrusted lobster tails, and lobster sauce. Really want to indulge? Try the Scallop Carbonara with applewood smoked bacon, Cream, garlic, sweet peas, parmesan reggiano, and campanelle pasta.