Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What We Ate (and Drank) in New Hampshire

This is what Z and I look like when we're relaxed:

If you know us me, this is a rare sight. 

We look so relaxed because we were at Moat Mountain Smoke House and Brewing Co. on our vacation in New Hampshire. We visited this brewhouse last summer (and I've been several times before that) - it's one of my favorite places to visit when I'm in the North Conway area.

We were even more excited to visit Moat Mountain this time because we were both dying of starvation (OK, I'm being dramatic...but we were very hungry). We had barely eaten since breakfast, and were ready for our first "real" meal of our vacation. So, being the responsible adult that I am, I started with a beer: the Moat Blueberry ($4).

The Moat Blueberry is an American-style wheat ale with a subtle, yet obvious, blueberry flavor. It was really refreshing and light - perfect for a sunny, summer-like day.

For my meal, I went with the Veggie Hummus Wrap ($8.99). The wrap was chocked full of artichoke hearts, red onions, garlic hummus, roasted red peppers, oven-roasted tomatoes and spinach. It was served with well-seasoned Cajun fries and a pickle.

This wrap was definitely not mind-blowing, but it was delicious. The vegetables and hummus were also clearly fresh, and it was the perfect light lunch to pair with a few brews (halfway during my meal, I ordered the Boneshaker Brown Ale, $4). 

For the remainder of our first afternoon in New Hampshire, Z and I wandered around North Conway and soaked up the sunshine (as well as a few outlet stores). I even found my soon-to-be niece this adorable onesie at Gap!

Since we had such a late lunch, Z and I weren't hungry for dinner until about 9 p.m. We stopped into the Mistletoe Pub at the inn and chatted with the bartender about our late-night dinner options. Let's just say, there weren't many (most places up there don't stay open later until after Memorial Day). The staff at the inn were kind enough to call a few places, though, and they eventually suggested Delaney's up the road.

Delaney's "Hole in the Wall" was bustling with younger patrons when we arrived. They only served food until 10 p.m., so we were thankful when we were quickly seated at a table. We ordered a round of beers and a Basket of Cheesy Garlic Bread ($3.99) with homemade marinara while we perused the rest of the menu.

Delaney's is quite the interesting place. In addition to the hometown decor and the obvious devotion to being a local dive, they have a full American-style food menu as well as a lengthy sushi menu. Normally, I'd be skeptical of eating sushi at a local dive bar, but...this just felt trustworthy.

I went with the Vegetable Futo Maki Roll ($6.95), which consisted of six pieces of sushi made with avocado, cucumber, carrot, oshinko, fried tofu and asparagus. Every bite was incredibly fresh and flavorful. 

Delaney's might sound like an odd place, but their food, service and down-home atmosphere definitely delivered. 

After our trip to New Hampshire, we decided to drive over to Portland, Maine and spend one more night away from home. One more vacation recap to come!

Moat Moutain Smoke House & Brewery on Urbanspoon

Delaney's Hole In The Wall on Urbanspoon


  1. love the relaxed faces! what an awesome getaway

    (PS I was invited to the Beer and Chocolate tasting by their PR I'm blanking on the name)

    1. Got it! Thanks for following up on that.

  2. Blueberry wheat ale sounds exactly like what I want to drink on a muggy day like today. I'll have to seek it out!

  3. That wrap sounds amazing -- lots of good veggies in there!

  4. This place loos fantastic! I am going to be taking a trip to a new hampshire spa resort within the next few months, so I will need to check this place out. Looks like they have great appetizers.