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Keene/Southwest NH restaurant recs - Aylmer's Grille, Cafe at Noone Falls, Luna Med Cafe

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Keene/Southwest NH restaurant recs - Aylmer's Grille, Cafe at Noone Falls, Luna Med Cafe

Al Fresco | Mar 30, 2004 01:08 PM

Hi chowhounders -

My sweetie is moving to Boston after two years in the Monadnock region - Went on a little culinary tour before leaving - some recommendations -

For lunch:

Cafe at Noone Falls (www.labonnetable.com), Peterborough, NH, Rt. 202 just south of Rt. 101

Cafeteria-style ordering but brought to table - casual - Pretty outdoor deck with lots of seating overlooking (you guessed it!) Noone Falls.

Had a delicious "Hungarian" mushroom soup - a couple of different types in a cream base with a little zing of paprika? Not thick but very toothsome. Served with a couple of different bread slices for dipping. The cashier had a bowl for breakfast and lunch...

I had a perfectly braised medium rare beef brisket sandwich on a very fresh baguette, horseradish sauce and tomato that was very red and very fresh for this time of the season.

Sweetie had the curry chicken salad sandwich - "Divine" was the adjective.

Many other choices - salads, other meats, fish, specials.


For dinner:

Aylmer's Grille - Jaffrey, NH

Nice place, open kitchen - I think striving to be haute -

Nice greens salads - standard but tasty -

For me, dinner was a special "New England sea bass" (striper) in a light cream sauce with tomato and asparagus - Very spring - fish was firm but not chewy - Very savory - side of wild rice and carrots/beans

For sweetie, pork chop, cheesy risotto and veggies -
It was cooked to order - medium in this case - There was very little talking during dinner - it was very good -

Desserts were ok but featured fresh raspberries out of this world, and made a god's honest espresso with lemon curl. (Reminds me of once asking for lemon in North End and got a lemon wedge...lol)

Overall, this place is a very nice place to have dinner in Jaffrey and somewhat understated on the outside, even though it is right in what can be considered the downtown. If you are in the area, check it out. I was able to get away with jeans and a sweater, though dinner there directly after hiking Monadnock might be a bit of a stretch. Good wine selection too.

Also check out Keene for some excellent restaurants -

Luca's Mediterranean Cafe - Very very good Italian -

The Stage - Extraordinary American fare with a slightly spicy twist.

Also there is a Thai place on the main drag near Keene State that is excellent --

And for the true adventurers, a great Indian restaurant at the Keene airport! Go figure!

Enjoy!

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