We have already eaten at Leslie's in Rockingham VT and Burdicks in Walpole NH both of which were wonderful surprises - off the beaten track, yes, but truly excellent food and both had a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. We have also tried Luca's and Nicola's in Keene as well as Waxy O'Connors in Keene (the pub attached to the Best Western).
We are looking for suggestions for restaurants along those lines on either side of the Connecticut River without going into Keene. If you start at the border of VT and NH with Massachusetts and go North, say to about Claremont NH are there similar restaurants we should try?
Note that I am not looking for Manchester, Concord, Nashua or Lebanon/Hanover/White River Junction since they are a longer drive.
Any recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks and good luck!