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N Conway and Jackson NH report -- run to Coyote Rose!

Samovar | Jan 17, 2005 03:08 PM

Sorry for inverting "NAME" and "SUBJECT" in previous post . . .

Just back from a weekend of cross country skiing (and then, guiltless eating) in the White Mountains.

Coyote Rose, North Conway. Had a truly memorable dinner here last night. Wonderful, creative dishes and presentations with amazing subtle flavor combinations. Frankly we were stunned to find food this good (and interesting) in a resort area; good enough, in fact, to warrant a return trip just to visit the restaurant. Had a prickly pear cactus appetizer and an ostrich carpaccio appetizer, followed by an interesting (and complimentary) cardamon sorbet. For mains we had rib eye of bison and free range texas antelope sliced over a sweet potato pancake. This wasn't just exotica for its own sake but carefully and thoughtfully prepared (and I belive the bison and ostrich were local). Good selection of moderately priced wines. More varieties of tequila than I ever knew existed. Very casual atmosphere and friendly (if somewhat unrefined) service you would expect in a resort area. But wow, the food . . . would be a gem even in Boston.

Shalimar, North Conway. Decent, if somewhat standard issue, Indian food.

Peaches, North Conway. Breakfast and lunch place that has huge turnover but was really pretty mediocre. Pancake batter very bland with a soda aftertaste. Tiny portion of gloppy corned beef hash.

Picalilli's, North Conway. Somewhat hard to find breakfast and lunch place up a flight of stairs right in the heart of North Conway at Seavey st. and Rt. 16. Typical breakfast fare but much better than Peaches. Eggs Benedict with real homemade hollandaise sauce.

Moat Mountain Brewing Co., North Conway. Good slab of ribs -- not too dry, not too fatty, nice bbq sauce and sweet potato fries. Several homemade beer varieties. Very interesting and unusual homemade hot smoked salmon. We had it cold on a spinnach salad but also available as a hot entree. Very accommodating of travelers arriving near closing time after driving up on Friday night.

Wentworth Inn, Jackson. This place looks very fancy/expensive right next to the Jackson CC Center. But afternoons in the bar they serve a nice cheese fondue which really hit the spot after coming in from the trail.

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