We found ourselves in Meredith, NH and hungry last night. After a bit of dithering (there were a couple of spots that looked like they might have potential), we ended up at George's Diner. For wanderers from out of town like ourselves, the ambiance alone is charming. The place was packed and there were people lined up out the door, all clearly locals: families, groups of friends and a good sprinkling of elderly clients.
Turns out Friday evenings are all-you-can-eat fish fry. We placed an order for that and one for broiled scallops. Each comes with your choice of a potato and a vegetable. Allowing ourselves to be guided by our pleasant, no-nonsense waitress, we chose French fries, potato salad, squash and coleslaw. The scallops came out fried rather than broiled but we decided to eat them rather than send them back. They were good, but the fish was wonderful: very fresh, moist haddock lurking within a crust with substantial crunch. With the exception of the soggy fries, the sides were delicious too: light sweet squash puree, dilly potato salad with big chunks of boiled egg and crisp, creamy slaw. The bread 'basket' contained two soft, yeasty, knotted buns, which were obviously lovingly homemade. I'm not a bread person, but if I hadn't seen the size of the portions that were coming, I don't think I would have been able to resist asking for more bread. Despite the fact that we were stuffed (no seconds for us, regardless of the all-you-can-eat offer), we couldn't resist the chalkboard dessert menu (raspberry cobbler, bread pudding, grape nut pudding, Indian pudding, etc., etc.). After futilely requesting the lemon meringue pie (the last piece vanished minutes before), we settled on the tapioca pudding, which was homemade, fabulously custardy and came crowned by a mountain of whipped cream.
We got out of there for a little under $35, before tip. In all, a meal sure to be remembered fondly.