A Foodie’s Guide to Jackson
As far as Jackson NH dining goes, visitors will be delighted by the vibrant culinary scene here. Expect high-quality restaurants from small, casual cafes to white tablecloth restaurants serving delectable farm-to-table food. And of course, everything tastes better when backdropped by the breathtakingly beautiful White Mountains. We’ve rounded up all our favorite foodie destinations in town, to fuel you up during your classic New England getaway.
The Best Breakfast Spots in Town
On the highway between Jackson and North Conway (technically in Glen), you’ll find the Sunrise Shack, which is easily one of the most popular places for breakfast in Jackson, NH. This rustic roadside haunt has a menu of hearty and nourishing dishes that includes omelets made from farm-fresh eggs and breakfast sandwiches filled with tasty ingredients like crisp Applewood smoked bacon, Gruyere cheese sauce, carmelized tomatoes, and garlic aioli. But it’s the breakfast bowls that steal the show — made with a layer of home fries and topped with everything from marinated flank steak to spicy chorizo, these bowls are mouthwateringly good.
Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for healthy(ish) fare, the breakfast menu at Yesterdays has some veggie-heavy options. The vegetarian hash comes loaded with mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, and spinach, complete with melted cheddar and sweet potato fries (talk about hitting all your food groups). Meanwhile, the Yesterday’s Wrap is another light, good-for-you dish — it’s scrambled eggs, basil, feta, and roasted tomatoes, all served on a sundried tomato tortilla. You can also substitute a fresh fruit cup in place of home fries for any dish on the menu.
Discover the Local Dining Scene
Of all the best Jackson NH restaurants to go to, there are a few must-try spots. First up is the Red Fox Bar & Grille, situated just across from the Honeymoon Bridge, the iconic covered bridge that spans the Ellis River. This tried-and-true restaurant has a diverse menu of salads, sandwiches, woodfired pizzas, and entrees like New England pot roast, lemon butter haddock, and wood grilled steak tips. Don’t skimp on dessert — their carrot cake, chocolate terrine, peanut butter pie, and apple crisp (among others) are all homemade.
If you just need a snack or drink, Alpine at The Wentworth Inn offers a cozy, Euro-style ambiance in the heart of Jackson. Pair one of their small plates (the Mediterranean Mezze Platter is a standout) with an expertly crafted cocktail, and you’ll be in business. Or, stop by J-Town Deli Country Store for freshly made salads and sandwiches featuring locally made bread, plus quiches, olives, fine cheeses, and other gourmet snacks. As an added bonus, this is also a great place to buy souvenirs, hand-knitted mittens and hats, and groceries you won’t find elsewhere.
Indulge in Seasonal Cuisine for Dinner
When it’s time for dinner in Jackson NH, plan to head to the 1869 Room at The Wentworth Inn (just be sure to book your reservations in advance). This stellar restaurant excels at nutritious, fantastic-tasting food in an elegant setting. The menu leans heavily on local produce and meat from nearby farms, with favorite dishes like slow braised short rib of beef, Jamaican black bean and chickpea stew, and Wester Ross salmon filet served with a local mushroom hash. Chef Gazda and his team also create a special dish nightly. If you’re craving delicious farm to table fare in Jackson NH, you truly can’t go wrong with the 1869 Room.