Food Finds

Outside bites in the Presidential shadow in North Conway, N.H.

Frontside Grind fuels the morning with a breakfast sandwich.
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Frontside Grind fuels the morning with a breakfast sandwich.

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Mount Washington Valley is an outdoor enthusiasts’ playground. Tubing down the sandy Saco River or scaling the cliffs of Cathedral Ledge generates an appetite, so rather than head inside to refuel, try one of the many eateries in the shadow of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range.

It’s hard to beat Frontside Grind’s breakfast sandwiches, which you can eat on an airy porch with views of the Moat Mountains. The skateboard-themed cafe roasts its own beans, so don’t miss an Organic Bali Blue Moon. If it’s later in the day, try the locals’ favorite, a hummus, veggie, and hot sauce bagel sandwich, $5-$7.  2697 White Mountain Highway, 603-356-3603,

For a bigger bite try Kearsarge Café. Fat fish tacos or a pork burrito will satisfy the largest appetites. You can eat at their sidewalk picnic table or walk a short distance to the idyllic Schuler Park, where an old train station frames the scenery, $8-$10.  2683 East Main St, 603-730-7087


If pizza is your preference, Boston Brothers’ Pizza is not to be missed. Hidden in an alley in North Conway Village, their sweet sauce pleases, as do their huge slices (each pizza is cut into only four pieces). Get a pie to go for a picnic by the river, a two-minute drive away. Gluten-free pizza available, $3-$10.  2710 White Mountain Highway, 603-733-5920,

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Spoons, with a view of the Moat Mountains, has a 1950s decor with steel trays, leather jackets, and a vintage motorcycle on display, $5-$7.  2679 White Mountain Highway, 603-356-2687

May Kelly’s Cottage serves Irish cuisine and other pub grub on a sun-drenched porch. Try the baby spinach, sirloin, and gorgonzola salad or Irish potato cakes, $11-$21.  3002 White Mountain Highway, 603-356-7005,