The culinary landscape of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is rich and diverse and includes some wonderful brunching options. Many restaurants offer the perfect meal to enjoy with friends and family all year long, and some meals are only available after ice-out (when the M/S Mountain Washington is cleared to navigate the lake after the ice thaws). Chocolate chip pancakes, steak and eggs, lobster stew, Belgian malted waffles, bangers and mash, bloody marys, mojitos, and Irish coffee are all on the menu at the best brunch spots around Lake Winnipesaukee. Here are some of our favorites. To your health!
Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise (Alton or Laconia)
Sunday Brunch Cruise (seasonal): The M/S Mount Washington offers a scenic cruise and a brunch buffet to hungry diners once the lake thaws after winter (locals call this ice-out). Sunday Brunch cruises depart from Alton Bay in Alton and Weir’s Beach in Laconia. The 2 ½ hour cruise includes a narrated history of the region. Buffet items have included freshly made waffles, a carving station, bacon, eggs, hash browns, fresh fruit, and danishes in past cruises. Check their site after ice-out for the 2023 brunch menu.
Ames Farm Inn (seasonal): This restaurant is open from mid-June thru Labor Day. It is a popular spot. Guests play ping pong or shuffleboard as they wait for a table on Sundays to enjoy chocolate chip pancakes, raisin French toast, omelets, and lobster rolls.
Country Cook’n at the Lakeside: Homestyle cooking with fresh ingredients is offered in four family owned NH Country Cook’n restaurants. You don’t have to wait for the ice to thaw, they’ll keep your belly warm and happy all year long. The Gilford location serves breakfast items until 3:00pm and lunch items starting at 11:30am Monday-Sunday. There are plenty of hot and delicious things to choose from including omelets, egg specials, hot cakes & waffles. The 6oz sirloin Steak ‘n Eggs is served with two eggs any style (poached eggs are only available until 11:00am). Add a short stack of buttermilk pancakes w/NH maple syrup to your order and you’ll be sitting pretty for the rest of the day (or racing through the snow covered mountains on a snowmobile with plenty of energy to spare).
The Union Diner: The Union Diner is built around a 1951 Worcester dining car. It isn’t fancy, but it is good. The vintage atmosphere is warm and welcoming, the food is hot and delicious, and the staff is friendly. Breakfast and lunch are served on Saturday until 2:00pm, and breakfast is served on Sunday 7:30am to 1:00pm. House favorites include Homemade Lobster Stew and a Bacon Jam and Cheddar Cheese Omelet.
Lakehouse Grille: Brunch specials are offered on Sunday at the Lakehouse Grille (part of “the common man” family of restaurants). Breakfast is served 7:30am-10:00am and lunch is served 11:30am-3:00pm daily. The breakfast menu includes Belgian Malted waffles, Daily Quiche and Three-Egg Omelettes and you can wash everything down with a Ruby Red Mimosa or Lakehouse Bloody Mary.
Foster’s Boiler Room: Part of “the common man” family of restaurants, the Plymouth location opens for dining at 11:30am on Saturdays and Sundays. Menu items include burgers, sandwiches, and falafel. Ordering a Breakfast Burger (w/ candied bacon and fried egg on French toast) or Chicken and Waffles (w/chipotle maple syrup) will make it a proper brunch, while other members of your party freely peruse the menu for their personal favorites.
Morrisseys’ Front Porch Family Restaurant: Morrisseys’ is no longer serving breakfast, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a hearty and delicious weekend brunch with your friends and family. They open their doors at 11:30am on Saturday and 10:00am on Sunday. And you’re in for a satisfying feast!
Start your brunch off with a round of Irish Coffee or Fresh Mint Mojitos and Aaron’s New Hampshire Crab Cakes for the table. Then place the rest of your order after the whiskey kicks in. Menu items include Bangers and Mash (w/Guinness onion gravy), Shepherd’s Pie, and Maple Bourbon Boneless Short Rib. There are rich and hearty mac & cheese options, fried chicken, lobster pie, soups, stews, and chowder.
What are you waiting for, dessert? They have that too including 30 flavors of ice cream, Chocolate Lava Cake, Flourless Chocolate Torte, and Homemade White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Yum!
Wolfe’s Tavern: Brunch is served every Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Wolfeboro Inn. Menu items include a Short Rib Benedict (w/potato croquette, short rib, homemade hollandaise, and pickled onion), Chicken and Waffles, and a Butcher’s Burger (6oz Wagyu beef, steak sauce aioli, iceberg lettuce, grilled tomatoes, caramelized shallots, gouda, and fried egg). The tavern has been a popular gathering place for over 130 years. The food is delicious. Make a reservation today for Sunday brunch on the weekend. You and your family will be delighted.
The team at Maxfield Real Estate is passionate about life in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home and connect to the lifestyle and diverse culinary landscape around Lake Winnipesaukee. Contact us today!