Thursday, September 6, 2012

At Hart's in Meredith, New Hampshire it's Thanksgiving all year long

Maybe you're like me and Thanksgiving is one of your favorite times of year. The family, friends and of course the food remind us all of how wonderful life can be. Little factoid: the holiday has even more meaning to me as my wife was born on Thanksgiving. So when you feel nostalgic for the holiday but see by the calendar that you are still a few months early, head to Harts Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith, NH.

We have been to Hart's many times over the years but not as much recently. Unfortunately, the Manchester location closed about a year ago so it is a longer drive for us these days. That said, when we are in the lakes region we usually find time to stop in for dinner.

My wife and I arrived as a group on a recent weekend. The good news is that they have plenty of parking so there are no worries looking for a spot. As we entered the hostess escorted us to the back. The interior of Hart's is nothing special and the decoration is heavily influenced on turkey (no surprise) with pictures and platters mounted on the wall. They also have several large dining rooms filled with booths and tables along with a large bar so you can usually stop by anytime without a wait.

You will not be surprised to learn that the menu is focused on Turkey. My favorite is the turkey plate shown below that is available in small, medium and large sizes and is the closest to what you might think of on Thanksgiving Day. The plate includes sliced white or dark meat turkey (your choice), gravy, mashed potatoes, and of course, stuffing. They have other turkey dishes such as turkey pot pie (one of my other favorites), turkey tempura, turkey meatloaf, turkey tips and jumbo turkey leg. And for you non-turkey lovers don't despair. You have plenty of options from steaks to seafoods to pasta dishes.

There is an extensive list of appetizers and again turkey is the focus but as with main entrees, Hart's provides some alternatives for those that do not want turkey. For example, you will find potato wedges, stuffed mushroom caps and chicken fingers to name a few.

So we all went with (you guessed it) turkey and we weren't disappointed. When the server arrives at the table, they bring a dish of crackers with their home made relish, yummy! A basket of bread and butter is also included - white rolls and cornbread and they were both well made. The cornbread is not dry and has a slight sweet favor, I'm usually not a fan but had to admit that it was very good.

The service was excellent, no complaints.

Although we did not have desserts I suggest you try them if you have a chance. It is my understanding that they are all home made and when we have had them in the past they were wonderful.

I recommend Harts Turkey farm. If you haven't been lately, go back. No matter what the calendar says it's always Thanksgiving Day at Hart's.

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