Today’s blog post might not come as an impressive, innovative new restaurant to those of you who have lived in New Hampshire your whole lives. However, sometimes restaurants are popular tourist destinations for good reason, and Polly’s Pancake Parlor is always a good idea.
Let’s talk about the view, shall we? Unless you planned on hiking, there really isn’t a better one. The Kancamagus offers stunning views of course, but you have to keep your eyes on the road and that’s just inconvenient.
The view of the restaurant (newly expanded!) isn’t bad either, and I loved their colorful fall decor.
As a disclaimer, I almost always try to take photos of restaurants/food without people in them, just out of privacy and respect. I bring that up here because I can honestly say that every single time I’ve been to Polly’s, I’ve had to wait at least 30 minutes for a table because the place is so packed! I had a boss once tell me that you can call them when you’re on your way to put your name down on the list to get a table, which I would highly recommend or you’ll be waiting even longer! Yes there is a delightful gift shop to peruse, but once you walk in the door all you will want to do is eat pancakes.
So as I was saying, even though Polly’s is 100% a tourist destination, I bring friends and family there because the views can’t be beat (who doesn’t want to drink a mimosa with mountain views?) but also because their pancakes are perfection. I’ll share my flavor recommendations, but there are dozens of combinations that you can enjoy. The menu is quite comprehensive for breakfasts and lunches, but honestly why bother. Get the pancakes, preferably in a way that offers the most variety to keep your taste buds guessing. My last few visits I’ve ordered the Pancake Sampler where you will get 6 pancakes the size of your palm, with 2 pancakes each of any 3 styles. You can also add meats and/or eggs and other sides to this, too. The server who takes your order also makes your pancakes for you (which I love) and brings them over 3 at a time. Some of my go-to flavors include cornmeal coconut which is slightly sweet and crispy with the toasted flakes, chocolate chip gingerbread which is sweeter but the gingerbread offers a strong earthy depth of flavor, and blueberry buckwheat. I love a good alliteration, plus buckwheat tends to be my go-to batter at home and the blueberries add just enough of a texture addition.
Polly’s pure maple spread is my favorite topping for the pancakes. I love maple syrup as much as the next New Englander, but this smooth sweet spread is perfect on a hot pancake; it slowly melts as the heat from the pancake warms it, and no matter the batter, it adds a little something special to each bite.
My advice, whether you’ve lived in NH your whole life or are heading to the mountains for the first time, is come hungry and pick up some pancakes. Be sure to check out their website for winter hours and specials. If you can’t make it to pretty Sugar Hill anytime soon, you can purchase their mixes and other goodies online, too.
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