Sunshine for Breakfast

One of my favorite things about weekends is being woken up by sunlight. I am an excessively heavy sleeper, so when I get the rare chance to sleep in, good luck with any plans before noon.

On a similar note, lazy weekend brunches (or lunches, depending on my sleep schedule) are a DSC06940 favorite part of these days. While I have only been once, Tucker’s is a new favorite and satisfied all of my carb and caffeine needs.

While I only recently found out about this restaurant, apparently the rest of the world knew and were prepared to wait in line on a very hot Saturday morning. When I say the whole world, I mean it; Adam Sandler stopped by shortly after I did!

After our short wait, we were ushered into one of the brightest, most colorful dining areas I have ever seen. As I mentioned before, waking up to sunshine is one of my favorite things, and even if it hadn’t been sunny out that day, I think this would have made up for it. If early mornings make you grumpy or hangry, Tucker’s may be the solution.

For starters, look at the pretty chevron-patterned booths and the walls completely covered in windows. The tabletop flowers, orange juice, and bright orange coffee mugs added to the cheeriness.

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Tucker’s is open for breakfast and lunch (until 2PM daily) and I always have the hardest time deciding which “meal” I want to eat. I usually end up ordering a weird combination of both.
On this occasion, I went with Tucker’s built-in version of a breakfast and lunch combo – a tomato, mozzarella, spinach, and basil pesto sandwich with a fried egg in it, and a side of breakfast potatoes. It was delicious. I’ve never thought of adding eggs to my favorite sandwich before, but it works. (File that away in your breakfast-for-dinner playbook.) Pesto makes pretty much everything taste better, and the crispy potatoes combined with all the fresh flavors of the sandwich were sunny-Saturday-brunch heaven.

My boyfriend ordered the Tucker’s Rancheros which was served with a side of house made chili. I didn’t get many words out of him while he was eating, but the cleaned plate always speaks volumes.

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As I mentioned before, this was my first trip to Tucker’s but this was certainly not my last. Some of their ongoing summer specials include sweet potato pancakes with fresh berries, whipped cream, and local maple syrup, as well as fresh lobster rolls, and summery salads. They also offer a fresh smoothie menu with dairy-free options and additional protein and vitamin boosters.

The photos above are from my visit to their Hooksett location at 1328 Hooksett Road, but luckily for all of us, they just opened a Concord location at 80 South Street, and there’s a third location in New London at 207 Main Street.

Do you have a favorite brunch spot, preferably with bright decor and a delicious menu? Email us at eatdrinkplay@stayworkplay.org to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in our “Eat Drink Play” blog posts.

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