Great Dining with a Common Theme
In the state of New Hampshire, one restaurant group has made a strong name for itself: The Common Man. With 18 restaurants scattered throughout the state, there’s a little something for everyone, including Italian-American, “creative” cuisine, comfort food, and American with a New England flair! Their motto, “Doing common things uncommonly well,” epitomizes the service that is given at each location. Prompt, polite, and friendly, the staff go out of their way to make sure that each visit leaves you wanting more.
Here at Meredith Bay, we are lucky to have a handful of these delightful restaurants at our fingertips: Lago, The Lakehouse, and The Town Docks. Each locale has a distinctly different atmosphere to match the food items and most of them even have a public dock to tie up to, so you can combine a fun boat ride with lunch or dinner!
Lago, located at 1 US Route 25 in Meredith inside The Inn at Bay Point, flawlessly executes both rustic Italian and Italian-American dishes. The décor is that of a comfortable lake house and the wine list has an extensive selection of both new- and old-country wines. In the summer, the back dining patio is a great place for dining al fresco with breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee. You can even come by boat and tie up directly at the back of the restaurant!
Right up the road and tucked back into Church Landing (off of Daniel Webster Highway) is The Lakehouse Grille. Coined as New England cuisine, the food on the menu here pays tribute to the usual East Coast staples with a slight twist. If you are craving a hand-cut steak this is most certainly the place to go to. The food is served in an Adirondack style setting overlooking beautiful Meredith Bay and the bartenders and servers are well versed in wine pairings. Don’t hesitate to ask for a suggestion! The Lakehouse is also open for breakfast/brunch 7 days a week with an extravagant buffet on Sundays.
In between Lago and The Lakehouse Grille you can find the Town Docks—a nod to summers spent on the shore. The restaurant serves up tasty seaside classics like lobster dinners and fried seafood platters. Outside, the tiki bar has a sand “beach” where you can kick back and take in the lake while enjoying one of their many drink choices. The most popular drink that they serve up is the Watermelon Bowl; a novel concoction that is served in a melon bowl with just the right amount of rum, strawberries, and watermelon. If drinking from a bowl isn’t your idea of a good time, the frappes and old-fashioned draft root beer are equally wonderful!