Delightful surprise: the flavors, value of Littleton, NH’s Grille One Eleven {Classic Article}


Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Esq.

Littleton, New Hampshire is so cute! They call themselves “The Glad Town” and the town symbolic sculptures are actually pianos with covers that you can lift and play . . . create your own glad sound. If you’re staying at the historic Thayer’s Inn — like Presidents and movie stars have — you’ll be happy to know that they’ve reopened their restaurant after being closed for years. Grille One Eleven has both casual fare and hearty dinners, with a nod toward local flavors. Dress is casual, ambiance is cozy in the hotel’s cellar area. Guests of the hotel get 10% off their very reasonable prices.

Service was very attentive — and they had no idea I am a food writer.

I was pleased with both of the dinner specials, each having generous portions. I’m glad I didn’t order appetizers; I wouldn’t have been able to finish my dinner!

A huge stuffed lobster tail — $16 and change with my hotel discount — had herby stuffing, lots of baby scallops and shrimp. It was served with an ear of fresh corn. It was rich without being goopy. The sweet lobster still stood out.

A Delmonico steak was grilled perfectly and topped with loads of bacon, caramelized onions and Gorgonzola cheese. Grilled fresh asparagus and Spanish rice accompanied the steak. This is a very flavorful dish!

Carrot cake for dessert was rich with golden raisins and whipped cream cheese icing.

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