There is no greater feeling in the world, well at least, in New Hampshire, then dining out on a Sunday with friends and family. All cynicism aside; add a good meal along with good conversation and catching up with friends, on an almost spring like day, even the most skeptical of New Englanders might crack a smirk.
Blake’s Creamery and Restaurant located at: 353 South Main St., Manchester, NH, has been up and running and family oriented since 1900.
Hard to find those little small businesses that cater to local media, events, personalities and food, all under one roof. As my party of 3 entered the establishment and found ourselves seated, I began the ‘breakfast’ reviewer prowl. Dissecting wait staff apparel, feeling under the tabletop for old gum, inspecting the facilities as though I had been Mr. Clean’s assistant.
Towards the end of our meal, I readied my jaded pen and thoughts, and asked, ‘what did you think of that waiter?’
Of course, eating with friend’s means dining with those who know you best and still wish to be seen with you. Everyone knew that the breakfast ax was about to fall. That is until I was encouraged to look around, listen and watch with a smile on my face.
This is what I saw:
The food at Blake’s was noteworthy in that it arrived prompt, fresh and as ordered. There had been nothing fancy. No over the top garnish and no need to ask if the eggs were local, for they indeed were. Beyond the food had been what I had been missing: More families, more friends, more gossip and more ‘I ate well’ smiles than I had seen in quite some time. The dining room was awash of laughter and good times that will be remembered.
Blake’s Restaurant promises to fix up a wonderful plate of ‘nothing fancy’ breakfast items and send you on your way with a little extra spring in your step.