Earlier this week, my husband and his father took a trip up north to enjoy the beginnings of the fall season, into the upper regions of NH. It was a long drive, with our taking many pit-stops to stretch our legs, while we enjoyed the views along with trying to catch a glimpse of some possible Moose sitings. Unfortunately there were no moose to be seen, but we did see a loon, then later on our way home we say three deer out by the highway enjoying their evening meal of greens.
Since the trip was four hours one-way, we stopped at a favorite restaurant that my father-in-law used to enjoy with my mother-in-law, as this trip was also a memorial to her passing a year back due to breast cancer.
Northwood Restaurant & Dairy Bar is located in Berlin, NH. Unfortunately they do not have a web-site, yet I did link their business to their facebook page. Their hours are from 11 am until 8:30 pm (some evenings it is open until 9:00 pm). What started out as a small dairy bar grew over the years to serve burgers and fries. After a fire over-took their establishment a few years back, they rebuilt their restaurant so that they could continue to serve their clients. A delightful and uncrowded atmosphere, that makes dining out completely relaxing.
What I really enjoyed most about this restaurant was that they served bison, which I really enjoy. It does not produce the stomach upset most of todays hamburg causes. They have a variety of options with choices that would please most travelers on a modest budget. But more importantly, with a diet concern I generally encounter at many restaurants, I was able to order a meal that was completely free of both milk and gluten. I was completely amazed and highly satisfied with the service and taste of my meal.
My choice was to have a bison burger without the bun and no cheese, with a side salad while choosing their vinaigrette wine dressing. My father-in-law and my husband both ordered the bison burger with the works with side plates of fries. The waitress served my burger on a separate plate with a delicious pickle. I took to cutting the bison into bite size pieces then topped my salad with this protein source and the dressing.
We all left not feeling overstuffed, actually having room for dessert if we really wanted to push it.
So, while dining out at any restaurant, it is worth asking the staff what is in their food.
It is always worth asking the staff what is in the food they serve while dining out. Or, as in my case while visiting Northland Restaurant & Dairy Bar, as I scanned their menu, I could easily order what I wanted without worry. NOTE: This past spring when my daughter went to this restaurant, who is also gluten and milk intolerant, the staff was more than helpful in guiding her in what she could eat. This made her eating out experience enjoyable as well.
Remember it is important to ask the staff what is in their food. It is not a rude gesture on your part, but rather a form of good customer service for the restaurant. If they can provide you some enjoyable options, they can be sure you will return when heading out for dinner, or traveling through their area next time.
Some things to keep in mind: Sometimes spaghetti sauce can have milk and/or gluten additives, so you need to ask what is in their sauce. The same holds true for many condiments and toppings that chefs might add to the dinner you are ordering. With more people sharing their allergies, restaurants are becoming more aware of what goes into their foods. Without arrogance, consider asking before you order. It is better to have an enjoyable experience while dining out.
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Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
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