Breakfast on a Rainy Morning
Last July, Don and I met up with my brother and his wife for a cozy breakfast on Main Street.
Vermont to New Hampshire
We'd been staying just minutes away in the sweet Vermont town of Norwich. I was excited to know we could add another state to our road trip, with just a 3-minute drive. After we checked out of Norwich Inn, we headed over and took a quick peek of the Dartmouth campus. Then, I got to add New Hampshire as a new category on the blog list!
We dashed down Main street in the rain, towards the brick building with green awning and flower boxes.
When we stepped inside, we were met with sweet smells of cinnamon rolls and scones, cakes, pies, cookies and of course coffee!
The counter looked like the place to be for serious eaters. But there weren't enough seats.
The booths looked cozy with their retro seats and swirly-formica tabletops.
Coffee and Menu
Tables were just beginning to clear and we got seated quickly. In moments our steaming coffee arrived. The menu cover looked welcoming and the inside looked mouthwatering.
Sneaking a Pic
I had Don snap a quick pic of our cozy table, near the wall of photos. Our server teased that he'd ruined the photo by walking into the scene...
He insisted on taking a better photo of our hungry bunch. This one looks better, since it has Don in it. But I look pretty sleepy... like I need about 3 more cups of coffee.
Breakfast is Served!
I went for the Rhubarb Pancakes! Two buttermilk pancakes stuffed with fresh rhubarb and strawberries and topped with strawberry sauce. I skipped the whipped cream and indulged in lots of butter and Lou's Maple Syrup... served in a cute little bottle!
Don had "Doc's Favorite" of two poached eggs on corned beef, (not canned!) served with baked beans and a muffin! We were both in heaven!
I love a diner with history and Lou's definitely has some. In 1947, when Lou Bressert was a recently discharged marine, he opened the bakery and restaurant. The cafe quickly became a popular meeting place for Dartmouth students, professors and staff. The crowd that gathered at Lous' was very different than the illustration on the menu cover.
The large photo image on the back wall, was a big reminder that the Ivy Leagues didn't accept women until the 1970's. I don't think many women felt comfortable hanging out in Lou's, back in the day.
The walls in the restaurant were covered with black and white photographs, showing many of the regulars who gathered at the cafe over the years. I didn't want to interrupt diners by leaning over their tables to look. I wondered if there were any famous people in those photographs. I read that Gloria Steinem made quite an impact when she visited Hanover in 1968. Evidently she came to Lou's and she spoke her mind quite well!
Yay for a restaurant with good food and history! Yay for all the good changes that have made it possible for all to enjoy Lou's!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.