For a town of its size, Waterville Valley packs a lot of variety – and flavor – into its restaurant offerings. From casual eateries to more formal sit down restaurants, there are many choices when it comes to whereto go when you’re hungry.
A Tasteful Reputation
Coyote Grill chef and owner Sean Stout has made quite a namefor himself in Waterville Valley and beyond. After running the restaurant formore than 20 years, customers have come to love his menu’s creativity, consistently good food and the welcoming atmosphere.
Stout, a Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts graduatewho also worked at five-star restaurants in Maine and Florida, has a straightforward approach when it comes to keeping customers happy. “Keep itsimple, keep it fresh, and change the menu frequently according to the season,”he said. “We always like to keep the menu new and creative.”
The Coyote Grill menu features a mix of steaks, seafood,pasta and other entrées prepared with culinary flair. Stout pays particularattention to detail and prides himself on presentation, whether it’s presentinga steak, vegetarian dish or his daughter’s favorite: tortilla crusted chickenwith aged Vermont cheddar grits, fresh guacamole, roasted summer corn salad andfinished with a smoked jalapeno aioli. The restaurant is also known for itsshrimp and risotto, haddock and calamari, among many others.
Local ingredients areused as often as possible and often, New England products are included in the restaurant’s daily specials. At any given time, the menu may include venison,elk, Vermont cheese, or New Hampshire seafood. The bar menu also includes NewEngland draft beers and New Hampshire made liquors.
When he isn’t in the kitchen, Stout can be seen in therestaurant saying hello to regulars or meeting new customers. The restaurant welcomes a mix of longtime local regulars, visitors and families.
A Waterville Valley‘Legend’
Tom Gross opened Legends 1291 Sports Bar in February 1989,originally offering only live music anddrinks that pleased a late night crowd. Food was added in 1997, making it thego to place for burgers, pasta, chicken tenders and of course, ribs. Today, the pub is a Town Square icon and not only a late night favorite, but a regularstop for families and visitors looking for a more casual atmosphere.
Gross, who was national director for Rod Laver’s tennisschool in the 1970s, was in Europe writing for Tennis Magazine when TomCorcoran, the visionary founder of Waterville Valley Resort, asked him to runthe resort’s tennis center. An offer to run the pub followed and the rest ishistory.
“There’s something about going back to a special place yearafter year and seeing familiar faces,” Gross said, noting many of his staff arelongtime employees and they greet customers by name. They also welcomefamilies, whose children aren’t forced to sit still through dinner, as thereare a variety of video games to help keep them entertained.
Diners can look forward to half price specials offered Mondays through Thursdays year-round (with the exception of vacation weeks),cold brews and all around good pub fare.
Dinner with a View
Overlooking Town Square, Valley Pub & Grill is a great place tohave a family dinner or meet at the bar for an après beverage. In the warmermonths, there is patio seating outside, the perfect place to enjoy a nicebreeze coming off of Corcoran Pond. In the winter months, The Valley Pub & Grill is a nice place to relax among candlelit tables and rustic lighting.
“There is no better place for a great family dining experience than overlooking Waterville Valley’s Town Square,” said Waterville Valley Resort Owner and Operator Chris Sununu.
The kitchen is under the direction of head chef Mike “Woody”Woodman, who brings many years of fine dining experience, along with his ownculinary touch, to the restaurant.
The menu features favorites like shrimp scampi, chickenparmesan, steak tips, burgers and a kid’s menu. There is also a full bar menuwith specialty cocktails, beer and wine. Weekly and nightly menu specials areoffered, along with seasonal menu changes like surf and turf or homemade soups.
Grab and Go
Waterville Valley has other options if you are limited ontime or not in the mood for a big, sit down meal. Many of these locations havedine in or take out options.
Jugtown Sandwich Shop in the Jugtown Country Store offers avariety of sandwiches made with Boar’s Head meats and cheese. Try one of theirsignature sandwiches like the Fletcher's Choice (roast beef, Swiss cheese,Russian dressing and onions on rye), Michael's Delight (ham, Swiss cheese,Russian dressing, bacon bits and onions on rye), or the Pogo Special (atriple-decker with ham, turkey, roast beef, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russiandressing on rye or pumpernickel).
PotBellies has expanded their menu to include hot and coldsandwiches and subs, salads and soups. They encourage you to try their steak and cheese sub while you’re in the TownSquare.
Everyone loves pizza and the Olde Waterville Pizza Company serves up a variety of pies for lunch and dinner, in addition to burgers,salads and more.
For a sweet treat, head over to PigPens Ice Cream and Candy. They have candies, chocolates, sundaes, floats and enough ice cream choices tomake choosing just one flavor a difficult task. The Blue Moon Café also servesup several flavors of gelato.
Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as aself-contained, four seasons resort. Today in addition to its world-class skiarea, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink,boating, a skate park, and a host of outdoor activities. Dining options includetraditional favorites and elegant dining. For more information, call1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.