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Polly's Pancake Parlor

... I wish I had found this sooner ...

by Ann Robbins Talbot

I wish I had discovered this gem earlier in the year. The good news is – Polly’s Pancake Parlor is open daily
from 7-2 through October 27, then Saturday and Sunday from November 2 until December first.

My college roommate introduced me to Polly’s in September. It’s a New Hampshire destination for a wonderful
breakfast particularly known for its pancakes naturally. Their formula is so simple that it is genius. You order
six pancakes either all the same flavor or a combo of two each of three flavors. Your waiter then goes to the
long grill and prepares three pancakes for you. As you eat them, your waiter prepares three more so you get them
hot. What a great idea.

To accompany your pancakes, a tray of toppings is placed on your table – butter, syrups and maple sugar, of
course. And there is a tub of maple spread, the most delicious concoction. You need only a dab for complete

My choice for the day was a combo – one blueberry pancake just loaded with fruit, one cornmeal pancake with
coconut to introduce a totally new taste and one special of the day – pumpkin wheat enhanced with a dollop of
that maple spread. Along with steaming hot coffee, the perfect breakfast for me. I didn’t need to choose the
bacon or sausage that was available. We could have done some sightseeing and come back for lunch.

To have breakfast at a decent time, you will have to leave Melrose early. Polly’s Pancake Parlor is in Sugar
Hill near Franconia, about 150 miles. But nature’s foliage extravaganza will entertain you on the way. The
direct route is I-93N all the way to exit 38, to route 18 and west onto 117. I was amused by the comment on
MapQuest: “If you reach Lovers Lane, you’ve gone a little too far.” Somehow this seems like a personal

I asked our waiter if he went south after December first. He said no. He stays for ice fishing and cross country
skiing. Now there is a New Englander.

Polly’s Pancake Parlor has an excellent website (pollyspancakeparlor.com) which offers pancake mixes and its own
maple products. What a great midwinter gift – the makings of a warm breakfast from Polly’s. They are in touch
all year round by internet or telephone (603-823-5575). The restaurant and bakery opens again in May. Be sure to
put Polly’s on your 2014 calendar.

October 4, 2013

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