Let's Do Lunch! visits Max's Restaurant where guests and locals alike are welcome to dine at Snowvillage Inn in Snowville, New Hampshire. A wood-burning stove sits in the middle of the dining room to warm up diners from the snowy cold. Chef Ben Frieden looks more like a rock star with his tattoos and long hair but his skills are evident, enthusiastically serving a delicious tasting menu starting with Flatbread topped with blueberry infused sauce and pulled pork. Thai influenced, Ben creatively substitutes coconut water for veg stock. The main course was pan-roasted snapper with Tom Kha inspired flavors of jalapeno, lime and coconut over basmati rice. Green-lipped mussels are Ben's favorite with roasted garlic and tomato, and a beautiful split caesar with half a head of romaine, lightly seared on the grill topped with homemade dressing, sweet and sour pickled onions, white anchovies and oh so thin and crispy prosciutto. Dessert was a sinful hot brownie sundae and maple ginger brulee.
Owners Kevin Flynn and Jen Kovach met saving the Eaton Village Country store. The Inn which dates back to 1902 has been welcoming guests since 1948 by Max & Greta Pluss. Kevin tells Robin there is talk that Greta has haunted the Inn, but in a friendly way of course! Ghosts aside, Kevin and Jen make their guests feel right at home, decorating it with family photos. Disconnecting from the hustle and bustle is what it's about at The Snowvillage Inn so there are no TVs but you can snuggle up with a good book hand picked by Jen's mother, 'the book whisperer.' The Presidential mountain range including Mt. Washington which you can see on a very clear day make for gorgeous views. It is a perfect getaway from New York City but also ideal for country weddings, and parents visiting their kids in nearby summer camps.