Mom and Dad’s Family Diner (Canaan, NH)

(Closed.  Mom and Dad’s Diner closed early in 2009, unfortunately)

It seems everyone is moving to Canaan these days. It’s like it’s becoming the new Enfield. In any case, it was time for another visit to Canaan to check out the food scene.

So Finn and I met up with Chris and Val to try out on of Canaan’s newer restaurants: Mom and Dad’s Family Diner, right on Route 4.

Mom and Dad’s is your basic diner, with an array of pancakes, waffles, omelets, and related breakfast fare, including some fairly interesting items such as the “Hangover Special” (a poutine-like assemblage of home fries with gravy), as well are the more usual items like biscuits and gravy and CBH.

Indeed, while the biscuits and gravy were calling my name, a recommendation from Chris that the CBH was good ended up steering me towards that particular item. The rest of the table got the pancake special (blueberries and cranberries), the SOS (cream chipped beef on toast), and an omelet.

My corned beef hash (at right) was one of the better hashes I’ve had in the Upper Valley: a nice meat-rich mix of potatoes and hash, with the potatoes being cooked but still slightly firm, and a nice crisp on everything. The rest of the order was well executed as well, with some nice homefries (with onions) and some well-scrambled eggs.


1. The food is quite good. The corned beef hash was good, and everyone else at our table seemed quite happy with their food.

2. Price. Amongst the Upper Valley’s diners, Mom and Dad’s is one of the cheaper ones, with most of the breakfast specials running around $4 to $5.


1. If you’re not in the eastern part of the Upper Valley, Canaan can be quite a drive (it’s around 25 minutes from my place in Grantham). But nothing major.

Overall, it’s quite a pleasant little diner, one of the better ones. I’m glad that all the Canaan folks have such a good little breakfast joint.

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