Along the gravel shoulder of New Hampshire Route 27 in Raymond sits a small, non-descript seafood house that looks more like an ice cream stand than an award winning restaurant. The Pines opened its doors in 1982 and has been serving the state’s freshest, tastiest chowders and seafood ever since.
What’s so strange about delicious seafood in New England you ask? On top of its modest appearance, The Pines is also about a half hour’s drive from the coast. Compared to some of the sophisticated, upscale establishments overlooking the ocean in Portsmouth and Hampton, it’s downright shabby. But what locals and savvy tourists know is that the food more than makes up for the lack of polish.
The award winning homemade chowders never fail to bring the crowds. Incredibly thick and flavorful, the seafood chowder consists of lobster, shrimp, whole-belly clams, haddock, and scallops. Other varieties include fish, corn, oyster, salmon, and the New England staple – clam chowder. Patrons can enjoy a bowl in-house or purchase a quart to take home.
Now that Autumn has rolled around, diners can enjoy their chowder of choice in a delicious seasonal bread bowl for the ultimate in comfort food. The Pines also creates their own versions of another New England seafood favorite – the seafood roll. Choose from shrimp, scallop, tuna or lobster.
If you’ve got picky kids or seafood haters in your party, The Pines also offers burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. They pride themselves on being family-friendly and focusing on customer satisfaction above all else. There are daily chef’s specials, children 6 and under eat free from the kids menu, and your meal is always free on your birthday.
Don’t forget to try the homemade apple crisp for dessert – it’s the perfect New England treat to top off your meal. The Pines also offers weekly specials and occasional buy-one-get-one deals for cost conscious patrons.
Next time you’re in New Hampshire, be sure to enjoy lunch or dinner at this simple, modest establishment with the best seafood not on the coast!