We travel very frequently to Québec from Rhode Island (almost every weekend in the summer), using I-93 in New Hampshire. Although we usually pack a supper to keep us from wasting time getting to Canada, we occasionally stop on the way for a meal. One of our favorite places (for the many years we have been doing this) to stop is the Common Man in Ashland. This is one of several restaurants owned by the same family throughout NH, but this is our favorite. First of all, there is excellent value. Meals we would pay dearly for in one of the big cities or towns are quite reasonable. The variety and creativity of the meals is surprising for a little (albeit completely charming) town, and the menu changes often. Last time I had lobster sliders that were delicious and so filling that we took a couple of them away with us in a box for eating later. The servers are very friendly and generally pretty dependable (like anyplace, it varies). The décor is country store-like and very "down home" in a pleasant and not kitschy way. We recommend it highly. One of the perks is that they recognize that people may be stopping in because they are famished, so they offer free unending appetizers of two kinds of cheese and crackers. Great for taking the edge off! They sell vintage items, fun to browse if you have to wait for seating, and the bathroom walls are covered in quotes that reflect the customer-centered philosophy.
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