We don't normally eat at chain restaurants while we are traveling, but because it was a Sunday evening and was getting late, we decided to eat at the Laconia Friendly's because it was open and didn't look to be crowded. We weren't expecting much, to be honest. What a surprise! My former experience with Friendly's was that it was no different from Denny's, Shoney's, or the late Howard Johnson's restaurants. This location seemed to have its act together, and it was so good that we went back another evening while we were in the area...this time because everyone in the family said that was where they wanted to go! Our server from the first visit, Emily, saw us and even came over and said "you came back!" I can't say enough about how Emily made our first - and second - visit memorable! She totally handled the old grouch in our group and even made him grin a couple of times.
The new chicken-bacon-chipotle melt that I ordered was one of the best things I had to eat in two weeks. That one's a keeper.
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