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Family Dining in Keene

Blog Author - Sarah Powell
Sarah Powell

Putting food on the table. Is there anything more emblematic of what it means to be a responsible adult? Whatever else might be going on in your life, it’s a sure thing that every night around 6 or 7, your family is going to want to eat.

a young girl turning away from a table of food, smiling

And if you’re the one who’s expected to whip something up in the kitchen, that officially makes you an adult.

That also officially makes you a person who now and again just needs a break. When that time comes, Keene has some great family-friendly dining options for you to choose from. These five are a great place to start.

  • Jim Eddie’s Restaurant. Don’t let the crowds outside Jim Eddie’s on Winchester Street dissuade you from stopping in for a meal. The friendly and capable staff will get you seated in no time, and the menu offers so many options, even the pickiest eaters in your group are sure to find something appealing. With the big smokers holding court in the parking lot out front, it’s no secret that Jim Eddie’s is famous for BBQ. But seafood, steaks, wraps, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, and a salad bar are also on the menu.
  • Fireworks. The pizzas and entrees that come out of the wood-fired oven at Fireworks on Main Street provide the best of both worlds for family dining. Adults can start with a weeknight bar special that features freshly muddled and infused signature cocktails, and indulge in a wild mushroom pizza or dishes such as chicken marsala or miso and brown sugar planked salmon. Meanwhile, the kids will be happy with hearth-baked mac & cheese or a Fireworks sloppy Joe.
  • Lindy’s Diner. If your family is in the mood for comfort food and nostalgia, then take them to Lindy’s Diner. A Keene institution since 1961, locals (of a certain age) still recall watching the original Paramount dining car make its journey north from New Jersey to its resting place on Gilbo Avenue. Lindy’s is famous for its Salisbury steak, clam chowder, and homemade mac & cheese, not to mention its reputation as a make-or-break stop for presidential candidates. Taking a seat at Lindy’s puts you in the company of some pretty esteemed former customers, including George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. If you have presidential aspirations for your children, you might as well get them started at Lindy’s right away.
  • Tacqueria Odelay. Every salsa, burrito, salad dressing, and marinade at Tacqueria Odelay on Main Street is made fresh on-site, with no artificial ingredients, so you can rest assured that you’re feeding your family well. With burritos, tacos, salads, and rice bowls all priced at under $10, you can relax about the cost as well. Start the night right with house-made guacamole and a craft beer, finish up with homemade cookies for dessert, and everyone should go home satisfied.
  • Local Burger. Few meals are more all-American than burgers, fries, and shakes, and the folks at Local Burger on Main Street are ready to satisfy your family’s all-American appetites—and then some. Where they got the inspiration to bread hotdogs and chicken fingers with Cap’n Crunch cereal is anyone’s guess, but surely there’s not a child (or an adult) who won’t want to try that combination at least once. Wraps are on the menu as well, along with portobello, turkey, and veggie burgers, plus a variety of fried treats, including pickles, onion rings, and sweet potatoes, all fried in cholesterol-free peanut oil.