I certainly have nothing against big chain restaurants! Often times, they have bigger kitchens and are better able to accommodate folks with dietary restrictions, which is really important these days. Just look at the 110 Grill, they basically give each patron an allergy test before you are seated! It's excellent!

But when people are visiting our fine state of New Hampshire, I like to direct them to the mom and pop shops that are unique to this area.

And I am not talking about the tourist traps that have a ton of hype and a three-hour wait for dinner (again, nothing against them). I am talking about the small "hole in the wall"-type places where the staff is made up of a husband, wife, and a few of their cousins cooking in the kitchen; family-owned-and-operated! And maybe there is a quirky uncle working the bar, ready to whip you up a martini and tell you some dad jokes.

If you send people to those kinds of places, they will leave feeling like they got the "full New Hampshire" experience. If they wanted to go to a Chili's, they would have just stayed home!

The quest for the best hole in the wall restaurants in New Hampshire continues! A site called LoveFood has selected what they believe to be the best hole-in-the-wall restaurant in each state.

For New Hampshire, they selected a fan favorite: Lexie's Burgers.

Lexie's describes themselves as a burger joint that:

"serves specialty burgers made from locally sourced ingredients, mocktails & craft beer in relaxed and cool setting".

And their menu items have the most clever names. Exhibit A: this burger is called "Cheddah Whethah"!

Their catchphrase is "Peace, Love, Burgers", and I couldn't love it more.

Lexie's has perfected more than burgers. Do not sleep on one of their specialty milkshakes:

My only point of contention with Lexie's being New Hampshire's selection for the best hole-in-the-wall restaurant is the fact that they have multiple locations. That is awesome for them (go off, Lexie's)! However, when I think of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, I think of a lesser-known establishment rather than one with multiple locations.

But I am no hole-in-the-wall expert! Lexie's is as good of a choice as any. If you've never had a Lexie's experience, then do yourself a favor and stop in to one of their locations. I frequent their Exeter spot, but they can also be found in Portsmouth, Dover, and Epping.

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