My daughter, Jenna, had a college friend visiting last Friday. Meg’s from New Jersey and it was her first visit to Waterville Valley, so Jenna was excited to show off our Yankee Shangri-la with a round of golf, a chairlift ride, her favorite hike and some moose watching. Their outdoor plans were dampened by the rain so they made their way to the indoor Ice Arena where they rented skates and enjoyed some spins (or, should I say ‘falls’) on the ice. It was Meg’s first time skating on man made ice, and Jenna’s first time on skates since she was a youngster.
After a quick tour around Waterville Valley (sans moose sightings), Jenna called me at my office and whispered into her phone, “What do we do now?” When all else fails…drinking and eating is always fun! So, Jenna and Meg were cheered when I suggested that we head to the Coyote Grill for drinks and and an early dinner.
Harry met us at the White Mountain Athletic Club and our foursome headed upstairs to the Coyote Grill. We were seated at a table overlooking Packard Field, the Golden Eagle and Mt. Tecumseh. Views like that are like dessert before dinner. Our server promptly arrived at our table to introduce herself and – surprise! – she was a high school class/teammate of Jenna’s! After catching up on college and sports stories with Mandy, the Coyote Grill chef/owner, Sean Stout, stopped by our table to chat. Sean discovered that Harry loves beets, which happened to be on the sides menu that night, so he had a heaping bowl of fresh beets delivered to our table. Harry was a very happy man.
The Coyote Grill just unveiled their new summer menu. Luckily, our favorite starter, Spring Rolls, is still offered, so we placed two orders which were promptly served and consumed. A basket of bread, sweet butter and oil arrived. We finally had to ask Mandy to take them away because we were on the verge of filling up before our meals arrived. For entrees, Jenna ordered the pan roasted veal chop – a 12 ounce bone-in chop, lightly breaded and served with a creamy risotto. Meg chose one of the evening’s specials, a stir fry with chicken substitute. Harry’s crab crumbed haddock came with basmati rice and a heaping of beets, asparagus, and roasted vegetables. I decided upon the black truffle mac & cheese, which is baked with gruyere and raclette cheese (two of my all-time favorite cheeses), black truffles, fresh spinach and cipollini onions. All I need to write to describe our food is: DELICIOUS! Jenna and Meg cleaned their plates. Harry and I couldn’t finish our large entrees and were happy to have them boxed to take home.
Although we were all holding our stomachs and declaring ourselves stuffed, Mandy appeared with the dessert tray to tempt us. When our kids were little, Harry always used to say there must be another compartment in a kid’s stomach because they always have room for dessert. Sure enough, Jenna asked Mandy to bring a piece of Blizzard Pie – the Coyote Grill’s signature dessert. It arrived with four forks, so we all tucked in and managed to clean the plate before we all sat back with a collective sigh of contentment.
Chef Sean Stout takes pride in offering local meats, produce and dairy products. His menu includes gluten free and vegetarian options, and there are pub and children’s menus. The Coyote Grill isn’t inexpensive. The tab for our party of four was $144 (with tax, before tip, included two apps, four entrees, one dessert and three beers). But the restaurant owner is in the kitchen cooking and the quality of the food and service make the final bill more than palatable.
The Coyote Grill serves dinner daily during summer and winter, 4-9 p.m.
98 Valley Road, Waterville Valley, NH – At the White Mountain Athletic Club – 2nd floor
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