Milford, New Hampshire is like a second home to me. My father was the town administrator for over 20 years, and my grandparents lived in Wilton, so we would drive through Milford every weekend. The Milford oval is one of the last great small New Hampshire town centers. Along with downtown Wilton, both are still one of the few places in my world that remains as magical as when I was a kid. But it wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I found out about The Red Arrow Diner right off the Milford oval. Ever since then, I’ve been making it one of my top places to eat whenever I want to make some special memories with my kids.
What first made me stop at The Red Arrow Diner was after watching a marathon of “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” while staying up late taking care of my son. We both got hooked on the show, and decided to start visiting some diners on our own. After seeing The Red Arrow Diner on the show, we were super excited to visit it on our own. Now, I am embarrassed to admit it, being a former chef, but before this I had never actually been in a real diner, so I was as excited as my son was. The first thing you see as you walk in is the counter, a true “diner” counter, with stools, and a few old time regulars eating and reading the paper. You know you are in for a great experience when there are old time regulars at the counter. I just can’t say enough about the atmosphere sitting at the counter, with all the windows behind you, and the corner seat looking out over the bridge.
I will admit to being a bit of a coffee snob, its just that, well, I am very particular about my coffee, and I’ve searched the planet for coffee that I like. I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I took my first sip of coffee at The Red Arrow Diner, it was a good, crisp, fresh cup of coffee, theirs was just delicious! A diner lives and dies by its ability to make an over easy egg to me. It sounds simple enough, but you would be surprised how many places cannot make a proper over easy egg, but The Red Arrow Diner does it perfectly. Big fluffy pancakes, crisp hash browns, and these little mini waffles that melt in your mouth. Since first discovering The Red Arrow Diner over a year ago, I’ve been back time and time again, and every time is just as great as the first. Its a true, honest, salt of the earth “diner”, with not just good food, but good people, on both sides of the counter. So if you are in need of a step back in your life, where you can slow down, enjoy a great home cooked meal, and enjoy a break from the hectic nature of life, definantly stop into The Red Arrow Diner, its a little taste of how good life use to be.