I love the place. LIke a Friendly's restaurant, but with truckstop character. Hot sandwiches with gravy, good burgers, pot roast and meatloaf, tripe, fried seafood, the 'sketty and meatballs has square meatballs cut from the meatloaf. Pretty funny, and the kids love it. Ice cream, frozen yogurt, homemade pies, bread pudding, breads and english muffins. John MacKenna has owned this place for maybe 40 years, and I've been perched at the lunch counter for 30 of them. Very clean place, decorated every few years, padded booths and a counter. New Hampshire gets all the presidential candidates in election years, and I've seen four of them at MacKenna's, because it's that kind of a place. Always looks new and clean. The local bacon-and-eggs-with a-dollop-of-gossip joint. Open early, closes early in the evening.
A fantastic place to have great homemade diner food made from honest ingredients while reading the Shopper. Breakfasts are particularily good. John is a classic short-order cook who has taken his craft to another level. Classic NH recipes made from fresh local produce. It amazes me how John can get up everyday at 3 am to make the bread and pies and then during the summer months get to the farm stores just as the first picks of the day are coming. Rush back to his kitchen and prepare the specials based on the what is fresh that day. On the days that the lobster truck passes thru town he will prepare lobster omlettes for the breakfast crowd.