Peterborough is a lively town at the crossroads of routes 202 and 101. Many visitors are attracted to its art exhibits, theaters, and unique retailers. There are many restaurants in the town, but there are two that stand out for their distinctive menus and milieus.
Aesop’s Table is located inside the Toadstool Bookstore; TripAdvisor reviewers ranked this small cafe the #1 eatery in this restaurant-rich town. It serves continental and bagel breakfasts; soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches, and wraps for lunch; and a wide selection of espresso and non-espresso coffees, teas, juices, etc. Desserts are made on the premises. Their inventive offerings include asparagus and potato soup, zucchini cheddar quiche, brie and pear salad, and a red pepper and goat cheese sandwich. Open Monday through Saturday. Address: 12 Depot Square, Peterborough; phone: 603-924-1612; website.
Twelve Pine is a very upscale cafeteria featuring fresh-roasted coffees, gourmet salads, paninis, entrees such as pork loin with leeks and grilled salmon, and a wide variety of made-in-house pastries and gelati. They have a large selection of deli meats and cheeses if you prefer to design your own sandwich or wrap. Several vegetarian dishes are regularly available. The adjoining food and gift shop features artisan-made chocolates, spice mixtures, teas, condiments, wine, and comestibles. All items are available to eat-in or carry-out. Open seven days a week. Address: 11 School Street, Depot Square, Peterborough; phone: 603-924-6140; website.