For a resort of its size, Waterville Valley Resort packs a lot of variety – and flavor – into its restaurant offerings. From casual eateries to more formal sit down restaurants, there are many choices when it comes to where to go when you’re hungry.
Coyote Grill chef and owner Sean Stout has made quite a name for himself in Waterville Valley Resort and beyond. After running the restaurant for more than 20 years, customers have come to love his menu’s creativity, consistently good food and the welcoming atmosphere.
Stout, a Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts graduate, has a straightforward approach when it comes to keeping customers happy. “Keep it simple, keep it fresh, and change the menu frequently according to the season,” he said. “We always like to keep the menu new and creative.”
The Coyote Grill menu features a mix of steaks, seafood, pasta and other entrées prepared with culinary flair. Stout pays particular attention to detail and prides himself on presentation, whether it’s presenting a steak, vegetarian dish or his daughter’s favorite: tortilla crusted chicken with aged Vermont cheddar grits, fresh guacamole, roasted summer corn salad and finished with a smoked jalapeno aioli. The restaurant is also known for its shrimp and risotto, haddock and calamari, among many other items.
Local and regional products are used as often as possible and often, New England products are included in the restaurant’s daily specials. At any given time, the menu may include venison, elk, Vermont cheese, or New Hampshire seafood. The bar menu also includes New England draft beers and New Hampshire made liquors.
When he isn’t in the kitchen, Stout can be seen in the restaurant saying hello to regulars or meeting new customers. The restaurant welcomes a mix of longtime locals, visitors and families.
Legends 1291 Sports Bar opened back in February 1989, originally only offering only live music and drinks that pleased a late night crowd. Food was added in 1997, making it the go to place for burgers, pasta, chicken tenders and of course, ribs. Today, the pub is a Town Square icon and not only a late night favorite, but also a regular stop for families and visitors looking for a more casual atmosphere.
Tom Gross, who was national director for Rod Laver’s tennis school in the 1970s, was in Europe writing for Tennis Magazine when Tom Corcoran, the visionary founder of Waterville Valley Resort, asked him to run the resort’s tennis center. An offer to run the pub followed and the rest is history.
“There’s something about going back to a special place year after year and seeing familiar faces,” Gross said, noting many of his staff are longtime employees and they greet customers by name. They also welcome families, whose children aren’t forced to sit still through dinner, as there are a variety of video games to help keep them entertained.
Diners can look forward to half price specials offered Mondays through Thursdays year-round (with the exception of vacation weeks), cold brews and all around good pub fare.
Mulligans on Corcoran Pond opened in November 2015. Mulligans offers a comfortable family atmosphere to enjoy breakfast, lunch or an après meal or beverage.
The menu contains grab and go breakfast items early guests. Lunch and après guests can choose from a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, build your own wraps, hot and cold sandwiches, entrées and Panini. Take out is available too.
Sit at the bar and enjoy a beverage, play some darts or catch a game on one of Mulligans televisions. The restaurant is open until 6 p.m. daily and offers live entertainment on occasion.
Waterville Valley Resort has a few other options if you are limited on time or not in the mood for a big, sit down meal. Many of these locations have dine-in or take-out options.
Everyone loves pizza and the Olde Waterville Pizza Company serves up a variety of pies for lunch and dinner, in addition to burgers, salads and more.
La Tasse in the Town Square has soup, sandwiches and coffee for you.
For a trip south down Mexico way, try the new La Hacienda Mexicana in the Town Square.
The Waterville Mercantile Bakery, located within Waterville Valley Mercantile, is another great stop for a cup of coffee, hot cocoa or a delicious baked treat. They also offer grab and go breakfast items including bagels, croissants, muffins, donuts and more.