I’ve always appreciated eating out with friends and enjoying good food in a nice atmosphere, but – as a mom – I now treasure it. Sitting down and eating a meal without having to wipe fingers, faces, floors, and walls? Enjoying a delicious dinner that I didn’t prepare (and that I don’t have to clean up for)? Holding a conversation that doesn’t revolve around Curious George, poop, or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”?
So when I realized that both my sister and I were interested in making reservations at Pickity Place for a mom and daughter’s afternoon out, I jumped right in and made those reservations. I NEEDED a mom’s afternoon out… And quite frankly, I never need an excuse to go out with these two ladies.
I also don’t need an excuse to eat at the Pickity Place.
It’s more than a restaurant. It’s an experience.
Located in Mason, New Hampshire, the quaint cottage was inspiration for Elizabeth Orton Jones’ illustrations that appeared in the The Little Red Riding Hood book. Dinner guests can buy copies of the Little Golden Books at the restaurant bookshop; and there is also a replica of Grandma’s bedroom, complete with the wolf taking a nap in Grandma’s bed.
During the spring, summer, and fall months, the grounds are absolutely beautiful, filled with flowers, a greenhouse, drying herbs, and birdhouses. (Although everything was coated in white – and it was an extremely cold day – for this visit, the wooded area was still beautiful. The location is definitely in the middle of nowhere, which makes for a peaceful escape).
It’s a bit like stepping back in time…
Behind the restaurant, there is also a whimsical gift shop, filled with little treasures that include tea cups, tea pots, spices, candy, delicious dip packets, soup packets, pasta, jewelry, and fun plaques. It’s such a treat to explore, and it always smells so amazing. (There were samples of a bacon and cheddar dip that was out-of-this-world delicious).
Oh, yes, and then there’s the restaurant… 🙂
The luncheon is $21.95 (plus tax), but it’s five courses (and beverages are included). Everything is from scratch and incorporates herbs that were grown on site. I’ve been three times now, and – quite frankly – I always leave saying that it was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. The freshness and exceptional flavor just can’t be beat.
There is a new, set meal plan every month (although you can pick between two entrees), and there are three meal times offered (11:30, 12:45, and 2:00). There are three, smallish dining rooms with intimate tables. It feels rather like having a tea party (although there are always some men eating there as well, because the food is just so good. I really need to bring Nate with me some time, because he definitely would appreciate the quality of food served)!
For my beverage, I chose the lavender lemonade, which was absolutely delicious! It was refreshing with the perfect hint of sweetness.
The dip of the month was Spicy Jalapeno, and I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it. But oh my goodness, you guys, it was AMAZING! It was sooooo creamy with just a hint of spiciness. Sooooooo delicious!!
March’s soup of the month was Tortilla, which was spicier than the dip (but not too spicy). It was fresh, very flavorful, and perfect for a cold day!
The salad of the day was a Matchstick Potato Salad with bacon, and it was served with warm slices of whole wheat bread. Absolutely indulgent and incredible!
For the entree, we could choose between Maple Dijon Glazed Brisket or a Spring Vegetable Ravioli. I decided on the brisket, which was served with glazed carrots atop a slice of corn bread. The brisket was sooooo tender and full of flavor. Oh-my-goodness, SO good!
And our dessert was Expresso Cheesecake, which was perfection. That’s all I can say… Perfection. Amazing, smooth, sweet, incredible perfection! (I washed it down with a decaf mocha coffee).
It was a beautiful afternoon out with my mom and sister, and Pickity Place outdid itself as always!
What a delicious day! 🙂