Banners Restaurant Wins Best Monte Cristo in New Hampshire!

Audrey's Cafe, Water Street Cafe, Roundabout Diner and Firefly American Bistro & Bar also winners

A variation of the French croque-monsieur sandwich, the Monte Cristo is a delightful marriage between savory and sweet. A mix between a ham and turkey sandwich and French toast, this sandwich is often batter-dipped and either deep-fried or grilled, and garnished with powdered sugar. In many states, you might find a ramekin of fruit preserves served alongside this sandwich, but in New Hampshire, state-made maple syrup is the more popular choice.

  • Popovers On the Square
    Portsmouth

    Popovers on the Square's Monte Cristo Panini is made from house-roasted turkey breast, black forest ham and Swiss cheese sandwiched between two slices of French toast and served with mixed fruit, local maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar.
    Photo courtesy of Popovers On the Square

  • The Friendly Toast
    Cambridge

    The Friendly Toast Monte Cristo comes with scrambled eggs, ham, Swiss and dijon mustard between slices of oatmeal French toast, dusted with powdered sugar and served with strawberry habanero jelly on the side.
    Photo courtesy of The Friendly Toast

  • Waterfall Cafe
    Meredith

    The Waterfall Cafe Monte Cristo has turkey, ham and Swiss dipped in French toast batter and grilled to perfection. It comes with a side of seasoned home fries or a cup of fresh fruit.
    Photo courtesy of Waterfall Cafe

  • The Red Arrow Diner
    Manchester

    The Red Arrow Diner serves one of the state's most famous Monte Cristo sandwiches – a classic variation with ham, turkey and Swiss on Texas-style French toast.
    Photo courtesy of Gail Frederick / Flickr

  • Horsefeathers Restaurant
    North Conway

    A North Conway landmark, Horsefeathers Restaurant serves casual cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The menu includes one of the area's best Monte Cristo sandwiches, grilled with a side of maple syrup.
    Photo courtesy of Horsefeathers Restaurant

  • Firefly American Bistro & Bar
    Manchester

    Available during Sunday brunch, the Monte Cristo at Firefly American Bistro includes smoked turkey, tavern ham and Swiss cheese layered between slices of French toast and served with a side of maple syrup.
    Photo courtesy of Firefly American Bistro & Bar

  • Roundabout Diner
    Portsmouth

    The hearty Monte Cristo from Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth is made from thick-cut sourdough bread with smoked ham and Swiss cheese inside. The sandwich is griddled with French toast batter, dusted with powdered sugar and served with home fries and warm maple syrup.
    Photo courtesy of The Roundabout Diner

  • Water Street Cafe
    Laconia

    The Water Street Cafe in Laconia features a breakfast Monte on its menu, made with brioche French toast, baked ham, cheese and an egg cooked to order. The sandwich comes with a choice of breakfast side.
    Photo courtesy of Water Street Cafe

  • Audrey's Cafe
    Dublin

    At Audrey's Cafe in Dublin, diners can have a Monte Cristo any time of day. There's a standard version for lunch and dinner, as well as a breakfast Monte Cristo on Texas toast with ham, egg, Swiss cheese, battered and grilled.

    Photo courtesy of Audrey's Cafe

  • Banners Restaurant
    Conway

    Hungry travelers in Conway can feast on a Mighty Monte Cristo in Conway at Banners Restaurant. This hearty 'wich includes thin-sliced ham, oven-roasted turkey breast and Swiss cheese, grilled on Texas-style French toast and served with a side of maple syrup and home fries.
    Photo courtesy of Banners Restaurant

Recipe: New Hampshire Maple Monte Cristo

So who makes the best Monte Cristo in the state? 10Best and Sandwich America joined forces with a local New Hampshire food writer and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. We then asked our readers to vote for their favorites, and after four weeks of daily voting, the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Monte Cristo in New Hampshire are as follows:

  1. Banners Restaurant - Conway
  2. Audrey's Cafe - Dublin
  3. Water Street Cafe - Laconia
  4. Roundabout Diner - Portsmouth
  5. Firefly American Bistro & Bar - Manchester
  6. Horsefeathers Restaurant - North Conway
  7. The Red Arrow Diner - Manchester
  8. Waterfall Cafe - Meredith
  9. The Friendly Toast - Cambridge
  10. Popovers On the Square - Portsmouth

A big congratulations to all our winning restaurants!

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