It’s all ice cream, all the time (or, at least all summertime) at Bailey’s Bubble (Railroad Ave., 603/569-3612, www.baileysbubble.com , 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun.–Wed.; 6 a.m.–9 p.m. Thurs.; 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $2–4). Open May–September, the locally loved stand scoops up banana splits, brownie sundaes, and flavors like maple walnut and cherry chip, plus homemade hot fudge.
For going on 40 years, East of Suez (775 S. Main St., 603/569-1648, www.eastofsuez.com , 5 p.m.–10 p.m. daily, summer only, $14–17) has been one of the most exotic places to eat in the area. Named for the term for Asia given in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Road to Mandalay,” the restaurant cooks up pan-Asian cuisine like Philippine adobo, Thai satay, Korean barbecue, and sushi.
The setting at Shibley’s at the Pier (Rte. 11, Alton Bay, 603/875-3636, www.shibleysatthepier.com , 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun.–Thu., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Feb.–Oct., $12–18) could be called downright basic if it weren’t plunked directly on the shores of Winnipesaukee. Part dock, part restaurant, Shibley’s often has a wait for tables (at which point the perfunctory lounge comes in handy). But the view is worth it, and the food is substantial, if unspectacular, with dishes such as broiled shrimp, prime rib, and chicken penne.