On our way to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, my boyfriend and I stopped for dinner at Gypsy Cafe in Lincoln (Rte. 112, Lincoln, NH). Service was spotty – regulars were attended to promptly, but as we were not regulars, we were left standing awkwardly in the middle of the restaurant (there isn’t really any dedicated waiting area) as the hostess and a waitress bantered about where to seat us. It was fairly early on a Friday evening (just after 6 pm) and there were many vacant tables, but we were told that most had been reserved. Sure enough, by 7 pm, the place was packed.
Our food took almost an hour to arrive. In the meantime, we snacked on the complimentary bread, and tried many times to catch the eye of a waitress to refill our water glasses. The staff was always in a hurry, rushing to the regulars, and trying their best to avoid eye contact with the rest of us.
Luckily, the food was worth the wait and the cold service. Gypsy Cafe’s menu is like a round-the-world tour, with Asian, Mexican, French, Mediterranean, and Caribbean-inspired dishes. Calamari was tender and lightly spiced and fried, served with a cool yogurt dip.
Enchiladas Rojas: A colourful dish of three chicken enchiladas in corn tortillas served with rice and salad.
Gypsy Nicoise: A perfectly grilled yellowfin tuna steak on a bed of salad greens, with grilled asparagus, red peppers, onions, olives, and hard-boiled egg served with a cumin lime vinaigrette in a cute mini glass pitcher.
The Final Word: Unexpectedly delicious food in a small town. Slow and cool service, but I would still go back. I hear the quinoa fritters are great and would love to try them!