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Our motto is “Breakfast Served Anytime”

and appropriately, you can get breakfast served quickly and cheerfully from 6:00 till 2:00 any day of the week. Our Breakfast Specials menu usually has about 30 different items to choose from, or you can choose from our regular breakfast or luncheon menus.

SPECIALS – We’re known far and wide for our Breakfast Specials, which have been proven favorites, found inside our regular menu. Find daily and weekly specials on our website and on our special board in the restaurant. Betty’s enticing menu includes a wide assortment of omelettes, benedicts, and other complete breakfast selections, ranging from our regional breakfasts, to our special and varied pancake selections. For a representative selection of one of our most recent Specials sheet, click on the icon to your left.

BREAKFAST – We feature a complete, if not standard, choice of breakfast items on our regular Breakfast menu page, including , of course, an early bird special. Here you can select from the standard egg dishes, french toast, pancakes, quiche of the day, and more. For a look at our most recent Breakfast menu page, click on the icon to the left.

LUNCH – Our Lunch menu page, shows our wide array of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, desserts, beverages, and of course, a New England staple, our lobster salad specials. To grab a peek at what we have to offer in the way of lunch, click on the icon to the left.

LUNCHEON – If you’re looking for a more complete meal, the Luncheon Specials menu page would be where you would turn. If you’re interested in seeing what we have to offer in the way of complete luncheons, click on the corresponding links to the left.

Betty’s Kitchen Changes Hands

The following article by Nancy Cicco appeared in the Portsmouth Herald on 03/25/2001.

Kim Oian has worked her way up the food chain. During a celebration featuring lots of great eats and hearty laughs, the 25-year-old Rye native took over the reins of Betty’s Kitchen in North Hampton on Sunday and the locals couldn’t be happier.

Some out-of-towners — notably Gov Jeanne Shaheen — were plenty happy for Oian, too. Decked out in a crisp green business suit, Shaheen dropped in at the diner after her appearance in Manchester’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“I know that this is a political hot spot, so it’s nice to stop by and see people here,” the governor said.

Diner regulars were delighted to meet Shaheen as she chatted up the crowd and conferred with politico Mike Dagostino of Exeter. Dagostino, a friend of the former owners of Betty’s Kitchen, Stan and Helen Shaw, had invited the governor to the bash. Shaheen, who for 15 years ran a business of her own with her husband, Bill, congratulated Oian on her new enterprise.

The fete was a dream come true for Oian, who started busing tables at the diner when she was 12. On Sunday, she was busy busing well-wishers, who showered her with kisses and floral bouquets.

“I knew when I was in high school — I knew then that this is what I wanted to do when Stan got out.” Oian said, referring to her transition from restaurant hired hand to sole proprietor.

The Shaws. both in their 50’s, are now free to focus on the Betty’s Kitchen Catering business.

“The catering built up quite a bit in the last few years. To do both we had to make a decision,” said Helen of the couples choice to turn the business over to Oian.

She’s done every job in the place and now she owns it,” said Stan. “The last several years, she was here more than we were.”

At Betty’s, blood is still thicker than Kim’s best hollandaise sauce. After Oian started managing the restaurant five years ago, the Portsmouth High graduate hired her mother, Janis. 48, as a prep cook. Shortly afterward, Oian hired her father, Mike, 49, to help with building maintenance. Brothers Erik, 19, and Kurt, 18, soon joined the fold as cooks at Betty’s.

In the dog-eat-dog world of the restaurant business, Betty’s regulars have no doubt Oian will succeed. The restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch, maintains a six-page menu mouth watering menu, Oian said. Newly renovated, the establishment seats 68 customers.

“This, by far, is the best bet for breakfast on the Seacoast. It’s a meal vs. a breakfast,” said Gary Tassinary, 44. He and his wife, Darlene, 38, regularly eat breakfast at the diner.

Portsmouth residents Joan and Jim Huizinga said they come to Betty’s for the “dippers”, English muffins dipped in French toast batter covered with a slice of ham. Another of Joan’s favorite menu selections is the pancake sandwich, a pancake wrapped around scrambled eggs and ham or bacon. The couple has been eating at Betty’s for about seven years.

We drive here separately and then go on our separate ways to work,” Joan said. Both in their 50s. Joan and Jim usually arrive at the diner by 5:30 a.m., when the eatery boasts its own crowd of “the usuals.”

One of those regulars is Eliot Hobbs of North Hampton. At age 78, Hobbs has eaten at Betty’s every day since 1987, and is the diner’s “No. 1 customer according to Stan Shaw. Peter Tilton, 40, of Hampton, has also turned up at the diner virtually every day for the past 12 or 13 years. In honor of that distinction, Betty’s management made sure the two would always have a seat at the counter and presented both men with their own breakfast-nook stools.

They can take a joke in here, and so can we,” said Tilton.