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Dining in Amherst MA area

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Any places I should be seeking out in Amherst MA and vicinity? Local specialities preferred, but any good quality/informal/creative or traditional places will be appreciated. Moderate prices are welcome but if need be, I will pay top dollar for special experiences.

Thanks.

Jim Zurer
Washington DC

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  1. Haymarket Cafe is just 15 minutes away in Northampton. I don't know its street address, but it's along one of the 2 main drags, right downtown. It looks like a coffee bar, but go downstairs and you'll find yourself in a vegetarian restaurant. Try the rice dishes. Try the appetizers. Try anything -- I have yet to order anything there that hasn't turned out to be tasty!

    1. Definitely check out the restaurants in Northampton! My favorite is Teapot which serves Japanese as well as Chinese food.

      1. If you like good italian I would recommend either pinnochios in Amherst or Spoleto in Northampton. Tons of great restaurants in Northampton such as the East Side Grill, Mezza Luna and Delray bar and grill.

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        1. re: stu

          Spoletos? Noisy. Expensive. Boring food choices. Pinnochios is good but waaaay expensive.

          Try Judies in Amherst or Paul and Elizabeths in Northampton.

          1. re: d

            Judie's is just never as good as it should be. The dishes are described/named beautifully but the food is bland, bland, bland. Popovers, when fresh, are good, but quality has varied when I've been there.

        2. Pinnochio's In Amherst is amazing Italian food. The mushroom appetizer is not to be missed

          1. I would check out the Sierra Grille in Northampton on Strong Avenue. Mostly organic or locally grown food, no liquor license but the beers make up for it.