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I spent 24 hours visiting the Amherst/Northampton area from NYC this weekend. What a beautiful part of the country. My (non-foodie) boyfriend has been working in the area for the past few weeks so we snacked on his favorite finds and dined on recommendations from a local. Here’s what I thought.

Mulino’s Trattoria: Strong Avenue, Northampton - Quaint place with great service. We got the pasta salad appetizer (house-made mozzarella), the penne ala vodka, and the spaghetti and meatballs. The food was either bland or just salty. I wanted the mozzarella to be better. The place is great, the food is reasonably priced, and the portions are huge but the food was just ok.

Side Note: We stopped in at the Tunnel Bar across the street. The drinks looked great (I was DD) and the space was amazing.

Mr. Donut: On Route 9 – I would like to preface this by saying that I am not a doughnut person. I average about one doughnut per year. We stopped here for a mid-morning snack on our return drive to Northampton. The doughnuts were amazing. I could have eaten the chocolate glazed all day. Delicious.

Herrells: Old South Street, Northampton – I thought the ice cream was good but it didn’t blow me away.

Judie’s: North Pleasant Street, Amherst – AMAZING! We went for an early dinner on Sunday and there was no wait. By the time we got our food, the line was out the door. We got the Caesar Salad which was enormous and the Turkey “Pop” Pie popover. The popover was delicious. I cannot believe how tasty some turkey and mashed potatoes can be. I ended up taking most of the salad home because I ate so much of my boyfriend’s popover. If you’re in the area, Judie’s is definitely worth a stop.

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  1. I stopped in the Tunnel Bar last year but didn't have a drink. You're right, it's pretty cool looking but the crowd wasn't my thing. I preferred the pub with pool tables down the street.

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    1. re: Joanie

      I'd also not recommend getting food at the Tunnel Bar, which is limited to two appetizers and two desserts. Tried one of the apps, a spinach dip with nacho-style corn chips. The chips were fine (the multicolored type you get in places like Whole Foods), but for the dip, they fished a cold ramekin of dip out of the 'fridge and nuked it. Not nice, sorry to report. I'm not keen to guess what their other app, a cheese and cracker plate, might be like as a result.

      It is a very cool space and looks like a good place to get a frou-frou "martini," though.