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Apr 22, 2009 04:44 AM

belchertown northampton amherst

I'll be in the belchertown, northhampton, amherst area with the family and kids (the kids eat anythign and everything) for thursday night through saturday morning.

Any good recommendations? Looking more hole-in-the-wall than fancy. Asian is always good....

Thanks in advance.

Mark Adamowicz
Sutton, MA

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  1. I would suggest the Great Wall in Florence - ask for their gourmet menu. Dragon Skin and scallion pancakes are especially good. Florence is a suburb of Northampton. Also, Joe's Cafe in Northampton proper - REALLY good and REALLY cheap. In Easthampton, which is right next to Northampton, try Tavern on the Hill at the top of Route 141. Good food and fabulous views.

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    1. re: tatwood

      Thank you very much. As we will probably be in Northhampton on foot, Joe's sounds pretty good.

    2. In downtown Northampton, Local Burger at 16 Main Street is great. I can vouch for the juicy lucy burger, the local farm burgers, the french fries, the sweet potato fries, the onion rings, and the hot dogs are outstanding. I have seen grumblings on Chowhound that the buns are not grilled, but my husband and I love this little joint and the buns are just fine with us.

      I agree with the Great Wall suggestion, and a drive up route 9 toward Hadley and you will find Butterfly which is also a good Chinese restaurant.

      For pizza, we like Pinocchio's at 122 Main Street, Northampton. Not too many seats inside but great thin crust pizza. Sam's at 235 Main Street is pretty good too. It's next to Broadside bookstore - a great little bookstore.

      There's also two pretty good Thai restaurants in Northampton, Siam Square at 84 Pleasant Street and Thai Garden at 2 Bridge Street, both easy to walk to. There's also Zen which lots of people seem to like but we haven't eaten there yet.

      I'll let some other Chowhounds fill you in on Amherst and Belchertown.

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      1. re: fillyfilet

        thanks for the info - all sound pretty good. I've been to Boradside Bookstore befroe...very cool. I wll be staying in belchertown and will definitely be having breakfast at the Road House. Got a mention in GQ's best breakfast places in the country in last month's issue.

        I also remember another "smaller" downtown area near Smith College, right? I used to have a girlfriend there and remember walking to a bunch of places in that area as well...

        1. re: markadamowicz

          Wow, had never been to the Roadhouse (176 Federal Street, Belchertown, MA) before, but after I saw yr mention of it here, my wife and I drove out for brunch the other day. Great place. We didn't have any of those huge pancakes that GQ wrote about, but went with the specials. I had a feta, spinach and dill omelet with homemade praline/pecan coffeecake ($8), she had a potato-crusted quiche with various veggies and cheese ($8 with toast). I also ordered a side of corned beef, which was homemade and very nice, although maybe a little potato-heavy ($3.25) and she ordered a side of gluten free cornbread, grilled ($3.25). The coffee was also aces. And they had a lot of gluten free stuff -- biscuits, bread, pancakes. It's only open 'til 1 during the week and 2 on weekends, and the food is all breakfast oriented and organic (breakfast sandwiches is about as lunchy as thy get). Anyway, it's a small place with a few tables, a counter and some picnic tables outside. Must get busy as hell on weekends (service was very laid-back when we there) but definitely worth the drive (maybe 10 minutes past downtown Amherst, heading east on rt. 9). thanks for the tip, Mark. we rarely get out Belchertown way these days.


      2. Heading back to Belchertown/Northampton/Amherst next Thurs/Fri.....anythinng new to keep an eye out for. We'll have our 3 kids....who eat everything....except for kid's menu food....

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        1. re: markadamowicz

          My in-laws live in Amherst, a few of our favorites are...
          -Carmelina's, 96 Russell Street. High-end Italian, seafood emphasis.
          -Amherst Chinese Food, 62 Main Street. Family-style Chinese, with extensive vegetable specials from the owner's farm.
          -Flayvors of Cook Farm, 129 South Maple, about two miles south of the malls. Food is basic grill stuff only -- the main attraction is real ice cream made from real milk from real (on-site) cows.
          -Bakus African Restaurant 197 N Pleasant St
          -Arigato Japanese Restaurant 11 North Pleasant St ( I think this is the place I am thinking of , it's a little restaurant across from the green by amherst college and the farmers market.
          Have fun!

          1. re: SweetPea914

            I am very partial to the Chinese food (especially the gourmet menu) at Butterfly on Rte. 9 in Hadley. Just had lunch there with my daughter and it was excellent.


            1. re: fatheryod

              Avoid Zen as it is very uneven. Try Osaka for japanese. I think the best restaurant in the area,and I have lived here 30 years, is Side Street Cafe in Florence. Good at lunch, great at dinner.

              Side Street Cafe
              42 Maple St, Florence, MA 01062

              1. re: magiesmom

                Thank you very much, how about in Northampton?

                1. re: markadamowicz

                  Everyone will love Joe's. Market St Northampton. Great pizza and spaghetti & meatballs and other well prepared old fashioned Italian red sauce chow.. Fun atmosphere. You may have to wait for a table but it shouldn't be too long

                  1. re: Big Fat Moe

                    Northampton can be a little dodgy, but lately I've liked Mosaic Cafe, 78 Masonic Street, which has a great mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, delicious and very reasonably priced. I agree that Joe's is a standby as well, but you should note they are not open for lunch. If you have wheels and can drive further west on rt. 9, I highly recommend the Look Restaurant in Leeds, which is breakfast/lunch in a basic but good diner setting. Further west there are also a couple of excellent road stands -- Scotties, in Leeds, and - the better, IMHO -- Williamsburg Snack Bar. Along the way you'd also pass Bread Euphoria in Haydenville. I haven't had a chance to visit their cafe yet, but the bread, cupcakes and whatnot are excellent. If you want a coffee wheile yr in town, I think Northampton Coffee on King Street probably has the best tasting cup. Also in Noho -- the food is extremely basic bar grub, but the outdoor porch at Northampton Brewery can be pretty nice this time of year.


                    Northampton Coffee
                    269 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA 01060

                    Williamsburg Snack Bar
                    93 Main St, Williamsburg, MA 01096

                    King Street Cafe
                    390 King St, Franklin, MA 02038

                    1. re: fatheryod

                      Bread euphoria Cafe is great. Excellent pizza of many varieties, good sandwiches, great soups and the best croissants in the area by far. Also have beer and wine now.
                      I think the Side Street Cafe in Florence is by far the best restaurant in the valley. The short ribs are divine as are the scallops.

                      Side Street Cafe
                      42 Maple St, Florence, MA 01062

                2. re: magiesmom

                  Magiesmom, Do you still feel this way? I have had nothing but lousy to horrible food at Side Street. I don't mind the bar for a beer or a glass of wine, but I will never eat there again, even if I have to miss out on group outings (the only reason I've been there more than once is because it's a popular place for various groups I'm part of to meet). Every time I've had a sandwich there, the untoasted bread was so stale it was almost toast-like. Ate there about a month ago -- a group thing -- and the food was inedible. A pot pie that was glue, cardboard and mystery meat.

                  1. re: jzzy55

                    jzzy55, I couldn't agree with you more. I will not go to Side street Cafe ever again. As far as the best restaurant around right now, I'd have to say Alina's in Deerfield. Service is great, lovely host and hostess, very nice atmosphere and the food is out of this world.

          2. My wife and I like the Chinese food at Amherst Chinese, right off the Town Commons. Very fresh vegetables, and very friendly service. We also like the Great Wall in Florence, although the atmosphere there can be a little "dark." At the Great Wall, ask for the "authentic" menu; lots of unusual dishes. My wife has had the stuffed tofu, and it is always delicious. For Italian (pizza), I agree with Joe's Cafe - - - very reasonable, draws a real neighborhood crowd. Service can be a little slow on busy nights.

            Town Common
            76 Hopedale St, Hopedale, MA 01747