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Sweetbread May 18, 2009 08:34 AM

Hi all,

Am headed to Northhampton for the first time this weekend and am wondering where to eat on Saturday night--love good food and wine--coffee on Sunday and perhaps a fun, casual lunch. Noticed last post on the board was in 2004...thanks for any advice.

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  1. BerkshireTsarina RE: Sweetbread May 18, 2009 02:53 PM

    Try again under heading of Northampton restaurants, there are tons of entries and discussions, all with current (2009) postings.

    1. jeni1002 RE: Sweetbread May 18, 2009 03:22 PM

      This coming weekend is graduation weekend for UMass - most places will be a lot more crowded than usual. I think most posters on this board will agree that Green Street Cafe is an option for dinner (and brunch).

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        hollerhither RE: Sweetbread May 18, 2009 04:11 PM

        Agree with both posters. Make sure you are searching "Northampton" with one "h." Also, Green Street is your best bet. Make a reservation, though.

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          Roxy9 RE: Sweetbread May 18, 2009 05:56 PM

          Sidestreet Cafe in Florence (still part of Northampton, minutes from the center of town). Great food. We love the shrimp and crab appetizer and the blackened scallops to name a few (had one mediocre dish - the catfish. It was bland). Service can be slow, wine is barely serviceable if you like good wine, but I can deal since the food is best I've had in the area. If anyone knows a restaurant in Northampton with a great wine list, please let me know! It's been very hard for us to find great food in Northampton and Sidestreet does a nice job. We do like breakfast and coffee at Green Bean. We also go to a roadside fried fish shack (in Williamsburg I think)serving lobster rolls (okay, not great) on weekends located on rt 9 at a nursery (not the golf range one). There's an ice cream shack there too and they are usually quite generous with the hot fudge! It's local and it's fun. Too bad it's not scenic. Northampton has many strengths but great restaurants is not one of them.

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            Sweetbread RE: Sweetbread May 19, 2009 02:39 PM

            Thanks to all of you who answered. I should have checked my spelling (gulp).

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              Shane9 RE: Sweetbread May 20, 2009 06:53 AM

              I would suggest trying Circa on Center St. It's very small so making a reservation is highly recommended. Their menu is available online @ circanorthampton.com. I'ver never had a bad meal there. I would also agree that Side St. Cafe in Florence is great place. I eat there about twice a month. For something a little different you could also try Big Mamou in Williamsburg. It's a cajun/creole restaurant. Awesome Food! If you want to see a variety of menus from area restaurants go to thevalleymenu.com. Have fun.

              1. krisrishere RE: Sweetbread May 21, 2009 10:07 AM

                Go for dessert at Herrells : ) Mmm.

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