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Suggestions for Inexpensive and Delicious Rests. in Amherst, MA

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My daughter will be attending UMass at Amherst, this fall. My family will be visiting several times, starting in a couple of weeks. Can anyone suggest any places we can eat near the campus that we'll enjoy, but won't break the bank?

We're not super chowish, just like to eat and not spend a fortune. My daughter avoids meat, and we try to eat healthy, though other than that, we'll eat almost any type of food.

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  1. You will find many great Veg friendly restaurants near the campus. My favorites for breakfast/lunch: To the North about 1+ mile is Cushman Market cafe. Go Up 116 or North or East Pleasant Street and turn right on Pine Street to the center of Cushman Village, Fun, Funky Cafe in the back of a fun friendly market.
    In the center of town, Lone Wolf Cafe on Main street, kind of southwest inspired, with a touch of NYC, diverse menu.
    To the west on Route 9 is the Stables, (Across from wal-****) more traditional breakfast place.
    None of them are cheap, but they certainly won't break the bank. Average breakfast entree between $5.00 - 10.00. I've never been disappointed with anything. We particularly like the challah french toast at both cushman & Lone Wolf.

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    1. re: belcherveggie

      Thanks for getting us started!
      When we visited the first time, we ate at a place I think called "Judie's", that wasn't bad. Ironically, I ate an atypical non-salad veggie meal, and that was one of the last times she ate chicken.

    2. Welcome to the valley!

      Amherst itself has a lot of options, but I think the general consensus is that the glut of college students means prices are a little higher and standards are a little lower than they should be. Still, you can do all right.

      Judie's is the classic parent/student spot, nothing special but it does the job. If you want to orient her to spots college students frequent, Antonio's pizza is a legendary by-the-slice spot with lots of interesting (black bean and avocado, for example) options, and Bueno y Sano is a health burrito joint many enjoy. For a fancy dinner in town, Chez Albert is an excellent spot with classic French bistro fare. And I'm partial to Miss Saigon, a fairly solid Vietnamese place. The Loose Goose Cafe, at the bottom of the hill towards campus is nondescript but turns out a pretty great sandwich - I prefer them to the better recognized Black Sheep Cafe. Amherst Chinese has some very cheap healthy lunch specials. And Baku's African is really good, but keeps erratic hours.

      If you want to encourage her to explore the area while a student (she should) head down Rt. 9 into Hadley to Esselon Cafe for excellent coffee and a great brunch, lunch, or dinner, or to Mi Tierra for the best Mexican in the area. Northampton is worth checking out as well, and there's other threads on here that can orient you to the area.

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      Loose Goose Cafe
      233 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

      Chez Albert
      27 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

      Mi Tierra
      206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

      1. I am a former UMass student who still lives and works in the valley, Amherst, Northampton and Hadley are very vegetarian friendly, your daughter shouldn't have a hard time finding good food out here.

        Panda East is my favorite place for Chinese food and the lunch specials are very affordable. Bueno Y Sano is a great for vegetarian burritos and tacos, not super authentic but tasty and very reasonably priced. Antonio's for pizza by the slice, they have pizza toppings that you won't find anywhere else. Pasta E Basta for good italian, slightly more expensive but good for a nice dinner. Try Freshside for some asian fusion or Souper bowl for delicious homemade soups. All of the above are found on North Pleasant St in Amherst or just down the side streets off of it.

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        Pasta E Basta
        26 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002

        Bueno Y Sano
        46 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002