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May 4, 2010 09:38 PM

Dining recommendations in Northampton, MA

I'm heading back to Northampton for a college reunion in a couple of weeks. 'Looking for some recommendations for good breakfasts and dinners in Northampton and the Valley. My husband and I enjoy all kinds of food. I'm sure the dining scene in Northampton has changed lots since I graduated from Smith.

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  1. Lots of restaurants, but many fall short on quality. Here are a few that I like and a few that I've heard are good. If you're having dinner on a weekend, reservations are a good idea, except at the more casual places.

    Breakfast recommendations: Most breakfast places open early and close around 2 or 3.
    The Green Bean - N'hampton - never been because it's always so crowded!
    Sylvester's - N'hampton
    Jake's - N'hampton
    Silver Spoon - E'hampton
    Look Restaurant - Florence up Rt. 9

    Gypsy Apple (French) - Shelburne Falls - will need reservation - highly recommend - $$$
    Sierra Grill - N'hampton
    Pizza Paradiso - N'hampton - outdoor seating
    Local Burger - N'hampton - good burgers & dogs
    Mulino's Trattoria - N'hampton
    Both Thai restaurants in N'hampton are pretty good, Siam Square & Thai Garden
    Bub's BBQ - Sunderland - very casual
    Sitar Restaurant (Indian) - Springfield
    Pho Saigon (Vietnamese) - Springfield
    Butterfly (Chinese) - Hadley on Rt.9
    Judie's - Amherst
    Chez Albert (French) - Amherst
    Bistro Les Gras (French) - N'hampton - by Smith - small menu but good - $$$
    Zen - N'hampton - never been but a lot of people like it

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    1. re: fillyfilet

      I forgot an important breakfast/brunch place! Esselon Cafe on Rt. 9 in Hadley. Great outdoor seating. I don't care for the ordering process, you have to walk through a line and order and then they give you a number and you go find a table, but the food is very good. I think they are now open for dinner as well.

    2. The Green Bean is definitely my favorite breakfast spot.

      Green Street was probably there when you were a Smithie, and still is, and is excellent for a fancy dinner.

      Amanouz has been around a while too and is still good.

      The Dirty Truth is a new bar near Fitzwilly's with a world-class beer selection (40-50 on tap) and really pretty excellent food. Local Burger across the street is a good high-class fast-food spot.

      In my opinion, the best options in the glut of Asian joints in Northampton are Osaka and Moshi Moshi. Neither is excellent but both are good.

      If you want to get out of Northampton, Gypsy Apple in Shelburne is excellent, as is The Night Kitchen in the Montague Bookmill, and as is Hope and Olive in Greenfield and Ristorante Di Paolo in Turner's Falls.

      And I'll second Esselon Cafe on Route 9 as a great spot - coffee, lunch, brunch, and dinner.

      Enjoy your visit!

      Night Kitchen
      440 Greenfield Rd, Montague, MA 01351

      Gypsy Apple
      65 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

      Moshi Moshi
      4 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

      23 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

      Green Street Cafe
      62 Green St, Northampton, MA 01060

      Amanouz Cafe
      44 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

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      1. re: andytee

        i agree with most of these, but in my opinion the newly-opened alina's in south deerfield (on the site of the old sienna) is better high level italian than ristorante di paolo. i've eaten at each place thrice and have found alina's to be far more consistent. no outdoor dining there, however.

        also, side street cafe (american lunch/dinner) and great wall (chinese lunch/dinner) in florence are both very good when they're good. but the gourmet menu at butterfly has provided many of my recent fave asian meals.

        for thai, i recommend hattapon's kitchen in greenfield. i haven't been to their new location yet, but the cooking has been very solid.

        good eatin'

        1. re: fatheryod

          We've always loved the buffet brunch at the Admiral Wiggins Inn inside the Hotel Northampton.

      2. Love the Green Bean for breakfast. Get there early cause they get a line.
        Dirty Truth - I was just there Saturday night. Pretty decent usually. Had a horrible veggie burger.

        1. Also in Greenfield the People's Pint. Their blackened burger (beef, turkey or garden) is to die for with the side salad. YUM YUM

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          1. re: divainjeans

            I'm all about their Squealer (hamburger+bacon patty).

          2. Definitly Sierra Grille for a good variety of dishes or even Mulinos for Pasta. Joes cafe of course for a more laid back dinner if you are craving pizza or a home cooked pasta with sausage. All of which are in Northampton. stop by tunnel bar for a dessert martini :)

            Sierra Grille
            617 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854