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celestialmundane Feb 16, 2011 01:23 PM

My friend and I will be meeting in Northampton a week from Saturday. I'm coming from Boston , and he from Connecticut. Where do you recommend we have lunch?

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  1. kattyeyes RE: celestialmundane Feb 16, 2011 05:39 PM

    I'm from Connecticut and hope you don't mind my saying...no matter where you go in NoHo, please stop at La Fiorentina for cannoli and an espresso for dessert. Too full? Take some home. I detour off the highway in Springfield (their other location) just to get a box of those chocolate dipped shells filled with ricotta. My favorite anywhere.

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      caughtstars RE: celestialmundane Feb 17, 2011 08:38 AM

      I would recommend Green Street for a lovely lunch:

      http://www.greenstreetcafenorthampton...

      It's served from 12-2 on Saturdays....

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      Green Street Cafe
      62 Green St, Northampton, MA 01060

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        magiesmom RE: caughtstars Feb 18, 2011 02:18 AM

        Paul and elizabeth's is nice for lunch too

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        awm922 RE: celestialmundane Feb 18, 2011 08:54 AM

        The Northampton Brewery is a nice casual place. Great food, nice atmosphere. I think they have the best cheeseburger in the area. If you catch a nice day, you can hang out on the deck. It's off the main drag, but still a great stop. If you have room after lunch, stop by Herrell's Ice Cream around the corner from the Brewery for some of the best Ice Cream in New England.

        If you want something more upscale, the Hotel Northampton is very nice for indoor or outdoor dining.

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          cheferella RE: awm922 Feb 18, 2011 11:18 AM

          Wow, I must respectfully disagree with the last post. In my experience, the food at the Hotel Northampton is truly awful, and the food at the Brewery is merely okay at best, and the service is generally pretty bad at both places. Paul & Elizabeth's is pretty good, although a bit on the "crunchy" side for some. The food at Amanouz is very tasty.

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          Paul & Elizabeth's
          150 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

          Amanouz Cafe
          44 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

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            awm922 RE: cheferella Feb 18, 2011 12:00 PM

            I have never been to either of the places you mention. I will have to try them some time. I will still enjoy my nice juicy burger at the NoHo brewery before a tofu burger, hold the sprouts....

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              magiesmom RE: awm922 Feb 18, 2011 03:38 PM

              P and E's is not crunchy in that way, but yes, too crunchy for some. But excellent soups , salads and fish .

              Amanouz is very tasty as is its sister restaurant, Mosaic, but both are uncomfortable for an extended lunch, IMO.

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              Amanouz Cafe
              44 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

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                faith RE: magiesmom Feb 18, 2011 09:55 PM

                I will chime in on Paul and Elizabeth's, I loved their soup, 'double salad' (great entree sized salad) with excellent homemade caesar vinaigrette type dressing, and excellent apple pie, not too sweet...ask for whipped cream. great views out the big windows.
                quiet, good for conversation. and it's in Thorne's which is a fun mall type place.

                everyone told me to go to Fiorentina's but I have to say the cannolis are too sweet, compared to how I remember them from Philadelphia. and the staff seem really hyper and impatient there too.

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                  magiesmom RE: faith Feb 19, 2011 07:25 AM

                  I didn't want to be negative about La Fiorentina but there are better bakeries in and near town: Woodstar and Bread euphoria for me.
                  I think P & E's is a good choice too because it is very Northampton and I like to eat places that have a real sense of place. Green St does also.

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                    Nickmerill RE: magiesmom Feb 19, 2011 12:52 PM

                    I'm a big fan of Woodstar myself in terms of baked goods and coffee. Got a chocolate zuccini bread that was good a few weeks ago.

        2. sarment RE: celestialmundane Feb 19, 2011 12:42 PM

          GoBerry on Main Street serves really wonderful soup and the best frozen yogurt in the world!

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            celestialmundane RE: celestialmundane Feb 27, 2011 09:43 AM

            Thank you, everyone, for your recommendations. We lunched at Green Street Cafe and were very happy. On a cold, wet day, we sat near the roaring fire. I had a lovely parsnip-rutabaga (more parsnip -- I adore their delicate flavor), followed by salt cod fritters in romesco sauce. The fritters were crisp and hot -- perfectly fried. My friend had the roasted duck confit with greens. I finished with a silky cardamom creme brulee. Green Street is a relaxed, friendly place. Lunch was great

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            Green Street Cafe
            62 Green St, Northampton, MA 01060

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