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Weekend Trip to Northampton/Greenfield/Shelburne Falls

Hi everyone...we are taking a 3-night trip to Western Mass in early May and I'd like your opinion on the restaurants I have planned so far. Any advice you have is appreciated! We really just enjoy good food in any form...casual, fancy...doesn't really matter. Any other advice you may have for the area would be great as well!

Thursday night - one night in Northampton - dinner at Moshi Moshi. We've eaten there before and also at Zen and we preferred Moshi Moshi. We haven't tried any non-sushi restaurants in Northampton yet.

Friday - moving to an inn in Greenfield. Planning for dinner at Night Kitchen at the Montague Bookmill. Thinking lunch may be at the People's Pint, but also considering staying in Northampton for lunch. Also planning to visit the Poet's Seat Tower.

Saturday - visiting Shelburne Falls. Dinner options include Gypsy Apple or Hope & Olive.

Thanks in advance.

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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

Hope & Olive
44 Hope St, Greenfield, MA 01301

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  1. green Street in Northampton is worth a try,excellent for lunch, more Northamton than Moshi, though Moshi is certainly good. I am not a fan of Gypsy Apple, but even fans are getting disenchanted ( see recent post on Chow). Alina's in South Deerfield is supposed to be good, there are lots of posts.
    I love Night Kitchen, if you are lucky you'll get a warm night as we often do in early May and you can sit outside. If you happen to be near Lenox, do not miss Nudel!

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    Night Kitchen
    440 Greenfield Rd, Montague, MA 01351

    Gypsy Apple
    65 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

    Nudel
    35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

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    1. re: magiesmom

      in northampton, places i like these days are camanitos (argentinian steakhouse) 7 old south street, dinner only though. i am also very fond of mosaic cafe on masonic street, which has casual (order at the counter) middle eastern lunch & dinner. it's solid, and less crowded than amanouz.

      lunch at the people's pint is nice -- did it myself earlier this week -- but i had a dinner at hope & olive the night before that was on a whole different level, about the same price, and was in a space much more conducive to conversation. they're both very good, but the menu is much bigger at H&O. you can check 'em both on line.

      i am great fan of gypsy apple, and recently had a good -- but somewhat dull for the price, i thought -- dinner at the night kitchen. if it's warm enough to eat outside, however, the setting of the night kitchen is unbeatable.

      another place i like quite a bit for lunch is the wagon wheel on rte 2 in gill. it used to be an ice cream stand, but has expanded into a low key place for casual good food with a local focus.

      also, as mentioned, alina's in south deerfield has what i think is a great seasonal italian menu.

      have a great visit

      1. re: breadfan

        I haven't visited any of the restaurants you names, but here are a few of my favorites in the area... in Northampton, I love Spaghetti Freddie's. While up near Greenfield, I'd go one more exit north and hit Bella Notte in Bernardston (incredible view). For a cool, casual lunch or dinner in Greenfield, my wife and I adore Mesa Verde (amazing burritos). I've only eaten two places in Shelburne Falls, the Village Restaurant (I didn't care for them) and a little roadside place called Stubby's that I stop at from time to time for a burger or a dog.

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        Bella Notte
        199 Huckle Hill Rd, Bernardston, MA 01337

        Mesa Verde
        10 Fiske Ave Ste 3, Greenfield, MA 01301

      2. It sounds like you have done your research.

        I'm not a huge Moshi Moshi fan but think it's the best of the Japanese places in Northampton - Osaka is the other one I don't mind terribly.

        The People's Pint is excellent for lunch or dinner - I'm especially fond of their house-smoke chicken wings. Holy Smokes BBQ Delicatessen in Turner's Falls is also a good spot for a casual lunch. Only a few tables and mostly a take-out business, but the Que is good stuff.

        The Night Kitchen is wonderful, one of my favorite spots in the Valley and definitely one of the most beautiful. May is an especially nice time to go. Hope and Olive is also excellent and highly recommended. As a side note, the folks from H+O recently opened a wood-fired pizza place in Greenfield called Magpie, simpler menu (ie. mostly pizza) but also very good. Gypsy Apple I also love, but I haven't been in over a year and can't contradict any more recent bad experiences. And yeah, Green Street in Northampton is probably the best spot in town. I also really like The Green Bean in Northampton for breakfast/lunch.

        And I'll second fatheryod's tip of the hat to The Wagon Wheel - especially if it's a good day for a burger and ice cream eaten outside. It's a great casual spot for breakfasts and affordable, tasty lunches and dinners. Lots of local produce, amazing home-made coffee and donuts ice cream, and a menu ranging from a Cowboy burger (w/ bacon, onion rings, bbq sauce) to a salad of local greens topped with local chevre and berries. And, again, especially nice on a night when outdoor roadside dining sounds nice.

        Hope you enjoy your trip!

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        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

        Green Street Cafe
        62 Green St, Northampton, MA 01060

        Wagon Wheel Cafe
        20 Farren Ave, New Haven, CT 06513

        1. Just west of Northampton in Haydenville is a surprise: the Williamsburg snack bar by the side of the road. They serve lobster rolls really good and really cheap, as well as very very good fried whole bellied clams and scallops. you eat at picnic tables or take out. . Also in Haydenville is Bread Euphoria Bakery which has excellent cake which comes in very small sizes for a treat. My favorite is the chocolate guiness cake.

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          1. re: magiesmom

            Magiesmom:
            Wanted to thank you so much for the belly clam recommendation. I've been stopping at the WSB when I go to Northampton, but have always missed the whole belly clams as I'm usually there mid-week. Well, on my way past this morning I saw they were open and had clams on the board. Figured by the time I was going home mid-afternoon they'd be gone, but I skipped lunch just in case. Would have settled for an excellent (and super cheap) pulled pork sandwich instead, but ended up eating a huge portion of some of the best fried clams I've ever had.
            The clams were absolutely greaseless, perfectly fried. And I'm pretty sure the tarter sauce was homemade. It was way too large a portion, which I managed to get through. Really great, $10.95, best I've had away from the New England coast.
            Thanks so much for the recommendation.

            1. re: mjoyous

              You are welcome! The clam strips, while not quite as good are worth eating too, as they are not frozen.

              1. re: magiesmom

                Will mention that to a friend who prefers the strips. Thanks again.

                1. re: mjoyous

                  anyone had the veggie burgers? frozen ones? or homemade? any rec's for a vegetarian?(at the Williamsburg Snack Bar I mean)

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                  Williamsburg Snack Bar
                  93 Main St, Williamsburg, MA 01096

                  1. re: faith

                    my guess is they are not homemade because I think they would say if they were. sweet potato fries is the only thing I can think of, lol.

                  2. re: mjoyous

                    i've heard that it's impossible to get clam strips that aren't frozen first. have i been mislead?

                    1. re: fatheryod

                      They insist they are fresh, and they sure taste different than most.