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MASS MoCA road trip suggestions?

southernwayfarer Jul 11, 2012 09:48 AM

Looking for suggestions for eats for a MASS MoCA road trip. Stops along the way are especially welcome. We're thinking of taking Massachusetts Route 2 going one direction. Not looking for anything fancy. Mostly looking for interesting road food. Thanks in advance.

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    jpcat RE: southernwayfarer Jul 11, 2012 10:42 AM

    We did this trip last week - using Route 2 both ways. Didn't see much in the way of places to eat. You might check out Shelburne Falls - there seemed to be a number of choices there when we stopped to see the Flower Bridge. If you are up for a longer detour (18 miles), I can highly recommend Fireworks in Brattleboro. http://fireworksrestaurant.net/

    Enjoy the show!

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      sr44 RE: southernwayfarer Jul 11, 2012 11:30 AM

      The Southern New England board might have some suggestions.

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        hilltowner RE: southernwayfarer Jul 11, 2012 12:05 PM

        There's plenty of places to eat along Route 2. In Gill, just before Greenfield, you have the Wagon Wheel and Skips Roadside diner. The Wagon Wheel is housed in a big red building on your right. It offers a very interesting array of sandwiches, burgers, plates, etc. The food is very, very good and very fresh as well. Nothing fancy, but excellent road food. They have indoor and outdoor tables - order at the counter. Skips is just a cart on the side of the road on the left. He specializes in polish food and italian sausages. I've only eaten there once, but it was very good as well. A little further up the trail and past the rotary is Hagers Farm Market. They have sandwiches and soups made daily. Pretty basic but looks good. A little further up is Smokey bros BBQ. This is also a cart. Very limited menu, but tasty, though not mind blowing BBQ. Over the bridge into Charlemont is another cart, the North River Snack Shack. I go there a lot for fried clams and lobster rolls. I realize this might not appeal to you as much as us inlanders, but the lobster roll is excellent; lightly dressed and very ample portion for only $7.50. Fried clams aren't Ipswich worthy, but well coated and fried. Can't remember the price, but also at Western Mass food cart prices. There are a few sit down options in Shelburne Falls as well, and the town itself is certainly worth a detour just to poke around. After Charlemont, there really isn't any goo eating that I know of until you get to North Adams. Hope this helps.

        These are the only websites I can find:

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          BostonCookieMonster RE: southernwayfarer Jul 11, 2012 12:13 PM

          Seconding the Wagon Wheel in Gill. I also have a bit of a sentimental attachment to the People's Pint in Greenfield. To detour from Route 2, Elmer's Store in Ashfield and Lady Killigrew Cafe at the Montague Book Mill.

          Sigh, if I didn't hate driving so much I'd live out there.

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            grant.cook RE: southernwayfarer Jul 11, 2012 12:17 PM

            That's pretty sparse country... I used to drive that route heading up to Mt. Snow and their is pretty much nothing. Fitchburg and Leominster don't seem to have more than chains and your various collection of ethnic eateries. Greenfield might have an option or two - there's enough farms around there to have some locavore place. The Montague Bookmill near Deerfield is a sandwichy lunch place that's fun to walk around if its a nice day.

            Shelburne Falls is worth a visit, just to check out the main drag and the Flower Bridge..

            1. digga RE: southernwayfarer Jul 11, 2012 04:54 PM

              Ya gotta stop at the Peoples' Pint in Greenfield. Or Hope and Glory. Or Gill Tavern in Gill. While not road food, it's darned good food.


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                JP RS RE: digga Jul 11, 2012 06:49 PM

                Agreed on the Peoples' Pint. Great place -- good beer list, quality ingredients, very friendly people.

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                  hilltowner RE: digga Jul 11, 2012 07:10 PM

                  agreed on all points, except I'm pretty sure the Gill tavern is only open for dinner. Other considerations in Greenfield - Mesa Verde for not at all authentic, but very delicious Tex Mex, Manna House for surprisingly good Korean, and Brass Buckle for pig centric, eclectic, all house made hodge podge Texas slanted food.


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                    magiesmom RE: digga Jul 11, 2012 10:10 PM

                    Hope and Olive, I think you mean. An excellent restaurant in Greenfield.

                  2. yumyum RE: southernwayfarer Jul 11, 2012 05:16 PM

                    I was out that way this past weekend and contemplated a quik stop at BT BBQ. Alas they aren't open on Monday's or I'd have gone. Not sure how out of your way they might be but if you travel via mass pike I think it's an easy detour. I feel in my bones its a destination per all the great reports here Use the google to check it out!

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                      hyde RE: yumyum Jul 13, 2012 07:16 PM

                      BT bbq is 5 minutes off the pike at the sturbridge exit.

                      so worth the detour!

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