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Looking for a dinner option in or near Springfield.

jrs155 Aug 29, 2013 06:32 PM

New to the area and looking for places to go. No chains, just real restaurants.

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    awm922 RE: jrs155 Aug 31, 2013 06:40 AM

    Here's a few:

    Big Mamou for Cajun
    Max's Tavern at the Basketball Hall of Fame
    Figaro's in Enfield, CT
    Theodore's for BBQ
    Student Prince and the Fort for German
    Cafe Lebanon
    Ginger Blossom for Chinese without the buffet
    Bueno y Sano for Mexican. Very casual, but very good food.
    The Federal for upscale American. Very nice.
    That should help you get started.

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      onthemove RE: awm922 Sep 2, 2013 09:34 AM

      Bueno y Sano is a chain. Outposts in Northampton and Amherst, at least. For good Mexican, check out La Casita Azteca in Easthampton.

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        awm922 RE: onthemove Sep 2, 2013 03:01 PM

        It sounds like you are using the term "chain" in a negative term associated to a National chain. Like Taco Bell.

        5 restaurants of a local chain does not have the same meaning as a large national chain that puts out "cookie cutter" food.

        The Max group is also a small local chain in MA and CT, yet there restaurants consistently put out some of the best food, coupled with great service.

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          sakeandgin RE: awm922 Sep 2, 2013 05:47 PM

          The effort of the Max group in Springfield and Longmeadow is poor. Not worth your money

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            awm922 RE: sakeandgin Sep 3, 2013 03:50 AM

            "Poor" is very general. Would you care to elaborate on your first hand experience with the Max restaurants that would cause you to rate them that way? I'm sure it would be helpful and insightful to others that, like myself, that have enjoyed those places.

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              sakeandgin RE: awm922 Sep 3, 2013 08:22 AM

              I am commenting on MA locations only. My visits to CT have always been good. My last visit to Max's Hall of Fame. Our server had given her notice and was allowed to continue working. This was explained to me by the MOD. She served us wrong drinks then completely messed up our food order. She did not care. The MOD told me she had boyfriend issues etc. Not professional on either part. This was after sub par visits on prior visits. Longmeadow burgers are fair lack good flavors and cooking is off. If you are happy then you will continue to go and enjoy. You should

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                BoNapateet RE: sakeandgin Sep 7, 2013 06:28 PM

                Curious, sakeandgin, if Max Burger in Longmeadow is lacking, where would you go in the area for the best burger? Plan B or another venue?

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                  sakeandgin RE: BoNapateet Sep 10, 2013 07:22 AM

                  I would prefer Plan B to Max plus they have a solid whisky program. For just a burger the Luxe that will open in that area soon will have better burgers and choices at cheaper prices.

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        johnblacksox RE: awm922 Mar 2, 2014 06:09 PM

        Big Mamou = Yes!
        Max's = Cougar white trash bar scene, NO.
        Figaro's = Strip Mall CT italian, NO.
        Theodore's = Dive bar, "ok".
        Student Prince = Rude, bad food, NO.
        Adolfo's = Red sauce homage to local mafioso, NO.
        Cafe Lebanon = Strip mall middle east, NO.
        Ginger Blossom = Best local chinese, Yes.
        Bueno y Sano = Best local mexican, Yes.
        The Federal = Godawful pretentious and tacky, NO.
        Lattitudes = See "The Federal", plus Cougars, NO.

        I'll add that there are no "nice" restaurants in Springfield. It's a poor city with low standards. And I say that as someone who loves Springfield and loves eating out.

        I eat regularly at Big Mamou, Pho Saigon, Panjabi Tadka, Red Rose Pizza, and Felix's. If you stick to honest local food, you'll be fine. If you go for the places that are supposed to be "fancy" or "trendy", you'll be horrified by the experience.

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          jzzy55 RE: johnblacksox Mar 3, 2014 03:54 PM

          I'd give Auntie Cathie's Kitchen in West Springfield a try in another month when they get past their shakedown phase (in the old Pintu's) for brunch/lunch (especially since I am gluten-free), Pintu's (it's better and way cheaper than Indian places in Northampton where I live) and Crepes Tea House (Russian-Polish-Eastern European fare), also in West Springfield. I had a seriously good borscht there. I'd avoid any "cutlets" at Crepes, though. College dorm "mystery meat" came to mind.

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        jefpen2 RE: jrs155 Aug 31, 2013 03:16 PM

        Drive 15-20 min north and search Northampton. Lots of choices

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          magiesmom RE: jefpen2 Aug 31, 2013 05:50 PM

          Northampton is further than that and really, though there are lots of restaurants, I can think of few that are worth the drive.

          I second Big Mamou, Cafe Lebanon and Ginger Blossom. also Pho Saigon and Alolfo's

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            jefpen2 RE: magiesmom Aug 31, 2013 08:35 PM

            Yes, it may be 30 min, but as far as the restaurant selection I respectfully disagree. Isn't there also an Indian in Springfield that is supposed to be very good?

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              magiesmom RE: jefpen2 Sep 1, 2013 09:19 AM

              Disagree away. What restaurant in Northampton would you drive 30 minutes for?
              I live a half hour away and never go in just to eat, myself, so I am curious.

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                BerkshireTsarina RE: magiesmom Sep 1, 2013 02:16 PM

                I'd drive 30 minutes to Ibiza.
                (I already live in N'hampton, but that's my heartfelt response. Otherwise, nada.)

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                  magiesmom RE: BerkshireTsarina Sep 1, 2013 06:26 PM

                  I don't like Ibiza, horrible service on three visits.

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                    jzzy55 RE: magiesmom Mar 3, 2014 03:56 PM

                    Went there (Ibiza) once. Our waiter was AN IDIOT and the food was overpriced and uninteresting. Not sure why it is still in business, really.

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          ahartfie RE: jrs155 Sep 1, 2013 08:09 AM

          Cafe Leone on Cooley St. in Springfield
          Mateus or Primavera in Ludlow
          Munich Haus in Chicopee
          Li Brothers in Longmeadow
          A Touch of Garlic on White St. in Springfield
          Bamboo House on Belmont Ave. in Springfield
          Abudanza in Wilbraham
          Family Pizzeria on Sumner Ave. in Springfield

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            johnblacksox RE: ahartfie Mar 2, 2014 06:11 PM

            Cafe Leone = Strip mall Italian, No.
            Touch of Garlic = Food quality is lacking
            Bamboo House = Pretty good, ok.
            Abudanza = Legendary horrible food and service

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            sakeandgin RE: jrs155 Sep 1, 2013 06:57 PM

            Vinh Chau .Felix's (byob) Mia's Cafe for Bahn Mi all on Dickinson at the X

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              johnblacksox RE: sakeandgin Mar 2, 2014 06:11 PM

              Yes, yes, and yes.

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              AdamD RE: jrs155 Sep 2, 2013 09:59 AM

              the fort and the white hut

              really thats all you need!

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                SteveSCT RE: AdamD Sep 10, 2013 08:39 AM

                My in-laws live in Longmeadow, and that's been my modus operandi for over 20 years!

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                  AdamD RE: SteveSCT Sep 16, 2013 06:22 AM

                  My dad lived in Longmeadow and he was the one who took me to those places, the peking duck house and of course the Hu Ke Lau (both locations)!

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                  johnblacksox RE: AdamD Mar 2, 2014 06:12 PM

                  The fort is a joke. White Hut is good if you want a hot dog, no argument there.

                3. justbeingpolite RE: jrs155 Sep 9, 2013 01:06 PM

                  BT's Smokehouse. Darling of the Boston board for the best BBQ in the state.


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                    Science Chick RE: justbeingpolite Sep 10, 2013 11:57 AM

                    For the OP's reference, BT's is in Sturbridge, about 45 min towards Boston from Springfield center.

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                      justbeingpolite RE: Science Chick Sep 10, 2013 12:09 PM

                      Oops, you're right. my bad

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                        Science Chick RE: justbeingpolite Sep 10, 2013 05:23 PM

                        Not at all.....45 min isn't so far to travel for something so yummy. Just thought they'd want to know.

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                          fatheryod RE: Science Chick Nov 2, 2013 11:13 AM

                          a couple i like that didn't pop up on this list are:

                          403 Dickinson St
                          Springfield, MA 01108
                          (right next to pho saigon in the X)

                          great mexican and salvadoran food in a very funky, low-key atmosphere & cheap, as well. last time we were there we had some problems with a language barrier between our party and the waitress, but the food is very good. jukebox can be a bit loud at times,. but was not on the last visit

                          Hanna's Diner
                          186 Main St
                          Indian Orchard, MA
                          went there for an excellent and quite reasonably priced polish dinner. we stuck with classics -- polish plate, potato pancakes -- and they were lovely (if a bit rich and greasy, but that goes with the turf)

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                            johnblacksox RE: fatheryod Mar 2, 2014 06:13 PM

                            Salsa's, YES! I'm amazed that more people don't know about this place. Great food! It's in a sketchy neighborhood, so I can understand being apprehensive, but the food is really good.

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                    howaboutthat RE: jrs155 Mar 3, 2014 03:18 PM

                    Sarapes, Enfield. Get the Emmoladas.

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                      ahartfie RE: howaboutthat Mar 3, 2014 03:52 PM

                      Second Sarapes. Delicious.

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