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  1. You might want to post to the Southern New England board, as Springfield is almost 2 hours west of Boston. Also, how far are you willing to drive out of Springfield?

    1. if you don't find anyth on some other CH boards, you may want to check Tr___Ad________or.

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        Not sure why you're trying to obscure the name of Tripadvisor.com. Have you seen good Springfield discussion there? I don't often find Tripadvisor to be that useful/trustworthy for food discussion, have you?

        1. re: Chris VR

          My experience also.

          1. re: Chris VR

            Must be a PC thing. This should be moved to the S. NE board for better info. Agree, Trip Advisor, Zagat etc, pretty useless.

            1. re: Chris VR

              i thought the mods removed the names of CH 'competitors'; did they stop doing that?

              chris, i have travelled to many new eng. hinterland places where there is little or NO Ch discussion. So i started looking at the other restnt review sites; Y__p seems usually very unsophisticated/pedestrian(occasionally not, particularly with Boston Asian restnts.), but Tr Adv__r sometimes has an older and more experienced group (that also writes more reviews.) Ex: In Winooski VT there is a new restnt, Misery Loves Co.,where the chef is,imo, a soul brother to Tim at Strip T's/Ribelle. But there is almost no mention of MLC on CH's Northern New Eng. Board. But look into Winooski and Tr Adv and you will see MANY (positive) reviews.So now, if I find few or no CH reviews in an area, i look at Tr Adv.

              As with any public review site, you have to read between the lines to get a sense for that reviewer.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Chowhound has a strict policy against moderators ever editing posts without permission from the original poster. Removing the name of a website from a post would be considered editing it, and we have never done that. We also don't remove posts that mention other food industry websites. In the distant past, we would remove some posts that were solely links to reviews on other industry sites, but that's not a current policy.

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  Not sure how you were searching but how could you have missed these two post from earlier this year.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8908...

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8936...

                  MLC has been in the brick & mortar place a year now but have a large following from their food truck/camper spot. I miss that spot.

                  1. re: Infomaniac

                    you know, info, I also don't know why that Feb and March thread didn't pop up. maybe I googled instead of CH searched. Glad to see 3 CHs loved it. But I, for one, am glad to have learned that TripAdvisor CAN be useful sometimes.

                    Would that we in New Eng didn't still have these black holes of good dining, but then again, 30 and 40 yrs ago it was muuuch worse, and it's wonderful to see the vitality now.

                    hope you'll go visit your former stomping grounds soon and have some great food at MLC. (I want!)

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      yeah, my wife and i hit MLC when we were up north for a wedding this summer, and we found out about strictly through CH. got there early, sat at one of the outdoor tables and had a fantastic brunch. super friendly staff as well. just an all-around great spot. neither of us were drinking that day, but the waitress described some of the beers in such mouth-watering detail, i was tough to resist! ha.

            2. i have not spent much breakfast time in springfield, but i sometimes will hit a place on the way back from dropping my wife at bradley for an early morning flight.

              oddly, the place i've most enjoyed is white hut, 280 Memorial Ave West Springfield <<http://whitehut.com>> which opens at 6:30 during the week and at 8:00 on weekends. you can get an omelet with some of those delicious grilled onions one usually associates with their burgers & dogs, while it is greasy as heck, it's quite satisfying as well. super limited menu, but very cool.

              also, while i have never been there for breakfast, i'd assume frigo's, 90 William St Springfield <<http://www.frigofoods.com/>> has a fine breakfast sandwich, since their grinders are really top notch, and they open at 8. might be worth giving a call to see what's available. they have a section for eating there.

              also, have never been there for breakfast, but hanna's diner, 186 Main St, Springfield (out near indian orchard) <<http://www.hannasdinerdeli.com/>> is a really solid polish restaurant that opens at 7, and i definitely dig their keilbasa. be nice with a couple of eggs, i'm sure.

              a bit north of springfield is silver spoon, 73 Main St, Easthampton <<http://www.silverspooneasthampton.com/>>. they open at 5:30 mon-sat and 6:30 on sun. and are classic diner. i'm not crazy about everything they do, but the coffee's good and the breakfast is very good diner fare.

              if you wanna head even further north, i highly recommend the brass buckle up in greenfield, 204 Main St. <<http://brassbucklegreenfield.com/>>. they open at 7 on weekdays, 8 on weekends. great housemade corned beef. tacos are aces too, as is the coffee. have found the baked goods a little weak, and you want to get a coffee right away, since getting the order can sometimes take a bit longer than you'd wish. but its worth it.

              good luck!

              1. First thought that came to me was Al's diner. Visited a couple of times when I was up in that area and fell in love with this 'greasy spoon" old diner. unfortunately when I did a google search to recall the name it seems to have some bad reviews as of late. My recollection is fuzzy but I remember thinking this was aplace I wanted to return too again and again and if in the area I would go way out of my way to for it.