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Esselon

Great pastries. Great espresso-based drinks. Rock-solid brunch.

The Alvah Stone

An amazing place run by some of the nicest people in the Pioneer Valley. Several visits later we’re impressed with everything we’ve tried there. And you can’t beat the view.

Mt. Tom’s Ice Cream

There’s no question for us. Mt. Tom’s is the best ice cream in the Pioneer Valley.

The Hangar

Excellent wings and massive draft selection on the Hadley/Amherst border.

The Roost

The Food Network named their egg sandwiches one of the best breakfasts between bread, but we’re usually there to get our favorite Chai Latte in the area.

Brad’s Place

If you took a diner and crossed it with a dive bar, you’d come up with this friendly local hangout with solid grub.

Cushman Market + Cafe

Cushman has great coffee-based drinks, good pastries, excellent staff, and the perfect understated college-town atmosphere.

Hope + Olive

like eating at your grandmother’s, if she was a giggling, eccentric chef and filled her house with a few dozen tables.

Amanouz Café

This quintessential “hole in the wall” is quirky, busy, and absolutely delicious.