Restaurants

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.

Amanouz Café

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

Blue Heron

The perfect mix of rustic fine dining and casual charm. Inspired cocktails!

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.

The Brass Buckle

The Brass Buckle is now our favorite place to get grits in the 413. Closed Sundays, it’s our new excuse to Brunch Saturday too.

Bread Euphoria

For dining in, the best pizza in the 5-college area. We keep trying other local options and after a half dozen plus Bread Euphoria remains firmly at the top.

Captain Jack’s

Reliable without much of a wow factor other than the atmosphere (which is summer fun at its finest)

Chez Albert

Don’t be intimidated by the menu. At Chez Albert the Bouillabaisse and Escargot are cozily at home with the best burger in Amherst.

Coco + The Cellar Bar

Even in cramped quarters the kitchen at Coco turns out some amazing food and the Cellar Bar doubles their modest seating.

Commonwealth BBQ

Excellent BBQ. I found myself uncontrollably saying “legit” a lot while I was there.

Esselon

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

The Green Bean

A local favorite for brunch and bitchin’ baked goods, The Green Bean is the older sister of The Roost a few blocks down in the heart of Northampton.

High Horse

High Horse’s ‘Beyond The Pale’ British-style ale is extraordinary, but the rest of their line up is also quite good. The bar food is tasty, but a little pricey for what you get.

Hope + Olive

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

Joe’s Cafe

Joe’s Cafe is good, and braving the soup-Nazi experience adds its own level of satisfaction.

Magpie

A pizzeria as cozy and cool as that friend’s kitchen you wish you could transport into your own home.

Mission Cantina

Strong and creative margaritas, with several fruit-infusions offered. They even make their own sour mix. The food is excellent, so much so that we hardly go anywhere else for Mexican.

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.