Reviews

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.

The Black Sheep

At times unpredictable, but always good, The Black Sheep is the best place for a sandwich, especially if you like yours with progressive political opinions.

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.

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

Sadly, Chez Albert in Amherst closed its doors May 25, 2018. It was extraordinary, one of our favorites, and dearly missed.

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.

Cushman Market + Cafe

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

The Dirty Truth

The Dirty Truth is a downtown Northampton staple for excellent local and international drafts and tasty snacks to go with them.

Esselon

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

Flayvors

We adore Mt. Tom’s in Easthampton, but Flayvors doesn’t disappoint either. It’s consistently good with occasional forays into greatness.

The Foundry

A cozy spot with a beer-savvy staff ready to guide you through their short but exceptional list of drafts.

GoBerry

A frozen, tangy, wonderful not-so-guilty pleasure with locations in Northampton and Amherst

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.

The Green Room

The Pioneer Valley finally has a true, dyed-in-the-wool cocktail bar. And it’s glorious.

The Hangar

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

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 and Olive

Locally-sourced and always welcoming, Greenfield’s Hope and Olive feels like home.

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.

McCarthy’s Pub

Somehow this local not-quite-a-dive favorite makes families with kids and dudes on Harleys equally at home.

McLadden’s

a glossy, overly-manicured craft beer experience, but damn good all the same.

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.

Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts

If you’re going to have donuts, suck it up and drive to Mrs. Murphy’s. Otherwise, don’t bother.

Mt. Tom’s Ice Cream

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

The People’s Pint

The People’s Pint is as good at smoking meats in-house as they are at brewing top-notch beer.

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.

Saw Mill Site Farm

Locally made (and wonderfully exotic) horseradish.

Share Coffee Roasters

Share Coffee roasts their beans and hosts tastings at their Hadley hub. They also have cafés in Northampton and Amherst.

Tart Baking Company

So far the only place in town you can get an espresso + tonic. Their pastries are usually spot-on too.

The Wagon Wheel

Big Wheel Pancakes are one of those menu items you must try before you leave this earth: sweet, savory, and packed with flavor.