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A medida que los robots continúan su camino hacia la fuerza laboral humana, Massachusetts está dando la bienvenida a sus nuevos empleados de alta tecnología. Con sus títulos de ingeniería y el respaldo del famoso chef con estrella Michelin Daniel Boulud, los graduados del MIT Michael Farid, Kale Rogers, Luke Schlueter y Brady Knight abrieron Spyce en Washington Street en Boston con un personal predominantemente no vivo.

Los clientes pedirán comida a través de una computadora con pantalla táctil. El restaurante tiene solo tres empleados humanos trabajando a la vez. Dos de ellos adornan y entregan tazones a los comensales, y uno simplemente está en espera para guiar a los invitados a través del proceso de pedido, informa GrubStreet.

Boulud, que posee siete restaurantes en la ciudad de Nueva York y seis en otros lugares, ha invertido en Spyce y también es el director culinario del restaurante. El chef francés de 63 años cuenta en el sitio de la empresa que se enteró de Spyce después de que Farid, Rogers, Schlueter y Night adivinaran su dirección de correo electrónico y le enviaran un video del prototipo de cocina que habían construido en el sótano de su fraternidad. casa.


“[La comida rápida] debe ser rápida e informal con un sentido de salud, localidad y origen étnico a un buen precio”, dijo Boulud a The Daily Meal en un correo electrónico. "El mejor ejemplo de esto sería Spyce en Boston, que refleja una nueva generación de casual rápido".


Entonces, ¿qué hay en el menú? El chef ejecutivo Sam Benson, quien trabajó para Boulud en Café Boulud en el Upper East Side de la ciudad de Nueva York, seleccionó un menú de tazones personalizables. Cada uno cuesta $ 7.50 y está disponible con carne o en versiones vegetariana, pescatariana, sin gluten y vegana. Solo hay un Spyce a partir de ahora, por lo que si está fuera de Beantown y tiene ganas de comer de alta tecnología, es posible que tenga que llamar a Marty, el lindo robot de ojos saltones, para las 15 cenas heladas más saludables.


Pensamientos sobre el valle de los pioneros

He leído muchas publicaciones sobre la comida en Pioneer Valley. No estoy de acuerdo con muchas de ellas, de ahí que yo haga esta publicación. Como prefacio, soy nativo de California y he vivido en Italia, por lo que tengo familiaridad y amor por la comida mexicana e italiana. Aquí está mi opinión. PD, café significa espresso y bebidas basadas en espresso.

Mi sensación general es que la zona está saturada de establecimientos mediocres con precios elevados. Los precios tienden a ser mucho más altos de lo que garantiza la calidad. Es difícil encontrar un lugar que ofrezca una buena relación calidad-precio, lo cual es una pena en un área dominada por universidades.

Entonces, primero, hablaré sobre lo que hace bien el Valle. Primero es café, cafés y desayuno. En Amherst y Northampton Coffee (el mismo propietario), puede encontrar un espresso de primera clase, como el que haría feliz a un italiano. Northampton Coffee está escondido en Pleasant Street y, por lo tanto, dejas atrás el bullicio hipster que encuentras en otros cafés de Northampton. Amherst Coffee es un lugar mucho más tranquilo que Rao & # 39s (por ejemplo), mucho más fácil para relajarse y / o trabajar allí. La cafetería Esselon en Hadley es otro gran lugar, hacen un excelente desayuno (los mejores huevos benedictinos del valle) y tienen una hermosa área al aire libre para comer cuando hace buen tiempo. Le dije que había un buen café allí, pero nunca lo tomé. Black Sheep en Amherst es más una panadería / delicatessen que una cafetería, pero hace excelentes pasteles, buenos sándwiches y tiene un buen ambiente. Dicho esto, su café y té dejan algo que desear. Haymarket Cafe en Northampton hace un gran desayuno, buenos platos principales para el almuerzo y la cena, sirve un excelente té y un café mediocre. También obtienen puntos importantes por ofrecer comida buena e interesante a precios asequibles. Desafortunadamente, la moda hipster está en pleno efecto allí, pero una vez que haya terminado de lidiar con el & quot; servicio & quot, puede disfrutar de su comida o té. De los lugares que son más desayunos que cafés, Sylvester & # 39s hace un buen huevo benedictino, pero el resto del menú puede ser poco impresionante y el personal puede ser brusco o grosero. Jake & # 39s es simple y cordial, pero nada especial. Tanto los de Sylvester como los de Jake tienen un precio excesivo. Los lugares que he encontrado menos impresionantes son Rao (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho) y Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao & # 39s sirve un café terrible. Woodstar tiene bocadillos impresionantes. Lone Wolf tiene huevos benedictinos en mal estado y malos desayunos mexicanos.

De los delis, Black Sheep se lleva la palma. Hayfields en Northampton hace magdalenas deliciosas (dulces) y buenos sándwiches. Aunque café terrible. El deli polaco en Northampton hace un gran reuben y un pierogi decente. Desafortunadamente, no puedes conseguir un buen sándwich de $ 5 en cualquier lugar. Todo lo anterior le costará aproximadamente $ 7 con impuestos.

En breve:
El mejor café: Northampton Coffee
Mejores pasteles: Black Sheep
Los mejores huevos benedictinos: Esselon
Mejor sándwich: oveja negra

Ahora en alimentos internacionales. Mexicana: la comida mexicana aquí apesta. No hay otra forma de decirlo. Cualquier lugar que ponga lechuga iceberg en su burrito y omita el cilantro no vale su dólar. Bueno y Sano es basura. Es increíblemente soso (mm, frijoles negros e iceberg) y muy caro. Veracruzana es un poco mejor, al menos tienen cilantro (si lo pides, lo sustituirán por el iceberg que viene de serie) y algunas cosas interesantes como nopales y chorizo ​​(de verdad). Dicho esto, también son demasiado caros y su comida también tiende a ser insípida. Autentica (South Hadley) es todo lo contrario. Mi Tierra (Ruta 9, Hadley) es la gracia salvadora para aquellos que saben qué esperar de la comida mexicana. Sirve comida sabrosa y debidamente condimentada a precios razonables. He probado varios platos allí y todos estaban bien hechos, en particular el cerdo picante. Es una lástima que no sirvan carnitas. Mesa Verde en Greenfield hace bien el estilo californiano mexicano, tacos de pescado y cosas por el estilo. Con un precio adecuado también.

La mejor comida mexicana: Mi Tierra

Comida asiática: casi tan mala como la mexicana, cara y aburrida. Los buenos lugares son Osaka, Soo Ra (ambos en Noho), Great Wall en Florencia, Lhasa en Noho, Dynasty Gourmet en Easthampton y el local coreano en Hadley (a todos les gusta, yo todavía no he estado). Osaka hace buen sushi, pero no es probable que impresione a los que están acostumbrados a los lugares de primer nivel. Soo Ra tiene un buen coreano, en particular sus aperitivos fritos, pero también he tenido un par de entradas insípidas allí. Great Wall sirve platos chinos interesantes y sabrosos. Se supone que tiene un excelente dim sum. He estado en Lhasa una vez y me gustaron mucho sus albóndigas. Dynasty sirve su comida china básica y cotidiana, pero tiene una excelente relación calidad-precio. Ahora en lo verdaderamente mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. El primero es insípido. Los dos últimos no pueden hacer bien los platos de fideos, y todo lo que busco es un buen pad khee mao / fideos borrachos. El curry rojo en Thai Garden es aceptable, pero los curry en Siam Square son realmente aburridos. Por último, y menos importante, están los lugares que se parecen tanto que es poco probable que pruebe alguno de ellos: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi y Taipei y Tokio (todos en Northampton). En resumen, puedes encontrar comida asiática que hará feliz a un entusiasta, pero nada excepcional.

Comida italiana. Malo, pero también lo es en todas partes excepto en los principales centros urbanos de la costa este. Pizza, nadie hace una verdadera pizza italiana (o incluso una buena aproximación como Regina & # 39s en Boston), pero para las tartas americanas Joe & # 39s y Luna en Northampton son excelentes. El primero es deliciosamente tradicional en ambiente y comida. Este último tiene excelentes ingredientes frescos, como su mozzarella, salchicha y champiñones (botón entero, no en rodajas). Pizza Paradiso es decente, pero prefiero los dos anteriores. En mi opinión, los de Antonio y Pinocho son de mediocres a malos, independientemente de los ingredientes que pongan en sus pizzas. Mimmo & # 39s es como comerse un gran trozo de cartón. Sam & # 39s, un nuevo lugar que acaba de abrir en Northampton, es una copia al carbón de Antonio & # 39s pero con mejor corteza. Veremos qué tan bien lo hacen.

Comida india. Paradise of India en Amherst es realmente horrible. He escuchado lo mismo de India Palace en Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) tiene fama de ser buena, pero ¿$ 15 por un cordero vindaloo? Por favor.

Para hamburguesas, Packard & # 39s es excelente, pero a veces exagerará su hamburguesa. Amherst Brewing hace una hamburguesa aceptable, pero claramente ocupa el segundo lugar.

Para el helado, Herrell's en Northampton se lleva la palma, pero yo soy un amante del helado y no puedo entusiasmarme demasiado con el helado. Dicho esto, su chocolate caliente es delicioso y tiene algunos sabores interesantes. Bart & # 39s en Amherst es mediocre.

Para cerveza, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) y Dirty Truth (Noho). Ambos ofrecen interesantes cervezas locales e internacionales. Este último tiene alrededor de 50 grifos, el primero tiene quizás 20. Esta área está verdaderamente bendecida por estos dos bares y la abundancia de cerveceros locales.

Ahora para el resto:
Amanouz (marroquí): excelentes platos de pescado y verduras. Buenos tamaños de porciones, a precios razonables.
Café Líbano - bleh y manera, demasiado caro.
Chez Albert: bueno pero no sobresaliente.
Judie & # 39s: una Applebee & # 39 de lujo.
Spoleto: un caro jardín de olivos.

Todavía tengo que probar Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside o Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill, pero estos lugares están en mi lista.


Pensamientos sobre el valle de los pioneros

He leído muchas publicaciones sobre la comida en Pioneer Valley. No estoy de acuerdo con muchas de ellas, de ahí que yo haga esta publicación. Como prefacio, soy nativo de California y he vivido en Italia, por lo que tengo familiaridad y amor por la comida mexicana e italiana. Aquí está mi opinión. PD, café significa espresso y bebidas basadas en espresso.

Mi sensación general es que la zona está saturada de establecimientos mediocres con precios elevados. Los precios tienden a ser mucho más altos de lo que garantiza la calidad. Es difícil encontrar un lugar que ofrezca una buena relación calidad-precio, lo cual es una pena en un área dominada por universidades.

Entonces, primero, hablaré sobre lo que hace bien el Valle. Primero es café, cafés y desayuno. En Amherst y Northampton Coffee (el mismo propietario), puede encontrar un espresso de primera clase, como el que haría feliz a un italiano. Northampton Coffee está escondido en Pleasant Street y, por lo tanto, dejas atrás el bullicio hipster que encuentras en otros cafés de Northampton. Amherst Coffee es un lugar mucho más tranquilo que Rao & # 39s (por ejemplo), mucho más fácil para relajarse y / o trabajar allí. La cafetería Esselon en Hadley es otro gran lugar, hacen un excelente desayuno (los mejores huevos benedictinos del valle) y tienen una hermosa área al aire libre para comer cuando hace buen tiempo. Le dije que había un buen café allí, pero nunca lo tomé. Black Sheep en Amherst es más una panadería / delicatessen que una cafetería, pero hace excelentes pasteles, buenos sándwiches y tiene un buen ambiente. Dicho esto, su café y té dejan algo que desear. Haymarket Cafe en Northampton hace un gran desayuno, buenos platos principales para el almuerzo y la cena, sirve un excelente té y un café mediocre. También obtienen puntos importantes por ofrecer comida buena e interesante a precios asequibles. Desafortunadamente, el estilo hipster está en pleno efecto allí, pero una vez que haya terminado de lidiar con el & quot; servicio & quot, puede disfrutar de su comida o té. De los lugares que son más desayunos que cafés, Sylvester & # 39s hace un buen huevo benedictino, pero el resto del menú puede ser poco impresionante y el personal puede ser brusco o grosero. Jake & # 39s es simple y cordial, pero nada especial. Tanto los de Sylvester como los de Jake tienen un precio excesivo. Los lugares que he encontrado menos impresionantes son Rao (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho) y Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao & # 39s sirve un café terrible. Woodstar tiene bocadillos impresionantes. Lone Wolf tiene huevos benedictinos en mal estado y malos desayunos mexicanos.

De los delis, Black Sheep se lleva la palma. Hayfields en Northampton hace magdalenas deliciosas (dulces) y buenos sándwiches. Aunque café terrible. El deli polaco en Northampton hace un gran reuben y un pierogi decente. Desafortunadamente, no puedes conseguir un buen sándwich de $ 5 en cualquier lugar. Todo lo anterior le costará aproximadamente $ 7 con impuestos.

En breve:
El mejor café: Northampton Coffee
Mejores pasteles: Black Sheep
Los mejores huevos benedictinos: Esselon
Mejor sándwich: oveja negra

Ahora en alimentos internacionales. Mexicana: la comida mexicana aquí apesta. No hay otra forma de decirlo. Cualquier lugar que ponga lechuga iceberg en su burrito y omita el cilantro no vale su dólar. Bueno y Sano es basura. Es increíblemente soso (mm, frijoles negros e iceberg) y muy caro. Veracruzana es un poco mejor, al menos tienen cilantro (si lo pides, lo sustituirán por el iceberg que viene de serie) y algunas cosas interesantes como nopales y chorizo ​​(de verdad). Dicho esto, también son demasiado caros y su comida también tiende a ser insípida. Autentica (South Hadley) es todo lo contrario. Mi Tierra (Ruta 9, Hadley) es la gracia salvadora para aquellos que saben qué esperar de la comida mexicana. Sirve comida condimentada y sabrosa a precios razonables. He probado varios platos allí y todos estaban bien hechos, en particular el cerdo picante. Es una lástima que no sirvan carnitas. Mesa Verde en Greenfield hace bien el estilo californiano mexicano, tacos de pescado y cosas por el estilo. Con un precio adecuado también.

La mejor comida mexicana: Mi Tierra

Comida asiática: casi tan mala como la mexicana, cara y aburrida. Los buenos lugares son Osaka, Soo Ra (ambos en Noho), Great Wall en Florencia, Lhasa en Noho, Dynasty Gourmet en Easthampton y el local coreano en Hadley (a todos les gusta, yo todavía no he estado). Osaka hace buen sushi, pero no es probable que impresione a los que están acostumbrados a los lugares de primer nivel. Soo Ra tiene un buen coreano, en particular sus aperitivos fritos, pero también he tenido un par de entradas insípidas allí. Great Wall sirve platos chinos interesantes y sabrosos. Se supone que tiene un excelente dim sum. He estado en Lhasa una vez y me gustaron mucho sus albóndigas. Dynasty sirve su comida china básica y cotidiana, pero tiene una excelente relación calidad-precio. Ahora en lo verdaderamente mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. El primero es insípido. Los dos últimos no pueden hacer bien los platos de fideos, y todo lo que busco es un buen pad khee mao / fideos borrachos. El curry rojo en Thai Garden es aceptable, pero los curry en Siam Square son realmente aburridos. Por último, y menos importante, están los lugares que se parecen tanto que es poco probable que pruebe alguno de ellos: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi y Taipei y Tokio (todos en Northampton). En resumen, puedes encontrar comida asiática que hará feliz a un entusiasta, pero nada excepcional.

Comida italiana. Malo, pero también lo es en todas partes excepto en los principales centros urbanos de la costa este. Pizza, nadie hace una verdadera pizza italiana (o incluso una buena aproximación como Regina & # 39s en Boston), pero para las tartas americanas Joe & # 39s y Luna en Northampton son excelentes. El primero es deliciosamente tradicional en ambiente y comida. Este último tiene excelentes ingredientes frescos, como su mozzarella, salchicha y champiñones (botón entero, no en rodajas). Pizza Paradiso es decente, pero prefiero los dos anteriores. En mi opinión, los de Antonio y Pinocho son de mediocres a malos, independientemente de los ingredientes que pongan en sus pizzas. Mimmo & # 39s es como comerse un gran trozo de cartón. Sam & # 39s, un nuevo lugar que acaba de abrir en Northampton, es una copia al carbón de Antonio & # 39s pero con mejor corteza. Veremos qué tan bien lo hacen.

Comida india. Paradise of India en Amherst es realmente horrible. He escuchado lo mismo de India Palace en Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) tiene fama de ser buena, pero ¿$ 15 por un cordero vindaloo? Por favor.

Para hamburguesas, Packard & # 39s es excelente, pero a veces exagerará su hamburguesa. Amherst Brewing hace una hamburguesa aceptable, pero claramente ocupa el segundo lugar.

Para el helado, Herrell's en Northampton se lleva la palma, pero yo soy un amante del helado y no puedo entusiasmarme demasiado con el helado. Dicho esto, su chocolate caliente es delicioso y tiene algunos sabores interesantes. Bart & # 39s en Amherst es mediocre.

Para cerveza, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) y Dirty Truth (Noho). Ambos ofrecen interesantes cervezas locales e internacionales. Este último tiene alrededor de 50 grifos, el primero tiene quizás 20. Esta área está verdaderamente bendecida por estos dos bares y la abundancia de cerveceros locales.

Ahora para el resto:
Amanouz (marroquí): excelentes platos de pescado y verduras. Buenos tamaños de porciones, a precios razonables.
Café Líbano - bleh y manera, demasiado caro.
Chez Albert: bueno pero no sobresaliente.
Judie & # 39s: una Applebee & # 39 de lujo.
Spoleto: un caro jardín de olivos.

Todavía tengo que probar Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside o Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill, pero estos lugares están en mi lista.


Pensamientos sobre el valle de los pioneros

He leído muchas publicaciones sobre la comida en Pioneer Valley. No estoy de acuerdo con muchas de ellas, de ahí que yo haga esta publicación. Como prefacio, soy nativo de California y he vivido en Italia, por lo que tengo familiaridad y amor por la comida mexicana e italiana. Aquí está mi opinión. PD, café significa espresso y bebidas basadas en espresso.

Mi sensación general es que la zona está saturada de establecimientos mediocres con precios elevados. Los precios tienden a ser mucho más altos de lo que garantiza la calidad. Es difícil encontrar un lugar que ofrezca una buena relación calidad-precio, lo cual es una pena en un área dominada por universidades.

Entonces, primero, hablaré sobre lo que hace bien el Valle. Primero es café, cafés y desayuno. En Amherst y Northampton Coffee (el mismo propietario), puede encontrar un espresso de primera clase, como el que haría feliz a un italiano. Northampton Coffee está escondido en Pleasant Street y, por lo tanto, dejas atrás el bullicio hipster que encuentras en otros cafés de Northampton. Amherst Coffee es un lugar mucho más tranquilo que Rao & # 39s (por ejemplo), mucho más fácil para relajarse y / o trabajar allí. La cafetería Esselon en Hadley es otro gran lugar, hacen un excelente desayuno (los mejores huevos benedictinos del valle) y tienen una hermosa área al aire libre para comer cuando hace buen tiempo. Le dije que había un buen café allí, pero nunca lo tomé. Black Sheep en Amherst es más una panadería / delicatessen que una cafetería, pero hace excelentes pasteles, buenos sándwiches y tiene un buen ambiente. Dicho esto, su café y té dejan algo que desear. Haymarket Cafe en Northampton hace un gran desayuno, buenos platos principales para el almuerzo y la cena, sirve un excelente té y un café mediocre. También obtienen puntos importantes por ofrecer comida buena e interesante a precios asequibles. Desafortunadamente, la moda hipster está en pleno efecto allí, pero una vez que haya terminado de lidiar con el & quot; servicio & quot, puede disfrutar de su comida o té. De los lugares que son más desayunos que cafés, Sylvester & # 39s hace un buen huevo benedictino, pero el resto del menú puede ser poco impresionante y el personal puede ser brusco o grosero. Jake & # 39s es simple y cordial, pero nada especial. Tanto los de Sylvester como los de Jake tienen un precio excesivo. Los lugares que he encontrado menos impresionantes son Rao (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho) y Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao & # 39s sirve un café terrible. Woodstar tiene bocadillos impresionantes. Lone Wolf tiene huevos benedictinos en mal estado y malos desayunos mexicanos.

De los delis, Black Sheep se lleva la palma. Hayfields en Northampton hace magdalenas deliciosas (dulces) y buenos sándwiches. Aunque café terrible. El deli polaco en Northampton hace un gran reuben y un pierogi decente. Desafortunadamente, no puedes conseguir un buen sándwich de $ 5 en cualquier lugar. Todo lo anterior le costará aproximadamente $ 7 con impuestos.

En breve:
El mejor café: Northampton Coffee
Mejores pasteles: Black Sheep
Los mejores huevos benedictinos: Esselon
Mejor sándwich: oveja negra

Ahora en alimentos internacionales. Mexicana: la comida mexicana aquí apesta. No hay otra forma de decirlo. Cualquier lugar que ponga lechuga iceberg en su burrito y omita el cilantro no vale su dólar. Bueno y Sano es basura. Es increíblemente soso (mm, frijoles negros e iceberg) y muy caro. Veracruzana es un poco mejor, al menos tienen cilantro (si lo pides, lo sustituirán por el iceberg que viene de serie) y algunas cosas interesantes como nopales y chorizo ​​(de verdad). Dicho esto, también son demasiado caros y su comida también tiende a ser insípida. Autentica (South Hadley) es todo lo contrario. Mi Tierra (Ruta 9, Hadley) es la gracia salvadora para aquellos que saben qué esperar de la comida mexicana. Sirve comida sabrosa y debidamente condimentada a precios razonables. He probado varios platos allí y todos estaban bien hechos, en particular el cerdo picante. Es una lástima que no sirvan carnitas. Mesa Verde en Greenfield hace bien el estilo californiano mexicano, tacos de pescado y cosas por el estilo. Con un precio adecuado también.

La mejor comida mexicana: Mi Tierra

Comida asiática: casi tan mala como la mexicana, cara y aburrida. Los buenos lugares son Osaka, Soo Ra (ambos en Noho), Great Wall en Florencia, Lhasa en Noho, Dynasty Gourmet en Easthampton y el local coreano en Hadley (a todos les gusta, yo todavía no he estado). Osaka hace buen sushi, pero no es probable que impresione a los que están acostumbrados a los lugares de primer nivel. Soo Ra tiene un buen coreano, en particular sus aperitivos fritos, pero también he tenido un par de entradas insípidas allí. Great Wall sirve platos chinos interesantes y sabrosos. Se supone que tiene un excelente dim sum. He estado en Lhasa una vez y me gustaron mucho sus albóndigas. Dynasty sirve su comida china básica y cotidiana, pero tiene una excelente relación calidad-precio. Ahora en lo verdaderamente mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. El primero es insípido. Los dos últimos no pueden hacer bien los platos de fideos, y todo lo que busco es un buen pad khee mao / fideos borrachos. El curry rojo en Thai Garden es aceptable, pero los curry en Siam Square son realmente aburridos. Por último, y menos importante, están los lugares que se parecen tanto que es poco probable que pruebe alguno de ellos: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi y Taipei y Tokio (todos en Northampton). En resumen, puedes encontrar comida asiática que hará feliz a un entusiasta, pero nada excepcional.

Comida italiana. Malo, pero también lo es en todas partes excepto en los principales centros urbanos de la costa este. Pizza, nadie hace una verdadera pizza italiana (o incluso una buena aproximación como Regina & # 39s en Boston), pero para las tartas americanas Joe & # 39s y Luna en Northampton son excelentes. El primero es deliciosamente tradicional en ambiente y comida. Este último tiene excelentes ingredientes frescos, como su mozzarella, salchicha y champiñones (botón entero, no en rodajas). Pizza Paradiso es decente, pero prefiero los dos anteriores. En mi opinión, los de Antonio y Pinocho son de mediocres a malos, independientemente de los ingredientes que pongan en sus pizzas. Mimmo & # 39s es como comerse un gran trozo de cartón. Sam & # 39s, un nuevo lugar que acaba de abrir en Northampton, es una copia al carbón de Antonio & # 39s pero con mejor corteza. Veremos qué tan bien lo hacen.

Comida india. Paradise of India en Amherst es realmente horrible. He escuchado lo mismo de India Palace en Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) tiene fama de ser buena, pero ¿$ 15 por un cordero vindaloo? Por favor.

Para hamburguesas, Packard & # 39s es excelente, pero a veces exagerará su hamburguesa. Amherst Brewing hace una hamburguesa aceptable, pero claramente ocupa el segundo lugar.

Para el helado, Herrell's en Northampton se lleva la palma, pero yo soy un amante del helado y no puedo entusiasmarme demasiado con el helado. Dicho esto, su chocolate caliente es delicioso y tiene algunos sabores interesantes. Bart & # 39s en Amherst es mediocre.

Para cerveza, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) y Dirty Truth (Noho). Ambos ofrecen interesantes cervezas locales e internacionales. Este último tiene alrededor de 50 grifos, el primero tiene quizás 20. Esta área está verdaderamente bendecida por estos dos bares y la abundancia de cerveceros locales.

Ahora para el resto:
Amanouz (marroquí): excelentes platos de pescado y verduras. Buenos tamaños de porciones, a precios razonables.
Café Líbano - bleh y manera, demasiado caro.
Chez Albert: bueno pero no sobresaliente.
Judie & # 39s: una Applebee & # 39 de lujo.
Spoleto: un caro jardín de olivos.

Todavía tengo que probar Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside o Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill, pero estos lugares están en mi lista.


Pensamientos sobre el valle de los pioneros

He leído muchas publicaciones sobre la comida en Pioneer Valley. No estoy de acuerdo con muchas de ellas, de ahí que yo haga esta publicación. Como prefacio, soy nativo de California y he vivido en Italia, por lo que tengo familiaridad y amor por la comida mexicana e italiana. Aquí está mi opinión. PD, café significa espresso y bebidas basadas en espresso.

Mi sensación general es que la zona está saturada de establecimientos mediocres con precios elevados. Los precios tienden a ser mucho más altos de lo que garantiza la calidad. Es difícil encontrar un lugar que ofrezca una buena relación calidad-precio, lo cual es una pena en un área dominada por universidades.

Entonces, primero, hablaré sobre lo que hace bien el Valle. Primero es café, cafés y desayuno. En Amherst y Northampton Coffee (el mismo propietario), puede encontrar un espresso de primera clase, como el que haría feliz a un italiano. Northampton Coffee está escondido en Pleasant Street y, por lo tanto, dejas atrás el bullicio hipster que encuentras en otros cafés de Northampton. Amherst Coffee es un lugar mucho más tranquilo que Rao & # 39s (por ejemplo), mucho más fácil para relajarse y / o trabajar allí. La cafetería Esselon en Hadley es otro gran lugar, hacen un excelente desayuno (los mejores huevos benedictinos del valle) y tienen una hermosa área al aire libre para comer cuando hace buen tiempo. Le dije que había un buen café allí, pero nunca lo tomé. Black Sheep en Amherst es más una panadería / delicatessen que un café, pero hace excelentes pasteles, buenos sándwiches y tiene un buen ambiente. Dicho esto, su café y té dejan algo que desear. Haymarket Cafe en Northampton hace un gran desayuno, buenos platos principales para el almuerzo y la cena, sirve un excelente té y un café mediocre. También obtienen puntos importantes por ofrecer comida buena e interesante a precios asequibles. Desafortunadamente, el estilo hipster está en pleno efecto allí, pero una vez que haya terminado de lidiar con el & quot; servicio & quot, puede disfrutar de su comida o té. De los lugares que son más desayunos que cafés, Sylvester & # 39s hace un buen huevo benedictino, pero el resto del menú puede ser poco impresionante y el personal puede ser brusco o grosero. Jake & # 39s es simple y abundante, pero nada especial. Tanto los de Sylvester como los de Jake tienen un precio excesivo. Los lugares que he encontrado menos impresionantes son Rao (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho) y Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao & # 39s sirve un café terrible. Woodstar tiene bocadillos impresionantes. Lone Wolf tiene huevos benedictinos en mal estado y malos desayunos mexicanos.

De los delis, Black Sheep se lleva la palma. Hayfields en Northampton hace magdalenas deliciosas (dulces) y buenos sándwiches. Aunque café terrible. El deli polaco en Northampton hace un gran reuben y un pierogi decente. Desafortunadamente, no puedes conseguir un buen sándwich de $ 5 en cualquier lugar. Todo lo anterior le costará aproximadamente $ 7 con impuestos.

En breve:
El mejor café: Northampton Coffee
Mejores pasteles: Black Sheep
Los mejores huevos benedictinos: Esselon
Mejor sándwich: oveja negra

Ahora en alimentos internacionales. Mexicana: la comida mexicana aquí apesta. No hay otra forma de decirlo. Cualquier lugar que ponga lechuga iceberg en su burrito y omita el cilantro no vale su dólar. Bueno y Sano es basura. Es increíblemente soso (mm, frijoles negros e iceberg) y muy caro. Veracruzana es un poco mejor, al menos tienen cilantro (si lo pides, lo sustituirán por el iceberg que viene de serie) y algunas cosas interesantes como nopales y chorizo ​​(de verdad). Dicho esto, también son demasiado caros y su comida también tiende a ser insípida. Autentica (South Hadley) es todo lo contrario. Mi Tierra (Ruta 9, Hadley) es la gracia salvadora para aquellos que saben qué esperar de la comida mexicana. Sirve comida condimentada y sabrosa a precios razonables. He probado varios platos allí y todos estaban bien hechos, en particular el cerdo picante. Es una lástima que no sirvan carnitas. Mesa Verde en Greenfield hace bien el estilo californiano mexicano, tacos de pescado y cosas por el estilo. Con un precio adecuado también.

La mejor comida mexicana: Mi Tierra

Comida asiática: casi tan mala como la mexicana, cara y aburrida. Los buenos lugares son Osaka, Soo Ra (ambos en Noho), Great Wall en Florencia, Lhasa en Noho, Dynasty Gourmet en Easthampton y el local coreano en Hadley (a todos les gusta, yo todavía no he estado). Osaka hace buen sushi, pero no es probable que impresione a los que están acostumbrados a los lugares de primer nivel. Soo Ra tiene un buen coreano, en particular sus aperitivos fritos, pero también he tenido un par de entradas insípidas allí. Great Wall sirve platos chinos interesantes y sabrosos. Se supone que tiene un excelente dim sum. He estado en Lhasa una vez y me gustaron mucho sus albóndigas. Dynasty sirve su comida china básica y cotidiana, pero tiene una excelente relación calidad-precio. Ahora en lo verdaderamente mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. El primero es insípido. Los dos últimos no pueden hacer bien los platos de fideos, y todo lo que busco es un buen pad khee mao / fideos borrachos. El curry rojo en Thai Garden es aceptable, pero los curry en Siam Square son realmente aburridos. Por último, y menos importante, están los lugares que se parecen tanto que es poco probable que pruebe alguno de ellos: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi y Taipei y Tokio (todos en Northampton). En resumen, puedes encontrar comida asiática que hará feliz a un entusiasta, pero nada excepcional.

Comida italiana. Malo, pero también lo es en todas partes excepto en los principales centros urbanos de la costa este. Pizza, nadie hace una verdadera pizza italiana (o incluso una buena aproximación como Regina & # 39s en Boston), pero para las tartas americanas Joe & # 39s y Luna en Northampton son excelentes. El primero es deliciosamente tradicional en ambiente y comida. Este último tiene excelentes ingredientes frescos, como su mozzarella, salchicha y champiñones (botón entero, no en rodajas). Pizza Paradiso es decente, pero prefiero los dos anteriores. En mi opinión, los de Antonio y Pinocho son de mediocres a malos, independientemente de los ingredientes que pongan en sus pizzas. Mimmo & # 39s es como comerse un gran trozo de cartón. Sam & # 39s, un nuevo lugar que acaba de abrir en Northampton, es una copia al carbón de Antonio & # 39s pero con mejor corteza. Veremos qué tan bien lo hacen.

Comida india. Paradise of India en Amherst es realmente horrible. He escuchado lo mismo de India Palace en Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) tiene fama de ser buena, pero ¿$ 15 por un vindaloo de cordero? Por favor.

Para las hamburguesas, Packard & # 39s es excelente, pero a veces exagerará su hamburguesa. Amherst Brewing hace una hamburguesa aceptable, pero claramente ocupa el segundo lugar.

Para el helado, Herrell's en Northampton se lleva la palma, pero yo soy un amante del helado y no puedo entusiasmarme demasiado con el helado. Dicho esto, su chocolate caliente es delicioso y tiene algunos sabores interesantes. Bart & # 39s en Amherst es mediocre.

For beer, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) and Dirty Truth (Noho). Both stock interesting local and international beers. The latter has about 50 taps, the former has maybe 20. This area is truly blessed by these two bars and the abundance of local brewers.

Now for all the rest:
Amanouz (Moroccan) - terrific fish dishes and vegetables. Good portions sizes, reasonably priced.
Cafe Lebanon - bleh and way, way too pricey.
Chez Albert - good but not outstanding.
Judie's - an upscale Applebee's.
Spoleto - an expensive Olive Garden.

I've yet to try Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside, or Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill but these places are on my list.


Thoughts on the Pioneer Valley

I've read many a post regarding the food in the Pioneer Valley. A lot of it I disagree with, hence me making this post. As a preface, I'm a native Californian and have lived in Italy, thus I have a familiarity and love of Mexican and Italian food. Here's my take. PS, coffee means espresso and drinks built on espresso.

My overall feeling is that the area is saturated with mediocre establishments with elevated prices. Prices tend to be much higher than the quality warrants. It is difficult to find a place that delivers good value, which is a shame in a college-dominated area.

So first, I will talk about what the Valley does well. First is coffee and cafes and breakfast. At Amherst and Northampton Coffee (same owner), you can find first-rate espresso, the likes of which would make an Italian happy. Northampton Coffee is tucked away down Pleasant Street and thus you leave behind the hipster buzz that you find at other Northampton cafes. Amherst Coffee is a much quieter place than Rao's (for example), much easier to relax and/or get work done there. Esselon cafe in Hadley is another great place, they do an excellent breakfast (best eggs benedict in the valley) and have a beautiful outdoor area for fair-weather eating. I'm told it's good coffee there, but never had it. Black Sheep in Amherst is more of a bakery/deli than a cafe, but it makes great pastries, good sandwiches, and has a good atmosphere. That said, their coffee and tea leave something to be desired. Haymarket Cafe in Northampton makes a great breakfast, good lunch/dinner entrees, serves great tea and mediocre coffee. They also get major points for delivering good, interesting food at affordable prices. Unfortunately the hipster cool is in full effect there, but once you're done dealing with the "service" you can enjoy your meal and or tea. Of places that are more breakfast joint than cafe, Sylvester's makes a good eggs benedict, but the rest of the menu can be unimpressive and the staff can be brusque to rude. Jake's is simply and hearty, but nothing special. Both Sylvester's and Jake's are overpriced. Places I've found less impressive are Rao's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho), and Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao's serves awful coffee. Woodstar has unimpressive sandwiches. Lone Wolf has a bad eggs benedict, and bad Mexican breakfasts.

Of delis, Black Sheep takes the cake. Hayfields in Northampton makes delicious (sweet) muffins, and good sandwiches. Terrible coffee though. The Polish deli in Northampton makes a great reuben and decent pierogi. Unfortunately you can't get a good $5 sandwich anywhere. All of the above are going to set you back roughly $7 with tax.

In short:
Best coffee: Northampton Coffee
Best pastries: Black Sheep
Best eggs benedict: Esselon
Best sandwich: Black Sheep

Now onto international foods. Mexican: the Mexican food here sucks. There's no other way to put it. Any place that puts iceberg lettuce in your burrito and leaves out cilantro is not worth your dollar. Bueno y Sano is trash. It's incredibly bland (mm, black beans and iceberg) and well overpriced. Veracruzana is slightly better, at least they have cilantro (if you ask, they will substitute it for the iceberg that comes standard) and some interesting things like nopales and (real) chorizo. That said, they are way overpriced as well and their food also tends to be bland. Autentica (South Hadley) is anything but. Mi Tierra (Route 9, Hadley) is the saving grace for those who know what to expect from Mexican food. It serves properly spiced and flavorful food for reasonable prices. I've tried multiple dishes there and all were done well, in particular the spicy pork. It's too bad they don't serve carnitas. Mesa Verde up in Greenfield does OK Californian style Mexican, fish tacos and the like. Priced properly as well.

Best Mexican food: Mi Tierra

Asian food: almost as bad as the Mexican, overpriced and boring. The good places are Osaka, Soo Ra (both in Noho), Great Wall in Florence, Lhasa in Noho, Dynasty Gourmet in Easthampton, and the Korean joint in Hadley (everyone likes it, I haven't been yet). Osaka does good sushi , but it isn't likely to impress those used to the top flight places. Soo Ra does some good Korean, in particular their fried appetizers, but I have had a couple bland entrees there as well. Great Wall serves some interesting, tasty Chinese. Supposed to have excellent dim sum. I've been to Lhasa once, and really liked their dumplings. Dynasty serves your basic, everyday Chinese, but has excellent bang for the buck. Now onto the truly mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. The former is bland. The latter two can't do noodle dishes well at all, and all I'm looking for is a good pad khee mao/drunken noodles. The red curry at Thai Garden is passable, but the curries at Siam Square are really boring. Last, and least, are the places which look so similar that I'm unlikely to try any of them: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi, and Taipei and Tokyo (all in Northampton). In short, you can find Asian food that will make a foodie happy, but nothing exceptional.

Italian food. Bad, but so it is everywhere other than the major East Coast urban centers. Pizza, no one does a real Italian pizza (or even a good approximation like Regina's in Boston), but for American pies Joe's and Luna in Northampton are excellent. The former is deliciously oldschool in atmosphere and food. The latter has great fresh ingredients, like their mozzarella, sausage, and mushrooms (whole button, not sliced). Pizza Paradiso is decent, but I prefer the above two. Antonio's and Pinocchio's are both mediocre to crappy in my opinion, regardless of what toppings they put on their pizzas. Mimmo's is like eating a big piece of cardboard. Sam's, a new place that just opened in Northampton, is a carbon copy of Antonio's but with better crust. We'll see how well they do.

Indian food. Paradise of India in Amherst is truly awful. I've heard the same of India Palace in Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) is reputed to be good, but $15 for a lamb vindaloo? Please.

For burgers, Packard's is excellent but sometimes will overdo your burger. Amherst Brewing does an OK burger, but clearly comes in second.

For ice cream, Herrell's in Northampton takes the cake, but I'm a gelato lover and can't get overly enthusiastic about ice cream. That said, their hot fudge is delicious and they have some interesting flavors. Bart's in Amherst is mediocre.

For beer, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) and Dirty Truth (Noho). Both stock interesting local and international beers. The latter has about 50 taps, the former has maybe 20. This area is truly blessed by these two bars and the abundance of local brewers.

Now for all the rest:
Amanouz (Moroccan) - terrific fish dishes and vegetables. Good portions sizes, reasonably priced.
Cafe Lebanon - bleh and way, way too pricey.
Chez Albert - good but not outstanding.
Judie's - an upscale Applebee's.
Spoleto - an expensive Olive Garden.

I've yet to try Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside, or Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill but these places are on my list.


Thoughts on the Pioneer Valley

I've read many a post regarding the food in the Pioneer Valley. A lot of it I disagree with, hence me making this post. As a preface, I'm a native Californian and have lived in Italy, thus I have a familiarity and love of Mexican and Italian food. Here's my take. PS, coffee means espresso and drinks built on espresso.

My overall feeling is that the area is saturated with mediocre establishments with elevated prices. Prices tend to be much higher than the quality warrants. It is difficult to find a place that delivers good value, which is a shame in a college-dominated area.

So first, I will talk about what the Valley does well. First is coffee and cafes and breakfast. At Amherst and Northampton Coffee (same owner), you can find first-rate espresso, the likes of which would make an Italian happy. Northampton Coffee is tucked away down Pleasant Street and thus you leave behind the hipster buzz that you find at other Northampton cafes. Amherst Coffee is a much quieter place than Rao's (for example), much easier to relax and/or get work done there. Esselon cafe in Hadley is another great place, they do an excellent breakfast (best eggs benedict in the valley) and have a beautiful outdoor area for fair-weather eating. I'm told it's good coffee there, but never had it. Black Sheep in Amherst is more of a bakery/deli than a cafe, but it makes great pastries, good sandwiches, and has a good atmosphere. That said, their coffee and tea leave something to be desired. Haymarket Cafe in Northampton makes a great breakfast, good lunch/dinner entrees, serves great tea and mediocre coffee. They also get major points for delivering good, interesting food at affordable prices. Unfortunately the hipster cool is in full effect there, but once you're done dealing with the "service" you can enjoy your meal and or tea. Of places that are more breakfast joint than cafe, Sylvester's makes a good eggs benedict, but the rest of the menu can be unimpressive and the staff can be brusque to rude. Jake's is simply and hearty, but nothing special. Both Sylvester's and Jake's are overpriced. Places I've found less impressive are Rao's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho), and Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao's serves awful coffee. Woodstar has unimpressive sandwiches. Lone Wolf has a bad eggs benedict, and bad Mexican breakfasts.

Of delis, Black Sheep takes the cake. Hayfields in Northampton makes delicious (sweet) muffins, and good sandwiches. Terrible coffee though. The Polish deli in Northampton makes a great reuben and decent pierogi. Unfortunately you can't get a good $5 sandwich anywhere. All of the above are going to set you back roughly $7 with tax.

In short:
Best coffee: Northampton Coffee
Best pastries: Black Sheep
Best eggs benedict: Esselon
Best sandwich: Black Sheep

Now onto international foods. Mexican: the Mexican food here sucks. There's no other way to put it. Any place that puts iceberg lettuce in your burrito and leaves out cilantro is not worth your dollar. Bueno y Sano is trash. It's incredibly bland (mm, black beans and iceberg) and well overpriced. Veracruzana is slightly better, at least they have cilantro (if you ask, they will substitute it for the iceberg that comes standard) and some interesting things like nopales and (real) chorizo. That said, they are way overpriced as well and their food also tends to be bland. Autentica (South Hadley) is anything but. Mi Tierra (Route 9, Hadley) is the saving grace for those who know what to expect from Mexican food. It serves properly spiced and flavorful food for reasonable prices. I've tried multiple dishes there and all were done well, in particular the spicy pork. It's too bad they don't serve carnitas. Mesa Verde up in Greenfield does OK Californian style Mexican, fish tacos and the like. Priced properly as well.

Best Mexican food: Mi Tierra

Asian food: almost as bad as the Mexican, overpriced and boring. The good places are Osaka, Soo Ra (both in Noho), Great Wall in Florence, Lhasa in Noho, Dynasty Gourmet in Easthampton, and the Korean joint in Hadley (everyone likes it, I haven't been yet). Osaka does good sushi , but it isn't likely to impress those used to the top flight places. Soo Ra does some good Korean, in particular their fried appetizers, but I have had a couple bland entrees there as well. Great Wall serves some interesting, tasty Chinese. Supposed to have excellent dim sum. I've been to Lhasa once, and really liked their dumplings. Dynasty serves your basic, everyday Chinese, but has excellent bang for the buck. Now onto the truly mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. The former is bland. The latter two can't do noodle dishes well at all, and all I'm looking for is a good pad khee mao/drunken noodles. The red curry at Thai Garden is passable, but the curries at Siam Square are really boring. Last, and least, are the places which look so similar that I'm unlikely to try any of them: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi, and Taipei and Tokyo (all in Northampton). In short, you can find Asian food that will make a foodie happy, but nothing exceptional.

Italian food. Bad, but so it is everywhere other than the major East Coast urban centers. Pizza, no one does a real Italian pizza (or even a good approximation like Regina's in Boston), but for American pies Joe's and Luna in Northampton are excellent. The former is deliciously oldschool in atmosphere and food. The latter has great fresh ingredients, like their mozzarella, sausage, and mushrooms (whole button, not sliced). Pizza Paradiso is decent, but I prefer the above two. Antonio's and Pinocchio's are both mediocre to crappy in my opinion, regardless of what toppings they put on their pizzas. Mimmo's is like eating a big piece of cardboard. Sam's, a new place that just opened in Northampton, is a carbon copy of Antonio's but with better crust. We'll see how well they do.

Indian food. Paradise of India in Amherst is truly awful. I've heard the same of India Palace in Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) is reputed to be good, but $15 for a lamb vindaloo? Please.

For burgers, Packard's is excellent but sometimes will overdo your burger. Amherst Brewing does an OK burger, but clearly comes in second.

For ice cream, Herrell's in Northampton takes the cake, but I'm a gelato lover and can't get overly enthusiastic about ice cream. That said, their hot fudge is delicious and they have some interesting flavors. Bart's in Amherst is mediocre.

For beer, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) and Dirty Truth (Noho). Both stock interesting local and international beers. The latter has about 50 taps, the former has maybe 20. This area is truly blessed by these two bars and the abundance of local brewers.

Now for all the rest:
Amanouz (Moroccan) - terrific fish dishes and vegetables. Good portions sizes, reasonably priced.
Cafe Lebanon - bleh and way, way too pricey.
Chez Albert - good but not outstanding.
Judie's - an upscale Applebee's.
Spoleto - an expensive Olive Garden.

I've yet to try Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside, or Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill but these places are on my list.


Thoughts on the Pioneer Valley

I've read many a post regarding the food in the Pioneer Valley. A lot of it I disagree with, hence me making this post. As a preface, I'm a native Californian and have lived in Italy, thus I have a familiarity and love of Mexican and Italian food. Here's my take. PS, coffee means espresso and drinks built on espresso.

My overall feeling is that the area is saturated with mediocre establishments with elevated prices. Prices tend to be much higher than the quality warrants. It is difficult to find a place that delivers good value, which is a shame in a college-dominated area.

So first, I will talk about what the Valley does well. First is coffee and cafes and breakfast. At Amherst and Northampton Coffee (same owner), you can find first-rate espresso, the likes of which would make an Italian happy. Northampton Coffee is tucked away down Pleasant Street and thus you leave behind the hipster buzz that you find at other Northampton cafes. Amherst Coffee is a much quieter place than Rao's (for example), much easier to relax and/or get work done there. Esselon cafe in Hadley is another great place, they do an excellent breakfast (best eggs benedict in the valley) and have a beautiful outdoor area for fair-weather eating. I'm told it's good coffee there, but never had it. Black Sheep in Amherst is more of a bakery/deli than a cafe, but it makes great pastries, good sandwiches, and has a good atmosphere. That said, their coffee and tea leave something to be desired. Haymarket Cafe in Northampton makes a great breakfast, good lunch/dinner entrees, serves great tea and mediocre coffee. They also get major points for delivering good, interesting food at affordable prices. Unfortunately the hipster cool is in full effect there, but once you're done dealing with the "service" you can enjoy your meal and or tea. Of places that are more breakfast joint than cafe, Sylvester's makes a good eggs benedict, but the rest of the menu can be unimpressive and the staff can be brusque to rude. Jake's is simply and hearty, but nothing special. Both Sylvester's and Jake's are overpriced. Places I've found less impressive are Rao's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho), and Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao's serves awful coffee. Woodstar has unimpressive sandwiches. Lone Wolf has a bad eggs benedict, and bad Mexican breakfasts.

Of delis, Black Sheep takes the cake. Hayfields in Northampton makes delicious (sweet) muffins, and good sandwiches. Terrible coffee though. The Polish deli in Northampton makes a great reuben and decent pierogi. Unfortunately you can't get a good $5 sandwich anywhere. All of the above are going to set you back roughly $7 with tax.

In short:
Best coffee: Northampton Coffee
Best pastries: Black Sheep
Best eggs benedict: Esselon
Best sandwich: Black Sheep

Now onto international foods. Mexican: the Mexican food here sucks. There's no other way to put it. Any place that puts iceberg lettuce in your burrito and leaves out cilantro is not worth your dollar. Bueno y Sano is trash. It's incredibly bland (mm, black beans and iceberg) and well overpriced. Veracruzana is slightly better, at least they have cilantro (if you ask, they will substitute it for the iceberg that comes standard) and some interesting things like nopales and (real) chorizo. That said, they are way overpriced as well and their food also tends to be bland. Autentica (South Hadley) is anything but. Mi Tierra (Route 9, Hadley) is the saving grace for those who know what to expect from Mexican food. It serves properly spiced and flavorful food for reasonable prices. I've tried multiple dishes there and all were done well, in particular the spicy pork. It's too bad they don't serve carnitas. Mesa Verde up in Greenfield does OK Californian style Mexican, fish tacos and the like. Priced properly as well.

Best Mexican food: Mi Tierra

Asian food: almost as bad as the Mexican, overpriced and boring. The good places are Osaka, Soo Ra (both in Noho), Great Wall in Florence, Lhasa in Noho, Dynasty Gourmet in Easthampton, and the Korean joint in Hadley (everyone likes it, I haven't been yet). Osaka does good sushi , but it isn't likely to impress those used to the top flight places. Soo Ra does some good Korean, in particular their fried appetizers, but I have had a couple bland entrees there as well. Great Wall serves some interesting, tasty Chinese. Supposed to have excellent dim sum. I've been to Lhasa once, and really liked their dumplings. Dynasty serves your basic, everyday Chinese, but has excellent bang for the buck. Now onto the truly mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. The former is bland. The latter two can't do noodle dishes well at all, and all I'm looking for is a good pad khee mao/drunken noodles. The red curry at Thai Garden is passable, but the curries at Siam Square are really boring. Last, and least, are the places which look so similar that I'm unlikely to try any of them: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi, and Taipei and Tokyo (all in Northampton). In short, you can find Asian food that will make a foodie happy, but nothing exceptional.

Italian food. Bad, but so it is everywhere other than the major East Coast urban centers. Pizza, no one does a real Italian pizza (or even a good approximation like Regina's in Boston), but for American pies Joe's and Luna in Northampton are excellent. The former is deliciously oldschool in atmosphere and food. The latter has great fresh ingredients, like their mozzarella, sausage, and mushrooms (whole button, not sliced). Pizza Paradiso is decent, but I prefer the above two. Antonio's and Pinocchio's are both mediocre to crappy in my opinion, regardless of what toppings they put on their pizzas. Mimmo's is like eating a big piece of cardboard. Sam's, a new place that just opened in Northampton, is a carbon copy of Antonio's but with better crust. We'll see how well they do.

Indian food. Paradise of India in Amherst is truly awful. I've heard the same of India Palace in Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) is reputed to be good, but $15 for a lamb vindaloo? Please.

For burgers, Packard's is excellent but sometimes will overdo your burger. Amherst Brewing does an OK burger, but clearly comes in second.

For ice cream, Herrell's in Northampton takes the cake, but I'm a gelato lover and can't get overly enthusiastic about ice cream. That said, their hot fudge is delicious and they have some interesting flavors. Bart's in Amherst is mediocre.

For beer, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) and Dirty Truth (Noho). Both stock interesting local and international beers. The latter has about 50 taps, the former has maybe 20. This area is truly blessed by these two bars and the abundance of local brewers.

Now for all the rest:
Amanouz (Moroccan) - terrific fish dishes and vegetables. Good portions sizes, reasonably priced.
Cafe Lebanon - bleh and way, way too pricey.
Chez Albert - good but not outstanding.
Judie's - an upscale Applebee's.
Spoleto - an expensive Olive Garden.

I've yet to try Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside, or Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill but these places are on my list.


Thoughts on the Pioneer Valley

I've read many a post regarding the food in the Pioneer Valley. A lot of it I disagree with, hence me making this post. As a preface, I'm a native Californian and have lived in Italy, thus I have a familiarity and love of Mexican and Italian food. Here's my take. PS, coffee means espresso and drinks built on espresso.

My overall feeling is that the area is saturated with mediocre establishments with elevated prices. Prices tend to be much higher than the quality warrants. It is difficult to find a place that delivers good value, which is a shame in a college-dominated area.

So first, I will talk about what the Valley does well. First is coffee and cafes and breakfast. At Amherst and Northampton Coffee (same owner), you can find first-rate espresso, the likes of which would make an Italian happy. Northampton Coffee is tucked away down Pleasant Street and thus you leave behind the hipster buzz that you find at other Northampton cafes. Amherst Coffee is a much quieter place than Rao's (for example), much easier to relax and/or get work done there. Esselon cafe in Hadley is another great place, they do an excellent breakfast (best eggs benedict in the valley) and have a beautiful outdoor area for fair-weather eating. I'm told it's good coffee there, but never had it. Black Sheep in Amherst is more of a bakery/deli than a cafe, but it makes great pastries, good sandwiches, and has a good atmosphere. That said, their coffee and tea leave something to be desired. Haymarket Cafe in Northampton makes a great breakfast, good lunch/dinner entrees, serves great tea and mediocre coffee. They also get major points for delivering good, interesting food at affordable prices. Unfortunately the hipster cool is in full effect there, but once you're done dealing with the "service" you can enjoy your meal and or tea. Of places that are more breakfast joint than cafe, Sylvester's makes a good eggs benedict, but the rest of the menu can be unimpressive and the staff can be brusque to rude. Jake's is simply and hearty, but nothing special. Both Sylvester's and Jake's are overpriced. Places I've found less impressive are Rao's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho), and Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao's serves awful coffee. Woodstar has unimpressive sandwiches. Lone Wolf has a bad eggs benedict, and bad Mexican breakfasts.

Of delis, Black Sheep takes the cake. Hayfields in Northampton makes delicious (sweet) muffins, and good sandwiches. Terrible coffee though. The Polish deli in Northampton makes a great reuben and decent pierogi. Unfortunately you can't get a good $5 sandwich anywhere. All of the above are going to set you back roughly $7 with tax.

In short:
Best coffee: Northampton Coffee
Best pastries: Black Sheep
Best eggs benedict: Esselon
Best sandwich: Black Sheep

Now onto international foods. Mexican: the Mexican food here sucks. There's no other way to put it. Any place that puts iceberg lettuce in your burrito and leaves out cilantro is not worth your dollar. Bueno y Sano is trash. It's incredibly bland (mm, black beans and iceberg) and well overpriced. Veracruzana is slightly better, at least they have cilantro (if you ask, they will substitute it for the iceberg that comes standard) and some interesting things like nopales and (real) chorizo. That said, they are way overpriced as well and their food also tends to be bland. Autentica (South Hadley) is anything but. Mi Tierra (Route 9, Hadley) is the saving grace for those who know what to expect from Mexican food. It serves properly spiced and flavorful food for reasonable prices. I've tried multiple dishes there and all were done well, in particular the spicy pork. It's too bad they don't serve carnitas. Mesa Verde up in Greenfield does OK Californian style Mexican, fish tacos and the like. Priced properly as well.

Best Mexican food: Mi Tierra

Asian food: almost as bad as the Mexican, overpriced and boring. The good places are Osaka, Soo Ra (both in Noho), Great Wall in Florence, Lhasa in Noho, Dynasty Gourmet in Easthampton, and the Korean joint in Hadley (everyone likes it, I haven't been yet). Osaka does good sushi , but it isn't likely to impress those used to the top flight places. Soo Ra does some good Korean, in particular their fried appetizers, but I have had a couple bland entrees there as well. Great Wall serves some interesting, tasty Chinese. Supposed to have excellent dim sum. I've been to Lhasa once, and really liked their dumplings. Dynasty serves your basic, everyday Chinese, but has excellent bang for the buck. Now onto the truly mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. The former is bland. The latter two can't do noodle dishes well at all, and all I'm looking for is a good pad khee mao/drunken noodles. The red curry at Thai Garden is passable, but the curries at Siam Square are really boring. Last, and least, are the places which look so similar that I'm unlikely to try any of them: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi, and Taipei and Tokyo (all in Northampton). In short, you can find Asian food that will make a foodie happy, but nothing exceptional.

Italian food. Bad, but so it is everywhere other than the major East Coast urban centers. Pizza, no one does a real Italian pizza (or even a good approximation like Regina's in Boston), but for American pies Joe's and Luna in Northampton are excellent. The former is deliciously oldschool in atmosphere and food. The latter has great fresh ingredients, like their mozzarella, sausage, and mushrooms (whole button, not sliced). Pizza Paradiso is decent, but I prefer the above two. Antonio's and Pinocchio's are both mediocre to crappy in my opinion, regardless of what toppings they put on their pizzas. Mimmo's is like eating a big piece of cardboard. Sam's, a new place that just opened in Northampton, is a carbon copy of Antonio's but with better crust. We'll see how well they do.

Indian food. Paradise of India in Amherst is truly awful. I've heard the same of India Palace in Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) is reputed to be good, but $15 for a lamb vindaloo? Please.

For burgers, Packard's is excellent but sometimes will overdo your burger. Amherst Brewing does an OK burger, but clearly comes in second.

For ice cream, Herrell's in Northampton takes the cake, but I'm a gelato lover and can't get overly enthusiastic about ice cream. That said, their hot fudge is delicious and they have some interesting flavors. Bart's in Amherst is mediocre.

For beer, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) and Dirty Truth (Noho). Both stock interesting local and international beers. The latter has about 50 taps, the former has maybe 20. This area is truly blessed by these two bars and the abundance of local brewers.

Now for all the rest:
Amanouz (Moroccan) - terrific fish dishes and vegetables. Good portions sizes, reasonably priced.
Cafe Lebanon - bleh and way, way too pricey.
Chez Albert - good but not outstanding.
Judie's - an upscale Applebee's.
Spoleto - an expensive Olive Garden.

I've yet to try Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside, or Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill but these places are on my list.


Thoughts on the Pioneer Valley

I've read many a post regarding the food in the Pioneer Valley. A lot of it I disagree with, hence me making this post. As a preface, I'm a native Californian and have lived in Italy, thus I have a familiarity and love of Mexican and Italian food. Here's my take. PS, coffee means espresso and drinks built on espresso.

My overall feeling is that the area is saturated with mediocre establishments with elevated prices. Prices tend to be much higher than the quality warrants. It is difficult to find a place that delivers good value, which is a shame in a college-dominated area.

So first, I will talk about what the Valley does well. First is coffee and cafes and breakfast. At Amherst and Northampton Coffee (same owner), you can find first-rate espresso, the likes of which would make an Italian happy. Northampton Coffee is tucked away down Pleasant Street and thus you leave behind the hipster buzz that you find at other Northampton cafes. Amherst Coffee is a much quieter place than Rao's (for example), much easier to relax and/or get work done there. Esselon cafe in Hadley is another great place, they do an excellent breakfast (best eggs benedict in the valley) and have a beautiful outdoor area for fair-weather eating. I'm told it's good coffee there, but never had it. Black Sheep in Amherst is more of a bakery/deli than a cafe, but it makes great pastries, good sandwiches, and has a good atmosphere. That said, their coffee and tea leave something to be desired. Haymarket Cafe in Northampton makes a great breakfast, good lunch/dinner entrees, serves great tea and mediocre coffee. They also get major points for delivering good, interesting food at affordable prices. Unfortunately the hipster cool is in full effect there, but once you're done dealing with the "service" you can enjoy your meal and or tea. Of places that are more breakfast joint than cafe, Sylvester's makes a good eggs benedict, but the rest of the menu can be unimpressive and the staff can be brusque to rude. Jake's is simply and hearty, but nothing special. Both Sylvester's and Jake's are overpriced. Places I've found less impressive are Rao's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho), and Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao's serves awful coffee. Woodstar has unimpressive sandwiches. Lone Wolf has a bad eggs benedict, and bad Mexican breakfasts.

Of delis, Black Sheep takes the cake. Hayfields in Northampton makes delicious (sweet) muffins, and good sandwiches. Terrible coffee though. The Polish deli in Northampton makes a great reuben and decent pierogi. Unfortunately you can't get a good $5 sandwich anywhere. All of the above are going to set you back roughly $7 with tax.

In short:
Best coffee: Northampton Coffee
Best pastries: Black Sheep
Best eggs benedict: Esselon
Best sandwich: Black Sheep

Now onto international foods. Mexican: the Mexican food here sucks. There's no other way to put it. Any place that puts iceberg lettuce in your burrito and leaves out cilantro is not worth your dollar. Bueno y Sano is trash. It's incredibly bland (mm, black beans and iceberg) and well overpriced. Veracruzana is slightly better, at least they have cilantro (if you ask, they will substitute it for the iceberg that comes standard) and some interesting things like nopales and (real) chorizo. That said, they are way overpriced as well and their food also tends to be bland. Autentica (South Hadley) is anything but. Mi Tierra (Route 9, Hadley) is the saving grace for those who know what to expect from Mexican food. It serves properly spiced and flavorful food for reasonable prices. I've tried multiple dishes there and all were done well, in particular the spicy pork. It's too bad they don't serve carnitas. Mesa Verde up in Greenfield does OK Californian style Mexican, fish tacos and the like. Priced properly as well.

Best Mexican food: Mi Tierra

Asian food: almost as bad as the Mexican, overpriced and boring. The good places are Osaka, Soo Ra (both in Noho), Great Wall in Florence, Lhasa in Noho, Dynasty Gourmet in Easthampton, and the Korean joint in Hadley (everyone likes it, I haven't been yet). Osaka does good sushi , but it isn't likely to impress those used to the top flight places. Soo Ra does some good Korean, in particular their fried appetizers, but I have had a couple bland entrees there as well. Great Wall serves some interesting, tasty Chinese. Supposed to have excellent dim sum. I've been to Lhasa once, and really liked their dumplings. Dynasty serves your basic, everyday Chinese, but has excellent bang for the buck. Now onto the truly mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. The former is bland. The latter two can't do noodle dishes well at all, and all I'm looking for is a good pad khee mao/drunken noodles. The red curry at Thai Garden is passable, but the curries at Siam Square are really boring. Last, and least, are the places which look so similar that I'm unlikely to try any of them: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi, and Taipei and Tokyo (all in Northampton). In short, you can find Asian food that will make a foodie happy, but nothing exceptional.

Italian food. Bad, but so it is everywhere other than the major East Coast urban centers. Pizza, no one does a real Italian pizza (or even a good approximation like Regina's in Boston), but for American pies Joe's and Luna in Northampton are excellent. The former is deliciously oldschool in atmosphere and food. The latter has great fresh ingredients, like their mozzarella, sausage, and mushrooms (whole button, not sliced). Pizza Paradiso is decent, but I prefer the above two. Antonio's and Pinocchio's are both mediocre to crappy in my opinion, regardless of what toppings they put on their pizzas. Mimmo's is like eating a big piece of cardboard. Sam's, a new place that just opened in Northampton, is a carbon copy of Antonio's but with better crust. We'll see how well they do.

Indian food. Paradise of India in Amherst is truly awful. I've heard the same of India Palace in Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) is reputed to be good, but $15 for a lamb vindaloo? Please.

For burgers, Packard's is excellent but sometimes will overdo your burger. Amherst Brewing does an OK burger, but clearly comes in second.

For ice cream, Herrell's in Northampton takes the cake, but I'm a gelato lover and can't get overly enthusiastic about ice cream. That said, their hot fudge is delicious and they have some interesting flavors. Bart's in Amherst is mediocre.

For beer, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) and Dirty Truth (Noho). Both stock interesting local and international beers. The latter has about 50 taps, the former has maybe 20. This area is truly blessed by these two bars and the abundance of local brewers.

Now for all the rest:
Amanouz (Moroccan) - terrific fish dishes and vegetables. Good portions sizes, reasonably priced.
Cafe Lebanon - bleh and way, way too pricey.
Chez Albert - good but not outstanding.
Judie's - an upscale Applebee's.
Spoleto - an expensive Olive Garden.

I've yet to try Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside, or Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill but these places are on my list.


Thoughts on the Pioneer Valley

I've read many a post regarding the food in the Pioneer Valley. A lot of it I disagree with, hence me making this post. As a preface, I'm a native Californian and have lived in Italy, thus I have a familiarity and love of Mexican and Italian food. Here's my take. PS, coffee means espresso and drinks built on espresso.

My overall feeling is that the area is saturated with mediocre establishments with elevated prices. Prices tend to be much higher than the quality warrants. It is difficult to find a place that delivers good value, which is a shame in a college-dominated area.

So first, I will talk about what the Valley does well. First is coffee and cafes and breakfast. At Amherst and Northampton Coffee (same owner), you can find first-rate espresso, the likes of which would make an Italian happy. Northampton Coffee is tucked away down Pleasant Street and thus you leave behind the hipster buzz that you find at other Northampton cafes. Amherst Coffee is a much quieter place than Rao's (for example), much easier to relax and/or get work done there. Esselon cafe in Hadley is another great place, they do an excellent breakfast (best eggs benedict in the valley) and have a beautiful outdoor area for fair-weather eating. I'm told it's good coffee there, but never had it. Black Sheep in Amherst is more of a bakery/deli than a cafe, but it makes great pastries, good sandwiches, and has a good atmosphere. That said, their coffee and tea leave something to be desired. Haymarket Cafe in Northampton makes a great breakfast, good lunch/dinner entrees, serves great tea and mediocre coffee. They also get major points for delivering good, interesting food at affordable prices. Unfortunately the hipster cool is in full effect there, but once you're done dealing with the "service" you can enjoy your meal and or tea. Of places that are more breakfast joint than cafe, Sylvester's makes a good eggs benedict, but the rest of the menu can be unimpressive and the staff can be brusque to rude. Jake's is simply and hearty, but nothing special. Both Sylvester's and Jake's are overpriced. Places I've found less impressive are Rao's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho), and Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao's serves awful coffee. Woodstar has unimpressive sandwiches. Lone Wolf has a bad eggs benedict, and bad Mexican breakfasts.

Of delis, Black Sheep takes the cake. Hayfields in Northampton makes delicious (sweet) muffins, and good sandwiches. Terrible coffee though. The Polish deli in Northampton makes a great reuben and decent pierogi. Unfortunately you can't get a good $5 sandwich anywhere. All of the above are going to set you back roughly $7 with tax.

In short:
Best coffee: Northampton Coffee
Best pastries: Black Sheep
Best eggs benedict: Esselon
Best sandwich: Black Sheep

Now onto international foods. Mexican: the Mexican food here sucks. There's no other way to put it. Any place that puts iceberg lettuce in your burrito and leaves out cilantro is not worth your dollar. Bueno y Sano is trash. It's incredibly bland (mm, black beans and iceberg) and well overpriced. Veracruzana is slightly better, at least they have cilantro (if you ask, they will substitute it for the iceberg that comes standard) and some interesting things like nopales and (real) chorizo. That said, they are way overpriced as well and their food also tends to be bland. Autentica (South Hadley) is anything but. Mi Tierra (Route 9, Hadley) is the saving grace for those who know what to expect from Mexican food. It serves properly spiced and flavorful food for reasonable prices. I've tried multiple dishes there and all were done well, in particular the spicy pork. It's too bad they don't serve carnitas. Mesa Verde up in Greenfield does OK Californian style Mexican, fish tacos and the like. Priced properly as well.

Best Mexican food: Mi Tierra

Asian food: almost as bad as the Mexican, overpriced and boring. The good places are Osaka, Soo Ra (both in Noho), Great Wall in Florence, Lhasa in Noho, Dynasty Gourmet in Easthampton, and the Korean joint in Hadley (everyone likes it, I haven't been yet). Osaka does good sushi , but it isn't likely to impress those used to the top flight places. Soo Ra does some good Korean, in particular their fried appetizers, but I have had a couple bland entrees there as well. Great Wall serves some interesting, tasty Chinese. Supposed to have excellent dim sum. I've been to Lhasa once, and really liked their dumplings. Dynasty serves your basic, everyday Chinese, but has excellent bang for the buck. Now onto the truly mediocre: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. The former is bland. The latter two can't do noodle dishes well at all, and all I'm looking for is a good pad khee mao/drunken noodles. The red curry at Thai Garden is passable, but the curries at Siam Square are really boring. Last, and least, are the places which look so similar that I'm unlikely to try any of them: Teapot, Zen, Moshimoshi, and Taipei and Tokyo (all in Northampton). In short, you can find Asian food that will make a foodie happy, but nothing exceptional.

Italian food. Bad, but so it is everywhere other than the major East Coast urban centers. Pizza, no one does a real Italian pizza (or even a good approximation like Regina's in Boston), but for American pies Joe's and Luna in Northampton are excellent. The former is deliciously oldschool in atmosphere and food. The latter has great fresh ingredients, like their mozzarella, sausage, and mushrooms (whole button, not sliced). Pizza Paradiso is decent, but I prefer the above two. Antonio's and Pinocchio's are both mediocre to crappy in my opinion, regardless of what toppings they put on their pizzas. Mimmo's is like eating a big piece of cardboard. Sam's, a new place that just opened in Northampton, is a carbon copy of Antonio's but with better crust. We'll see how well they do.

Indian food. Paradise of India in Amherst is truly awful. I've heard the same of India Palace in Northampton (Main St). India House (Northampton, State St) is reputed to be good, but $15 for a lamb vindaloo? Please.

For burgers, Packard's is excellent but sometimes will overdo your burger. Amherst Brewing does an OK burger, but clearly comes in second.

Para el helado, Herrell's en Northampton se lleva la palma, pero yo soy un amante del helado y no puedo entusiasmarme demasiado con el helado. Dicho esto, su chocolate caliente es delicioso y tiene algunos sabores interesantes. Bart & # 39s en Amherst es mediocre.

Para cerveza, Moan and Dove (S. Amherst) y Dirty Truth (Noho). Ambos ofrecen interesantes cervezas locales e internacionales. Este último tiene alrededor de 50 grifos, el primero tiene quizás 20. Esta área está verdaderamente bendecida por estos dos bares y la abundancia de cerveceros locales.

Ahora para el resto:
Amanouz (marroquí): excelentes platos de pescado y verduras. Buenos tamaños de porciones, a precios razonables.
Café Líbano - bleh y manera, demasiado caro.
Chez Albert: bueno pero no sobresaliente.
Judie & # 39s: una Applebee & # 39 de lujo.
Spoleto: un caro jardín de olivos.

Todavía tengo que probar Circa Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside o Apollo Grilles Tavern on the Hill, pero estos lugares están en mi lista.


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