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Northampton MA restaurants


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I'll be spending some time next week in Northampton, MA - and since my daughter is moving there, there will certainly be more visits. I understand it is a good town for restaurants. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Paul & Elizabeths's, in Thornes Marketplace, has been around for over 30 years; they do a great job with vegetarian and seafood cooking (no meat).

 

Sylvester's is *the* place for breakfast.

 

Herrell's Ice Cream

 

There are other really good places whose names I forgot. I sent an email to lifelong friends of mine who live in the area (they used to live around the corner from Sylvester's) and asked them for those names and any further recommendations.

 

I love the Pioneer Valley!

 

edited to add: P.S. I'm guessing your daughter will be going to Smith College. Even if she isn't, don't miss their art museum.

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edited to add: P.S. I'm guessing your daughter will be going to Smith College. Even if she isn't, don't miss their art museum.

Actually, she will be starting a teaching position at Smith.

 

Thanks for the tips - the restaurants and the art museum. I understand there is also a lovely botanical garden.

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Actually, she will be starting a teaching position at Smith.

 

Thanks for the tips - the restaurants and the art museum. I understand there is also a lovely botanical garden.

Elaina

 

Congratulations to her! I recently retired from a college faculty; it's a great gig. I hope she loves it there.

 

Yes, the gardens are lovely, too.

 

I remembered a few more eating places:

Mosaic Cafe (small, very informal, counter service, excellent sandwiches and Mediterranean entrees)

Heavenly Chocolate (in Thornes)

La Fiorentina (great place for a cannoli and a cappuccino)

 

ETA: The Pioneer Valley is a remarkable place for independent bookstores, both new and used. The Montague Bookmill ("Books you don't need in a place you can't find") is a long-time favorite of mine.

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Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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My friends also recommended Spoleto and India House.

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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  • 7 years later...
On 8/1/2015 at 3:03 PM, rotuts said:

I used to know a bit about Northampton, but that was a long time ago.

 

I think Miss Florence needs at least a peek :

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Florence_Diner

 

although times change.

 

Almost had breakfast here earlier this week. But instead, ate at the hotel where we were staying.  I did, however, pick up some nice treats at Florence Pie Bar, including a beef tamale hand pie and ham and cheese roll. Additionally, some of their quite nice (if nontraditional) rugelach, a sourdough loaf, and a breakfast bread. 

 

Nice town, with (according to my budtender) more adult-use dispensaries than any town its size on the east coast.  Something like 13 of them,.

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