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Amerikaning Bostonda to'liq robotli oshxonasi bo'lgan birinchi restoran


Robotlar inson ishchi kuchiga kirishda davom etar ekan, Massachusets shtatining eng yangi yuqori texnologiyali ijarachilarini kutib oladi. MITni bitirgan Maykl Farid, Keyl Rojers, Lyuk Shlueter va Bred Nayt muhandislik diplomlari va taniqli oshpaz Deniel Buludning qo'llab-quvvatlashi bilan Bostondagi Vashington ko'chasida Spyce-ni asosan tirik bo'lmagan xodimlar bilan ochishdi.

Xaridorlar sensorli ekranli kompyuter orqali ovqatga buyurtma berishadi. Restoranda bir vaqtning o'zida faqat uchta xodim ishlaydi. Ulardan ikkitasi piyolalarni bezatadi va ovqatlanuvchilarga etkazib beradi, bittasi esa mehmonlarni buyurtma berish jarayoniga yo'naltirish uchun kutish holatida, deb xabar beradi GrubStreet.

Nyu -Yorkda ettita restoranga va boshqa oltita restoranga ega bo'lgan Bulud Spaysga sarmoya kiritdi, shuningdek, restoranning oshpazlik direktori. 63 yoshli frantsuz oshpazi kompaniya saytida Spid haqida eshitganini, Farid, Rojers, Shlyeter va Tungi uning elektron pochta manzilini bilib, unga qardoshlik podvalida qurgan oshxona prototipining videosini yuborganidan keyin aytib bergan. uy


"[Fast tamaddi qilishga tayyor ovqat] tez va tasodifiy bo'lishi kerak, sog'lik, mahalliylik va millat tuyg'usi yaxshi narxda", - dedi Bulud elektron pochta orqali. "Buning eng yaxshi namunasi Bostondagi Spyce bo'lishi mumkin, u tez tasodifning yangi avlodini aks ettiradi."


Xo'sh, menyuda nima bor? Nyu -Yorkning Yuqori Sharqiy qismidagi "Boulud" kafesida "Boulud" da ishlagan bosh oshpaz Sem Benson sozlanadigan idishlar menyusini tuzdi. Har birining narxi 7,50 dollarni tashkil qiladi va go'sht bilan, vegetarian, peskatar, kleykovina va vegan versiyalarida sotiladi. Hozircha bittagina Spyce bor, shuning uchun agar siz Beantowndan tashqarida bo'lsangiz va yuqori texnologiyali ovqatlanishni qichiyotgan bo'lsangiz, Martini eng sog'lom muzlatilgan 15 ta kechki ovqat uchun googly ko'zli robotni urishingiz kerak bo'lishi mumkin.


Pionerlar vodiysi haqidagi fikrlar

Men kashshoflar vodiysidagi taomlar haqidagi ko'plab postlarni o'qidim. Men ko'p narsaga qo'shilmayman, shuning uchun men bu xabarni yozdim. Kirish so'z sifatida, men Kaliforniya fuqarosiman va Italiyada yashaganman, shuning uchun men Meksika va Italiya taomlarini yaxshi bilaman. Mana mening fikrim. PS, qahva espresso va espressoda qurilgan ichimliklarni bildiradi.

Mening umumiy his -tuyg'ularim shundaki, bu hudud o'rtacha narxga ega bo'lgan o'rta korxonalar bilan to'yingan. Narxlar odatda sifat kafolatlaridan ancha yuqori. Yaxshi baho beradigan joyni topish qiyin, bu kollejlar ko'p bo'lgan hududda uyat.

Shunday qilib, birinchi navbatda, men vodiyning yaxshi ishi haqida gaplashaman. Birinchidan, qahva, kafe va nonushta. Amherst va Northempton qahvaxonalarida (bir xil egasi) siz birinchi darajali espressoni topishingiz mumkin, shunga o'xshashlar italiyalikni xursand qiladi. Northampton Coffee Pleasant Street ko'chasida joylashgan, shuning uchun siz boshqa Northampton kafelarida topilgan hipster shovqinini qoldirasiz. Amherst Coffee - bu Raoga qaraganda ancha tinchroq joy (masalan), u erda dam olish va/yoki ishni bajarish ancha oson. Xadli shahridagi Esselon kafesi-bu yana bir ajoyib joy, ular ajoyib nonushta qilishadi (vodiydagi eng yaxshi tuxum) va ob-havoda ovqatlanish uchun ochiq maydonga ega. Men u erda yaxshi qahva aytdim, lekin hech qachon ichmaganman. Amherstdagi qora qo'ylar kafedan ko'ra ko'proq nonvoyxonaga o'xshaydi, lekin u ajoyib pishiriqlar, yaxshi sendvichlar tayyorlaydi va yaxshi muhitga ega. Aytgancha, ularning qahva va choyi kerakli narsani qoldiradi. Northemptondagi Haymarket kafesi ajoyib nonushta, yaxshi tushlik/kechki ovqat, ajoyib choy va o'rtacha qahva beradi. Bundan tashqari, ular yaxshi va qiziqarli taomlarni arzon narxlarda etkazib berish uchun asosiy ballarni olishadi. Afsuski, hipster salqin u erda to'liq kuchga kiradi, lekin siz & quotservice & quot bilan shug'ullanishni tugatganingizdan so'ng, siz ovqat va choydan bahramand bo'lishingiz mumkin. Qahvaxonadan ko'ra nonushta ko'proq bo'lgan joylardan, Silvestrlar tuxumni yaxshi baholaydilar, lekin menyuning qolgan qismi ta'sirchan bo'lmasligi mumkin va xodimlar qo'pol munosabatda bo'lishlari mumkin. Jake 's oddiy va samimiy, lekin alohida narsa yo'q. Silvestr va Jeykning ham narxi ancha yuqori. Men ta'sir qilmagan joylar - Rao 's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho) va Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao 's dahshatli qahvalarda xizmat qiladi. Woodstar -da ajoyib sendvichlar bor. Yolg'iz bo'rining tuxumi yomon, meksikalik nonushta bor.

Delisdan, Qora Qo'y tortni oladi. Northemptondagi pichan maydonlari mazali (shirin) kekler va yaxshi sendvichlar tayyorlaydi. Ammo dahshatli qahva. Northgamptonda joylashgan polyak taomlari ajoyib reuben va yaxshi pierogi qiladi. Afsuski, siz 5 dollarlik sendvichni hech qaerdan olmaysiz. Yuqorida aytilganlarning hammasi sizga qariyb 7 dollar soliqni qaytarib beradi.

Qisqasi:
Eng yaxshi qahva: Northempton qahvasi
Eng yaxshi pishiriqlar: Qora qo'y
Eng yaxshi tuxum - Esselon
Eng yaxshi sendvich: Qora qo'y

Endi xalqaro taomlarga. Meksika: bu erdagi meksikalik taomlar yomon. Buni aytishning boshqa iloji yo'q. Burritonizga aysberg salatini qo'yadigan va silantro qoldiradigan har qanday joy sizning dollaringizga munosib emas. Bueno y Sano - axlat. Bu juda yumshoq (mm, qora loviya va aysberg) va juda qimmat. Veracruzana biroz yaxshiroq, hech bo'lmaganda ularda cilantro (agar so'rasangiz, ular standart keladigan aysbergni almashtiradi) va nopales va (haqiqiy) chorizo ​​kabi qiziqarli narsalar bor. Aytgancha, ular juda qimmatga tushadi va ularning taomlari ham yumshoq bo'ladi. Autentica (Janubiy Xedli) bundan boshqa narsa emas. Mi Tierra (9 -yo'nalish, Xadli) - Meksika taomlaridan nimani kutish mumkinligini biladiganlar uchun qutqaruvchi inoyat. U to'g'ri baharatlı va xushbo'y taomlarni arzon narxlarda xizmat qiladi. Men u erda bir nechta taomlarni sinab ko'rdim va hammasi yaxshi bajarildi, xususan achchiq cho'chqa go'shti. Afsuski, ular karnitsa bermaydilar. Mesa Verde Grinfildda, Kaliforniya uslubidagi meksikalik, baliq takosini va boshqalarni yaxshi bajaradi. Narxi ham to'g'ri.

Eng yaxshi Meksika taomlari: Mi Tierra

Osiyo taomlari: deyarli meksikalik kabi yomon, ortiqcha va zerikarli. Yaxshi joylar - Osaka, So Ra (ikkalasi ham Noxoda), Florensiyadagi Buyuk devor, Noxodagi Lxasa, Istxemptondagi Dynasty Gourmet va Xadli shahridagi koreys qo'shinlari (hammaga yoqadi, men hali ko'rmaganman). Osaka yaxshi sushi tayyorlaydi, lekin u ilgari parvoz qilgan joylarga taassurot qoldirmaydi. So Ra yaxshi koreys tilini yaxshi biladi, xususan ularning qovurilgan ishtahasi, lekin menda u erda bir nechta yumshoq taomlar bor edi. Buyuk devor qiziqarli va mazali xitoylarga xizmat qiladi. Ajoyib dim sum bo'lishi taxmin qilinmoqda. Men bir marta Lxasada bo'lganman va ularning köftesi menga juda yoqardi. Dynasty sizning oddiy, kundalik xitoy tilingizga xizmat qiladi, lekin pul uchun ajoyib portlash. Endi haqiqiy vasat haqida: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. Birinchisi yumshoq. Qolgan ikkitasi noodle taomlarini yaxshi tayyorlay olmaydi va men izlayotganim - bu yaxshi yostiq khee mao/mast noodle. Tailand bog'idagi qizil kori o'tishi mumkin, lekin Siam maydonidagi kori juda zerikarli. Oxir -oqibat, bu juda o'xshash joylar, shuning uchun men ulardan hech birini sinab ko'rmayapman: Choynak, Zen, Moshimoshi, Taypey va Tokio (barchasi Northemptonda). Qisqacha aytganda, siz Osiyo taomlarini topishingiz mumkin, ular ovqatlanuvchini baxtli qiladi, lekin hech qanday alohida narsa yo'q.

Italiya taomlari. Yomon, lekin shuning uchun u Sharqiy sohilning yirik shahar markazlaridan boshqa hamma joyda. Pizza, hech kim haqiqiy italyancha pizza qilmaydi (yoki hatto Bostondagi Regina va boshqalar kabi yaxshi taxmin), lekin amerikalik piroglar uchun Northemptondagi Jo va Luna juda zo'r. Birinchisi, atmosferada va taomda ajoyib maktab. Ikkinchisida mozzarella, kolbasa va qo'ziqorin kabi ajoyib yangi ingredientlar mavjud (butun tugma, kesilmagan). Pizza Paradiso yaxshi, lekin men yuqoridagi ikkitasini afzal ko'raman. Mening fikrimcha, Antonio va Pinokkio ham, pitssasiga qanday qo'shimchalar qo'yishidan qat'i nazar, ahmoqdir. Mimmo va katta yoshli kartonni yeyishga o'xshaydi. Northemptonda yangi ochilgan Sam 's - bu Antonioning uglerod nusxasi, lekin qobig'i yaxshiroq. Biz ularning qanchalik yaxshi ishlashini ko'ramiz.

Hind taomlari. Amxerstdagi Hindiston jannatlari haqiqatan ham dahshatli. Men Northemptondagi (Asosiy ko'chadagi) Hindiston saroyi haqida eshitganman. India House (Northampton, St St) yaxshi deb tan olingan, lekin qo'zichoq vindaloo uchun 15 dollarmi? Iltimos.

Burgerlar uchun Packard 's juda yaxshi, lekin ba'zida sizning burgeringizni haddan tashqari oshirib yuboradi. Amherst Brewing OK gamburger qiladi, lekin aniq ikkinchi o'rinda.

Muzqaymoq uchun, Northemptondagi Herrelllar tortni olishadi, lekin men jelatoni yaxshi ko'raman va muzqaymoqqa haddan tashqari ishtiyoqmand bo'la olmayman. Aytgancha, ularning mazali taomlari juda mazali va qiziqarli ta'mga ega. Amherstdagi Bart & 39s o'rtacha.

Pivo uchun, Moan va Dove (S. Amherst) va Iflos Truth (Noho). Ham qiziqarli mahalliy va xalqaro pivo. Ikkinchisida 50 ga yaqin kran bor, ikkinchisida 20 ga yaqin. Bu maydon, albatta, bu ikki bar va mahalliy pivo ishlab chiqaruvchilarning mo'lligi bilan baraka topadi.

Endi qolganlar uchun:
Amanouz (Marokash) - ajoyib baliq taomlari va sabzavotlar. Yaxshi qismlar, o'rtacha narx.
Livan kafesi - juda qimmat.
Chez Albert - yaxshi, lekin unchalik yaxshi emas.
Judie 's - yuqori darajadagi Applebee 's.
Spoleto - qimmat zaytun bog'i.

Men hali ham Cierca Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside yoki Apollon Grilles Tavernini tepada sinab ko'rmoqchiman, lekin bu joylar mening ro'yxatimda.


Pionerlar vodiysi haqidagi fikrlar

Men kashshoflar vodiysidagi taomlar haqidagi ko'plab postlarni o'qidim. Men ko'p narsaga qo'shilmayman, shuning uchun men bu xabarni yozdim. Kirish so'z sifatida, men Kaliforniya fuqarosiman va Italiyada yashaganman, shuning uchun men Meksika va Italiya taomlarini yaxshi bilaman. Mana mening fikrim. PS, qahva espresso va espressoda qurilgan ichimliklarni bildiradi.

Mening umumiy his -tuyg'ularim shundaki, bu hudud o'rtacha narxga ega bo'lgan o'rta korxonalar bilan to'yingan. Narxlar odatda sifat kafolatlaridan ancha yuqori. Yaxshi baho beradigan joyni topish qiyin, bu kollejlar ko'p bo'lgan hududda uyat.

Shunday qilib, birinchi navbatda, men vodiyning yaxshi ishi haqida gaplashaman. Birinchidan, qahva, kafe va nonushta. Amherst va Northempton qahvaxonalarida (bir xil egasi) siz birinchi darajali espressoni topishingiz mumkin, shunga o'xshashlar italiyalikni xursand qiladi. Northampton Coffee Pleasant Street ko'chasida joylashgan, shuning uchun siz boshqa Northampton kafelarida topilgan hipster shovqinini qoldirasiz. Amherst Coffee - bu Raoga qaraganda ancha tinchroq joy (masalan), u erda dam olish va/yoki ishni bajarish ancha oson. Xadli shahridagi Esselon kafesi-bu yana bir ajoyib joy, ular ajoyib nonushta qilishadi (vodiydagi eng yaxshi tuxum) va ob-havoda ovqatlanish uchun ochiq maydonga ega. Men u erda yaxshi qahva aytdim, lekin hech qachon ichmaganman. Amherstdagi qora qo'ylar kafedan ko'ra ko'proq nonvoyxonaga o'xshaydi, lekin u ajoyib pishiriqlar, yaxshi sendvichlar tayyorlaydi va yaxshi muhitga ega. Aytgancha, ularning qahva va choyi kerakli narsani qoldiradi. Northemptondagi Haymarket kafesi ajoyib nonushta, yaxshi tushlik/kechki ovqat, ajoyib choy va o'rtacha qahva beradi. Bundan tashqari, ular yaxshi va qiziqarli taomlarni arzon narxlarda etkazib berish uchun asosiy ballarni olishadi. Afsuski, hipster salqin u erda to'liq kuchga kiradi, lekin siz & quotservice & quot bilan shug'ullanishni tugatganingizdan so'ng, siz ovqat va choydan bahramand bo'lishingiz mumkin. Qahvaxonadan ko'ra nonushta ko'proq bo'lgan joylardan, Silvestrlar tuxumni yaxshi baholaydilar, ammo menyuning qolgan qismi ta'sirchan bo'lmasligi mumkin va xodimlar qo'pol munosabatda bo'lishlari mumkin. Jake 's oddiy va samimiy, lekin alohida narsa yo'q. Silvestr va Jeykning ham narxi ancha yuqori. Men ta'sir qilmagan joylar - Rao 's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho) va Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao 's dahshatli qahvalarda xizmat qiladi. Woodstar -da ajoyib sendvichlar bor. Yolg'iz bo'rining tuxumi yomon, meksikalik nonushta bor.

Delisdan, Qora Qo'y tortni oladi. Northemptondagi pichan maydonlari mazali (shirin) kekler va yaxshi sendvichlar tayyorlaydi. Ammo dahshatli qahva. Northgamptonda joylashgan polyak taomlari ajoyib reuben va yaxshi pierogi qiladi. Afsuski, siz 5 dollarlik sendvichni hech qaerdan olmaysiz. Yuqorida aytilganlarning hammasi sizga qariyb 7 dollar soliqni qaytarib beradi.

Qisqasi:
Eng yaxshi qahva: Northempton qahvasi
Eng yaxshi pishiriqlar: Qora qo'y
Eng yaxshi tuxum - Esselon
Eng yaxshi sendvich: Qora qo'y

Endi xalqaro taomlarga. Meksika: bu erdagi meksikalik taomlar yomon. Buni aytishning boshqa iloji yo'q. Burritonizga aysberg salatini qo'yadigan va silantro qoldiradigan har qanday joy sizning dollaringizga munosib emas. Bueno y Sano - axlat. Bu juda yumshoq (mm, qora loviya va aysberg) va juda qimmat. Veracruzana biroz yaxshiroq, hech bo'lmaganda ularda cilantro (agar so'rasangiz, ular standart keladigan aysbergni almashtiradi) va nopales va (haqiqiy) chorizo ​​kabi qiziqarli narsalar bor. Aytgancha, ular juda qimmatga tushadi va ularning taomlari ham yumshoq bo'ladi. Autentica (Janubiy Xedli) bundan boshqa narsa emas. Mi Tierra (9 -yo'nalish, Xadli) - Meksika taomlaridan nimani kutish mumkinligini biladiganlar uchun qutqaruvchi inoyat. U to'g'ri baharatlı va xushbo'y taomlarni arzon narxlarda xizmat qiladi. Men u erda bir nechta taomlarni sinab ko'rdim va hammasi yaxshi bajarildi, xususan achchiq cho'chqa go'shti. Afsuski, ular karnitsa bermaydilar. Mesa Verde Grinfildda, Kaliforniya uslubidagi meksikalik, baliq takosini va boshqalarni yaxshi bajaradi. Narxi ham to'g'ri.

Eng yaxshi Meksika taomlari: Mi Tierra

Osiyo taomlari: deyarli meksikalik kabi yomon, ortiqcha va zerikarli. Yaxshi joylar - Osaka, So Ra (ikkalasi ham Noxoda), Florensiyadagi Buyuk devor, Noxodagi Lxasa, Istxemptondagi Dynasty Gourmet va Xadli shahridagi koreys qo'shinlari (hammaga yoqadi, men hali ko'rmaganman). Osaka yaxshi sushi tayyorlaydi, lekin u ilgari parvoz qilgan joylarga taassurot qoldirmaydi. So Ra yaxshi koreys tilini yaxshi biladi, xususan ularning qovurilgan ishtahasi, lekin menda u erda bir nechta yumshoq taomlar bor edi. Buyuk devor qiziqarli va mazali xitoylarga xizmat qiladi. Ajoyib dim sum bo'lishi taxmin qilinmoqda. Men bir marta Lxasada bo'lganman va ularning köftesi menga juda yoqardi. Dynasty sizning oddiy, kundalik xitoy tilingizga xizmat qiladi, lekin pul uchun ajoyib portlash. Endi haqiqiy vasat haqida: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. Birinchisi yumshoq. Qolgan ikkitasi noodle taomlarini yaxshi tayyorlay olmaydi va men izlayotganim - bu yaxshi yostiq khee mao/mast noodle. Tailand bog'idagi qizil kori o'tishi mumkin, lekin Siam maydonidagi kori juda zerikarli. Oxir -oqibat, bu juda o'xshash joylar, shuning uchun men ulardan hech birini sinab ko'rmayapman: Choynak, Zen, Moshimoshi, Taypey va Tokio (barchasi Northemptonda). Qisqacha aytganda, siz Osiyo taomlarini topishingiz mumkin, ular ovqatlanuvchini baxtli qiladi, lekin hech qanday alohida narsa yo'q.

Italiya taomlari. Yomon, lekin shuning uchun u Sharqiy sohilning yirik shahar markazlaridan boshqa hamma joyda. Pizza, hech kim haqiqiy italyancha pizza qilmaydi (yoki hatto Bostondagi Regina va boshqalar kabi yaxshi taxmin), lekin amerikalik piroglar uchun Northemptondagi Jo va Luna juda zo'r. Birinchisi, atmosferada va taomda ajoyib maktab. Ikkinchisida mozzarella, kolbasa va qo'ziqorin kabi ajoyib yangi ingredientlar mavjud (butun tugma, kesilmagan). Pizza Paradiso yaxshi, lekin men yuqoridagi ikkitasini afzal ko'raman. Mening fikrimcha, Antonio va Pinokkio ham, pitssasiga qanday qo'shimchalar qo'yishidan qat'i nazar, ahmoqdir. Mimmo va katta yoshli kartonni yeyishga o'xshaydi. Northemptonda yangi ochilgan Sam 's - bu Antonioning uglerod nusxasi, lekin qobig'i yaxshiroq. Biz ularning qanchalik yaxshi ishlashini ko'ramiz.

Hind taomlari. Amxerstdagi Hindiston jannatlari haqiqatan ham dahshatli. Men Northemptondagi (Asosiy ko'chadagi) Hindiston saroyi haqida eshitganman. India House (Northampton, St St) yaxshi deb tan olingan, lekin qo'zichoq vindaloo uchun 15 dollarmi? Iltimos.

Burgerlar uchun Packard 's juda yaxshi, lekin ba'zida sizning burgeringizni haddan tashqari oshirib yuboradi. Amherst Brewing OK gamburger qiladi, lekin aniq ikkinchi o'rinda.

Muzqaymoq uchun, Northemptondagi Herrelllar tortni olishadi, lekin men jelatoni yaxshi ko'raman va muzqaymoqqa haddan tashqari ishtiyoqmand bo'la olmayman. Aytgancha, ularning mazali taomlari juda mazali va qiziqarli ta'mga ega. Amherstdagi Bart & 39s o'rtacha.

Pivo uchun, Moan va Dove (S. Amherst) va Iflos Truth (Noho). Ham qiziqarli mahalliy va xalqaro pivo. Ikkinchisida 50 ga yaqin kran bor, ikkinchisida 20 ga yaqin. Bu maydon, albatta, bu ikki bar va mahalliy pivo ishlab chiqaruvchilarning mo'lligi bilan baraka topadi.

Endi qolganlar uchun:
Amanouz (Marokash) - ajoyib baliq taomlari va sabzavotlar. Yaxshi qismlar, o'rtacha narx.
Livan kafesi - juda qimmat.
Chez Albert - yaxshi, lekin unchalik yaxshi emas.
Judie 's - yuqori darajadagi Applebee 's.
Spoleto - qimmat zaytun bog'i.

Men hali ham Cierca Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside yoki Apollon Grilles Tavernini tepada sinab ko'rmoqchiman, lekin bu joylar mening ro'yxatimda.


Pionerlar vodiysi haqidagi fikrlar

Men kashshoflar vodiysidagi taomlar haqidagi ko'plab postlarni o'qidim. Men ko'p narsaga qo'shilmayman, shuning uchun men bu xabarni yozdim. Kirish so'z sifatida, men Kaliforniya fuqarosiman va Italiyada yashaganman, shuning uchun men Meksika va Italiya taomlarini yaxshi bilaman. Mana mening fikrim. PS, qahva espresso va espressoda qurilgan ichimliklarni bildiradi.

Mening umumiy his -tuyg'ularim shundaki, bu hudud o'rtacha narxga ega bo'lgan o'rta korxonalar bilan to'yingan. Narxlar odatda sifat kafolatlaridan ancha yuqori. Yaxshi baho beradigan joyni topish qiyin, bu kollejlar ko'p bo'lgan hududda uyat.

Shunday qilib, birinchi navbatda, men vodiyning yaxshi ishi haqida gaplashaman. Birinchidan, qahva, kafe va nonushta. Amherst va Northempton qahvaxonalarida (bir xil egasi) siz birinchi darajali espressoni topishingiz mumkin, shunga o'xshashlar italiyalikni xursand qiladi. Northampton Coffee Pleasant Street ko'chasida joylashgan, shuning uchun siz boshqa Northampton kafelarida topilgan hipster shovqinini qoldirasiz. Amherst Coffee - bu Raoga qaraganda ancha tinchroq joy (masalan), u erda dam olish va/yoki ishni bajarish ancha oson. Xadli shahridagi Esselon kafesi-bu yana bir ajoyib joy, ular ajoyib nonushta qilishadi (vodiydagi eng yaxshi tuxum) va ob-havoda ovqatlanish uchun ochiq maydonga ega. Men u erda yaxshi qahva aytdim, lekin hech qachon ichmaganman. Amherstdagi qora qo'ylar kafedan ko'ra ko'proq nonvoyxonaga o'xshaydi, lekin u ajoyib pishiriqlar, yaxshi sendvichlar tayyorlaydi va yaxshi muhitga ega. Aytgancha, ularning qahva va choyi kerakli narsani qoldiradi. Northemptondagi Haymarket kafesi ajoyib nonushta, yaxshi tushlik/kechki ovqat, ajoyib choy va o'rtacha qahva beradi. Bundan tashqari, ular yaxshi va qiziqarli taomlarni arzon narxlarda etkazib berish uchun asosiy ballarni olishadi. Afsuski, hipster salqin u erda to'liq kuchga kiradi, lekin siz & quotservice & quot bilan shug'ullanishni tugatganingizdan so'ng, siz ovqat va choydan bahramand bo'lishingiz mumkin. Qahvaxonadan ko'ra nonushta ko'proq bo'lgan joylardan, Silvestrlar tuxumni yaxshi baholaydilar, ammo menyuning qolgan qismi ta'sirchan bo'lmasligi mumkin va xodimlar qo'pol munosabatda bo'lishlari mumkin. Jake 's oddiy va samimiy, lekin alohida narsa yo'q. Silvestr va Jeykning ham narxi ancha yuqori. Men ta'sir qilmagan joylar - Rao 's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho) va Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao 's dahshatli qahvalarda xizmat qiladi. Woodstar -da ajoyib sendvichlar bor. Yolg'iz bo'rining tuxumi yomon, meksikalik nonushta bor.

Delisdan, Qora Qo'y tortni oladi. Northemptondagi pichan maydonlari mazali (shirin) kekler va yaxshi sendvichlar tayyorlaydi. Ammo dahshatli qahva. Northgamptonda joylashgan polyak taomlari ajoyib reuben va yaxshi pierogi qiladi. Afsuski, siz 5 dollarlik sendvichni hech qaerdan olmaysiz. Yuqorida aytilganlarning hammasi sizga qariyb 7 dollar soliqni qaytarib beradi.

Qisqasi:
Eng yaxshi qahva: Northempton qahvasi
Eng yaxshi pishiriqlar: Qora qo'y
Eng yaxshi tuxum - Esselon
Eng yaxshi sendvich: Qora qo'y

Endi xalqaro taomlarga. Meksika: bu erdagi meksikalik taomlar yomon. Buni aytishning boshqa iloji yo'q. Burritonizga aysberg salatini qo'yadigan va silantro qoldiradigan har qanday joy sizning dollaringizga munosib emas. Bueno y Sano - axlat. Bu juda yumshoq (mm, qora loviya va aysberg) va juda qimmat. Veracruzana biroz yaxshiroq, hech bo'lmaganda ularda cilantro (agar so'rasangiz, ular standart keladigan aysbergni almashtiradi) va nopales va (haqiqiy) chorizo ​​kabi qiziqarli narsalar bor. Aytgancha, ular juda qimmatga tushadi va ularning taomlari ham yumshoq bo'ladi. Autentica (Janubiy Xedli) bundan boshqa narsa emas. Mi Tierra (9 -yo'nalish, Xadli) - Meksika taomlaridan nimani kutish mumkinligini biladiganlar uchun qutqaruvchi inoyat. U to'g'ri baharatlı va xushbo'y taomlarni arzon narxlarda xizmat qiladi. Men u erda bir nechta taomlarni sinab ko'rdim va hammasi yaxshi bajarildi, xususan achchiq cho'chqa go'shti. Afsuski, ular karnitsa bermaydilar. Mesa Verde Grinfildda, Kaliforniya uslubidagi meksikalik, baliq takosini va boshqalarni yaxshi bajaradi. Narxi ham to'g'ri.

Eng yaxshi Meksika taomlari: Mi Tierra

Osiyo taomlari: deyarli meksikalik kabi yomon, ortiqcha va zerikarli. Yaxshi joylar - Osaka, So Ra (ikkalasi ham Noxoda), Florensiyadagi Buyuk devor, Noxodagi Lxasa, Istxemptondagi Dynasty Gourmet va Xadli shahridagi koreys qo'shinlari (hammaga yoqadi, men hali ko'rmaganman). Osaka yaxshi sushi tayyorlaydi, lekin u ilgari parvoz qilgan joylarga taassurot qoldirmaydi. So Ra yaxshi koreys tilini yaxshi biladi, xususan ularning qovurilgan ishtahasi, lekin menda u erda bir nechta yumshoq taomlar bor edi. Buyuk devor qiziqarli va mazali xitoylarga xizmat qiladi. Ajoyib dim sum bo'lishi taxmin qilinmoqda. Men bir marta Lxasada bo'lganman va ularning köftesi menga juda yoqardi. Dynasty sizning oddiy, kundalik xitoy tilingizga xizmat qiladi, lekin pul uchun ajoyib portlash. Endi haqiqiy vasat haqida: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. Birinchisi yumshoq. Qolgan ikkitasi noodle taomlarini yaxshi tayyorlay olmaydi va men izlayotganim - bu yaxshi yostiq khee mao/mast noodle. Tailand bog'idagi qizil kori o'tishi mumkin, lekin Siam maydonidagi kori juda zerikarli. Oxir -oqibat, bu juda o'xshash joylar, shuning uchun men ulardan hech birini sinab ko'rmayapman: Choynak, Zen, Moshimoshi, Taypey va Tokio (barchasi Northemptonda). Qisqacha aytganda, siz Osiyo taomlarini topishingiz mumkin, ular ovqatlanuvchini baxtli qiladi, lekin hech qanday alohida narsa yo'q.

Italiya taomlari. Yomon, lekin shuning uchun u Sharqiy sohilning yirik shahar markazlaridan boshqa hamma joyda. Pizza, hech kim haqiqiy italyancha pizza qilmaydi (yoki hatto Bostondagi Regina va boshqalar kabi yaxshi taxmin), lekin amerikalik piroglar uchun Northemptondagi Jo va Luna juda zo'r. Birinchisi, atmosferada va taomda ajoyib maktab. Ikkinchisida mozzarella, kolbasa va qo'ziqorin kabi ajoyib yangi ingredientlar mavjud (butun tugma, kesilmagan). Pizza Paradiso yaxshi, lekin men yuqoridagi ikkitasini afzal ko'raman. Mening fikrimcha, Antonio va Pinokkio ham, pitssasiga qanday qo'shimchalar qo'yishidan qat'i nazar, ahmoqdir. Mimmo va katta yoshli kartonni yeyishga o'xshaydi. Northemptonda yangi ochilgan Sam 's - bu Antonioning uglerod nusxasi, lekin qobig'i yaxshiroq. Biz ularning qanchalik yaxshi ishlashini ko'ramiz.

Hind taomlari. Amxerstdagi Hindiston jannatlari haqiqatan ham dahshatli. Men Northemptondagi (Asosiy ko'chadagi) Hindiston saroyi haqida eshitganman. India House (Northampton, St St) yaxshi deb tan olingan, lekin qo'zichoq vindaloo uchun 15 dollarmi? Iltimos.

Burgerlar uchun Packard 's juda yaxshi, lekin ba'zida sizning burgeringizni haddan tashqari oshirib yuboradi. Amherst Brewing OK gamburger qiladi, lekin aniq ikkinchi o'rinda.

Muzqaymoq uchun, Northemptondagi Herrelllar tortni olishadi, lekin men jelatoni yaxshi ko'raman va muzqaymoqqa haddan tashqari ishtiyoqmand bo'la olmayman. Aytgancha, ularning mazali taomlari juda mazali va qiziqarli ta'mga ega. Amherstdagi Bart & 39s o'rtacha.

Pivo uchun, Moan va Dove (S. Amherst) va Iflos Truth (Noho). Ham qiziqarli mahalliy va xalqaro pivo. Ikkinchisida 50 ga yaqin kran bor, ikkinchisida 20 ga yaqin. Bu maydon, albatta, bu ikki bar va mahalliy pivo ishlab chiqaruvchilarning mo'lligi bilan baraka topadi.

Endi qolganlar uchun:
Amanouz (Marokash) - ajoyib baliq taomlari va sabzavotlar. Yaxshi qismlar, o'rtacha narx.
Livan kafesi - juda qimmat.
Chez Albert - yaxshi, lekin unchalik yaxshi emas.
Judie 's - yuqori darajadagi Applebee 's.
Spoleto - qimmat zaytun bog'i.

Men hali ham Cierca Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside yoki Apollon Grilles Tavernini tepada sinab ko'rmoqchiman, lekin bu joylar mening ro'yxatimda.


Pionerlar vodiysi haqidagi fikrlar

Men kashshoflar vodiysidagi taomlar haqidagi ko'plab postlarni o'qidim. Men ko'p narsaga qo'shilmayman, shuning uchun men bu xabarni yozdim. Kirish so'z sifatida, men Kaliforniya fuqarosiman va Italiyada yashaganman, shuning uchun men Meksika va Italiya taomlarini yaxshi bilaman. Mana mening fikrim. PS, qahva espresso va espressoda qurilgan ichimliklarni bildiradi.

Mening umumiy his -tuyg'ularim shundaki, bu hudud o'rtacha narxga ega bo'lgan o'rta korxonalar bilan to'yingan. Narxlar odatda sifat kafolatlaridan ancha yuqori. Yaxshi baho beradigan joyni topish qiyin, bu kollejlar ko'p bo'lgan hududda uyat.

Shunday qilib, birinchi navbatda, men vodiyning yaxshi ishi haqida gaplashaman. Birinchidan, qahva, kafe va nonushta. Amherst va Northempton qahvaxonalarida (bir xil egasi) siz birinchi darajali espressoni topishingiz mumkin, shunga o'xshashlar italiyalikni xursand qiladi. Northampton Coffee Pleasant Street ko'chasida joylashgan, shuning uchun siz boshqa Northampton kafelarida topilgan hipster shovqinini qoldirasiz. Amherst Coffee - bu Raoga qaraganda ancha tinchroq joy (masalan), u erda dam olish va/yoki ishni bajarish ancha oson. Xadli shahridagi Esselon kafesi-bu yana bir ajoyib joy, ular ajoyib nonushta qilishadi (vodiydagi eng yaxshi tuxum) va ob-havoda ovqatlanish uchun ochiq maydonga ega. Men u erda yaxshi qahva aytdim, lekin hech qachon ichmaganman. Amherstdagi qora qo'ylar kafedan ko'ra ko'proq nonvoyxonaga o'xshaydi, lekin u ajoyib pishiriqlar, yaxshi sendvichlar tayyorlaydi va yaxshi muhitga ega. Aytgancha, ularning qahva va choyi kerakli narsani qoldiradi. Northemptondagi Haymarket kafesi ajoyib nonushta, yaxshi tushlik/kechki ovqat, ajoyib choy va o'rtacha qahva beradi. Bundan tashqari, ular yaxshi va qiziqarli taomlarni arzon narxlarda etkazib berish uchun asosiy ballarni olishadi. Afsuski, hipster salqin u erda to'liq kuchga kiradi, lekin siz & quotservice & quot bilan shug'ullanishni tugatganingizdan so'ng, siz ovqat va choydan bahramand bo'lishingiz mumkin. Qahvaxonadan ko'ra nonushta ko'proq bo'lgan joylardan, Silvestrlar tuxumni yaxshi baholaydilar, ammo menyuning qolgan qismi ta'sirchan bo'lmasligi mumkin va xodimlar qo'pol munosabatda bo'lishlari mumkin. Jake 's oddiy va samimiy, lekin alohida narsa yo'q. Silvestr va Jeykning ham narxi ancha yuqori. Men ta'sir qilmagan joylar - Rao 's (Amherst), Woodstar (Noho) va Lone Wolf (Amherst). Rao 's dahshatli qahvalarda xizmat qiladi. Woodstar -da ajoyib sendvichlar bor. Yolg'iz bo'rining tuxumi yomon, meksikalik nonushta bor.

Delisdan, Qora Qo'y tortni oladi. Northemptondagi pichan maydonlari mazali (shirin) kekler va yaxshi sendvichlar tayyorlaydi. Ammo dahshatli qahva. Northgamptonda joylashgan polyak taomlari ajoyib reuben va yaxshi pierogi qiladi. Afsuski, siz 5 dollarlik sendvichni hech qaerdan olmaysiz. Yuqorida aytilganlarning hammasi sizga qariyb 7 dollar soliqni qaytarib beradi.

Qisqasi:
Eng yaxshi qahva: Northempton qahvasi
Eng yaxshi pishiriqlar: Qora qo'y
Eng yaxshi tuxum - Esselon
Eng yaxshi sendvich: Qora qo'y

Endi xalqaro taomlarga. Meksika: bu erdagi meksikalik taomlar yomon. Buni aytishning boshqa iloji yo'q. Burritonizga aysberg salatini qo'yadigan va silantro qoldiradigan har qanday joy sizning dollaringizga munosib emas. Bueno y Sano - axlat. Bu juda yumshoq (mm, qora loviya va aysberg) va juda qimmat. Veracruzana biroz yaxshiroq, hech bo'lmaganda ularda cilantro (agar so'rasangiz, ular standart keladigan aysbergni almashtiradi) va nopales va (haqiqiy) chorizo ​​kabi qiziqarli narsalar bor. Aytgancha, ular juda qimmatga tushadi va ularning taomlari ham yumshoq bo'ladi. Autentica (Janubiy Xedli) bundan boshqa narsa emas. Mi Tierra (9 -yo'nalish, Xadli) - Meksika taomlaridan nimani kutish mumkinligini biladiganlar uchun qutqaruvchi inoyat. U to'g'ri baharatlı va xushbo'y taomlarni arzon narxlarda xizmat qiladi. Men u erda bir nechta taomlarni sinab ko'rdim va hammasi yaxshi bajarildi, xususan achchiq cho'chqa go'shti. Afsuski, ular karnitsa bermaydilar. Mesa Verde Grinfildda, Kaliforniya uslubidagi meksikalik, baliq takosini va boshqalarni yaxshi bajaradi. Narxi ham to'g'ri.

Eng yaxshi Meksika taomlari: Mi Tierra

Osiyo taomlari: deyarli meksikalik kabi yomon, ortiqcha va zerikarli. Yaxshi joylar - Osaka, So Ra (ikkalasi ham Noxoda), Florensiyadagi Buyuk devor, Noxodagi Lxasa, Istxemptondagi Dynasty Gourmet va Xadli shahridagi koreys qo'shinlari (hammaga yoqadi, men hali ko'rmaganman). Osaka yaxshi sushi tayyorlaydi, lekin u ilgari parvoz qilgan joylarga taassurot qoldirmaydi. So Ra yaxshi koreys tilini yaxshi biladi, xususan ularning qovurilgan ishtahasi, lekin menda u erda bir nechta yumshoq taomlar bor edi. Buyuk devor qiziqarli va mazali xitoylarga xizmat qiladi. Ajoyib dim sum bo'lishi taxmin qilinmoqda. Men bir marta Lxasada bo'lganman va ularning köftesi menga juda yoqardi. Dynasty sizning oddiy, kundalik xitoy tilingizga xizmat qiladi, lekin pul uchun ajoyib portlash. Endi haqiqiy vasat haqida: Fresh Side, Amherst Chinese, Thai Garden, Siam Square. Birinchisi yumshoq. Qolgan ikkitasi noodle taomlarini yaxshi tayyorlay olmaydi va men izlayotganim - bu yaxshi yostiq khee mao/mast noodle. Tailand bog'idagi qizil kori o'tishi mumkin, lekin Siam maydonidagi kori juda zerikarli. Oxir -oqibat, bu juda o'xshash joylar, shuning uchun men ulardan hech birini sinab ko'rmayapman: Choynak, Zen, Moshimoshi, Taypey va Tokio (barchasi Northemptonda). Qisqacha aytganda, siz Osiyo taomlarini topishingiz mumkin, ular ovqatlanuvchini baxtli qiladi, lekin hech qanday alohida narsa yo'q.

Italiya taomlari. Yomon, lekin shuning uchun u Sharqiy sohilning yirik shahar markazlaridan boshqa hamma joyda. Pizza, hech kim haqiqiy italyancha pizza qilmaydi (yoki hatto Bostondagi Regina va boshqalar kabi yaxshi taxmin), lekin amerikalik piroglar uchun Northemptondagi Jo va Luna juda zo'r. Birinchisi, atmosferada va taomda ajoyib maktab. Ikkinchisida mozzarella, kolbasa va qo'ziqorin kabi ajoyib yangi ingredientlar mavjud (butun tugma, kesilmagan). Pizza Paradiso yaxshi, lekin men yuqoridagi ikkitasini afzal ko'raman. Mening fikrimcha, Antonio va Pinokkio ham, pitssasiga qanday qo'shimchalar qo'yishidan qat'i nazar, ahmoqdir. Mimmo va katta yoshli kartonni yeyishga o'xshaydi. Northemptonda yangi ochilgan Sam 's - bu Antonioning uglerod nusxasi, lekin qobig'i yaxshiroq. Biz ularning qanchalik yaxshi ishlashini ko'ramiz.

Hind taomlari. Amxerstdagi Hindiston jannatlari haqiqatan ham dahshatli. Men Northemptondagi (Asosiy ko'chadagi) Hindiston saroyi haqida eshitganman. India House (Northampton, St St) yaxshi deb tan olingan, lekin qo'zichoq vindaloo uchun 15 dollarmi? Iltimos.

Burgerlar uchun Packard 's juda yaxshi, lekin ba'zida sizning burgeringizni haddan tashqari oshirib yuboradi. Amherst Brewing OK gamburger qiladi, lekin aniq ikkinchi o'rinda.

Muzqaymoq uchun, Northemptondagi Herrelllar tortni olishadi, lekin men jelatoni yaxshi ko'raman va muzqaymoqqa haddan tashqari ishtiyoqmand bo'la olmayman. Aytgancha, ularning mazali taomlari juda mazali va ular qiziqarli ta'mga ega. Amherstdagi Bart & 39s o'rtacha.

Pivo uchun, Moan va Dove (S. Amherst) va Iflos 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? Iltimos.

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? Iltimos.

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? Iltimos.

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? Iltimos.

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? Iltimos.

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? Iltimos.

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

Muzqaymoq uchun, Northemptondagi Herrelllar tortni olishadi, lekin men jelatoni yaxshi ko'raman va muzqaymoqqa haddan tashqari ishtiyoqmand bo'la olmayman. Aytgancha, ularning mazali taomlari juda mazali va ular qiziqarli ta'mga ega. Amherstdagi Bart & 39s o'rtacha.

Pivo uchun, Moan va Dove (S. Amherst) va Iflos Truth (Noho). Ham qiziqarli mahalliy va xalqaro pivo. Ikkinchisida 50 ga yaqin kran bor, ikkinchisida 20 ga yaqin. Bu maydon, albatta, bu ikki bar va mahalliy pivo ishlab chiqaruvchilarning mo'lligi bilan baraka topadi.

Endi qolganlar uchun:
Amanouz (Marokash) - ajoyib baliq taomlari va sabzavotlar. Yaxshi qismlar, o'rtacha narx.
Livan kafesi - juda qimmat.
Chez Albert - yaxshi, lekin unchalik yaxshi emas.
Judie 's - yuqori darajadagi Applebee 's.
Spoleto - qimmat zaytun bog'i.

Men hali ham Cierca Blue Heron Night Kitchen Sierra, Eastside yoki Apollon Grilles Tavernini tepada sinab ko'rmoqchiman, lekin bu joylar mening ro'yxatimda.


Videoni tomosha qiling: Gosha Gala (Sentyabr 2021).