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THE WGE BUYING A DRNK GUIDE

Buying Beer ... Almost any supermarket or convenience store.

Liberal hours, but locked down on Sunday mornings.

Buying Wine ... At any liquor store during regular hours (roughly M-Sat) from whatever time the open to 10 or 11pm, depending on the store.

You can buy wine at the supermarket ... but oddly enough only at two of each brand of the supermarket in the state. In other words, if Supermarket (or, warehouse store has more than two locations, chances are you can't but wine at yours.) AND, this was upheld by the citizens of Mass in a referendum last year.

Liquor ... From any liquor store, from bright and early in the morning, if the store so chooses, to at least 10pm and sometimes 11 on weekdays and somewhat truncated hours on Sunday ... figure Noon to 8PM on Sundays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMHERST

THE PUB

The Pub, Amherst, MA

I've been going to The Pub since 1970-something.

The classics last for good reason ... the Pub Burger I ordered then is the same today.

Kudos to Gerry Jolly, the owner, for running a place that is consistent.

(Full bar. Lunch/Dinner.)

 

15 E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 549-1200

RAFTERS

Rafters, Amherst

Here is your sports bar done right.

Not the widest menu, but everything that comes from the kitchen is solid, sports bar fare.

Plenty of TVs, a pool table, games, lotto, keno and other distractions.

They pour a terrific Guinness.

(Full bar. Lunch/Dinner.)

 

422 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002
413-549-4040

 

Guinness Guinness

ATKINS COUNTRY MARKET

Atkin's, Amherst, MA

Here is a roadside fruit stand that grew up to become a very viable semi-gourmet market -- in the middle of nowhere.

I suggest: the marinated beef tips, corn (in season), the stuffed clams, and more.

There is a little restaurant that is known especially for their apple cider doughnuts.

However, in my opinion, the epicenter of New England corn is down the road in Southwick, MA. I have never had better corn, than early season "Butter and Sugar" corn from Southwick.

Downside: Mr. Atkins ran the stand when the apple orchards surrounded the place. Now, there are condos surrounding the place. Condos, named after the orchards they obliterated.

 

1150 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-9528
Get directions

www.atkinsfarms.com

 

AMHERST HONORABLE MENTION:

Pho  ...  There isn't much pho around here. One on Main Street is okay (a little salty last time I was there).

Black Sheep  ...  A popular deli.  Best coffee in town.  H&H Bagels from NYC.

Antonio's  ...  "Pretty" good pizza by the slice.

Amherst Chinese  ...  Some of the best I've had anywhere.  They grow their own stuff when the can.

Paradise of India  ...  Across the street from Amherst Chinese.  Very good.

 

Revere Beach

KELLY'S

I went some miles out of my way for my first-ever experience at Kelly's.

I'd been doing business for some weeks in the area and had happened up on more than one of the aforementioned places that advertise roast beef. None were disappointing. Some were good.

I am a steadfast enjoyer of the horseradish approach with lettuce, tomatoes and the works.

My visit to Nick's was reminiscent of the day I drove 100 miles to try a beef on wick in Buffalo at Schwabl's, where they informed me that "no" they didn't have any rare beef because they were just staring on a new roast and "no" they wouldn't start on in the middle ... "I guess you could come back in a few hours" ... we choked down our sandwiches ... C+ ... lesson: learned.

Anyhow at Nick's I didn't think to inquire, or specify thinking the 20 or so people in line before me must know a good thing.

I'd didn't specify rare. It wasn't. And who was I to complain. I slopped it up with as much sauce as I could justify.

And ironically, they use a sesame seed bun ... with every bight I imagined how it would have been, if only they had ...

Next time, Nick's.

 

BOSTON

DURGIN PARK

Durgin Park, Boston

Here is a place in the middle of tourist-ville that serves up basic, almost cliched, New England fare.

Certainly worth a visit ... after you've had your fill of Dim Sum and pizza.

Read on ...

 

340 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109
617-227-2877

CHINA PEARL

China Pearl, Boston

The first part of a Roadfood meet up in Boston.

This upstairs restaurant was wildly busy with many International District locals.

I knew I was in for a treat and was right.

See the Day Two trip report link just below in the write up about pizza.

 

9 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-4338

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GREAT NORTH END PIZZA DEBATE !!!

Regina Pizza, Boston

Ernesto's Pizza, Boston

I did a Roadfood.com meet up where we compared pizza from both places.

Check out the full report:

ROADFOOD.COM PART ONE | ROADFOOD.COM PART TWO (Day Two is the pizza experiment.)

 

ERNESTO'S, 69 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113 ... (617) 523-1373

PIZZARIA REGINA, 11 1/2 Thacher Street, Boston, MA 02113 ... (617) 227-0765

 

GUEST ENTRY: JENNIFER

OGGI PIZZA

Oggi Pizza, Boston

Jennifer hasn't submitted her text yet ... but, she brought some Oggi Pizza home.

The bagel-like, yet light, crust was superb. Mixed with delicate toppings, this was a winner.

 

131 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110
(617) 345-0022
Get directions

 

ESSEX

WOODMAN'S SEAFOOD

Woodman's Essex, MA

The quintessential New England lobster pound.

This place is big and does it up bold ... You pick the bug, they cook it for you.

Bring a hearty appetite and plenty of money.

 

121 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-6057

 

 

 

EASTHAMPTON

SILVER SPOON

Silver Spoon, Easthampton, MA

A basic down to earth breakfast and lunch spot.

I enjoy their home made corned beef hash. Eggs Benedict on weekends.

Better than any of the breakfast places in Northampton, in my opinion.

 

73 Main Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 527-3363
Get directions

 

 

 

The East Village ... is now closed

THEIR WEBPAGE

THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE

 

EASTHAMPTON HONORABLE MENTION:

Amy's Place ... A downtown pub with decent chili and a decent Guinness pour.

Andamo's ... by the car wash, north of town on Route 10 ... valid American and Italian.

Burger place at Eastworks ... Valid dogs, chili and burgers ... try the onion strings.

Apollo Grill ... Actually I never ate there, but have heard enough good to feel safe recommending it.

The New Seafood Shack ... North of town on Route 10 ... I've not been there.  I've heard nothing but goof

 

GREAT BARRINGTON

GUIDO'S

Guido's, Great Barrington

This is one of the nicest gourmet, or at least upscale, grocery stores.

Always crowded.

The Pittsfield outpost looks even bigger.

 

GREAT BARRINGTON:
760 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-1581
Get directions

PITTSFIELD:
1010 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-9912
Get directions

www.guidosfreshmarketplace.com

GUTHRIE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Guthrie Center, Great Barrington

 

Not so much in Stockbridge as in Great Barrington (in a neighborhood called Housatonic).

No so much a restaurant as it a music hall. Not so much a music hall as a museum. Not so much a museum as a shrine.

The Guthrie Center is all of the above. It is the actual "Alice's Restaurant" church from the song.

There is a lot of space downstairs where the pews used to be ... and there is a picture of the sign at the dump from the fateful thanksgiving.

It probably won't be open, but it is worth taking a picture of the outside.

 

4 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-1955
Get directions

www.guthriecenter.org

GREAT BARRINGTON HONORABLE MENTION:

Route 7 Grill ... I have yet to eat here, but I hear they do a nice job with fresh, local ingredients.

 

 

HADLEY

SULLY'S

Sully's, Hadley

A hole in the wall, tucked into a nondescript group of commercial buildings and motels.

Frankly, I think the breakfast there is better than any of the more popular places in Northampton.

 

235 Russell Street, Route 9, Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 584-9219
Get directions

SOFIA'S POLISH DELI

Sofia's, Hadley, MA

Off a side street off Route 9, Stella's is a viable source for Polish food.

Look for the colorful sign near the Gibbs gas station.

 

8 Railroad Street, Hadley, MA 01035-3527

(413)-584-2282

Get directions

 

WORLD FOOD MARKET

World Food Market, Hadley

A terrific Asian grocery store.

You are not going to find a great pho restaurant around here ... ask them for some advice and you can brew up a pretty good batch at home.

 

50 Russell Street, Hadley, MA

(413) 586-6766

CARMELINA's

 

A popular Italian restaurant.

I believe there are new owners, who seem to be sprucing up the place nicely.

I've heard conflicting reports on food/service under new management.


96 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 584-8000
Get directions

www.carmelinas.com

 

ESSCELLON

Esselon, Hadley

Kind of a soup/salad/sandwich place in the "center" of Hadley.

They do roast their own coffee and the food is very good.

Not a place to go if you are in a hurry.

 

99 Russell Street, Route 9, Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 585-1515
Get directions

HADLEY HONORABLE MENTION:

Butternuts ... I haven't eaten there, yet I hear they do a nice job with fresh local ingredients. LINK

Mi Teirra ... ABout the best Mexican around. I have had only a little from there and all is good.

 

HATFIELD

THE SMITHSONIAN

 

Very good home cooking in an out of the way spot just off I-91.

 

127 Elm Street, Hatfield, MA 01038
(413) 247-5044
Get directions

 

HOLYOKE

NICK'S NEST

Nick's Nest, Holyoke, MA

Here is a classic Roadside joint ... They've been around since the 1700's.

Very simple, steamed dogs, served in some sort of a orange-ish oil on simple Wonder Bread buns.

They are the champion of this style of dog.

Gregg Orders: 2 dogs with mustard, onions and relish, a large "Orange" (I like it because it is not too sweet) and sometimes a small baked beans. (I admit to dribbling the smallest amount of catchup, when I get to the eating counter.)

Note to Nick's Nest: The only available size of your terrific onion rings is too much for one person. I've decided not to order them any more as I waste more than I eat.

New owners have spruced up the place and, in a rare happenstance, IMPROVED this institution. It had started to go downhill, as depicted here in this older picture.

 

1597 Northampton Street, Holyoke MA 01040
(413) 532-5229

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A HOLYOKE HONORABLE MENTION:

***** Fernandez Family Restaurant ... Very good Puerto Rican fare in run down, depressing, downtown Holyoke.

 

 

MARTHA'S VINEYARD

A SPECIAL PAGE DEVOTED ONLY TO THE VINEYARD ... Not updated, out of date, but there is some info.

NEW:  Observations from esteemed guest columnist, Gary!

 

MONTAGUE

THE MILL

Night Kitchen, Montague

Book Mill, Montague

Two restaurants in a peaceful setting along the river in the middle-of-nowhere town.

One is an informal cafe nestled into a bookstore and the other features more formal eating in the evening.

 

440 Greenfield Road, Montague, MA 01351
(413) 367-9580
Get directions

www.montaguenightkitchen.com

 

 

NORTHAMPTON

Hotel NorthamptonDowntown NorthamptonSmith PondHawley SchoolNorthampton, MA

A SPECIAL PAGE DEVOTED ONLY TO NORTHAMPTON

 

 

PITTSFIELD

TEO'S HOT DOGS

Teo's, Pittsfield, MA

A working class tavern with a great following for what I call Troy-style Dogs.

When you have legions of loyal customers lining up for your signature dogs, there is no need to fix the front of the place up ... people will look past a crumbling facade for a good cheap lunch.

They are kind of the White Castle of hot dogs ... you can probably order six -- with a Genny Cream.

(Full bar. Open lunch and dinner.)

 

1410 East Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 447-9592
Get directions

HOT DOG RANCH

Hot Dog Ranch , Pittsfield

I guess when you've got legions of loyal customers who start rushing the place at 11 in the morning, keeping your sign readable isn't that big of a priority ... yet, it is a tiny bit more upscale than Teo's (above) inside.

Same style dogs. I think, of the two, I prefer Teo's but only for two tiny little reasons, Teo's serves Genny Cream and, for some reason, the onions they sprinkle on the top don't fall off during the eating.

The Ranch in North Adams is a little newer, less run down, and the food is just as good in my opinion.

(Full bar. Open lunch and dinner.)

 

20 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-0055
Get directions

 

NORTH ADAMS OUTPOST:
310 State Street, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 662-2009
Get directions

 

DON'T FORGET:

GUIDO'S FRESH MARKETPLACE (See Great Barrington)

 

 

SHEFFIELD

SUNRISE DINER

Sun Rise Diner, Sheffield, MA

Like being at the diner in Mayberry.

(No Alchohol. Breakfast and lunch.)

 

700 S Main Street, Route 7, Sheffield, MA 01257
(413) 229-0263
Get directions

 

 

SOUTH HADLEY

JOHNNY'S

 

They've been advertising new owners, great burgers, etc.

We had a (huge) Ceaser salad and a burger, both were quite good.

The burger was nice and fresh, just not the most delicious I've ever had.

:( I was bummed that they were adverting a burger and a beer at the bar for $6 and there was no mention of it on the special board or on the menu.

I'll still probably be back if I am in the area.

(Full bar. Lunch and Dinner.)

62 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 534-8222
Get directions

   

SOUTHAMPTON

OPA OPA STEAKHOUSE AND BREWERY

Opa Opa Steakhouse, Southampton, MA

 

Here is a well respected steak house and brewery nestled just between Easthampton and Westfield.

I've honestly only had lunch, but I can tell they do a nice job.

I tend to enjoy a Guinness with lunch, but Opa's stout packs too much of a punch ... a problem not uncommon at brew pubs.

Overall, a valid option.

WORD IS OPA OPA IS TAKING OVER MULINO'S IN NOTRHAMPTON (See Northampton)

169 College Highway, Southampton, MA 01073
(413) 527-0808
Get directions

Plus, they are related to Brewmaster Taven in Williamburg.

www.opaopasteakhousebrewery.com

 

 
 

SPRINGFIELD

THE STUDENT PRINCE

 

German influenced solid, yet somewhat basic fare.

Happily there is a parking lot half a block away, so you don't have to take any chances walking the despicable streets of downtown Springfield.

 

8 Fort St, Springfield, MA

(413) 734-7475

FRIGO ITALIAN DELI

 

Superb Italian specialties served up at a very busy deli.

There is a small table to eat what you've ordered, but you are better off taking is someplace more relaxed to enjoy.

(They sell wine by the bottle, to go only, I think.)

 

90 William Street, Springfield, MA ... (413) 732-5428

MOM AND RICO ITALIAN DELI

 

A bit more rustic than Frigo's (see below) ... Mom & Rico's still creates lots of good salads and thing you can take home to produce a nice dinner.

The is usually a buffet set up out back with worthwhile item to eat in or take out.

 

899 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 732-8941
Get directions

CHEF WAYNE'S BIG MAMOU

 

AWESOME Cajun food.

A second restaurant in Williamsburg is getting rave reviews.

 

SPRINGFIELD: 63 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA 01103 ... (413) 732-1011
Get directions

 

WILLIAMSBURG: 15 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA ... (413) 268-7493

 

www.chefwaynes-bigmamou.com

 

 

SUNDERLAND

BUB'S BBQ

 

Pretty much the only BBQ in these parts.

They have the decor down.

Watching them reheat my ribs with some combo of boiling and grilling made my heart sink. I was not as dissapointed as I expected to be ... in the end, I actually enjoyed my meal.

The excellent side dish bar, might have helped save the day.

(Beer and wine. Dinner, and maybe days on weekends.)

 

676 Amherst Road, Sunderland, MA 01375
(413) 548-9630
Get directions

www.bubsbbq.com

 

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD

WHITE HUT

White Hut, West Springfield

Here is a place that hasn't changed in all the time I've been coming here.

One flat top a counter and a few friendly people combine to turn out tremendous burgers, breakfast sandwiches and hot dogs.

Everything is enhanced by the tremendous fried onions.

 

280 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 736-9390

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILLIAMSBURG

BREW MASTER'S TAVERN

Brewmasters Tavern, Williamsburg

Decent brew-pub grub.

Worth a stop. I' haven't been there enough to give it a worthy review. As they are tied into the emerging Opa Opa empire, I feel good listing them.

(See Southampton listings for more on Opa Opa.)

(Full Bar. Lunch/Dinner.)

 

4 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA 01096
(413) 268-7741
Get directions

www.thebrewmasterstavern.com

WILLIAMSBURG SNACK BAR

Williamsburg Snack Bar, Williamsburg, MA

Tucked in the parking lot of a nursery.

Viable snack bar food. Hopefully, they will have lobster rolls when you stop in, at way under $10, they are a very good value.

I recall they had quite a bit of good seafood options.

 

93 Main Street, Haydenville, MA 01039

(413) 268-7556

 

CHEF WAYNE'S BIG MAMOU

Chef Wayne's Big Mamou, Williamsburg

An outpost of the original in Springfield.

This place is so popular, it get's a listing of its own.

Cheers to Chef Wayne for bringing a second branch out into the hill country.

(I hear there is a full bar ... not sure of hours, certainly for dinner, maybe lunch. Sorry. Check the site?)

 

15 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA 01096

www.chefwaynes-bigmamou.com

 

 

SOME MASSACHUSETTS DISTRACTIONS

A VERY SHORT LIST OF SOME THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU ARE HERE ...

AGAWAM: The Titanic Museum ... LINK ... I've never been there. I'm told it is in the back of a jewelry store.

BOSTON: Walking Tours ... LINK ... I am not a big fan of these sort of things in most cities. In Boston it is worthwhile.

SPRINGFIELD: Dr. Seuss Memorial ... LINK ... I've never been, but have heard good things.

SOUTHERN BERKSHIRES: LINK

 

Also, a lot of Massachusetts-related links on the WhereGreggEats.com NORTHAMPTON PAGE

 

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