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Joanie | Jun 1, 201806:51 AM    

I didn't 'see much recent news (amidst the barrage of Boston posts these days) so figured I'd report back on Memorial Day.

BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge: We got there right as they opened on Sat. so no line. Ordered the regular sized brisket sandwich for about $11 (no side) and should have gone for a small, the meat dwarfed the bun. Also got a quarter slab of short ribs which were meaty but the rub was a little excessive for me. Side of potato salad was fine but too liquidy. Nice folks working there.
Amherst Coffee & Bar and Glazed Donuts: Rode past the ole alma mater and stopped for cold brews at AC&B then noticed Glazed so got a raspberry glazed donut nibble on (still full from BT). It was just ok, maybe cuz it was gluten free?
Foundry, Northampton: nice space, good beer choices, not a personable bartender
Green Room: very personable bartenders offering helpful local info, creative drinks. Would go back.
Eastside Grill: was here eons ago with our parents and felt the need to return. Sat at the bar and had good service, good pours of wine. We split a tasty haddock w/ lobster cream dish served w/ rice, veggies and salad for about $22. Plus nice warm bread.
Homestead: We were full but Homestead had been recommended and their pastas sounded great. But we sat at the bar (which was surprisingly quiet for Sat. at 9:30ish) for a beautiful dessert of olive oil cake w/ orange, basil and cream. The bartender was able to take my vague thoughts and make them into what was kind of a boozy orange latte. We ended the night at Bishop's Lounge seeing music.
Roost: After a walk across the Conn River on Sun., A got a coffee and I had a few bites of a tasty frosted strawberry scone. Loved the look of the place, Joanna Gaines would approve.
Florence Pie Bar: I had noticed this place last year and had to try it. A's meat pie was better than my butterscotch cream pie which just didn't have that much flavor. Good iced coffee.
Capt. Jack's Roadside Shack, Easthampton: After record shopping we got decent hot dogs here. Would be curious to try their fried seafood on a day that wasn't 52 and rainy. Super nice kids working there.
Fort Hill Brewery: Drove the couple miles here to get a flight. I chose the spiced something or other out of the 5 glasses. Was surprised there were no coffee or choc. porter type drinks. A liked one IPA but wasn't overly impressed. It was jumping and they had a band.
Galaxy: After random stuff and regrouping, it was back to Easthampton and since Coco & the Cellar Bar was too crowded (dining room closed on Sun), we went across the street to Galaxy. Cool mid century modern looking spot with a well priced menu. Bartender tweaked a drink for me, we got a couple apps including mushroom/pizza flatbread and it was all good. The short rib dinner looked great.
Toasted Owl: Back to town to watch the playoffs with a ton of other people thinking the same thing. Had I known this was connected to Fitzwilly's, I would have gone to one of the more mellow bars. We split a cheeseburger and fries which was good, nothing earth shattering but $9.99 is a deal these days.
Northampton Coffee: got an excellent almond croissant to take home, best I've had in a while.
Rise & Shine Diner, E. Brookfield: We got caught in a Mem. Day parade so turned back to this little spot I had noticed since it was about time to eat. Omelets were fine, hash browns were a pleasant surprise and I think the grilled English muffin was the star. Nice people there, they evevn gave us two muffins for our first visit.

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