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stanhabib - Sun, Jan 17, 2016, 5:21 P
The Rail Yard Restaurant
Hello all,

Had a chance to have breakfast at The Rail Yard on Route 2 in Erving and found the owner prepares a very satisfying meal with pleasant service. Breakfast and lunch only.

Stanley Habib
 
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stash - Tue, Jun 9, 2015, 9:00 P
New Asian Place
We stopped at the Kobe by Home Depot after my last June treatment at the Oncology Lab . Nice interior, super wait staff. And the best part. GREAT food. You can either sit at the grill or in the dining room. Same cost. Wife and I ate well and she brought home 1/2 of hers plus we had 1/2 the appetizers left as well. All for less than $30. The only con was the green tea. I prefer the good old black tea usually served. Scale of 1 to 10 I give them a solid 9.9 . Good tea would be a heavy 10..
 
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stash - Mon, Apr 20, 2015, 7:10 A
Glen
Yup, Like my bud in Florida says, " at least we're on the green side of the grass " :-) Watched the selectman's Q&A . Mark is still my choice.
 
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MikeNaughton - Sun, Apr 19, 2015, 9:30 P
Glen
Bummer, Stash. In a perfect world, no one like you would have to go through anything like that.

On the other hand, you could look on the bright side:

* You're alive.

* The Glen is doing well enough that it can be hard to get a seat there sometimes for lunch.

Both good things, no?
 
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stash - Wed, Apr 15, 2015, 6:26 P
Glen
Not a good day for the pollock. Got done over at the oncology lab at Franklin and decided to hit the Glen for lunch. Had to park out back. ( no biggie ),except the step and the out swing door. Get inside and booths all full. Tried the counter seats and between the leg braces and cane-crutches it's a no go. Two booths had only one person in them. There was at least one other couple sitting waiting for a booth. Love the sign on the booths. No saving, yet let one person have them. One was done and had their change already. I mentioned it to the waitress and got no response. Good food but no more. Good thing there is 99 and Applebees when you want more than a great burger..
 
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stash - Fri, Apr 3, 2015, 9:35 A
Question
Don't forget the toast rounds............. Happy Easter/Passover to all. Stash/Ann
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 8:09 P
Question
Best to be prepared: be sure to carry butter and garlic with you at all times!
 
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Mark1 - Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 8:35 A
Question
A snail walks into a bank to make a deposit. Then a turtle comes in and robs the bank. Afterward, the police are interviewing the snail and asks him to recount what had happened. The snail says, "I don't know, it all happened so fast."
 
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jhanold - Wed, Apr 1, 2015, 9:53 P
Question
News Flash! The assault on NoHo by a horde (flotilla? wave?) of snails (undoubtedly unleashed by a restaurant on Pleasant St in Amherst whose identity has been cloaked by Hampshire County officials) is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual schism in that county! Franklin County residents should exercise prudence as they travel to and froacross Rte 9 between the belligerent parties, and should rather stick to sneaking up and down Rte 63, and then south on Pleasant JUST FAR ENOUGH to get their own snail-fix (or is it escargot to GoGo?) in Amherst. Naughton is right:if they are now marching on Northampton, can Easthampton be next?? I hope so -- if they go after Deerfield, Muller's website might be next.
 
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MikeNaughton - Wed, Apr 1, 2015, 8:46 P
Question
"More snails! This time northampton."

Man, those little gastropods really get around! :-)
 
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Mark1 - Tue, Mar 31, 2015, 1:57 P
Question
More snails! This time northampton.

http://www.bistrolesgras.com/#!bar-menu/c1eym
 
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stash - Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 12:12 P
Question
Thanks , Hitting the mall Thursday. Guess where we'll eat ?? :-) :-) ........... Stash
 
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jhanold - Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 11:00 A
Question
May I add to Mark's reply on snails that Chez Albert is a charming restaurant with a host who enfolds you in a warm welcome and loves to recommend both cocktails and wine to match the meal. They have also had rabbit and duck from time to time. And now that their parking-in-back is less snowy you don't need Amherst DPW involvement ...!
 
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Mark1 - Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 8:45 A
Question
Chez Albert, Amherst serves escargot.
 
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stash - Sun, Mar 15, 2015, 12:05 P
Question
Figured this would be the best spot for this.. Looking for a local place, franklin cnty that serves snails. The last place I had them was in Brattleboro. Nice place, a tad pricey but worth it, but, only open nights. I don't drive and wifey doesn't like driving at night. Hamp would be ok as well. Thanks, Stash
 
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stash - Fri, Jan 16, 2015, 10:16 P
New Burger Joint
Was back last week to THE COW. Had sausage burgers. They should stick to beef. Wife and I both were kind of disappointed. Guess we'll stick with the cow burgers. Those have been great no matter which variation they have put on our plates. Also was impressed with the spotless restroom.
 
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jhanold - Fri, Dec 12, 2014, 4:50 P
Five-eyed Fox
Disclosure Alert: My record on predicting success for eateries in Turners Falls is pathetic, for which I am grateful (if embarrassed). Several places I thought were risky have thrived instead, so I hope I don't jinx a good one here.
With that in mind, my first visit to Five-Eyed Fox on Third St was very positive. It does not feel like a repeat of anywhere else, the inviting atmosphere should appeal to a variety of people, and the food was tasty and unique-within-reason. That makes it a good choice for curious visitors and Cheese-Beer followers. I need a late-evening place to unwind, sometimes, and this is where their extended hours will be a real asset to the village (and provide yet another reason for other villages and towns to sample the attractions of Power Town).
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Jul 11, 2014, 10:41 P
New Burger Joint
We've been to the Burger Bar several times, and we agree -- they make a darned good burger. You may spend less at other places, but you won't get a better burger ... even if you spend more. We recommend it.
 
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stash - Fri, Jul 11, 2014, 9:09 A
New Burger Joint
Was there wed. $31 for 2 burgers,2 iced teas, order of fried pickles and a small order of sweet tater fries. Not inexpensive for a burger. BUT worth every darn penny. Was at a burger joint in Seattle in June, ( supposed to be the best on the West coast). Price was about the same, but compared to the Cow they were more like Burger King.. Will be a customer for sure. On to Harvest Table and the Wing joint.... 4 stars for the Cow...
 
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ChrisP - Tue, Jan 1, 2013, 7:41 P
New burger joint in TF
Tried it and liked it a lot. The food was great and the service was quick. Inexpensive but not like fast food. Also they were able to accommodate my dietary needs. We'll be back.
 
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mark2 - Wed, Aug 24, 2011, 7:19 A
Holy Smaojkes
Can't we all just get along. Perhaps another beer summit is in order. Peace out :)
 
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newbie - Tue, Aug 23, 2011, 9:34 P
Holy Smaojkes
I love it. A place that would serve a cow flop on toast would be fine cause it's local and locally owned. . Don't like what I said about a small town eatery so be it. Whine all you want I still didn't like the food. Get over it. So if I went say 6 times and still didn't like it it would then be fine to say so. Wasted money twice. Thats enough for me. I'm sure all you fine? folks slamming me have never complained about anything . You folks really got to get a life if this is so important..........
 
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junkman - Mon, Aug 22, 2011, 7:56 P
Holy Smaojkes
" lamb at the Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival".
And the turkey legs were phenominal.
 
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Denise - Mon, Aug 22, 2011, 7:05 P
Holy Smaojkes
"We were in the village and saw that they were open. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give it a low 4.. Very disappointed. Got the wings and slaw... Way too smokey, like they are trying too hard. Don't like a vinegar dressing in my slaw. Prices are a tad high.. I've been spoiled by just one visit to Bubb's in Sunderland. ( Not sure, maybe Amherst).."

Here's your original post. Free speech, but pretty critical for a first visit. I don't like mayo in my slaw. A matter of personal opinion. So we support our friends, employers and community event supporters. Well, I don't really care for " newbies" trashing local bussineses on minimal impression.Since we are all so imperfect perhaps you should run for public office and fix everything. There will be mayo in ervery slaw. Helmens? Do you have a preference?
 
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newbie - Mon, Aug 22, 2011, 6:27 P
Holy Smaojkes
Good lord........ Read my darn post... Read whats there not what you think is there. I think most folks on here read so much crap into stuff that really isn't there at all. Just beacause some body is local doesn't mean all they do is perfect. Oh wait on here it does.
 
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mik - Mon, Aug 22, 2011, 9:07 A
Holy Smaojkes
Why am I getting dragged into this? I didn't say anything. But I will now. I love Holy Smokes' pulled pork and their wings. And bless them for taking the chance on lamb at the Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival.
 
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newbie - Sat, Aug 20, 2011, 10:38 A
Holy Smaojkes
After being dragged thru the coals I went back yesterday and tried the ribs, both beef and pork. I still stand with my first review. Good but far from great. Tastes like they use a liguid smoke as well.. Been smoking meats and fish foe well over 25 years so I kinda do know a bit about smoking food. And ya gotta remember I do have a right to my opinion no matter what mj- mn and mik say. Seems the above mentioned do a fair job of speaking thier NEGATIVE opinions.. Nuff said. Have a good day.Heading to Wendell center and then down to Montague Center for the Old Home Days.
 
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CheckYourHats - Sat, Aug 20, 2011, 9:35 A
Holy Smaojkes
Hi All -- I don't think it's been mentioned to Newbie, but I think it's affected the responses he or she has gotten to his BBQ review. As a newbie, you may not realize that the owners of Holy Smokes live in Montague. Some of us are their friends, some of us are their neighbors. Some of us -- I am one -- appreciate the faith they showed and risk they took, in opening their restaurant in Turners. Honestly, every time I drive by and see them busy I am so happy for them. And every business that succeeds in Turners helps us all. Newbie may not be aware of the struggles Turners Falls has seen or of the support new businesses there need and deserve. I'm not saying it' wrong but I'm uncomfortable seeing them picked apart on this forum. There's yelp.com for that.
 
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MikeNaughton - Fri, Aug 19, 2011, 10:25 P
Holy Smaojkes
linda -

Like you, I've enjoyed both Bub's and Holy Smokes over the years, and I think you summed it up perfectly. You get what you pay for at both Bub's and Holy Smokes -- the question is what are you looking for and how much do you want to pay? For different folks, at different times, for different reasons, the answers are different, and both Bub's and Holy Smokes are great places to go if that's what you're looking for. But don't go to one expecting to find the other, because you'll be disappointed.
 
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linda - Fri, Aug 19, 2011, 11:35 A
Holy Smaojkes
I have been to Bubs in Sunderland many times and to Holy Smokes a few times. While both serve barbeque, comparing them is like comparing apples and oranges. The quality of the food at Holy Smokes is much better. Bubs is more like fast food. It all depends on what you are in the mood for, your budget, and your time frame. I must confess I go to Bubs more because it is a quick, inexpensive, hassle-free meal and I combine it with errands down in Hadley. As soon as you order, you can dive into the "free" hot and cold sides. Their orange sweet potaoes are my favorite thing by far on the menu. The ribs at Holy Smokes are incredible, although you pay more for top quality. They recommend you take them home and heat them in a regular oven. I wish they were served warm right there, but that isn't feasible due to limitations with their location. So I get a slab of them for special occassions. I also like to support them because I hear they are really into supporting local events and causes. But tonight I am going to Bubs and enjoying it before the students come back. After working all week, I don't always feel like dealing with cooking and clean up.
 
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mark2 - Fri, Aug 19, 2011, 11:06 A
Holy Smaojkes
Republican you say. Wow you can now join the ranks of the few the proud and out numbered. There is like 3 of us and that's all. Welcome aboard:). The local rod and gun club is our only real safe haven.
 
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Mark1 - Fri, Aug 19, 2011, 9:50 A
Holy Smaojkes
Nice flounce, newbie.

Mark1
 
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newbie - Fri, Aug 19, 2011, 9:33 A
Holy Smaojkes
Wow. It's a good think I didn't slam Obama. I'd probably be shot.. I guess I'll have to out my self. I'm a republican and like Bush. Guess the stuff I've heard about the forum are true. Oh well. Thank goodness there is a delete button on my computer..
 
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mickjen - Fri, Aug 19, 2011, 7:54 A
Holy Smaojkes
I agree, this is a small town and to review a small business based on one visit is unfair.

One reason they're prices are a lil high (which for BBQ, they're really not...) but they use fresh (never frozen) local pork. They use local ingredients, make everything from scratch (but the buns, I believe ). They even use environmentally friendly packaging and offer local drinks and products as well.

They are a local people, serving local food and in my opinion, damn fine food. Newbie, go back and buy some bacon, you'll become a fan INSTANTLY!
 
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mark2 - Fri, Aug 19, 2011, 5:48 A
Holy Smaojkes
Last time I tried their food was when they were in Hatfield. I thought is was fine. I grew up in Sunderland and Bubbs was the only place around for that sort of cooking, by the way Bubbs has or had great barbeque alligator. It's tough owning a business these days, and any negative feedback is hurtfull to the bottom line especially for us small business guys. Maybe a simple conversation with the owner about your displeasure would have been a good start, who knows might have gave you a free meal or something else to make you happy. Anyways I'm
Just tossing my 2cents worth into this friendly discussion. If your new around here and looking for good lunch fare try Jakes on avenue A. Just saying
 
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patrick - Thu, Aug 18, 2011, 10:15 P
Holy Smaojkes
You went there once and tried one item, that's not even what they're known for. But sure, pass judgment all you want.
 
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newbie - Thu, Aug 18, 2011, 10:11 P
Holy Smaojkes
Senior moment Patrick--- So I can't say thet Bubbs is any goo because I've only been once?? Man do you need to get a life.
 
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newbie - Thu, Aug 18, 2011, 9:59 P
Holy Smaojkes
So if someone uses your business and doesn't get or like what they get they are supposed to just say nothing to anyone about it. Fraid not Sir.. Don't like a person or place I say so. I can see that there are a certain few allowed to say anything negative on here.
 
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patrick - Thu, Aug 18, 2011, 9:34 P
Holy Smaojkes
Newbie, as a business owner, I have to say I don't really appreciate you visiting a place once and feeling the need to trash it in a public forum to all your neighbors. If you'd been terribly mistreated, maybe. But you just didn't like the food? Fine, eat somewhere else, but I can't see a good reason to disparage them and compare them negatively to another place you've also only been to once. They're trying to make a living, I'm sure you wouldn't want them trashing what you do for work.
 
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MikeNaughton - Thu, Aug 18, 2011, 8:34 P
Holy Smaojkes
If you prefer Bub's, by all means go to Bub's (they are in Sunderland, and now under new ownership, though "no changes" are promised).

Personally, I like Holy Smokes -- they put out a good product, and they charge what it's worth. But hey -- de gustibus non est disputandem ....
 
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newbie - Thu, Aug 18, 2011, 4:45 P
Holy Smaojkes
We were in the village and saw that they were open. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give it a low 4.. Very disappointed. Got the wings and slaw... Way too smokey, like they are trying too hard. Don't like a vinegar dressing in my slaw. Prices are a tad high.. I've been spoiled by just one visit to Bubb's in Sunderland. ( Not sure, maybe Amherst)..
 
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warmsaltybreeze - Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 6:36 P
Blue Heron
Just had an amazing flawless dinner at The Blue Heron. I am the coordinator of [Western Mass] EatUp!, a dining club that meets through meetup.com and we just had our 10th monthly dinner at the Blue Heron.

It was a bit of a pain to deal with them, they were kind of nit-picky, but I tell you, after we had our meal (they effortlessly served 30 people, several with food sensitivities) 5 courses and from soup to nuts, every bite was delicious.

Luckily, we arranged with them to offer us a prix fixe menu so all 5 courses, including tax and tip was only $41.00 per person.

The blue cheese/arugula/endive salad was amazing, a perfect blend of flavors and textures, the mediterranean appetizer plate was out of this world, like 5 different little tastes, everything from white bean hummus to marinated roasted red peppers, served with homemade crackers and their perfectly chewy french bread.

then we had a soup that was two soups, a roasted red pepper and 5 onion soup, delish, but not as great as everything else, but still really tasty.

I had the tenderloin that was cooked to perfection, no knife necessary. The vegetarians had a roasted vegetable roulade that I heard was well executed.

Dessert was chocolate pot de creme (kind of like mousse) with homemade cinnamon mini-donuts.

I would definitely go there again!

ok.

So we are off to the Gill Tavern for our next event on Sunday, May 16th, there are still about 6 spots left, 4 courses for $35 per person. Let me know if you are interested.
 
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mik - Thu, Feb 11, 2010, 3:52 P
Burrito Rojo
Wait till they bring the chili back. Oh baby!
 
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patrick - Fri, Nov 6, 2009, 9:42 A
Burrito Rojo
Ate at Burrito Rojo for the first time this week. Friendly service, reasonable prices and excellent food. Highly recommended!

It's great that we have all these local, quality food service establishments in town now. Next time you're thinking of stopping at the national fast food chain, try eating local instead!
 
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mik - Sat, Oct 10, 2009, 4:27 P
New area: Restaurant Reviews
Hey folks. Per a friend of mine, Mike Ski, I've added a new "Restaurant Reviews" area.

Enjoy.

Mik
 
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