Top Restaurants, Pubs, & Bars In Western Mass
When people come home from a vacation, curious conversation partners may ask them, “What did you do?” so they can live vicariously through their friends’ experiences.
When travelers come home from Western Mass, they’ll have a full repertoire of experiences to share – from museum visits to skiing to peeping at fall foliage. However, along with the question “What did you do?”, anyone who visits Western Mass should be ready to answer the question “What did you eat?”
As locals from the area know, we’ve got a full spread of culinary goodness and could spend all day reciting our favorite places to eat in Western Massachusetts. Whether you’re in the mood for a glamorous night out, a quick and casual lunch with friends, or a cocktail made with fresh, local ingredients, you can find all that and more in Western Mass.
Maybe it’s the friendly service. Maybe it’s the variety. Maybe (okay, probably) it’s the ability to find something fantastic and flavorful to try around every corner. Whatever your taste buds are tingling for, there’s an option to satiate those cravings.
Casual Dining in Western Mass: Short on Formality, Long on Flavor
Looking for a casual, tasty meal that you don’t have to make for yourself? There are dozens of delish options to suit every palate.
From Great Harvest Bread Company’s handcrafted whole-grain loaves (we can never decide between the Cubano and the Spicy Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese) to the not-so-traditional, but still delicious, goodness of Johnny’s Roadside (the bennies are the best, but you might try the breakfast poutine if you’re feeling really decadent!), fabulous brunches, tasty business lunches and easy, breezy friend dinners await at some of the best food establishments in Western Mass.
Our favorite casual hangouts don’t just include food, either. Western Mass has welcomed its fair share of places to grab and drink and enjoy some casual conversation; favorites include catching a big game (or five!) on Bobby V’s Sports Bar’s wall of screens, or to take a respite in the Commonwealth Bar and Lounge from some rousing games of chance.
Farm to table flavors and inventive culinary combinations are all the rage lately, and there are plenty of great places to eat in Western Mass that embrace the local food aesthetic.
Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern is a perennial favorite because of the way it brings a sense of history and place to the table along with its ever-changing, locally sourced menu items; their website even lists the local farms with whom they collaborate to bring diners dishes like braised beef and leeks with local artisan mushrooms, or Door Crasher New England clam chowder, made thick and rich with cream from local dairies.
Or, if you like your farm-to-table meals with a side of shopping, The Farm Table at Kringle Candle is a great spot to enjoy local cuisine (the cheeses and jams alone are worth it!) then to browse a bountiful selection of candles, pantry supplies and more.
Sophisticated diners can enjoy gastronomically delightful dinners as part of their visit to Western Mass (perfect for a post-leaf peeping or mountain climbing excursion together).
Fine dining options in Western Mass often bring together Old World flavors and New World techniques to create meals that tantalize both the eyes and the palate. A dinner at The Federal, for example, certainly falls into that category, as diners can feast their eyes on the 1862 Greek revival architecture, while at the same time, delighting in the fresh flavors of dishes like risotto balls with black truffle butter.
If you’re looking to add some spice to your life, one of the best ways might be to check out one of the many other countries’ cuisines available at restaurant in Western Mass.
Whether you’re craving the complex layers of spice in Panjabi Tadka’s Indian cuisine, savoring the rich flavors of the Mediterranean at Nadim’s, enjoying the comfort foods of Wurst Haus or exploring any of the several other flavorful cuisines, you can’t go wrong if you choose to explore the foods and flavors of another culture right here in Western Mass.
With all that food talk, our mouths are already watering, and that’s just a small sampling of the many food establishments Western Mass has to offer. So go ahead and make a reservation already – you can’t miss out being a culinary explorer and experiencing all the goodness our Western Mass chefs are ready to whip up for you.
Have questions or need help mapping out an itinerary? Our team of local residents and travel professionals can make it easier for you to map out your trip, right down to the last menu and after-dinner mint. After all, we love the food our area offers, and the only thing we love more is sharing it with you. Browse our restaurant partners, then contact us for additional information on dining, playing, staying and exploring in Western Mass.
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