Off-Campus Dining

South Hadley, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: With Northampton just around the corner, food is great, local, AND delicious!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It is pretty good! A lot of Asian food options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It can get expensive nearby school and it isn't always worth it to take a bus to find something else.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is frozen yogurt and sushi across the street, as well as a few other restaurants and a nice sandwich place with vegetarian and vegan options and great salads.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mount Holyoke does not have an endless variety of choices. The town (the Village Commons) has a couple good restaurants that offer variety but they close early so is not very convenient. Cost is also a considerable issue. Amherst has a great town for eating, but you must be willing to make the trip all the way there.


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  • 862nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1190th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alessandra Hickson
Philadelphia, PA
Art History
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There isn’t much in the immediate area of the College, except for Fedora’s, Main Moon, and Carmine’s—go there for a bite to eat if you don't want to drive anywhere. There are also some places in the Village Commons that will deliver to campus. If you have a car, you’ll easily be able to get to Subway, Friendly’s, Big Y for groceries, and a few other places that are a mile or less from campus. (The desperate have been known to walk this distance, but it’s uphill most of the way back from the shopping plaza. Walking a mile in the freezing cold of winter isn’t exactly fun and is not recommended.) Most students, when they want a night out, take the bus or drive to Amherst or Northampton, where there are restaurants aplenty. Northampton, in particular, has a tremendous variety—just walk down Main Street, and you’re sure to find something that appeals to you. Most places are relatively cheap, too: $5–$10 will get you a decent meal somewhere.

If you want 24-hour eating, you’ll have to try a fast food place, as most restaurants around here close at or before midnight. In the beginning of each school year, you’ll be inundated with coupon books and advertisements from area restaurants. Save these—they are likely the only student specials you’ll get. Try the Thirsty Mind for a place to hang out and do your homework. On weeknights, it’s almost always full of students. Plus, you get the convenience of being able to use your MHCXPress account—a debit account granted to all students—both here and at Tailgate Picnic, so even if you don’t have cash on you, you’ll be able to swipe your OneCard and get that coffee or sandwich.

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Student Favorites
  • Antonio's
  • Bueno Y Sano
  • El Guanaco
  • Family Pizza
  • Fedora's Tavern
  • Judie's
  • Main Moon Chinese Restaurant
  • Osaka
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
The Lone Wolf
Best Healthy
Paul and Elizabeth's
Best Pizza
Best Wings
The Hanger
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Food 101
Other Places to Check Out
  • Amherst Brewing Company
  • Authentica
  • Chez Albert
  • Food 101
  • Friendly's
  • McDonald's
  • The Parthenon
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Express
  • Veracruzana
  • Zen Spoleto's
Did You Know?
  • Judie's in Amherst is famous for its popovers (light, hollow muffins).
  • Herrell's in Northampton makes its own line of over 120 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet. The chain (two other stores are in Boston) was started in 1980, and it has been nationally acclaimed as a pioneer in super-premium ice cream creation.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Big Y World Class Market
501 Newton St., South Hadley
(413) 533-9223

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Pizza
31 N. Pleasant St., Amherst
(413) 253-0808
Price: $5-$10
Bueno Y Sano
Food: Mexican
1 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
(413) 253-4000
Price: $3-$8
Carmine's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
9 College St., South Hadley
(413) 493-7770
Price: $5-$10
Fedora's Tavern
Food: Pub fare
23 College St., South Hadley
(413) 534-8222
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Features a full bar that closes half an hour later than the restaurant.
Food: American
23 Main St., Northampton
(413) 584-8666
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Full bar.
Herrell's Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
8 Old South St., Northampton (inside Thorne's Marketplace)
(413) 586-9700
Price: $3-$8
Food: American
51 N. Pleasant St., Amherst
(413) 253-3491
Price: $10-$20
Karen's Kitchen
Food: Brunch food, sandwiches
460 West St., Amherst
(413) 253-0584
Price: $3-$8
Main Moon Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
11 College St., South Hadley
(413) 533-8839
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: They will deliver to campus for orders that are at least $7.
Pasta e Basta
Food: Italian
26 Main St., Amherst
(413) 256-3550
Price: $5-$10
Paul and Elizabeth's
Food: Organic, natural foods
150 Main St., Northampton (inside Thorne's Marketplace)
(413) 584-4832
Price: $5-$10
Tailgate Picnic
Food: Deli and gourmet food
7 College St., South Hadley
(413) 532-7597
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Soft-serve ice cream available from the shack outside; MHCXpress accounts can be used for payment.
Taipei and Tokyo
Food: Chinese and Japanese
18 Main St., Northampton
(413) 582-1888
Price: $5-$10
Tea Pot Restaurant
Food: Japanese
116 Main St., Northampton
(413) 585-9308
Price: $5-$10
Thirsty Mind
Food: Coffeehouse
23 College St., South Hadley
(413) 538-9309
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: The shop is filled with books (for sale, should you want to buy them) and comfortable seating, with eclectic d├ęcor. Live music can also occasionally be heard. MHCXpress accounts can be used for payment.
Food: American
3 Hadley St., South Hadley
(413) 536-7341
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: This restaurant features a banqueting hall that is often used for wedding receptions.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 56 responses

  • 20% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 46% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 34% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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