Massachusetts, New England Restaurants | My Family Travels

Read this story for really great food stops in Massachusetts.

The concentration of colleges and universities in the northeast makes it very likely that when you have a junior or senior in high school, you will be doing “the circuit.” While we were on the road with our son, we happened upon some unusual and interesting eateries which I thought were worth sharing. These are great places to stop at while pondering the merits of small vs. large, urban vs. rural, liberal arts vs. pre-professional, a required core of courses vs. free choice, etc. etc. etc. Maybe after a good meal or snack, it will be easier to sort through it all and concentrate on where your child will be the happiest.

House of Teriyaki
One Round House Plaza
Northampton, MA
Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 10:30pm, Fri-Sat till 11pm, closed Sunday

Strolling around Northampton, looking for someplace to dine that would accommodate our vegetarian son, we happened upon the House of Teriyaki. Not really feeling in the mood for Asian cuisine, I reluctantly agreed to take a look at the posted menu. As we peered in through the window, our eyes focused on an unusual circular sushi bar in the middle of the restaurant. We were amused to see the sushi chefs surrounded by a working model train, as well as a “lazy river” filled with floating boats onto which the portions of sushi were placed. Diners helped themselves to the sushi as appetizers or as accompaniments to their meal, ordered from an extensive menu of sushi, sashimi, Japanese and Korean entrees.

The House of Teriyaki offers you the chance to introduce your younger kids to Japanese food in a fun atmosphere. The sushi chefs were very helpful and explained what every item was, and a color-coding system lets you know the price of each portion (ranging from $1.75 to $5.00). Delicious gyoza (dumplings), teriyaki and tempura dishes and Bento Boxes, ordered from the menu, are also moderately priced.

This restaurant reminded me of a small chain, popular during my childhood, called “Hamburger Express.” Burger, fries, etc. were delivered on flatcars, pulled by a locomotive to your seat at the counter. It was really fun to go there, and I never imagined that my child would be eating yaki-soba (stir-fried noodles with tofu and vegetables) at a similar place!

Herrell’s Ice Cream
8 Old South Street
Northampton, MA
Sunday–Thursday, Noon–11:30pm, Fri and Sat to midnight
Branches in Cambridge and Allston, Mass.

What’s the best way to top off a Japanese meal, or any meal? With ice cream, of course! Since 1980, Steve Herrell, former owner of Steve’s Ice Cream in Boston, has been serving over 120 flavors of his handmade ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet at his headquarters in Northampton (as well as at two locations near Boston). Using original recipes such as Malted Vanilla, Chocolate Pudding, Mochaccino and Lemon Mousse, Herrell’s serves cones, sundaes, floats, milkshakes and fruit smoothies. Steve’s was the originator of the “mix-in” concept, and Herrell’s continues with “Smoosh-Ins,” working the crushed candies, fruits and nuts of your choice into your ice cream, one at a time, so that you can create your own flavors. Four flavors of homemade hot fudge and whipped cream are the ultimate toppings. YUM!

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