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Blue Plate Special
Bourbon Burger with carmelized onions, beer cheese, bacon, house made pototo chips and bourbon sauce at the Black Cow Burger Bar in Turners Falls. They still offer chocolates for desert in homage to the former Equi's Candy store that was there. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Blue Plate Special: The Black Cow Burger Bar

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pamela Tierney has been in the food business for most of her life. “As a youth I worked in restaurants most of the time,” she told me in a recent interview. “I ran the Starlight Diner in Erving for six years. Took a break, tried a few other things, and then I came back here.” “Here” is the Black Cow … 0

Blue Plate Special: The rustic elegance of Bernardston’s The Farm Table

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

At first glance, Chris Pappademas looks too young to be the chef at a large restaurant. In fact, this middle-age reporter might even use the word “baby” when referring to him. The head chef at the Farm Table on South Street in Bernardston is indeed young for his job at 25. His fluidity … 0

Blue Plate Special: “A hidden jewel”: The Crazy Horse Bar and Grille

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Nature is the dominant theme at the Crazy Horse Bar and Grille. This restaurant at Berkshire East Mountain Resort on Thunder Mountain Road in Charlemont features chairs and tables made of rustic wood and its large windows look out on a ski slope. In past years, The Crazy Horse has been open only … 0

Blue Plate Special: Five Eyed Fox’s Kale Caesar Salad

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLATT For the Recorder Ashley Arthur and Aric Binaco enjoy spending time together. Their mutual affection is a good thing: they are life partners and also business partners at Five Eyed Fox. This eclectic café, bar … 0

Blue Plate Special: Tom’s Famous Long Hot Dog & Grill a family enterprise

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It would be hard to find happier restaurateurs than Gary and Marilee Kloc, proprietors of Tom’s Famous Long Hot Dog & Grill on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately. When the Klocs took over this busy roadside eatery … 0

Ponte Restaurante: Small but Substantial

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ponte Restaurante calls itself “the little place with the big taste.” Both characterizations are apt. The colorful space, nestled on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, could not be much smaller. It seats 18 people, but that number includes … 0

Blue Plate Special: Northfield’s Highland BBQ ‘a homemade operation’

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

David MacDonald makes the most of his small kitchen and small business. The owner, chef, and everything else at Highland BBQ on Main Street in Northfield, MacDonald takes pleasure in making his customers happy. His tiny enterprise has … 0

Blue Plate Special: Cold River Cafe and Restaurant: ‘Everybody’s Main Street’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Michael Sisum and Kristie Faufaw of Hawley are very happy and very busy with their new business and culinary venture. Sisum is the owner and manager of the Cold River Cafe and Restaurant on Main Street (Route 2) … 0

Blue Plate Special: ‘Good food at good prices’ at Hubie’s

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shawn Hubert seems to have an unlimited supply of energy and enthusiasm. He monitors the P.A. system for varsity sports at Turners Falls High School. He covers high-school football for WPVQ’s “Bear Country” radio. Most importantly, since January … 0

Blue Plate Special: Breakfast at Maple House in Rowe

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder More than two decades ago, when Rebecca Bradley was living in eastern Massachusetts, she told her husband Michael, “All I want for Christmas is a cross-country ski vacation ... with no … 0

Blue Plate Special: Christina’s in Erving serves up authentic Italian cuisine

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder Tony DiMaio has been in the restaurant business for 40 years — and he is only 54 years old. The chef and co-owner of Christina’s Restaurant and Tavern on the French … 1

Blue Plate Special: Baker's Country Store in Conway: One-woman show

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “I’m the whole show,” Helen Baker told me. She is the proprietress of Baker’s Country Store and Luncheonette on Route 116 in Conway — and it’s a truly one-woman enterprise. She … 0

Blue Plate Special: A new take on beef bourguignon? The Gypsy Apple Bistro’s got it covered

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder One of our area’s smallest restaurants is also one of its best. The Gypsy Apple Bistro in Shelburne Falls has room for only 20 diners, plus 12 on its diminutive patio … 0

Blue Plate Special: A good bite: the Alvah Stone

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder The view from the Alvah Stone is breathtaking. Perched above the Sawmill River in an old gristmill on Greenfield Road in Montague, the restaurant features large windows that give diners the … 0

Blue Plate Special: Cooking with heart at Shelburne Falls’ Hearty Eats

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder A few years ago, Andrea Beaudoin was all business. Today, her business — Hearty Eats on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls — has a lot of heart. The 30-year-old Conway resident … 0