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  • DoorDash delivery driver Dan Pulaski, left, picks up a takeout order from Mesa Verde employee Dots Luvera Thursday afternoon in Greenfield.

  • Co-owner Betty Gioules, front, and manager George Gioules work diligently on takeout orders Thursday afternoon at Village Pizza on Bank Row in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Takeout orders ready for pickup Thursday afternoon at Village Pizza on Bank Row in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • George Balis, from left, co-owner Betty Gioules, and manager George Gioules work diligently on takeout orders Thursday afternoon at Village Pizza on Bank Row in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Manager George Gioules pulls a small pizza out of the oven Thursday afternoon at Village Pizza on Bank Row in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Lily Topfer packs up a takeout order Thursday afternoon at Thai Blue Ginger restaurant on Main Street in Greenfield, seen at right. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Yug Thapa packs up a takeout order for a DoorDash delivery Thursday afternoon at Namaste restaurant on Main Street in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Manna House restaurant on Bank Row in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

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  • Mesa Verde restaurant on Fiske Ave in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Village Pizza on Bank Row in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • New Fortune and Big Y in Greenfield both offer take out food. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ—Paul Franz

  • Jaydon Hoff holds up a stromboli at Big Y in Greenfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ—Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 3/21/2020 4:00:22 PM

Editor’s note:The hours of many Franklin County businesses are changing daily as the coronavirus health crisis continues to unfold. Make sure to check in with each restaurant before ordering to make sure they’re still open.

You’re stuck inside, isolating to break the spread of the coronavirus, and a third straight night of frozen pizza isn’t quite doing the trick. Hey, I get it. The grocery store is not an enticing option right now and even if you survived your trip there and got your hands on the last Hungry-Man Homestyle Meatloaf dinner, you’re on board with supporting local businesses while times are tough.

Per Gov. Charlie Baker’s orders on Sunday night, Massachusetts restaurants will only be able to serve takeout or delivery food until at least April 7. That’s a blow to restaurants throughout Franklin County, no doubt, but the takeout and delivery scene in the area has a wide range of delicious options. And, as luck would have it, I’ve been researching those many options in case such a situation were to arise. OK, that’s not exactly true, but as a reporter who works nights, I have made the rounds of just about everything Greenfield and the surrounding towns have to offer, food-wise.

So, here we go — this is one sports reporter’s guide to takeout ordering in Greenfield and beyond.

Maybe because of its proximity to the Recorder’s newsroom (about 700 feet through a back alley), maybe because of its deliciousness (that’s a word, right?), but either way, no takeout list is complete without Village Pizza. A staple in the heart of the bustling metropolis that is Greenfield, Village does a big chunk of its business via takeout. While they don’t offer delivery, the hours are excellent (they’re normally open until 11 p.m. during the week but will close at 9:30 p.m. for the foreseeable future, so order early) and they pump out pies with military precision.

Personally — and while the cheese pie is king and always a solid option, especially if I only had one more take-out meal before quarantine — I’d go with a Chicken Pesto pizza (a personal favorite). I’m no stranger to their meatball grinders, either, if you’re looking to change it up.

For a minute, though, let’s stay in the pizza game and venture up Federal Street. Goodies Restaurant brings the heat in that they (first and foremost) deliver and (secondly) offer online ordering — two important pieces to the puzzle right now. I highly recommend their taco pizza (hamburger, onion, peppers, tomatoes, taco seasoning) if you’re looking to be a tad adventurous (I know you are).

Speaking of loaded ‘za, my favorite option over the bridge — along with former colleague Jason Butynski — is buffalo chicken pizza from Turners Falls Pizza House. Before he left for a teaching job at a local school, we’d often make up a reason to go to the Powertown just so we could stop in and pick up a large pie. The restaurant posted on its Facebook page that they are only open for delivery options until further notice.

Greenfield is home to a wide range of options, and when I’m in need of something with a little kick that’s not pizza or wings, I visit my friends at Namaste. The Indian and Nepalese restaurant on Main Street offers online ordering and delivery. While their all-you-can-eat buffet is more than worth a trip under normal circumstances, I highly recommend the lamb biryani (aromatic basmati rice cooked with fresh herbs, nuts and spices) if to-go is the only option right now. And, of course, some garlic cilantro naan because you like good things.

And who could forget our friends at Mesa Verde, which have fed me for night shifts solely on their heaping order of the best chips and guac in the land. In addition to takeout, you can get Mesa food through DoorDash delivery.

No, I’m not done yet! Did you think I was?

New Fortune in the Big Y plaza is my normal Chinese food spot. If you’re looking to stuff your face with a heaping helping of goodness, go with a C18 dinner special. That would be chicken with broccoli along with boneless ribs, with your choice of pork fried rice or steamed rice.

‘Lightning round’ time: Thai Blue Ginger in downtown Greenfield is delightful if you’re in the mood for an order of pork dumplings (you probably are). Don’t skimp on the ginger soy sauce for dipping, and wash it all down with an order of crazy noodles. They deliver.

For your Korean food fix, get yourself some Kimchi Pajun from Manna House in Greenfield. The scallion and Kimchi pancakes come with a soy dipping sauce, and they’ll melt in your mouth.

I’m hesitant to say this next thing because I hate to give away all my secrets. But the best value in Greenfield is actually found at Big Y, the very place you bought those frozen pizzas to get us into this situation. For $3.99, you can get a stromboli made to order (I usually go pepperoni, sausage, peppers and onions) that is more than enough for a full meal. A side of marinara sauce brings it all together.

So, go order one on your next shopping trip (maybe they’ll name it after me now?).

Stay safe out there, be good to each other and eat well. There’s no reason we can’t do all three.

Jeff Lajoie is the sports editor at the Greenfield Recorder. Have an idea for a take-out meal? Send your thoughts to jlajoie@recorder.com.




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