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Fitzwilly's and Herrell's

Fitzwilly's is an institution down on Main St. in Northampton, MA. With M., a friend met last year at Leeds, I started with creamy, rich spinach-and-artichoke dip with tortillas. The "buffalo chicken ravioli" was really more buffalo chicken deep-fried wontons, but had the warm, gentle spiciness of much-missed buffalo chicken in its heart - and served, of course, with blue cheese dressing to balance the mild heat. My sesame seed-coated seared ahi tuna salad was fine - the tuna a little more seared than raw, as promised. Most importantly, however, the banana dacquiri was still a classic exemplar of the genre. The place is a little worn looking and not quite as clean as it should be, but otherwise all its old self.

The sun finally came out after a weekend of cool drizzle and shown glaringly down on Noho's streets. Although I was full, it was easy to give in to the suggestion of a trip to Herrell's. This ice cream joint makes it own phenomenal flavors, creative, but not avant-garde. I sampled the chocolate pudding ice cream, but it was too sweet. Their chocolate whipped cream is amazing, but too much for me, given how full I already was. Mudpie, grapefruit, and malted vanilla all tempted, but in the end I went for a kiddie-sized scoop of "burnt sugar and butter", a gentle butterscotch touch to a smooth, lovely creaminess, exactly what ice cream should be.

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retsuko
May. 22nd, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Ah, Herrell's...I pine for their Earl Grey ice cream!
a_d_medievalist
May. 22nd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
With Nachos? or with tortilla chips? *is confused by possible regionalism*
owlfish
May. 22nd, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Corrected. The power of subliminal suggestion - I keep eyeing nachos on menus and not ordering them.
my_tw0_cents
May. 22nd, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Mud pie... my absolute favorite. Will you have time to visit Fresh Pasta Co., if it's still there? I loved their tortellini carbonara. I think that's what they called it, anyway.
sioneva
May. 22nd, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
Oh, Fresh Pasta Co! I miss it so much!! Definitely would be one of my first dining stops in Noho if I were to go back for a visit.
my_tw0_cents
May. 22nd, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
I know! Me too--so many good food memories from there :D
owlfish
May. 22nd, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Too late! I'm off to NYC now. Next time.
my_tw0_cents
May. 22nd, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Aw nuts! That's ok :)
littleowl
May. 22nd, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
Earl Grey and Cinnamon ... Chocolate Pudding with regular whipped cream ...


Ahhhhhh soon ... soon ...
spunbutterfly
May. 22nd, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
I am so jealous.

I miss Noho dining. ;-; It was truly fine dining compacted in such a tiny street.
calindy
May. 22nd, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Oh darn. I shouldn't have read this - now I'm going to have midnight cravings. Fitzwilly's Bananana Dacquiri's got me carded for the very first time. But the Strawberry ended up being my favorite. Oh and Herrell's strawberries and cream crepes were sinful.
Did Bart's close? Their apple cider kept me warm and functional. *sigh*
spunbutterfly
May. 22nd, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Bart's shut down sometime in 2003. I heard there was several lawsuits but I'm not sure. I know one of my housemates worked at Bart's and got severe burns one from ill-maintained equipment and the owners forced her to stay at work until the end of her shift before they let her go to the hospital.
calindy
May. 22nd, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Nasty. I remember them saying something similar about India House.
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marzapane
May. 22nd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
sweet cream ice cream with Herrell's incredible hot fudge and chocolate whipped cream..mmmmmmm
dunkelza
May. 23rd, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
My brother is one of the bartenders at Fitzwilly's.
paladyn
May. 25th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
Herrell's...now those are some good memories.
:P
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