One of my goals for the new year is to take advantage of living in a region of the country where you can actually drive two hours and cross several states. This is not normal for this Texas girl. Back home, you drive two hours and you are lucky to get across the city, much less the state.
But I digress.
Being in Connecticut means we are pretty much close to everything– history, art, beaches, snow. It’s amazing and yet we always end up going south, aka NYC, because HELLO, NYC is a train ride away. But this year, I’d like to go north and see more.
As luck would have it, my husband who has to work quite a bit up in Massachusetts, invited us to tag along on one of his recent trips to Northampton, MA.
Y’ALL. It was perfection. I mean, the weather wasn’t– it was a grey, rainy day, but their Main Street MORE than made up for it with its cozy shops and overall general charm.
For lunch we decided to try out one of the local eateries, Belly of the Beast. Their website describes themselves as “a warm and welcoming local eatery featuring from-scratch seasonal fare”, but it was their storefront that drew us in initially.
I ordered the Toast + Taters, which consisted of two fried eggs, smashed potatoes (!!), toast, and your choice of scrapple, bacon, or sausage. I had no idea what a scrapple was, but the chefs on duty informed me that it was a sort of pork meat-loafish type thing made of pork, flours, and spices. They had me at “pork meatloaf”, tbh.
The Tiny People went with the French Toast and a Chicken Sandwich that’s not currently on the menu. Yay for seasonal!
The ambiance was colorful, but relaxed, which made for a great break from the dreary day. The food itself was good, save the french toast– that was a bit iffy for us. It was cooked really well, not too claggy, you know? But there was a definite after taste that I wasn’t expecting. I would die for a vat of their smashed potatoes though.
Overall, we had a great time and would definitely eat there again, given the opportunity.