Named Valley Advocate’s Best Steakhouse for five years in a row, Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery grills an array of steak cuts—ranging from sirloin tips to prime rib—to a juicy and house-recommended medium rare. Beyond its steaks, the eatery’s grub follows the same Southwestern theme as its dining room’s decorative touches, which includes a wagon wheels and a cattle skull. The kitchen’s carefully roasted baby-back ribs, barbecued chicken, and pulled pork complements homestyle favorites such as meatloaf, lasagna, and fish and chips. All of the hearty entrees pair with sides that run the gamut from fries to cowboy beans. An array of beers, encompassing award-winning pours such as Red Rock Amber Ale and King Oak Milk Stout, wash meals down more effectively than a good, long yawn in front of water slide. Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery also caters events on-site or at the customer's choice of location.
Chefs' spatulas have flipped pancakes and eggs in The Silver Spoon’s kitchen since 1983. In 1996, Jeff and Sue Doyle took over the neighborhood staple, leading Mark Roessler of the Valley Advocate to laud its current incarnation for its specialty, the Crow’s Nest: a bed of hash browns and poached eggs doused in hollandaise sauce. Such delights come out of the kitchen all morning and afternoon on the arms of servers carefully delivering lunch and breakfast goodies to each table. Under the glow of stained-glass lighting, silverware clatters against plates as patrons, ready to dig in, perch upon red-upholstered booths flanked by dark wood wainscoting that gives the room the feel of a homey log cabin. Kids' menus are also available for breakfast and lunch, with offerings of kid-size french toast and chicken fingers.:m]]
The handmade dough on Red Rock's 21 specialty pizzas is loaded with from-scratch sauces and inspired specialty toppings, and the hand-selected, oven-baked jumbo chicken wings eschew the boiling-oil baths of the deep fat fryer. Delve into the pizza menu to discover creations forged from slow-cooked marinara sauce, oven-roasted garlic, smoked salmon, smoked gouda, and smoked hookahs. Break an appetite with a large Widowmaker ($20.99), topped with ham, salami, Italian sausage, arezzio pepperoni, black olives, and mozzarella. The eponymous jumbo 18-inch Red Rock delivers a massive payload of classic pizza taste with each slice, packing on Italian sausage, arezzio pepperoni, honey-baked ham, mushrooms, sweet red onion, green bell peppers, black olives, and mozzarella ($24.99). Red Rock's wings ($8.99 for 10) emerge from their convection inferno and unite with their saucy soulmates, dousing taste buds in garlic parmesan, barbecue, honey barbecue, and heat-adjustable buffalo flavors.
In Captain Jack’s kitchen, the crew assembles a concise menu. With the fryer bubbling and the scent of salt and oil in the air, the cooks prepare fresh scallops, whole-belly clams, all-natural beef, free-range chicken, and hand-cut french fries. The menu appears selective because it is. They use only humanely treated animals from regional farms to make their house-made burgers and hot dogs, and all their veggies come from local purveyors who practice sustainable farming. In fact, everything at the roadside shack is so fresh that they don’t even own a freezer, which assures their ingredients are served in a timely fashion and that penguins never claim squatter’s rights.
At Pizzeria DaVinci, the signature house pizza—aptly named the Da Vinci—is a vegetarian one, piled with spinach, sun-dried tomato, and feta. However, there's plenty of meat options on the pizzeria's menu, too. There are 16 thin-crust pizzas to choose from, each baked on a hot stone and topped with delicacies from baked potato fixings to clams and bacon.
Owned and operated by Easthampton residents Rich Lyman and Jeff Cahill, Riff's Joint spices up everyday meals with bombastic and spunky takes on traditional burgers, burritos, and salads. Carnivorous consumers can sink canines into a starter of hoisin-marinated beef sticks ($6.00), while voracious vegetarians can test their mettle against the sweet-potato fries, which are flanked by jalapeño honey-mustard sauce and cooked in pure kindness ($4). Build an edible tribute to tastiness with Riff's custom-creation station, where gastrological Gauguins can craft Thai-inspired burritos ($8.50) or dramatic Greek cheesesteaks ($8.50). Fans of dining predetermination can opt for house burgers and wraps, such as the Alamo Wrap made with in-house roasted turkey ($7) and The Bandit, an all-beef patty topped with grilled onion, cilantro, and chipotle mayo ($8). Like romantic picnics and amorous parole hearings, Riff's is BYOB, letting customers method-act the role of master sommelier.