Cafes in Westfield

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Voted the best place to see live theater in the Valley Advocate's 2011 readers' poll, the Majestic Theater envelops audiences in compelling stagings starring local thespians. In the midst of the Majestic's summer season, Two by Two juxtaposes the dramatic and comedic sides of Massachusetts playwright Steve Henderson by showing a pair of his enthralling one-act plays back-to-back. Theater-goers get a peek at the ins and outs of the fictional Morse brothers' complex relationship in Morse Code—a case study of universal truths about fraternity, such as the fact that it's more entertaining for others when siblings argue in public. The Gravedigger's Gift riffs on two grave-digging characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, extracting comedy from the dour business of burying the deceased.

131 Elm Street
West Springfield,
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McKinney and Burbach Tavern serves up a menu of hearty pub fare. Start off with an appetizer such as dragon (chicken) wings, served plain, buffalo style, or slathered in barbecue sauce, with spice-stifling celery and blue cheese ($8); or choose skewers with your choice of pork or chicken, or a combination of each, served grilled on a shrunken hunting spear ($9). For dinner, choose a traditional pub entree such as the great all-american burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion lounging on a mattress of ground beef served on a roll with a side of fries or M&B slaw ($7), or a more exotic favorite such as the chicken caesar a parmesan cheese-ordained courtship of grilled chicken and romaine lettuce nobly drizzled in caesar dressing and served on a roll or in edible wrapping paper ($8). To appease the hoggishly persnickety circumvallate papillae taste buddies, McKinney and Burbach will be expanding their pub menu after the New Year.

1127 Main St
Springfield,
MA
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Brr Mix A-Lot's baristas concoct coffee drinks, smoothies, and bubble tea in a cafe with pale blue walls and a rounded white counter. Customers can personalize these drinks with add-ins such as green-tea jelly or tapioca pearls. For a savory pairing, try a b?nh m? sandwich piled with chicken, steak or pork.

888 Sumner Avenue
Springfield,
MA
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The Republican and the blog Cloudy with a Chance of Sun both featured Dancing Dog Café. Also, three Yelpers give it a perfect five-star rating.

191 High St
Holyoke,
MA
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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.

232 Northampton St
Easthampton,
MA
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Let's Yo Yogurt blends probiotics, fruit pur?es, and other gourmet ingredients into its sorbets and frozen yogurts, which are available in nonfat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added iterations. Flavors such as sea salt caramel pretzel and cinnamon bun fill simple white dishes alongside slices of fruit and nuts or colorful gummy candies. Let's Yo Yogurt also brews gourmet coffee, and stocks cereals from Kashi to Froot Loops.

406 N Main St.
East Longmeadow,
MA
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