Over the summer, I discovered my new favorite thing: Dishcrawl. If you haven't seen my past reviews, Dishcrawl is a great foodie event that is gaining popularity in nearly every major city. The name comes from the idea of a pub crawl, but instead of drinks, it's food. Four restaurants, three courses, plus dessert. A foodie dream! Jenn is our Pioneer Valley, MA ambassador, and she has done a wonderful job making Dishcrawl a memorable occasion every time! Amherst's Dishcrawl was October 29th, costumes optional, but prizes for anyone who dressed up.
|Christina as the Girl Who Decided Last Minute Not To Wear a Costume and Changed in the Car|
Reggie as Tonks from Harry Potter
Gilana as The Girl Who Just Got a New Job
And Me, as a Female Captain America
This Dishcrawl was bittersweet; it was my last one. I'd also been on the Northampton, Greenfield, and Springfield crawls before (Springfield as a photographer and not a blogger, so there's no recap). I was able to bring some friends along for Amherst, and we definitely went out with a bang as we followed Jenn around the streets of Amherst.
Since my mask was probably blocking my eyelash-batting, I also ordered my favorite High Horse drink, a Mr. Pink. Beer plus grapefruit juice is surprisingly refreshing!
The other half of our High Horse sample was probably the most amazing and unique thing I've ever had in a pub food setting: A deep fried cornmeal donut stuffed with pulled pork. Just let that sink in for a moment. Yes, it was as incredible as it sounds. I could have eaten five of these and gone home a happy lady. But of course, Jenn had other surprises in store.
Next up was Panda East. I'd only been there for sushi once, years ago, and never really thought much about it since, as I'm kind of a sushi snob and their offerings didn't really thrill me. However, I did remember that their drinks were deliciously boozy, and ordered myself a mai tai (drinks are not included in the Dishcrawl price, btw). Jenn told us that back when she was in college (Hampshire) this was her favorite place to eat. Because of this, we got to sample two of Jenn's favorite dishes: Scallion pancakes and Formosa Shrimp.
The scallion pancakes were equally delicious--crispy outside, warm, soft inside. And the scallion sauce on top was so good, I drizzled some over the rice as well. I would have liked maybe one more sample here, but overall it was a satisfying stop.
I was expecting our next stop to be some sort of fancy Italian restaurant, since the past three Dishcrawls I've been on have included such, but to my surprise we went a different route with White Hut.
The burgers were what you'd expect from a made-to-order grill type place, the kind of burger that is dripping with grease in the best way possible paired with some crispy fries. Everything here was delicious. They even grilled the buns! And the fries were incredible. The price is right too--nothing seems to be over $5.
Last up was a local favorite, GoBerry! We were given the Apple Cider Donut fro-yo with our choice of topping. And as Jenn said, we couldn't get much more local than fro-yo made from local cows' milk, flavored with cider donuts from Atkin's Farms, and topped with fresh fruit. For whatever reason, I'd assumed GoBerry was a national chain... nope. It's all local, baby!
We were able to pick our own toppings, so I went with candied ginger. It was a great accompaniment to the apple cider donut flavor (which LITERALLY tasted like you were eating an Atkin's donut!).
|Chloe, a high school theater friend, had won free tickets to this Dishcrawl.|
It was great to see her again!