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Amanouz Cafe: Great Moroccan Food in the Heart of Northampton

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Where Flavor Meets Modesty: Amanouz Cafe, Review

North African Cuisine in Northampton

Amanouz Cafe in Northampton, MA. Photo Courtesy of Amanouz CafeIf you’re in Northampton and looking for a healthy meal that also waters your taste buds into full bloom, then there’s no better spot to visit than Amanouz Cafe. Despite being located along bustling Main Street, the Moroccan and Mediterranean eatery manages to maintain a mellow mood that pulls you away from some of the superimposed artistic culture of Northampton.

When you walk in you almost feel as if you are stepping into someone’s living room for a dinner party. Behind the front counter you can see the cooks and food servers work together in harmony. The full visibility of the interior creates an ambience of a shared experience without demanding you participate. The front staff make you feel truly at home with their smiles, and there is something truly charming about being able to see the production of meals. By breaking apart the separation between staff and customer they have created a truly down to earth eating experience.

Their menu offers a wide variety of original Moroccan dishes. Their Kebab and Falafel sandwiches are my personal favorite options. For around six dollars one receives a hearty sandwich, whose bread is crisped pita or lavash, opened at one side and packed with salad, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, and tahini sauce and your choice of meat or falafel. These sandwiches are the perfect combination between wet and dry, the bread thin and slightly crunchy, the insides neither sopping with excessive sauces nor void of flavor. It is where flavor meets modesty to provide a balance of fun and health.

The splendid restaurant has been around since the 1990s, but won first place in The Valley Advocates Mediterranean Restaurant award in 2010 and won second place in 2011. It has the feeling of a cafe with its narrow confines and frequent exchange of customers and an authentic display of Moroccan hand painted dishes that hang as art on the walls. In such a small space it provides so much, the air tingling with the fine music of North African culture, and an offering of quality coffee, pastries, and most of all the opportunity to take a break from the ordinary American grease-packed meal.

Located at 44 Main Street, it’s a must try, and I assure you that you will be back to try more again as it’s affordable and delicious. Stop in for breakfast to try their spin on omelets or for lunch or dinner for both vegetarian and meat eaters delights.

For more info call 413-585-9128 or visit

Ezra Prior is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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