Every now and then, you don't feel like cooking but don't want to spend a small fortune on going out to dinner, either. Well, a small fortune might be a bit of an exaggeration, but many of the good restaurants in the valley aren't exactly cheap. We usually spend a minimum of $50 for the 2 of us when we go out to dinner - usually more.
Given this current economic climate, it pays to save wherever you can, so we decided to try something new for dinner. Enter Bueno Y Sano on Main Street in Northampton. Bueno Y Sano means "Good and Healthy" in Spanish, and this little burrito place offers food that is just that.
Decorated in bright colors, creative murals and even a disco ball above the doorway, you know Bueno Y Sano is different the minute you enter the door. You might think it caters just to the college students at nearby Smith, UMASS, etc., but the patronage is actually quite diverse - ranging from young families with small children to twenty- and thirty-somethings to older couples. And of course, there are groups of college students out for tasty, cheap eats, too.
The menu is... you guessed it... Mexican cuisine - burritos, quesadillas, tacos, etc. But these aren't your typical meat & beans burritos & tacos. Sure, you can get that - but you can also get one with grilled red peppers, zucchini, shrimp, catfish, chickpeas & red curry or even seitan (also known as "wheat meat").
Mr. valleywriter enjoyed the steak burrito meal, which comes with a side of rice and beans and a jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese and mushrooms. I went with just the BBQ chicken burrito. Both burritos were generously sized, filled with rice, beans, our chosen meat, tomatoes, lettuce, onion, cilantro and cheese all wrapped in a soft wheat tortilla.
Our burritos were incredibly fresh and tasty, especially with the hot dipping sauce. We also had a good time hanging out in the vibrant space, watching the world and the diverse population that is Northampton go by. Best of all, even with 2 sodas, our entire dinner came to only $18. Can't beat that! I'm thinking maybe they should changed their name to Bueno Y Sano Y Frugal (sorry Babelfish doesn't give a Spanish translation for frugal). We'll definitely be back!