Friday, November 14, 2008

A New Way to Find Restaurants in the Pioneer Valley

I heard an ad for a Web site on the radio this morning that claimed to be a one-stop site for finding restaurants in the Pioneer Valley, so I decided to check it out. It sounded like the ad kept saying the URL was "Whatchya in the mood for," but it turns out there are lots of different ways people spell "whatchya," so it took a little hunting...

Eventually I found it at Watchainthemoodfor.com. (Personally, I think it's wrong to drop the "y" from "ya," but that's just one gal's opinion!) True to the advertising, the site is local to the Pioneer Valley and surrounding areas, including Enfield, CT and the Berkshires.

It has a great search function where you can put type in a town that you're looking for restaurant in or even a zip code and radius you're willing to travel. What I liked the most is that you can narrow your results by options like meal type (breakfast, dinner, etc.), cuisine (Chinese, fine dining, bar food, take out, etc.) and entertainment options (sports bar, DJ, dancing, etc.). When you get your list of search results, the restaurant name, address, phone number, a link to Google maps and a link the restaurant's Web site (if they have one).

The one thing that would make this site better is a place for restaurant reviews. Then it truly would be one-stop-shopping for Valley restaurants. But instead, you'll just have to come back to my blog to see if I've been there and reviewed it :-)

Looking for a review now? Check out:
Bueno Y Sano in Northampton
The Lone Wolf in Amherst
Ralphine's Cafe & Deli, The Silver Spoon or Nini's in Easthampton
Frigo's or Onyx Fusion in Springfield

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