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“Like my mom's "average" home cooked burgers -- definitely decent but not really worth a trip.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Local Burger & Fries

Local Burger & Fries
Ranked #6 of 141 Restaurants in Northampton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Chesterfield, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Like my mom's "average" home cooked burgers -- definitely decent but not really worth a trip.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

I've always been a terrible sucker for a decent burger, let alone a highly touted one and have been wanting to try LB for years. Recently my wife and her friend came back from lunch there with the surprisingly anomalous report that the burgers they had were average at best. How could this be I thought? I invited her to a 2nd LB try today, but she wouldn't join me. I went with as open a mind as possible, if anything expecting to argue with her to the effect that the huge majority of enthusiastic web & print reviewers were right and that she and her girlfriend were either just plain wrong, had gone senile, or something was just plain off at LB that day. But no. The grass fed beef hamburg was very ordinary:it was a big 7 oz, so probably it was worth the $6.99, with only ketchup on it so as to minimize extraneous tastes.

Would I go back? No reason to. Gourmet burgers are experiencing a Renaissance at chic eateries, even as far out as here into the wilds of Western Mass. And for about the same price as at LB (abt $15) one can get haute cuisine 8 oz burgers with homemade ketchup/ special tomato jam, custom made, toasted buns, and truffle fries, nicely served in a pretty setting in the best posh restaurant for 25 miles. At the time I was there, about 3PM on a Thursday, the place was loaded up with 20+ year olds, perhaps a function of lower price/a la carte options, their having grown up on McDonalds, lower disposable income, and perhap carrying a romanticized fantasy of what the hamburgs & shakes & fries must have been like for the Fonz..

As a child of the 50's growing up in NYC I was probably spoiled by many fresh burger bistros. Compared with those, the home cooked burgers my mother made were decent but never as good. A bit sadly I suspect the average age of the enthusiastic Yelp and other reviewers is about 25 years, putting them about even with the point at which McD's sold its 3rd billionth burger. Not so sadly, this would place LB's on about a par with my mom's "average" home cooked burgers -- definitely decent but not really worth a trip.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Staten Island, New York
2 reviews
“Locally sourced, cooked and served just right”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Fifty years ago, this would have been just another place to get a burger and fries. But this is one of the few places around today where that burger and fries will be just as healthy and farm fresh (from a local source - the restaurant lives up to its name) as the ones you could get almost anywhere fifty years ago. There are some specialty items if you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary (I liked the teriyaki burger). The food is cooked just the way you ask for it. Definitely worth going out of your way for, even if you have to look around for a parking spot. (There's a town garage a bit more than a block away.)

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“excellent burgers and fries”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

good burgers and fries, with local beef and veg options, can get busy fast, small seating area but it moves along,parking can be hard to find but not impossible , worth the time and effort

Visited February 2014
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Thank kbouth
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Northampton, MA
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great burgers, OK sides, and that's it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

There are a few great burger places in town. This is one, either for take out, or eat in. It's a very basic serve-at-the-counter place. If you're craving a righteous burger, this is the place.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank screenname8
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“great burgers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great burgers with local beef options, can get busy but moves along, as with all of downtown northampton parking can be hard to get

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kevin b
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