39 S Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01002-2233
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Fresh Side

Cuisine: Asian, Gluten Free, Breakfast

Fresh Side is a Asian, Gluten Free, and Breakfast restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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Pros
"Being vegan, it can be quite difficult to find restaurants in the Valley where I can eat anything other than a salad. Fresh Side is the exception. Great vegan pad thai and coconut noodle soup are my favorites ... so much so that I haven't tried other en"
"Friendly, great food, something for everyone."
"The BEST gluten free pad thai !"
"Excellent healthy light food with unusual flavors. Try the iced ginger tea with honey. "
Cons
"No cons for me!"
"Not much. When it's busy, the food takes a bit longer to come, but they cook it fresh and it's always worth the wait."
"Too far away from springfield. :)"
"None noticed"
Comments
"Highly recommend!"
  • 2/14/2019

    An Asian food lover from Florence, MA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 7/24/2018

    An Asian food lover from Northampton, MA tried it.

  • 7/12/2018

    A diner from Springfield, MA tried it.

  • 12/16/2017

    A diner from Amherst, MA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 12/12/2017

    A diner from Amherst, MA tried it.

  • 12/05/2017

    An Asian food lover from Northampton, MA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    Being vegan, it can be quite difficult to find restaurants in the Valley where I can eat anything other than a salad. Fresh Side is the exception. Great vegan pad thai and coconut noodle soup are my favorites ... so much so that I haven't tried other en
    Cons
    No cons for me!
  • 7/06/2017

    A dining patron from New Britain, CT tried it.

  • 4/01/2016

    An Asian food lover from Amherst, MA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    Friendly, great food, something for everyone.
    Cons
    Not much. When it's busy, the food takes a bit longer to come, but they cook it fresh and it's always worth the wait.
    Comments
    Highly recommend!
  • 4/10/2015

    An Asian food lover from Newark, NJ tried it.

  • 2/10/2015

    A dining patron from Newark, NJ tried it.

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annie

 Chicago, IL
 

Mint & Pesto

Fresh Side calls itself “a little eatery and tea place” – blushingly self-aware, as you’re not going to find crumpets and scones here.

The outside of the place, on Amherst’s main drag, is black-and-white nondescript, but the interior is polished and modern.

We got mint tea, which was elegantly served in a clear pot swimming with leaves with shot glasses on the side. Small sprigs of mint were in the glasses, which were aesthetically awesome and made the tea’s flavor even richer.

They’re known for their tea rolls – sort of small Asian burritos, I guess? You can mix and match different tea rolls in one order, so I ordered the Vietnamese tea rolls & the pesto seaweed rice tea rolls. Both were fantastic, and I wouldn’t hesitate to order them again, but I’ll probably branch out and try something new next time.

The people I were with ordered bowls of rice, veggies, and chicken, and everything looked perfectly fresh and well-cooked.

Two things you absolutely gotta know: this place is cheap – you can get four tea rolls (about 2 small ‘burritos’, just so you can imagine the size)) for a little over $4. They know their audience in a college town.
Also, it’s very vegetarian/vegan friendly.

Vietnamese Tea Roll

Fresh Spinach, Cellophane Noodle, Crushed Peanuts, Marinated Carrots, And Fresh Cilantros. Delicate flavors.

Pesto Seaweed Rice Tea Roll

Warm white Rice, Vegan Pesto Sauce, Roasted Seaweed, Sesame Seed. Oil seeped through the wrap, but hey, it’s pesto.

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coryhart

 Amherst, MA
 

sick from food

I used to eat here but TWICE after eating the tofu pad thai I was vomitting all the next day! My friend got sick too, and she had eaten something totally different from me! (maybe the seaweed tearoll?)

pad thai pasta

traditional Thai pasta dish, but traditionally you don’t throw it up after

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