Spicing Up a Visit in Northampton, Massachusetts
The savory aroma—a mélange of cooking meats, vegetables, and spices—welcome you as you step through the door into the Amanouz Café. The task before you is a challenging one: deciding what among the hodgepodge of appealing offerings to order. The menu is both amusing and confusing; it’s written on blackboards above the counter with additional items printed on a plethora of papers taped to the wall and the counter itself. Couscous, lentils, bastilla, kefta kabab, merguez tagine... What if you overlook something wonderful? Waiting at the table for your order, you look around at the dishes in front of other diners. What delicious concoction is in that terra cotta bowl? The exercise in coveting your neighbor's dish ends when your own meal appears; the warm flavors unfolding on your tongue won’t let you think about anyone else's meal.