This is a casual cafe where you can sit for hours, but the decor is nice... good lighting, nice tables etc. It's a unique place because of the quality and also the fact that they are laid back about the format of the place. You order at the counter, they bring it to your table, you can bus your own table if you want to ... or not... they'll periodically come by and clear stuff.
More importantly: BEST VEGAN BREKKIE EVER. It is exactly what a vegan breakfast could and should be, and at esselon, it IS! This dish consists of healthy amounts of each: scrambled tofu, fried/marinated mushrooms, sauteed spinach, roasted half of tomato, bunch of slices of avacado, small green salad with olive oil and cucumbers, sourdough bread, and vegan sausage if you ask for it. OMG sooooo much goodness in one place, your plate, and your tummy.
They also have a great vegan burger and vegan chili burrito. So many times I just go for the coffee and sit and work, so I get the vegan soup of the day (usually lentil) with bread. Everything is quality at esselon.
Updated from previous review on Thursday January 08, 2015
Almost forgot, their outside summer seating is the best in amherst/hadley area ... so lovely! You have the option of the porch or also out **among the trees and garden** !! So many days I have sat out there gazing at the flowers, sipping a drink and writing.
Cons: crowded parking, sundays are insane, too popular