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Douglas Merriott Mar 13, 2002 10:07 PM

Hey, when in the Berkshires do not miss Once Upon a Table, the Mews Stockbridge, Ma. 01262. Intense bistro styled food with international influence. No hype, just incredible food in a cozy atmosphere. This should be everyone's first stop in the Berkshires.
Next stop in the summer month's should be Bistro Zinc Castle St. Lenox, Ma., I was not a fan of their last winter menu. Pizza should always be had at Salerno's of Franklin St. in Lenox or Babalouie's of Main St. Great Barrington. For a bit of the authentic mexican cuisine do try Cactus Cafe of Main St. Lee. My closing suggestion is a place I have only partaken of once From Ketchup to Caviar of Main St. Lee, wonderful American French infusion.

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    lemarais Aug 7, 2013 03:23 PM

    I found a couple of places that look really terrific. Probably will go to both of them. Looks like, for the Berkshires, TripAdvisor is a far better resource than CH!!

    Hops and Vines


    and, Mezze:


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    1. re: lemarais
      wincountrygirl Aug 8, 2013 04:26 AM

      The both look good and new since my last visit. I've been to other restaurants in both locations. Enjoy and please report back. I have a soft spot in my heart for Williamstown and would love to hear how you enjoyed these places.

      1. re: wincountrygirl
        Lenox637 Aug 8, 2013 09:48 AM

        MEZZE, in my opinion, is the best in the Berkshires right now.

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      lemarais Aug 2, 2013 05:39 PM

      That's it? No more advice on the Berkshires?

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        wincountrygirl Aug 3, 2013 04:20 AM

        I know your frustration!! When I used to go I'd have the same problem getting recs. Where are you staying?

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          chowmensch Aug 4, 2013 07:07 PM

          Cafe Adam is consistently good. Moved recently to a larger space....still in Great Barrington....not far from their original location.

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            wincountrygirl Aug 5, 2013 03:42 AM

            Williamstown is almost an hour from Great Barrington. lemarais, if you are open to a drive like that there are many options, like John Andrews in Egremont.

        2. re: lemarais
          sr44 Aug 4, 2013 07:42 PM

          This thread is 11 years old.

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            wincountrygirl Aug 5, 2013 03:41 AM

            Yes, but lemariais just asked a question about Williamstown on July 31

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              hopegoode Aug 6, 2013 11:25 AM

              Re Williamstown, I like the food in the Gala Restaurant which is in The Orchards Hotel. You can grab a burger in the bar or out in the courtyard. Chef's fish preparations are particularly good. I believe you can get the same menu inside or out.

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                wincountrygirl Aug 6, 2013 12:01 PM

                Really? I'm actually glad to hear that. We always stayed at the Orchards when we went. And they do have outdoor dining during the day. But we've had good and bad experiences with the food there. Our package entitled us to breakfast and one dinner. Some years dinner was good, but when it was bad, it was so, so bad!!!

          2. re: lemarais
            dudleycat Aug 9, 2013 09:00 AM

            Southern Berkshires

            Dinner- Nudel for foodies. No res. long wait
            Breakfast/Lunch- Spoon or Haven
            5 Star fine dining- Wheatleigh very expensive

            Lee- Indian- Bombay
            California Taco- Baja Charlie's
            W. Stockbridge-
            Vietnamese - Orient Express and Rouge for French bistro

            Stockbridge- Once Upon a Table

            Great Barrington
            Japanese Sushi / and Asian Vegetarian - Bizen
            Pizza - Baba Louis
            cafe Adam- best dinner or Lunch. Trendy but comfortable

            Hope this helps

            1. re: dudleycat
              lemarais Aug 9, 2013 12:35 PM

              Thanks, but no. Too far. Looking for Williamstown or North Adams.

              Looks like the TA advice for Hops & Vines and Mezze is going to do the trick. Sorry, CH, there was no help here!

              1. re: lemarais
                wincountrygirl Aug 9, 2013 04:21 PM

                Unfortunately, Williamstown does not have many options. There are many more options down south a bit.

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            lemarais Jul 31, 2013 10:24 PM

            Any recs for dining in Williamstown? Any places with nice outside dining?

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            1. re: lemarais
              wincountrygirl Aug 1, 2013 04:23 AM

              I'm not sure about outside dining, but when we stayed in Williamstown we traveled a bit south ( I think on 7) - about 15 minutes, to Mill on the Floss. It's very nice - it looks like an old French restaurant. We always enjoyed it.


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              foodwhisperer Sep 14, 2012 09:23 PM

              Rouge in W. Stockbridge is a great place to eat. I love the mussels there.

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                rosarugosa Sep 7, 2012 06:59 PM

                I will second Once Upon a Table. Had a couple of lunches there that were pure bliss.
                I would also like to give kudos to Chez Nous in Lee. DH and I spent a significant anniversary dinner there a couple of years ago, and we couldn't have picked better.
                And on the other end of the spectrum, The Locker Room in Lee wiil always be a favorite. It's a bar-type of place with goddamned decent food, and friendly service for very reasonable money.

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                1. re: rosarugosa
                  wincountrygirl Sep 11, 2012 09:12 AM

                  Chez Nous in Lee took over the Ketchup to Caviar space and it was terrific! Have been to Once Upon a Table for lunch and loved it, though "cozy" is putting it mildly!

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                  C. Fox Mar 14, 2002 04:33 PM

                  Speaking of the Berkshires... Once a year I find myself driving from Dalton to South Egremont, mostly along Rte. 7, in a great hurry. It's always a Sunday morning, so a lot of places are closed. Does anybody know where I can stop for a quick breakfast, or, barring that, a good takeout lunch?

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                  1. re: C. Fox
                    Tom Hatch Mar 17, 2002 05:39 PM

                    You can always get an interesting meal at Sweet Pea and Petunia's on rt. 7 in Great Barrington. (Across from the KMart Plaza. My favorite breakfast spot is at the end of Railroad Street (in the center of town) a wonderful place open every day called Martin's.

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