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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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  1. 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

      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.

    2. 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

        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!

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

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

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          1. re: lemarais

            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.

            http://www.millonthefloss.com/

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

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            1. re: lemarais

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

              1. re: wincountrygirl

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

                1. re: chowmensch

                  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.

                1. re: sr44

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

                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    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.

                    1. re: hopegoode

                      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

                  Southern Berkshires

                  Lenox-
                  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

                    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

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

                3. 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

                  http://www.hopsandvinesma.com/

                  and, Mezze:

                  http://www.mezzerestaurant.com/

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                  1. re: lemarais

                    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

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