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where to eat in the Berkshires?

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I am spending next weekend in Berkshire Co., MA. Does anyone have a recommendation for really good food?

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  1. Just on the edge of Pittsfield, headed North on Route 7, is a little strip mall diner named Sunrise Cafe. CANNOT rave enough about this place. Fabulous breakfast and they recently started serving dinners.

    Bizen in Great Barrington for the best sushi in the area. Church Street Cafe in Lenox has a great steak dinner.

    What are you looking for? Fine dining? Great food? There are a number of pricey and tasty options as well as some just good food to eat choices...

    1. Do a search and you'll find several discussions. But to get you started:
      Verdura, upscale Mediterranean, Great Barrington
      Bistro Zinc, Lenox, upscale French bistro
      Baba Louie's, G.B., great pizza
      Betty's Pizza Shack, Lenox - also good, but Baba Louie is better
      Spigalina, Mediterranean, upscale, Lenox
      Cafe Lucia, Italian, Lenox
      Bizen, G.B., Japanese (and avoid Shiro's)
      Bombay Brasserie (I think that's what it is called - Indian food on Rt. 20 in a Best Western Hotel, nice view of Laurel Lake and very good Indian food).
      Carol's for breakfast in Lenox
      and Martin's for breakfast in GB

      Have fun!

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      1. re: bookistan

        We visit this area often and dine around occasionally, so we have some familiarity with the restaurants you list. Don't you find Verdura overpriced for what it is? This is not a challenge but a request for a candid opinion. We miss the restaurant (now closed) diagonally across the street from Verdura but that is history though occasional lunches there provide good memories.

      2. In Williamstown, I like Spice Root on Spring Street for Indian.

        Has anyone been to the new Le Jardin yet?

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          East Point Cook

          I love Verdura in Gt. Barrington.
          There are also many other spots right on that same street.

          1. Go to Salmon Run on Main Street in Lee - you won;t be disappointed - try early dinner beofre 6 or after 8

            1. Spice Restaurant, 297 North Street, Pittsfield MA. Opened June 2007.

              Dinner - Monday thru Saturday 5-10 PM
              Lunch - Monday thru Friday 11:30 - 2:00
              Bar / Lounge 4:30 - midnight weekedays - 4:30 until 12:30
              Light bits, mini burgers and flatbreads.

              1. john andrews in south egremont is my absolute favorite in berkshire county, there are many really good posts on this place if you do a "search"

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                1. re: niccole

                  I'' second that John Andrews is also our favorite restaurant in the Berkshires!
                  Will be there again Friday night early for some of the best food in New England or anywhere else for that matter!

                  1. re: catnip

                    The Old Mill in South Egremont and the Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough are the best eating you'll find in South County.

                2. We've split off a discussion of an article on eating in the Berkshires to our Food Media and News board. If you want to coninue that discussion, you can find it at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704713

                  1. Route 7 Grill - great farm-to-table restaurant

                    Route 7 Grill
                    999 Main St, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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                    1. re: Citizen Taco

                      While it is a pleasant setting, Bistro Zinc offers poorly cooked food from an uninspired menu. Our French onion soup was not the panade that this dish required, but some insipid, thin, flavorless liquid buried under a casket of gooey cheese. Steaks, ordered rare, were raw and inedible, crowned with a mound of greasy frites. Mussels and brook trout were drowned in tasteless cream "sauces." Skip it.

                      1. re: chicfille

                        This is one of the worst restaurants in the area.
                        Countless posts here have advised people to avoid this place.
                        Food and Service are usually just awful yet this place stays in business.
                        Sorry you had such a bad experience.
                        Tell all your friends about this place.