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where to eat in the Berkshires?

berniesmomma Feb 12, 2005 12:52 PM

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

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    TJS Feb 12, 2005 02:06 PM

    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...

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      bookistan Feb 12, 2005 05:50 PM

      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
        feelinpeckish Apr 28, 2010 07:11 AM

        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.

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        Mr. F. Feb 14, 2005 08:56 AM

        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 Feb 14, 2005 09:08 AM

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

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            Lisa Feb 14, 2005 02:56 PM

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

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              Spice Nov 22, 2006 09:50 PM

              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.

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                niccole Nov 23, 2006 12:27 AM

                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
                  catnip Nov 27, 2006 09:17 AM

                  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
                    Ranakdevi Apr 24, 2010 04:11 PM

                    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. The Chowhound Team Apr 29, 2010 08:32 AM

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                  1. Citizen Taco May 3, 2010 05:40 PM

                    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
                      chicfille Aug 11, 2010 08:49 AM

                      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
                        catnip Aug 11, 2010 12:21 PM

                        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.

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