Romantic Berkshires spot with veggie options?
Hi all, my boyfriend and I are coming up from the Boston area this weekend to stay at the Red Lion Inn to celebrate our first anniversary and my birthday! We are looking for a special spot (not TOO far from Stockbridge or Lenox) to have a romantic dinner on Saturday night. (On Sunday night we plan to go to Bizen in Great Barrington.) The hitch is that I am a vegetarian and would love some good options for me on the menu. Any suggestions? I have browsed the boards, but it seems that many places have gone out of business, etc. THANK YOU in advance!
You don't say anything about budget, but if that is not an issue, the restaurant at Wheatleigh, in Lenox, might work for you. The cuisine is outstanding and, looking a the current winter menu on their website, there are a number of vegetarian dishes. (I'm presuming you don't eat fish, and you would have to check with them to make sure none of the sauces for the vegetarian dishes have meat or chicken stock bases.) Service is professional, and the dining room is elegant. Definitely a place to celebrate a special occasion or, as in your case, two!
Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, and Bon Appetit!
Church Street in Lenox always had great veggie food, but it may not be what you feel is romantic. I adore Caffe Lucia which is the yellow Italian restaurant across the way. They have consistently excellent food, are wonderful about accomodating special requests and has a certain quaint charm. A lot of people like Zinc. We went once. I didn't love it. Additionally, in Great Barrington, try Pearl's for great fish( if you eat it).
Enjoy your dinner at Bizen! I don't think any of the above choices are great for vegetarians. The problem with Wheatleigh (for me) is the veal and foie gras and other dishes they serve really turn me off and it would not be pleasant for me to eat there. JMHO.
Church St. And Cafe Lucia are both a little tired - Lucia doesn't have any really interesting veggie offerings besides pasta.
I would recomment Spice on North St. It's hip and gorgeous and has a great vibe. Doug Luf is doing a good job with the food.
They have some great vegetarian options! I had an amazing "Toad in the Hole". A poached egg cooked in a buttered brioche toast surrounded by wild mushrooms in an amazing rich sauce. You can also sit together at the bar if that is your thing - very romantic and great service there.
You may also enjoy John Andrews reataurant. Lots of posts on this board for recs.
You might try an all appetizers meal at the Agean Breeze in Great Barrington. Don't miss the custard stuffed phillo dessert.
Too bad most of the entertainment is on Thurs. night---We usually do weekends up there.
Rouge is an excellent choice also.
Punch up "Rouge Restaurant" in the "search" feature of CH for my review of the place.
We thought the place was great and they do have vegetarian dishes but therir menu will show all that when you go to their website.
Many times great restaurants like this will leave out the meat or fish parts of their dinners and just scramble in some veges into their outstanding sauces to make a memorable vegetarian dish for you.
The biggest problem we have in eating in the Berkshires area is having enough time to try the so many outstanding restaurants in the area.
We're limited ,usually,to just Friday & Saturday nights. for dinners out.
The good news is,of course,that we have to come over to the area just that many more times to eat there!(LOL).
i just got the new BERKSHIRE LIVING magazine and it has and article about veggie options and it has a little write up on: ROUGE, PEARLS, MEZZE BISTRO & BAR, and JOHN ANDREWS.
Hi--Church Street Cafe and Cafe Lucie are closed for the season...if money is NOT a consideration, Blantyre is just incredible. It is a Relais and Chateau, and, the staff knows how to walk the razor's edge between friendly/professional. Chris Brooks the chef does a wonderful job. The wine list is miles long, and, if you ask, they will give you a tour of the wine cellar. One other thing, you might consider trying Fin in Lenox instead of Bizen for your Sunday night dinner...guaranteed terrific. Enjoy your time here.