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Waquoit Apr 28, 2010 09:30 AM

This recent post on Huffpo has an interesting take on Berkshire eating:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/guy-nic...

  1. roxlet Apr 1, 2011 05:24 AM

    It's not in the HuffPost food section, it's in the Huffpost COMEDY section. It may not be funny, but I don't think it's meant to be taken seriously.

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      DRex357 Mar 31, 2011 06:32 PM

      The writer seemed a bit of a dolt, but come on guys . . . as a weekender from NYC metro area, I have been trying to find an array of good dining options up here inthe central berkshires and I have to say - the pickins are quite limited. I have yet to find a really good steak or fresh fish. There are several places with passable pub grub, but I think the problem up here is not the intention or effort, it's the quantity of customers who demand excellence. It seems like because the winter is rather sparse, bad habits from the winter/spring seep into the summer/fall and food tends to be overcooked or not fresh or just plain uninspired. When Salmon Run consistently shows up as a place to go, you _know_ there is just not a food scene here at this point. Haven't tried Nudel yet (thinking it's like the soup nazi?) but otherwise, just feeling ho hum about the food quality here. Just my humble opinion.

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        Lenox637 May 3, 2010 05:39 AM

        After watching last night's interview with Conan O'Brien I think he should get rid of ALL his writers.

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          catnip May 2, 2010 04:12 PM

          This character bills himself as a comedy writer;it's no wonder NBC dropped that O'Brien character.
          This fellow isn't funny at all and his attempt at making humor out of Berkshire restaurants is pathetic at best.
          Stay where you are pal and eat frozen foods from Stop and Shop,ect.
          You both deserve each other IMO.

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            Bookistan May 1, 2010 06:51 PM

            I kind of feel sorry for this guy because it's like he was walking around blind. As a New Yorker who spends most weekends in the central Berkshires, I'm quite happy with the restaurant offerings. And it's not like the good stuff is even that hard to find (unless of course he requires large parking lots and big box retailers to be adjacent to anywhere he eats. There may be things to criticize about the Berkshires, but the dining scene just isn't one of them.

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              NickM Apr 29, 2010 07:02 PM

              I've spent a couple of decades hanging out in the Berkshires and actually checking out its food, not to mention observing its people, so here's my take on this Guy's article:

              Uninformed? Probably. Uninformative? Definitely. Funny? Not.

              Oh well, yet another reason to feel sorry for Conan O'Brien.

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                reiflame Apr 29, 2010 12:16 PM

                I've never been to the Berkshires but I'm of the opinion that if you're open minded and don't mind getting out of your comfort zone there is good food to be had almost everywhere.

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                  Lenox637 Apr 29, 2010 04:45 PM

                  here, here!!

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                  ras13 Apr 29, 2010 09:44 AM

                  Ignorant article. Plenty of great restaurants in the Berkshires -- see chowmensch's post. Also Viva and Once Upon a Table in Stockbridge, and Xicotencatl, Bizen and Great Barrington Brewery in Great Barrington, just to add a few.

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                    StheJ Apr 29, 2010 08:53 AM

                    Having had many great meals in the Berkshires, I can say with conviction that his writer is an idiot and entirely unfunny to boot.

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                      Lenox637 Apr 29, 2010 03:51 AM

                      After reading the article I sincerely doubt this individual truly experienced the Berkshires. It sounds to me that all he did was go to Walmart and Home Depot and stayed up at Berkshire Crossings and Allendale.

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                        chowmensch Apr 29, 2010 07:58 AM

                        I agree. The byline says the blogger is a writer for Conan O'Brien. If this column is representative of his writing, I guess I won't need to bother watching Conan when he makes his return to TV on cable soon. I would guess the writer never tried to eat at Brix, Old Mill, Inn on the Green, John Andrews or Chez Nous. It's just easier to be an arrogant wiseass New Yorker who is too lazy to actually do the research on fine dining in the Berkshires.

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                        Old Mill
                        RR 23, South Egremont, MA 01258

                        John Andrew's Restaurant
                        RR 23, North Egremont, MA 01252

                        Chez Nous
                        150 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

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