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Sep 26, 2010 06:40 AM

restaurants near Hancock (Jiminy Peak) with 7 y.o., parents and grandparents

We will be staying near JP Columbus Day weekend with my parents in their 80's and my 7 y.o. son. Any restaurant recommendations that would suit all our tastes? Not too loud for my parents, DS does not eat pizza, but will eat steak, chili, roast chicken... and is well behaved in restaurants. We would be eating on the earlier side, but I expect it will be a busy weekend. I would prefer to limit the drive time to within half an hour from Hancock. We are foodiesand enjoy our wine...The little one would probably partake if I allowed it!

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  1. You're going to have to go to Williamstown or Pittsfield for anything decent (I live 3 miles from Jiminy--basically, 30 minutes from anywhere.) I'm not too fond of any of the Williamstown restaurants at the moment. I would suggest Mission Bar & Tapas on North Street (the northern end) in Pittsfield. Good tapas, sandwiches, salads and now dinners. Wines are very drinkable, am told the beers are good.
    It can get busy, but if you go on the early side you should have no trouble getting in or with noise-they often have entertainment/open mike, but usually not before 7:30 pm.

    1. I forgot--people love the wings at Old Forge in Lanesborough, on Rt. 7-- and the beer selection. I'm not that fond of wings and have found the other food selections eminently forgettable.

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      1. re: mjoyous

        It is unfortunate that there are so few good restaurants in northern Berkshires. How far is it to stockbridge from JP?

        1. re: bawc

          Maybe a little more than 30 minutes.

        1. re: breadfan

          The Mill on the Floss is close to Jiminy Peak and the food is excellent.

        2. Pittsfield has a few very good restaurants: Jae's Spice (Asian infused), Shiro (Japanese), Flavours (Malaysian), Mazzeo's (Italian), and Elizabeth's (Italian). Enjoy.

          Shiro Restaurant
          105 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230

          1. Actually, John Harvard's right at Jiminy is good. Powder Hounds, at the end of the drive may or may not be open (he often takes a fall break, but usually after Columbus Weekend). Both are good for "kids" of all ages, but definitely John Harvard's - it's a resort restaurant so they're used to families.

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            1. re: bstr

              I read very mixed things about john Harvard. It sounds like a typical ski resort family place: child friendly, mediocre food and expensive for what you get. If it is open , does powder hounds serve better food?
              Thank you for the pittsfield suggestions and the mill on the floss. Is the latter child. Friendly?

              1. re: bawc

                Mill on the Floss is pretty spendy and a little more upscale than the average chowspot in the Berks.

                1. re: bawc

                  My experience at John Harvards, which I will admit is limited to times I've had coupons, is as you mentioned. Average to mediocre, edible, absoutley nothing to write home (or in Chowhound) about.
                  Have never eaten at Powder Hounds (it was open last week).
                  Unfortunately, I don't think too highly of any of the restaurants Dana recomended
                  As folks are throwing in recommendations all over the Bershires, I'll add Rouge in West Stockbridge (about 30-40 minutes) .....child friendly, excellent food and drink, hound favorite.