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Jul 17, 2011 11:05 AM

Saturday lunch near Lenox

We're meeting friends in a few weeks to listen to a Saturday morning rehearsal program at Tanglewood, then on to lunch.

So I'm looking for suggestions. We'd probably prefer something in West Stockbridge/Stockbridge/Lee to Lenox itself, but I'm open to anything. What about Great Barrington? Too far?

I've found these so far:
Shaker Mill Taven
Sullivan Station
Salmon Run Fish House


Salmon Run Fish House
78 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

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  1. Your options in downtown Lenox are Alta (gets good reviews) The Heritage (local "sports bar",good burgers, spotty service), Firefly (consistently awful) , Bistro Zinc (pricey tourist trap), the Village inn (resonably priced,outside dining) Spoon (haven't been), Betty's Pizza shack(fair pizza) and a couple of ice cream joints.

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    1. re: The Bezerkshirite

      Church Street Cafe?

      Church Street Cafe
      65 Church St Ste 201, Lenox, MA 01240

    2. Once Upon a Table in Stockbridge is an often overlooked delight. Small, so reserve if possible.
      Alta is a personal favorite.

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      1. re: BerkshireTsarina

        I agree - Once Upon a Table is wonderful It is tiny though, so if you don't get there early excpet to wait. I also like Church Street for lunch in Lenox.

        Church Street Cafe
        65 Church St Ste 201, Lenox, MA 01240

        1. re: wincountrygirl

          Church Street Cafe's ownership and chef have changed, no reviews yet though.

          Church Street Cafe
          65 Church St Ste 201, Lenox, MA 01240

      2. Agree with Once upon a Table and Alta. Would cross Sullivan Station and Michael's off your list.

        Only you can say if Great Barrington is too far, but it takes about 20 minutes from Tanglewood. If you consider it, suggest Cafe Adam, Xicotencatl, or Bizalion.

        1. Avoid Shaker Mill Tavern and Michael's. Second Once Upon a Table. Fin Sushi in Lenox does lunch. Spoon is quite over priced and Betty's Pizza is AWFUL. Alta is good though.

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          1. re: rhoneranger

            I heard Fin is not doing lunch this year --- haven't checked it out yet, but so far, no sign of life at lunchtime.

            1. re: BerkshireTsarina

              you're right... i was just in town and Fin is closed:(

            2. re: rhoneranger

              I totally agree with Rhoneranger! But didn't think Fin was now open for lunch.

            3. I do nt know what all these people know about Once Upon a Table that I do not and have NEVER figured out. Nobody has mentioned Cafe Adam--arguably the best restaurant in Great Barrington. It is before downtown Great Barrington and has its own parking lot; the food is creative, wonderful, locovore, and reasonably priced.

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              1. re: AikiLou

                Re: Once Upon a Table --
                Charming? Friendly service? Interesting food, sometimes rising to heights? Not overpriced? (Quite a trick these days when prices are soaring) A little funky? Fun? My comments, but evidently shared.
                Cafe Adam is a different ball game, an expensive exceptional restaurant. Dinner is when it's outstanding, lunch less so. And it demands (and repays) TIME.
                Both of these are really good picks, as is Alta.They're all different, so it's kind of what you want, and what you want to pay.
                If Rouge were open for lunch it would be another good choice, but I don't think it is.

                Cafe Adam
                325 Stockbridge Rd Ste 4, Great Barrington, MA 01230

                1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                  I disagree about Once Upon A Table...the few times I have eaten there, it has been fairly mediocre. About prices...I think people are totally out of touch with food costs and are taking it personally. From what I have gathered, it is becoming harder and harder for those operating in the genre of choices mentioned above to make a living. You want expensive (for what you get)?...I'll give you expensive. I had a sandwich recently at Rubi' slice of bread, cut in half, each half with a slather of goat cheese and a slice of piquillo pepper...8.50 for half a sandwich?

                  1. re: AikiLou

                    Rubi's, IMHO, has always been a total ripoff AND the service is abysmal at best

                    1. re: rhoneranger

                      I completely agree with your review of Rubi's. The food is mediocre at best, WAY overpriced and not worth it. I understand from some of the locals that Rubiners used to be part of a larger market/cafe in Richmond and the food there was terrific. My guess is none of that same staff is cooking in the Great Barrington location.

                      1. re: StatenIslandSara

                        And one more thing I just thought of about prices...a good number of these restaurants buy as much locally as to table ALWAYS adds to a restaurant's food costs. About Rubi's--had it been a WHOLE sandwich and maybe a tiny side, I would have been okay with it. But, a half sandwich with cheese and a slice of pepper--well, I will not do that again any time soon.

                  2. re: BerkshireTsarina

                    With you all the way, Tsarina. Sadly, Rouge is not open for lunch--opens at 5.