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Dave S Jul 17, 2011 11:05 AM

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:
Viva
Shaker Mill Taven
Michael's
Sullivan Station
Salmon Run Fish House

Thanks!

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

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    The Bezerkshirite Jul 17, 2011 05:47 PM

    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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      AikiLou Jul 17, 2011 06:36 PM

      Church Street Cafe?

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

    2. BerkshireTsarina Jul 17, 2011 06:56 PM

      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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        wincountrygirl Jul 22, 2011 07:26 AM

        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.

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

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          rhoneranger Jul 22, 2011 09:33 AM

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

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

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        nfnebwiri Jul 18, 2011 04:30 AM

        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.

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          rhoneranger Jul 18, 2011 05:22 AM

          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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            BerkshireTsarina Jul 18, 2011 06:52 AM

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

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              rhoneranger Jul 18, 2011 09:28 AM

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

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              mjoyous Jul 20, 2011 09:41 AM

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

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              AikiLou Jul 18, 2011 05:28 AM

              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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                BerkshireTsarina Jul 18, 2011 06:57 AM

                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.

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

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                  AikiLou Jul 18, 2011 09:25 AM

                  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's...one 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?

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                    rhoneranger Jul 18, 2011 09:29 AM

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

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                      StatenIslandSara Jul 18, 2011 10:16 PM

                      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.

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                        AikiLou Jul 19, 2011 07:55 AM

                        And one more thing I just thought of about prices...a good number of these restaurants buy as much locally as possible...farm 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.

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                    mjoyous Jul 20, 2011 09:43 AM

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

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                  catnip Jul 19, 2011 09:46 AM

                  Try the Morgan House in downtown Lee,Ma.
                  Huge portions,really good food, in an old Inn atmosphere.
                  We prefer to sit at the bar where there is always a lively conversation going on.
                  I had fish andchips over the weekend and there was one huge portion of lightly-battered cod served not the usual heavily-breaded small chunks of cod found most elsewhere.
                  Also the prices are very reasonable compared to some of the other places mentioned here.

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                    Robert Brown Jul 19, 2011 10:34 AM

                    Last week I had a very good lunch at Cafe Adam. This is run by someone (Adam?) with integrity and not in it only for the revenue. I had the smoked salmon (smoked in the smoker behind the restaurant) and whipped avocado on two open baguette slices accompanied by a bowl of gazpacho. I'm going back a few more times before the summer is out.

                    The old stand-by Red Lion Inn (the main dining room) is dependable. I almost always have clam chowder and roasted real turkey with a decent amount of dark meat along with mashed potatoes. The restaurant is very civilized with a decent wine list (tilted towards America) that isn't overpriced.

                    After these two, it looks to me like a drop to the next level with your life in your hands. The Aegean Breeze, very close by to Cafe Adam, is likeeable. Portions are generous and the food reasonably fresh. The whole fish is okay, but undoubedly farmed (but ask about it as there could always be an exception or two).

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                    Red Lion Inn
                    30 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262

                    Aegean Breeze Restaurant
                    327 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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

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                      StatenIslandSara Jul 19, 2011 01:12 PM

                      .sorry double post!

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                        magiesmom Jul 19, 2011 04:40 PM

                        Boy, I really disagree about red Lion and Aegean Breeze; I would avoid both at all costs!

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                        Aegean Breeze Restaurant
                        327 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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                          cowgirlinthesand Jul 19, 2011 07:55 PM

                          I agree mm! Red Lion Inn may be 'civilized', but the food is poor at best, tired and mediocre. Also agree with the review of Rubi's, too dear and costly for what you get. I would avoid Great Barrington anyway.
                          Pittsfield is only 7 miles from Tanglewood and has a great variety of ethnic and local choices. i would go to Cafe Reva for the best lunch (breakfast too), Brix Winebar is great, don't know if it's open for lunch in the summer.
                          Viva was great when we ate there a couple of years ago, if they're serving lunch I would try them also
                          Shaker Mill Tavern recently lost its chef, so maybe it would be a good time to hit them for lunch. The food is probably better!
                          enjoy.

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                          Cafe Reva
                          238 Tyler St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

                          Brix
                          40 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

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                            mjoyous Jul 20, 2011 09:50 AM

                            I'm with you completely, magiesmom. The Red Lion is high on atmosphere, though all tourists in season. However, the food is barely adequate. Friend and I both had inedible lunches (old, tasted spoiled) this winter at Aegean Breeze and would never eat there again.

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                              catnip Jul 20, 2011 12:28 PM

                              I agree with you also about the Red Lion.
                              We never eat there anymore.
                              The food is way overpriced and ,like cowgirlinthesand said,poor at best.
                              We had a decent and elegantly served breakfast there last Winter but Haven in Lenox is the much better choice for breakfast imo.

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                                Robert Brown Jul 20, 2011 12:41 PM

                                I only order the clam chowder and the turkey at the Red Lion Inn. That's all I addressed. I like the ambiance. Management hasn't mucked it up.

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                                Red Lion Inn
                                30 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262

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                                  catnip Jul 21, 2011 05:25 AM

                                  I agree that the ambiance is still great and I love drinking at the bar but the quality of the food is what we post about here and I think most of the food is mediocre as many have said here as of late.
                                  I can remember when you got a great meal at a reasonable price at the Red Lion and that is what makes this all so sad;the quality of the food having slipped so much from what I can remember about the great food they USED to serve.

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                                City Kid Jul 20, 2011 02:34 PM

                                Agree that Red Lion Inn is lousy. Went to Aegean Breeze once and found the food OK, but pricey fish, and the decor quite depressing.

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                              City Kid Jul 20, 2011 02:31 PM

                              Is Morgan House really good? I had read such bad things about it.

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                                nfnebwiri Jul 21, 2011 04:54 AM

                                No, not good. I am not quick to complain, but the one time we went for dinner it was a pretty bad experience. A ravioli special consisted of (still) frozen ravioli - not only was it clearly not made by them but they couldn't even successfully heat it up. We ordered wine but it did not arrive until after we were done eating because the bar was "busy."

                                A year or so later we tried to stop in for lunch, and although there were plenty of tables the hostess told us we probably didn't want to eat there because a large group was coming soon and no one would be able to pay attention to us. So we didn't.

                                However I read something about new management or ownership or something so I guess it's possible it's different now.

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                                  catnip Jul 21, 2011 05:17 AM

                                  They have a new chef.
                                  We ate there last weekend,at the bar,and the fish and chips were great imo.
                                  Try it again and see what you think.
                                  It reminds me of a local tavern in an old Inn.
                                  Understand that we like to eat a a friendly bar with grea tbar food and the Morgan House fills that bill nicely imo.

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                                AikiLou Jul 20, 2011 01:01 PM

                                Another suggestion...I keep forgetting about Orient Express in West Stockbridge...really wonderful Viet Namese...very good food...they ARE open for lunch daily in the summer.

                                1. BerkshireTsarina Jul 20, 2011 04:09 PM

                                  Went today with husband to Once Upon a Table for lunch. (My own post reminded me of it!)
                                  Had a delightful lunch, it's a charming place. Food at worst is okay, portions adequate if not very big (I don't like big portions anyway), and price is still reasonable. AND my crabcakes were delicious! Now that Alta has quit making the best in the world, I'm ranking these right up there.
                                  AND AND --- I forgot to mention profiteroles for dessert. The BEST. Anybody has good ice cream to put in them, but the chocolate sauce --- more like hot fudge --- is SWOON.
                                  AND AND AND if you're worried about calories, you can order a half portion (which is two cream puff profiteroles). It doesn't say so on the menu, but if you ask, they'll say yes.

                                  I second the non-Aegean Breeze people, although it makes me sad. I want to like it, but the food just hasn't been good whenever I've tried it. (I do know people who like it.)
                                  Don't think Brix is ever open for lunch ---

                                  Also reporting on MISSION BAR AND TAPAS! (Goodness, long report) Went there for lunch at last, having heard good things for years. Sure enough, food was excellent. Potatoes Bravas a standout, interesting Spanish tortilla "of the day", so it changes. Wine, beer, tapas, what's not to love?
                                  At night there's music, I know that, and I would assume it's a lively young (or young-ish) crowd, which isn't us. But we plan to do lunch again and investigate more tapas. Good welcome, too.

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                                  Brix
                                  40 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

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                                    catnip Jul 21, 2011 05:21 AM

                                    We did Once Upon a Table for lunch over the weekend.
                                    We loved their clam chowder.
                                    The finely chpped clams were just great in that excellent chowder.
                                    Like you said the prices aren't bad;we found the service excellent.
                                    I liked their reubens also,but like yousaid,the portions are adequate not huge.

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                                      mjoyous Jul 22, 2011 11:33 AM

                                      Mission doesn't get too crowded with the younger, partying folks till well after 7, so it's still a very comfortable place if you're having an earlier dinner. More specials at dinnertime too. Had cockles for the first time there this winter,

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                                      hepsi Jul 23, 2011 09:39 AM

                                      Great Barrington has many great choices for lunch. There is Baba Louies Pizza and their wonderful organic salads. There is the Coop with their extensive selection of foods prepared there. I recomend the Mediteranian box. There is Bizen excellent Japanese. Bizalion near the Big y plaza is fantastic if you have time. And Martins at the top of Railroad street has all the standards done well reasonably priced.

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                                      Bizen
                                      17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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