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recent experience with Rt 7 grill in Great Barrington?

Should have framed title as question.

We are considering this restaurant due to mentions here and by friends but Yelp reviews are uniformally pretty awful.

What do you Hounds think? It's a hike for us and we could stick with La Fogata ( which is closer and which we know and love) before a show next weekend, but had hoped for a new experience. Help, please!!!

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  1. My opinion - overall favorable.

    The BBQ is not the best ever but is very good. They have a newish chef, since then some of the things I liked are no longer on the menu but some of the other items have improved in quality. They have had some really tasty non-BBQ specials and appetizers. Nice selection of beers and wines. Nice atmosphere.

    My biggest problem is I think it's kind of expensive for what it is, good BBQ as you know does not have to cost a lot. I don't really agree with any of the Yelp reviews which seem to attract the set of people who really love or really hate the place, as usual the truth is in between.

    1. I wish I could help more, but haven't been there in a while. My first and only experience was not so great. It's a haul from where I live, so have been hesitant to return. The night we ate there the BBQ was uniformly bad--not fresh, very dried out. I admit to being really picky, especially about beef BBQ (am a one time Texan), but the pork dishes at the table were poor too.
      The place was totally understaffed that night, so we forgave the service, but the only good, actually memorable, dish was the thinly sliced fried onions, which were great.
      If you choose to go, please let us know what you think.

      1. Hi,
        I went last summer and loved it, and returned this past week while in town for Tanglewood. I have to say, I wish all I had was that distant fond memory since it was not so great this time around. First of all, I could have sworn that they had sandwiches on the lunch menu last summer, and they do not have any sandwiches listed on the lunch menu this year. This is NOT what is represented on the website. Now that I look at the website, we were definitely given the dinner menu at lunchtime, which means that we were looking at prices for LUNCH in the high teens and twenties! The lunch menu on their website lists sandwiches from $5.50 to $12, while the waitress made it seem like she was doing us a favor by giving us a bun with the small dinner portion at $15 (to be fair, each meal came with 2 sides, and according to the lunch menu on the website, the lunch portions don't). Wow, now that I realize this, I'm pretty annoyed. Anyway, the food was okay. I remember the burger being great last year but I went for the pulled pork and it was fine. Not bad, not great. The mac and cheese was excellent, but the baked beans had a strange flavor. My friends liked their pulled chicken and brisket, but I thought the brisket was dry and not very flavorful. With so many interesting restaurants in the area, I can't say I'd hurry back, and it pains me to say that since I love their emphasis on local products.

        1. I've been there twice, last summer and this past May, and had the pork ribs both times. The first time I found them quite fatty and didn't love the place, but the second time the ribs were terrific, as were the sides, though I found the collards too vinegary. I do plan to return.

          1. We ate there last Fall.
            The bar-b-que was OK but what really stood out was the bourbon lemonade.
            They take about 20-30 lemons and take the skins off them and put them into one of those iced tea dispensers with a spigot on the bottom.
            They then add enough bourbon to cover all the skinned lemons and they let it sit and sit until it really ferments.
            They also add a bit of sugar.
            Voila';the best summer quencher we've had in a while.
            They shared the recipie readily and we devoured some good bar-b-que while we were there