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Looking for breakfast, W. Stockbridge, MA area

Scott_R Jan 31, 2012 12:29 PM

I'll be in W. Stockbridge this summer, and would like a place for breakfast on a Sunday morning--breakfast, not brunch (that is, some place that serves by 9 AM, and I'm not looking for a buffet).

For me the main reason to eat breakfast out is omelets, so that's what I'm looking for. I don't have a sweet tooth so 'm not interested in grabbing a pastry or muffin (so bakeries are basically out) nor in breakfast-to-go (egg on a roll, etc.).

The real hit would be a place that does omelets both well and creatively; e.g., the following is a review I posted:

That's what I'm aiming for, but I'll certainly settle for less. Excellent home fries are a plus.

Breakfast will be before heading back down to the NY Metro area, so my search area will tend towards the south/west rather than north/east.


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  1. Berheenia RE: Scott_R Feb 2, 2012 08:44 AM

    You might like Joe's Diner in Lee ...

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      rhoneranger RE: Scott_R Feb 2, 2012 09:06 AM

      Martin's, at the top of Railroad St in Great Barrington has the best breakfast in the Berkshires. Some will say got to Haven or Spoon in Lenox but IMHO Martin's has done the best breakfast for decades.

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        City Kid RE: rhoneranger Feb 9, 2012 10:59 AM

        Love Martin's!

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        Scott_R RE: Scott_R Feb 3, 2012 08:29 PM

        Thanks; so far, Martin's is looking to be the best choice.

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          Anastasia RE: Scott_R Feb 7, 2012 01:03 PM

          If I may, my favorite go to place for breakfast is The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge.
          Many reasons why......
          Fresh squeezed orange juice (not sure about the other juices)
          local Berkshire Mtn. Roasters coffee which is excellent!
          homemade grass fed corned beef hash,
          "lion frittta"
          linen tables.
          They used to have "crunchy french toast" on their menu, but regrettably have taken it off, however, if you request it, they will make it. Pair that with warmed Vermont pure syrup. Bliss....Oh man....I'm drooling. Oh also, they give you the butter, jam and cream cheese in small ramekins on the table, not the pre packaged ones that you fight with. They really try to keep things local too which is awesome... you won't be disappointed.

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            jerseydiner RE: Scott_R Feb 7, 2012 01:26 PM

            We like The Depot in West Stockbridge. It is right by the post office and has a lovely little menu of breakfast favorites. They bake on premises and everything is delicious.

            We have been to the area many times over the years and this is always a favorite for us.

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              cowgirlinthesand RE: jerseydiner Feb 7, 2012 07:32 PM

              Spoon in Lenox! They serve breakfast all day, and the choices and quality are unequaled.

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                AikiLou RE: cowgirlinthesand Feb 10, 2012 03:35 PM

                I agree totally

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                Scott_R RE: jerseydiner Feb 8, 2012 08:17 PM

                The only thing I could find by that name in the area is The Depot in Dalton... is that the place? The website doesn't seem to work.

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                  Dana1949 RE: Scott_R Feb 9, 2012 12:47 PM

                  The Depot is now closed. The only restaurant in Dalton that currently serves a sit-down breakfast is the Dalton Restaurant on Main St. Ozzie's in nearby Hinsdale also offers a nice breakfast. The drive from West Stockbridge will be around 45 minutes.
                  If I was going to drive to the central Berkshires area, I would have breakfast at Cafe Reva on Tyler St. In Pittsfield. A bit small and at times extremely busy (weekends and mid-mornings), but the food is very good and worth a trip.

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                    Scott_R RE: Dana1949 Feb 9, 2012 03:29 PM

                    I won't be going to north and east, at least not that far--this is a "trip back" stop, which is one reason the GB suggestion had added attraction.

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                      City Kid RE: Scott_R Feb 10, 2012 08:57 AM

                      You won't regret Martin's, a breakfast institution, and convenient for you (GB is a lovely town). But the most awesome breakfast spot I have found yet, especially awesome omelets, is farther north, in Pittsfield -- a place called Cafe Reva. It's a funky old-fashioned spot. Worth going out of the way for or bank it away for next time.

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                sr44 RE: Scott_R Feb 7, 2012 08:08 PM

                Caffe Pomo d;Oro



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                  kayemtee RE: Scott_R Feb 10, 2012 09:46 AM

                  I have always had a hard time understanding the love of Martin's . There is nothing wrong with the place and the food is perfectly adequate but can any Martin's lover explain what they find so special about this place?

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                    rhoneranger RE: kayemtee Feb 10, 2012 10:33 AM

                    Small town gathering place and food that is consistently made without any airs.

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                      City Kid RE: rhoneranger Feb 10, 2012 11:36 AM

                      Well said, rhoneranger! That's exactly why I like it...comfortable place, comfort food. It doesn't it any culinary heights but it's a nice hub.

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                      magiesmom RE: kayemtee Feb 10, 2012 11:35 AM

                      I'd like to understand that too. Nothing extraordinary and very bad coffee. I like Reva too, although coffee also mediocre.

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                        rhoneranger RE: magiesmom Feb 10, 2012 01:53 PM

                        very, very few places have good coffee

                    3. BerkshireTsarina RE: Scott_R Feb 10, 2012 01:25 PM

                      An odd complaint, perhaps --- but Reva's plates are simply TOO BIG, and TOO MUCH. Food is always good, yes, but I can't manage the portions. If big is your thing, you'll love it. It's at least as frenetic as Martin's.
                      Martin's remains my favorite --- corned beef hash, grits are terrific --- and there's just that community feel, it's all around you, this is the Berkshires, guys --- No puttin' on airs.

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                        magiesmom RE: BerkshireTsarina Feb 10, 2012 02:46 PM

                        We always share at Reva's. Tsarina, if you like Martin's will try again. We have been underwhelmed in the past.

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                          BerkshireTsarina RE: magiesmom Feb 10, 2012 04:12 PM

                          Let me be clear, mom ---
                          It isn't that the food is so great. It's good, but not outstanding. It's just that the total experience --- the crowd, the crayons, the sometimes weird specials, the service -- for me adds up to --- The Berkshires. Not something that works for everybody.
                          (Reva's would be more manageable for me if my hub and I could ever agree on something to share! But alas, no.)

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                            magiesmom RE: BerkshireTsarina Feb 10, 2012 05:35 PM

                            yeah, maybe not so good for us. The service was horrible the only time I've been there.
                            Anyway, it is a good hour from our home, so not really worth it unless we are there anyway. As far as I am concerned, Green Bean , Reva's and Spoon, with an occasional visit to Elmer's in Ashfield ( with decent lattes) cover out=to=breakfast needs. And of course Bread Euphoria.

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                              Scott_R RE: magiesmom Feb 10, 2012 08:00 PM

                              What's Green Bean?

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                                magiesmom RE: Scott_R Feb 10, 2012 09:14 PM

                                It is off topic, scott, sorry. It is in Northampton and an excellent breakfast and lunch place. Locally sourced, delicious, offerings from the omnivorous to vegan. But not close to W >S>. But if you find yourself in Northampton it is right downtown next door to Broadside, an excellent independent bookstore.

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                                City Kid RE: magiesmom Feb 11, 2012 07:35 AM

                                I have to agree about the portions at Reva's, I have been unable to finish their huge breakfast plates on my own. Coffee is not a strong point there or at Martin's. Still, I love the atmosphere at both places, very homey. One favorite special at Martin's: a kielbasa omelet that is to die for (perhaps literally!).

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                          Scott_R RE: Scott_R Feb 10, 2012 02:01 PM

                          I'm thinking Pittsfield is a little out of the way--it would add an hour to the trip.

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                            Scott_R RE: Scott_R Feb 11, 2012 07:58 PM

                            So what I'm getting now is... Martin's isn't so hot?

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                              magiesmom RE: Scott_R Feb 12, 2012 05:22 AM

                              I think you have to try it yourself, it is very popular so you may love it as many do. It will be PACKED on a Sunday morning in the summer.

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                                The Bezerkshirite RE: Scott_R Feb 12, 2012 05:48 AM

                                Martin's is fine, they do a consistently good job with competent service. But considering an average of 5 new restaurants open every summer in southern Berkshire county, you might be better off re-posting closer to the date you are coming. I personally am a big fan of Spoon in Lenox....fresh, interesting options and as locovare as you can be in the frozen tundra of current Western Mass.

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                                  hopegoode RE: The Bezerkshirite Feb 22, 2012 02:30 PM

                                  I think you can't go wrong with Martin's- I love their pancakes. If Cafe Reva is your choice, her whole wheat pancakes were quite special. As was said before, coffee is not outstanding in either place but the entrees are strong.

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                                    Scott_R RE: hopegoode Feb 27, 2012 08:02 AM

                                    Anything to recommend aside from the pancakes? As I'd mentioned, I'm not looking for pancakes/waffles.

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                                      rhoneranger RE: Scott_R Feb 27, 2012 10:35 AM

                                      I always go to Martin's for omelets. They have a list of additions to custom make your omelet. I have never had an omelet at Martin's that wasn't properly done.

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                                        BerkshireTsarina RE: rhoneranger Feb 27, 2012 03:00 PM

                                        Not omelets (I make my own and don't order 'em when I go out)
                                        but corned beef hash and grits at Martin's are both supreme-o.

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                                woodlander RE: Scott_R Mar 14, 2012 06:48 PM

                                I recommend the Roadside Cafe in Monterey, MA. I lifted this review from elsewhere, but it brings the point home better than I could:

                                Gould Farm's Roadside Store & Cafe is my favorite breakfast place in the area; I come here every time I visit the Berkshires. They serve breakfast all day, and also have a lunch menu I've never gotten around to trying. They make their own yogurt, granola, sausage, bacon, syrup (tapped from their own trees!), ice cream, breads, vinaigrette - the list goes on, and it's all delicious. A lot of the ingredients come from Gould Farm, right down the road - a cool therapeutic farm community (head over there for pastries from their bakery and a bigger bread selection). The coffee is local, and also very good. My favorite menu item is the breakfast burrito, followed closely by the pancakes and the yogurt/granola. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is chill, the music is great, and your money goes to Gould Farm. Highly recommended!

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                                  rhoneranger RE: woodlander Mar 15, 2012 03:56 AM

                                  The Roadside Cafe is no longer. They now have the Harvest Barn Shop on the Gould Farm campus.

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                                    woodlander RE: rhoneranger Apr 6, 2012 07:04 PM

                                    Actually, the Roadside Cafe in Monterey is very much opened. They just celebrated the 1 year anniversary of their re-opening this past weekend. I highly recommend checking them out.

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