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Jun 20, 2012 12:27 PM

Where to eat in Stockbridge, MA on the afternoon of July 4?

DW and I will be going via bus with a group to the concert at Tanglewood on the 4th of July, and will be deposited in Stockbridge to catch a meal on our own during the afternoon. (The concert's at 7). Although we go to Lee pretty regularly, it's been a few years since we've been in Stockbridge proper. Is there anyplace there that we can get something good for our late lunch/early supper. (This is just for the two of us, not the group.).

Thanks for your help.

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  1. My favorite is always Once Upon a Table.
    Just that it's very small, and it may be very crowded on the Fourth.
    The Red Lion I've always found to be pretty meh, but eating outdoors if it's a nice day is always pleasant for the ambiance.
    Enjoy the concert!

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    1. re: BerkshireTsarina

      Not a good day to try to get into a restaurant, that being said, the Stockbridge Wine Cellar has some good picnic foods available(they make picnics for Tanglewood) and there are some quiet scenic spots to grab a bite, such as the lawns at The Marion Father's Chapel of the Divine Mercy.

    2. Without a car you may be mostly out of luck. Agree Once Upon a Table is the best choice but as mentioned has very few tables. There are a couple bakeries and a diner and also Michael's but those are of little interest. Probably best choice is a picnic if the weather is good, or try Red Lion for the atmosphere but don't expect too much from the food - it's not really bad just not exciting.

      1. Suggestion. Get off the bus. Go directly to Once Upon a Table, put your name on the wait list. Then enjoy your time waiting browsing the shops of Stockbridge nearby. Really an adorable place to eat with good food. I do say though I am partial to Red Lion (breakfast mostly) but if you can get a table al fresco that would be a good bet as well. Good luck and bring your patience.

        1. Well, I made a reservation at Once Upon for an early supper (they're closed between 3 and 4:30 so I hope this works out.) So what can folks recommend there?

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          1. re: junescook

            I don't care what you eat for your starter and main course, but don't miss the profiterole for dessert.
            It comes four puffs to an order, and it won't say so --- but if there are only two of you and you ask, you can get a half order. The fudge sauce has always been to die for.

          2. Well, I took your advice and went to Once Upon a Table. I was glad I had made the reservation since only people with them were able to be seated inside, and it was hot and muggy outsie.

            I had the roasted duck, and it was delicious, one of the best I've ever had, tender meat, crispy skin and not fatty. DW had the trout and enjoyed that as well. I also tokk Tsarina's advice and got a half order of the profiteroles for dessert. They were filled with maple - gingersnap ice cream and drenched with warm fudge sauce, a nice sweet ending and just a nice amount.

            The owner was around before, during and after the meal, was funny and friendly, and seemed to enjoy making his guests happy. All in all it was an excellent experience and we're looking forward to going back.

            To top it off, James Taylor put on a fabulous performance, and the fireworks afterwards put icing on the cake.