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lukshen Jul 30, 2012 05:27 PM

I am looking for suggestions for delicious unpretentious food in Great Barrington. I like the Stagecoach, although not in GB, because the food is well prepared and well priced. That seems to be a hard combination in the Berks. Just throwing it out there.
Thank you in advance.

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    chowmensch Jul 30, 2012 06:56 PM

    Cafe Adam is consistently good.

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      Tinkerbelldee Jul 31, 2012 02:03 PM

      Just had lunch at Cafe Adam on Saturday. Food was excellent, service was friendly. I would not hesitate to return.

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        cowgirlinthesand Aug 1, 2012 11:55 AM

        How about Bizen? I haven't been in over 8 years and I would love to know if it's still great.

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          jaylhorner Aug 2, 2012 05:04 AM

          I was there last month and enjoyed the shusi. Have been going there for several years.

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            cowgirlinthesand Aug 2, 2012 11:39 PM

            Thanks! I trust your opinion. And next week i'm going to try Mr.Fuji in Albany .
            (you changed your avatar!)

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              jaylhorner Aug 3, 2012 02:55 PM

              Something food related! Lunch in Italy.

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                jaylhorner Aug 3, 2012 02:57 PM

                I've only been to the one in Clifton Park..... Good, but not Bizen.

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              LETTUCEINLOVE Feb 3, 2013 01:24 PM

              We just moved from NY to the area. Heard unbelievable things about Bizen. Unfortunately, it was really bad. The preparation was off. The rolls were underwhelming. The sashimi was strangely cut. We also ordered miso soup (cool and oily), salad (green dressing. Hey. Where's the ginger?) and negamaki (sorry, we are completely out of beef. Really?)

              Oddly enough, we like the Woodland in Lakeville for sushi. I know it is not a typical Japanese restaurant, but the sushi was warm, buttery and delicious.

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            Parsnipity Aug 1, 2012 09:24 AM

            We love Baba Louie's. Yes, it's pizza. But it's house-made sourdough crust with really great toppings. Just might be my favorite pizza in the world.

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              saturngrrl Aug 15, 2012 10:36 AM

              I just had to reply to tell you I love your screenname! It made me smile!

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                lukshen Sep 4, 2012 08:15 AM

                now you just made me smile, thanks

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              j8715 Aug 2, 2012 06:03 AM

              skip the brew pub.

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                lukshen Aug 12, 2012 06:42 AM

                I do like both Cafe Adam and Baba Louie's, haven't been to Bizen in ages. Thanks for the reminder. I can always count on my fellow hounds.

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                  cowgirlinthesand Aug 12, 2012 04:32 PM

                  We went to Bizen last Sunday and it was just so delicious and wonderful! The attention to detail is so worth the price! Fresh fresh fresh sushi, lots of interesting different choices. Fatty toro was amazing, uni was sweet and so delicate, sunshine bass just perfect - yellowtail and spicy tuna maki rolls were fat and and the rice was perfect. Great seaweed salad, great miso soup, wonderful pickles, sapporo beer and a bottle of saki.

                  What more does anyone need in one night??


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                62rambler Aug 12, 2012 09:24 PM

                You have got to try La Fiesta Tex Mex. The guacomle is made fresh at your table side and the margaritas are made with fresh squeezed fruit juice. Delicious. It is a hidden gem. The contact info is 284 Main St Building II; Gt Barrington. But, when I said hidden I meant it literally. It is in the space that was once Helsinki Cafe so though I said Main St it is in the back of that little indoor mall. Try it, you won't regret it.

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                  cowgirlinthesand Aug 13, 2012 10:42 AM

                  I have to respectfully(but strongly!) disagree with your recommendation of La Fiesta. We've eaten at both locations (Jae's Lenox is now at the former location) and would never go back. The food was below mediocre. i'd rather just cook at home.

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                    mjoyous Aug 13, 2012 01:29 PM

                    Totally agree with Cowgirl. Ate there once and we both left with meals uneaten. Not just bad Mexican, bad food!

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                    City Kid Aug 15, 2012 10:41 AM

                    If I'm wrong I apologize but the above comment by 62rambler sounds like an ad by the owner of La Fiesta or someone who works there. I'm always dubious of first-time posts that are so glowing, with everything but a roadmap, especially when I have heard nothing but pretty awful things about this place.

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                      jaylhorner Aug 15, 2012 10:50 AM

                      My post about a first time poster was removed!

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                        SteveSCT Aug 15, 2012 10:58 AM

                        As was mine, which was quite similar in spirit to City Kid's

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                          cowgirlinthesand Aug 15, 2012 03:25 PM

                          my first post about a first time poster was my last post about a one and only poster.
                          And I concur.

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                        BerkshireTsarina Aug 15, 2012 02:51 PM

                        As a number of forum members have expressed, single shot glowing reviews raise a red flag. La Fiesta certainly doesn't warrant a rave; all previous reports (not only on Chowhound but by word of mouth) have been bad.This is a one-time-only poster. I think you should be considering the possibilities of puffery.
                        Ahd guacomie? What is that?

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                          lukshen Sep 4, 2012 08:24 AM

                          Wow, I didn't mean to start a food fight. I was just up for the Labor Day weekend and had to try La Fiesta. Call me a contrarian and I do love a challenge, especially if it doesn't cost too much.
                          I really liked it. I had a margarita, guac and a shrimp dish. I would definitely go back.

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                            magiesmom Sep 4, 2012 08:38 AM

                            really? wow.

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                              berkshirejeff Oct 14, 2012 04:42 PM

                              This is a surprise. Perhaps it's time to give La Fiesta another try. I've yet to find any decent tex mex in the Berkshires. If your looking for an excellent lunch or quick dinner turn to your right as you see La Fiesta. Taquiera Azteca is next door. They're from southern Mexico and make some great burritos and are rather friendly although often extremely busy. I highly recommend the chorizo. It's great. They also tend to have specials like enchiladas. I've tried to convince them to make tomales but no luck as of yet.

                        2. THewat Nov 14, 2012 04:54 AM

                          Bell & Anchor is new - getting mixed reviews, but I really liked it.

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                            LETTUCEINLOVE Feb 3, 2013 01:30 PM

                            Heard Bell and Anchor was good but limited menu. We are still looking for great steak, fried clams, and a really delicious Italian restaurant closer to CT than to Pittsfield. I'd also really love a juice bar... just saying. I might open one up myself. People have been talking me out of it though, saying there is not enough traffic. I was thinking the Millerton area. Lots of yoga people and cyclists.

                          2. Miss Sue Feb 4, 2013 08:05 AM

                            Thanks to everyone who mentioned Cafe Adam here. We ate there just a month ago, and it was great! Warm atmosphere, delicious food, friendly service. I ordered the steak frites and fried chick peas as an appetizer. I would get both again. We went on a Sunday, and at that time there was a $15 menu for dinner, which was a good deal for excellent food.

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