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Sep 19, 2013 07:12 AM

Sunday Brunch in the Berkshires (or within an hour of)

My friend and I are getting together for brunch this Sunday and are looking for recommendations in or around the Berkshires. We're willing to travel up to an hour in any direction. When I searched for previous posts, most were over a year old and many of the places have gone out of business. Thanks for you help with this!

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  1. Hi Maibock,

    In Lenox, we like breakfast (a true breakfast, not served brunch buffet style except on holidays) at Cranwell. Their frittata selection is good, and they have both healthier and traditional savory and sweet options.

    Haven cafe in Lenox serves a true Sunday brunch; it's a bit pricey (16 for veggie eggs benedict), but many like the French rolled omelets and lunchy items they offer (savory farro, etc)

    For an old-fashioned experience and good, inexpensive food, we've enjoyed the Misty Moonlite diner in Pittsfield, too.

      1. Spoon is one of my favorites...also, Haven is an excellent choice. Many people complain about the prices; I feel they do not take into consideration that restaurants such as Spoon and Haven, the best, freshest produce, eggs, are used. Local, organically produced food costs more than conventionally grown, and farmers need to get paid for their labor and efforts. At both places, one gets total value and quality for the money. (NO, I am not affiliated in any way with either restaurant except as a very enthusiastic customer of both.)

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        1. re: AikiLou

          Thank you, all, for your recommendations. I agree with you on the quality of the ingredients and food making it worth the added cost. I've had lunch at Spoon and loved it! Perhaps we will try their breakfast on Sunday!

        2. I suggest taking a look at Gala Steakhouse and Bistro at the Orchards Hotel in Williamstown, MA. I'm not sure if it's within your hour in any direction, since I don't know exactly where you're starting from... but it's a nice setting and the food is good/solid, if not spectacular. Or, if you want spectacular food in an old-fashioned, quirky diner-type setting, drive up to Bennington, VT to the Blue Benn. I read about it here somewhere - I'm sure a search for it would get you more info. Maybe even a post from me about it - I can't remember now! :-) But I do remember loving it when we were up there a few years ago!

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          1. re: saturngrrl

            This also goes back a few years ago --- but the Blue Benn was a big disappointment for us. Jam-packed, rushed service, and the food was just okay.
            It may depend on when you hit something like that.
            Cafe Reva is really funky, also usually crowded, but the food is most often pretty spectacular. And at the north end of Pittsfield, a lot closer.

              1. re: mjoyous

                i definitely would have sent you to cafe reva if they were still open.
                And no reason to drive 1 hour to Billsville or Bennington!
                Stay in Lenox, go to Spoon!

                1. re: mjoyous

                  Friends came to visit from the Berkshires tonight, and brought the same shocking news, that Reva's was forced to close because the fire department said structural changes were needed to conform with the codes, and an absentee landlord (who has no care for the wellbeing of the Berkshires OR his property, evidently) refused to do them, whereupon the Café had to close, stranding the chef, her family, her employes, and the community.
                  Sad --- and shameful.

              2. re: saturngrrl

                I can't recommend traveling to Gala. As saturngirl noted, it's acceptable, but nothing with a feel of the Berkshires. Hotel meal.