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Feb 8, 2014 11:20 AM

Electra's Cafe Pittsfield Ma

Has anyone eaten there?lunch particularly?

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  1. I never noticed this place before but will hunt it down when I am up there tomorrow. It's in Lenox on the Pittsfield Rd. Always looking for a good lunch place. Will let you know.

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    1. re: Berheenia

      It is basically across from family footware which I think of as Pittsfield, but I am no doubt wrong:(

      1. re: magiesmom

        Family Footware is still in Lenox, as is the wine store which was once Nejaime's third store. (Dunno what happened with that; the store is still terrific but who owns it, who knows?)
        Guido's is definitely in Pittsfield, so the line comes somewhere along that stretch between the two. I think the Price Chopper may still be Lenox, but am not sure.

        1. re: BerkshireTsarina

          Have you been to Electra, wherever it is?;)

          1. re: magiesmom

            No, we don't get back to the Berkshires from N'hampton very often. If we manage it, I'll get to Guido's to shop. I love all the supermarkets and specialty markets in the Pioneer Valley, but Guido's is still the special-est!
            We did get to the "new" Cafe Adam this summer for lunch, and it was finer than ever. I do miss that ----

            1. re: BerkshireTsarina

              Never been a cafe Adam fan, maybe the only ones. I have had two bad meals with poor but snooty service.

              We shopped at Guido's when we lived in Hamp, though we do so more now that we live in the hilltowns.

              My favorite place to shop is Berkshire Organics. The best produce around and soon a local butcher, an artisanal cheese shop and a prepared food place will be there too.

              1. re: magiesmom

                Really good to know, especially about the butcher and the artisanal cheese shop. We got baskets from them for a while when we lived in the B'shires, but even the smallest was too big for two people.
                Sutter Meats is open now in N'hampton, but I think it's too early to tell how it will be. Big Y is surprisingly good for a supermarket.

                1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                  Berkshire Organics is much expanded since you moved, and it is amazing.
                  Haven't been to Sutter Meats and don't go to Big Y since my son worked there and was treated very poorly .
                  I like the meat at RVM .

          2. re: BerkshireTsarina

            Spirited is still owned by Jim Nejaime. He split from his brother Joe who operates the in town Lenox site and the Stockbridge wine cellar. IMHO Spirited is a MUCH better store with better selections and a more knowledgeable staff. The town line is right at Hadad's Car Dealership.

            1. re: Lenox637

              Thanks. Yes, I like Spirited better.

              1. re: Lenox637

                Thanks for clarifying the ownership! We just moved out here after years of weekending at Tanglewood and are still hunting around and we like Spirited better as well.
                I think I know where Electra's is - hidden behind Papa John's and closed Mondays. Rats.

                  1. re: magiesmom

                    No but it was closed the one time we stopped at this strip mall and we got some lousy pizza from Papa Johns which abuts the cafe. So we never went back.

                    That said we ate lunch there today.

                    It is very popular and we can see why. The staff is very well trained and super cordial. The place is immaculate and the value is excellent. The food is pretty average but comes out quickly and is plated well. We had the soup of the day- cream of broccoli which was too pureed for my taste but tasty and not overly rich. The BLT's were on a puffy bread and the lettuce was oak leaf. Not really my favorites. And the plate was mile high with crinkle cut potato chips out of a bag- meh. Excellent pickles though. All this for $7.99.

                    Frankly we've had the exact same lunch at other area spots that have been much better (and more expensive) but we find that lots of these little places have bad days when the regular staff are off and I think Electra's is probably not going to fall victim to that. The fact that it was a family business was very evident with the owners presence. Thinking of trying breakfast Sunday after church.

                    1. re: Berheenia

                      I have heard from friends that the pastichio and the gyros and the chicken souvlaki are really good. Going Friday for lunch so will report.

                      1. re: magiesmom

                        I ate lunch there, maybe a year ago, and was disappointed. Had spanikopita that was somewhat bland, no flakiness, poorly reheated. Side of salad not worth mentioning. Companion had a burger that I thought seriously overpriced for everyday Cisco level beef.

                        Obviously, haven't been back. Tsarina, Maggiesmom, have you been to Sutter's meat yet?

                        1. re: mjoyous

                          Yes, one visit to buy pork chops and to take photos for my blog. Nice couple. Make their own sausages (put those in the freezer and haven't had them yet). Butcher their own meat, which is local, and therefore expensive. Pork chops were of very good quality. They also do various homemade stocks, and carry a line of gourmet accessory sauce and jam sorts of things. I wish them well; Ii think retail is tough going as is getting established somewhere new. We actually don't eat a lot of meat, we have more chicken, which I get usually at River Valley. Sutter does have parking in back, which is a big plus in Northampton. I'd be interested in what you guys think. Here's my blog post link so you can see what it looks like:

                          1. re: mjoyous

                            We also were disappointed in Electra, similarly.
                            I am happy with the meat at River Valley Market and the winter and summer farme's markets so haven't gone to Sutter's yet .

                1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                  Jim Nejaime still owns the wine shop on Rte. 7. It's just been renamed to Spirited. They are in the midst of renovating the space and adding more gourmet foods. I heard he and his brother agreed to separate the businesses so that their children weren't tied to doing business with each other down the road.

                  1. re: Maibock

                    Interesting. For quite a while we've enjoyed choosing cheeses there, and appreciated the expertise and good humor of the staff. No criticism of the Route 7A Lenox store where the staff are also helpful and pleasant, but I think there are more and more interesting cheeses in Spirited.