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Jul 26, 2014 06:20 AM

Williamstown, MA

Before traveling to Williamstown I searched Chowhound for some suggestions and found very little information. Two places we ate at there were, Hops and Vines for dinner and Tunnel City Coffee for breakfast. Hops and Vines has great food but is a tad expensive. I particularly recommend having a gin martini made with Greylock Ethereal Gin. Also try the Buffalo Crisps for a unique appetizer, and finish with the strawberry rhubarb crisp.
Tunnel City Coffee is the happening place for breakfast in town. Besides quality breakfast pastries they sell pint containers with cereal or granola that are designed for adding milk. A pretty cool idea which I have never seen before.

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  1. Next time you might consider putting in a new question as well as relying on the search---
    That would have got you information about Mezze, which is a wonderful restaurant, and convenient to the theater (if you remember to reserve in advance!). It's expensive, but really worth the money.

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    1. re: BerkshireTsarina

      Reviews here on Chowhound might scare someone away.

      1. re: L2k

        Which reviews? From 2010? Or 2014?
        Look again, I think.

        1. re: BerkshireTsarina

          2014. Mine and I shared it with non-Chowhound friends who agreed that the food is excellent, but the service can be frustrating. Which, for the money being charged, makes it not worth returning to.

          1. re: L2k

            Frustrating how? [Edit: Nevermind, I found your remark in this thread: - I don't understand why this link isn't working...]

      2. re: BerkshireTsarina

        Yeah, I'd ask rather than search. I'd have told you about PUBLIC in North Adams, for example.

        1. re: LilBrownBat

          I wasn't that impressed with Public, maybe we went on an off night. I never heard of beer being served in a Highball glass, the bun for my burger was stale and the burger was overcooked and when the waitress was notified the response was "huh". There was no offer to remake the burger at all. The fries were soggy and the calamari was rubbery. However, aside from the burgers, my daughters Mac and Cheese was very well made and quite ample in portion size. I'll try it again because I believe all establishments need a second chance.

      3. Any current opinions about the best places in and around Williamstown? I'll be part of a party of 4 New Yorkers in Williamstown tomorrow night, and we could have dinner there or anywhere more or less between there and Bennington, where we'll spend the night. I think we'd rather not go to a place that has entrees clustering higher than the mid-20s at most.

        Right now, for whatever it's worth, and not counting some high-starred places with few reviews and none by "elites," the highest-starred places on Yelp in Williamstown are Coyote Flaco, Hot Tomatoes Neopolitan Pizza, Hobson’s Choice Tony’s Sombrero Mexican Cuisine with 4 1/2 stars and Mezze Bistro + Bar, Hops & Vines, Spice Root Modern Indian Cuisine, Pera Mediterranean Bistro and Gala with 4.

        Do you think we would have any trouble just showing up for dinner tomorrow without reservations in one of these places?

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        1. re: Pan

          During the week should be fine unless this is graduation weekend.

          1. re: magiesmom

            I'm guessing they wouldn't have graduation weekend coinciding with Memorial Day weekend. Thanks.

            1. re: Pan

              That has happened with some of the other colleges in the area.

              1. re: magiesmom

                It seemed to be a very quiet intersession weekend.

                We had dinner Thursday night at Pera. It was very good. I will post more about it later.

                1. re: Pan

                  Lest I forget more before I post: Pera seemed to be one of the few places that night that was open and had a decent number of patrons. Our waitress was delightful, and we had great service. I got iced tea, which was a nice strong black tea with a bit of peach flavor, not sweetened. They provided a couple of free refills. I ordered a special Watermelon and Feta Salad ($10.95), which was perfectly refreshing, with well-balanced flavors. Their salad plates are large, and I shared it with my girlfriend. For my main, I ordered Calamari Fra Diablo and asked for them to make that linguine plate extra spicy for symptomatic relief of allergies. As a result, the dish was probably unbalanced, but I liked it anyway. My girlfriend got Sweet Potato Bisque, I think (I don't see it on their online menu; it may have been a special). Anyway, it was a soup with sweet potato, and it was tasty, too. Her main dish was Mediterranean Scrod, which was tasty and reminded me of a similar dish I've had at Kefi in Manhattan. I didn't try my other dining partners' dishes, but everyone was quite happy, and we all had a very pleasant experience. I recommend the place.

                2. re: magiesmom

                  and throughout NE. They don't consider holidays. They go with their traditional date after end of classes, exams, etc. Memorial day or not.