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Olde Heritage Tavern in Lenox...just right!

The Taj is our "Cheers" Bar, where everyone knows our name. Although I wouldn't recommend it for the food, the friendly staff create a fun, relaxing atmosphere. They did just revamp their menu and their steaks are usually, if cooked correctly, tender and delicious. No, don't go if you are looking for anything too gourmet, but it is definitely worth a stop for a beer, a drink and to catch a game on one of the big screen TVs.

Sep 22, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Battista, Pittsfield

We've had a couple of different pizzas and pastas at Roasted Garlic and really enjoyed them. The short rib ravioli was delicious. I've heard some complaints about the service, but my husband and I sat at the bar both times and the service there was fine.

Sep 22, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Harwhich and Chatham

I'll second the recommendation of Impudent Oyster. It's a favorite of ours and have never had a bad meal.

Sep 22, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Restaurants from Hyannis to Provincetown, plus Nantucket

Please report back on your dining experiences. My husband and I travel to the Cape frequently and are always looking for new options.

Aug 01, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Fish Market on the Cape

We ordered cooked lobsters from Cape Fish & Lobster Company in Hyannis a few years ago. The lobsters were delicious and what impressed my husband the most was when you walked in, if you were blindfolded, you would never know you were walking into a fish market. There was no fishy smell, which to us means everyting is REALLY fresh. We haven't been there in a while, but I hope it is still as good.

A bit more of a drive from Sandwich, but friends of ours have recommended George's in Harwich Port. Any CH opinions on George's? We'll be headed to the Cape in September, staying in West Dennis and need someplace that will steam lobsters for our annual surf and turf feast!

Aug 01, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Restaurants from Hyannis to Provincetown, plus Nantucket

Impudent Oyster is still very good and you don't have to like Oysters to appreciate it!!! My husband and I have dined there on many occasions and almost everything on the menu, with the exception of the Oysters :-), appeals to me. There Fishermen's Stew is delicious as are the mussels. I'd highly recommend it for lunch or dinner!

Although it isn't in the cities where you are staying, the Ocean House in Dennis Port has excellent food and a wall of windows that looks out over Martha Vineyard's sound. It so close to the water, you don't even see the beach unless you are right by the window and looking down. Since you don't mind eating early, I'd recommend getting there at 4pm when the bar opens and dine at the bar with Jamie, the attentive and entertaining bar tender. The bar usually fills up by about 4:15. You can order appetizers starting a 4pm but the entrees aren't available until 5pm.

Aug 01, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Pittsfield - any update on the openings of the new restaurants?

I heard they are having problems with the electrical permits and possibly other permits as well. I guess due to updated regulations, they had to basically re-wire the entire place.

May 23, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Pittsfield - any update on the openings of the new restaurants?

My husband and I went to 7 Grille at the former Mazzeo's building (7 Winter Street, Pittsfield) on their opening night. Jae hasn't advertised the opening. We just called and asked if they were open. The place looks great and has a warm, cozy atmosphere. We sat at the bar and they obviously have some kinks to work out, but the food was very good. Nether one of us was very hungry so we started with their Asian wings ($9). They were delicious, though a bit messy, and came with a delicious slaw. I had the lobster & crab cake appetizer ($11 - $12) which was well prepared, but lacked flavor. It, too, came with the slaw which made it the perfect light snack I was looking for. I wanted some sort of veggie (didn't know the slaw came with the cake) so I ordered a side of creamed spinach ($5). It was delicious, flavorful and definitely enough for two to share. My husband had a burger and said it was very good. We went back last week because we wanted to try their steaks. I had their "Baseball" steak ($18) which did look like a baseball. It was described to me as the same lean cut as a tenderloin, but a bit denser and more flavorful. I ordered it with a Bearnaise sauce and it was good. I'm not a steak lover so it takes a lot for one to "wow" me. My husband had the dry aged sirloin, which he liked but didn't think it was that much better than a "regularly" aged steak, so not worth the extra $$. I think his was $28 - $32. I ordered a side of asparagus (excellent) and he ordered a baked potato, which was obviously leftover from the day before and reheated, so not very impressive. All in all the food was very good. We like the atmosphere. It is expensive since everything is a la carte, but there are some reasonably priced options like chicken pot pie, Kobe meatloaf and burgers. We'll go back on occasion as it is close to where we live and we are always looking for a "change" from our regular "haunts".

May 12, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Pittsfield - any update on the openings of the new restaurants?

Best seat in the house, if you don't count the patio on a beautiful, cool, sunny day!

Apr 23, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Pittsfield - any update on the openings of the new restaurants?

Since you are new to the area, you wouldn't know or remember where Mazzeo's was prior to being on South St. (Rte. 7). It was originally at 7 Winter Street in Pittsfield in an old brick building behind two huge billboards. I'm pretty certain Mazzeo's will be sticking around at their current location on South St. My husband, a good friend and I were there on Easter Sunday. We had some delicious apps and a cocktail at the bar before going out onto the patio to enjoy the wonderful weather.

Apr 23, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Pittsfield - any update on the openings of the new restaurants?

For a few months there's been talk of three new restaurants opening up in Pittsfield. Just wondering if anyone knows if/when that may be happening . . .

7 Winter Grille at the former Mazzeo's location
DaKoto at the former Dakota location
Roasted Garlic at the former Fresco's location

I'm a little tired of the same old, same old and look forward to trying something new. Thanks for any info you might have!

Apr 23, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Cafe Adam in Gt. Barrington - $15 Entrees Wednesdays & Sundays

I finally got down to Cafe Adam about a week ago with my sister who was visiting from Texas. I was thrilled to see that they price almost all of their entrees at $15 on Wednesdays and Sundays. They are usually $25 - $30. I had the cassoulet which was delicious and my sister really enjoyed her lamb meatballs. We'll be back!

Feb 24, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Electra's Cafe Pittsfield Ma

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.

Feb 24, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Recs near the Omni Parker (60 School Street)

Thank you, everyone for the recs. I had looked at Eastern Standard for Thanksgiving Day when we were there but couldn't get a reservation. I also took a look at Grotto based on the discussion link from lc02139 and it looks like a good fit. I'll check out the other recs and then put it to a vote with the "gang". CHs are the best and I rely heavily on the boards whenever I travel.

Jan 15, 2014
Maibock in Greater Boston Area

Recs near the Omni Parker (60 School Street)

We're coming from Western MA. Mid-price point . . . I would say $25 - $35 entrees. My husband and I will be coming up from the Cape and meeting the other two couples at the hotel. Other than my husband, the rest of us like just about anything, so we yield to his likes and dislikes. Would like to find someplace that has some interesting dishes for the rest of us, but some "plain" food for him. I am looking at the various recommendations on the list that can be reached via cab or the T, but would like a "backup" in case the group choose to stay "close to home" (Omni). I was finding it very time consuming to read about a rec, then look up the location in relation to the Omni. Thought some of the local chowhounds might have some that come immediately to mind. I will check out the post you noted. Thanks!

Jan 15, 2014
Maibock in Greater Boston Area

Newport in mid-January

I'll second the Brick Alley rec. My husband and I love to sit at the bar and the low-key atmosphere. We had a great lunch and I wish I had ordered the salad & soup bar. I think that day the soup was Jambalaya and all of the locals knew it was the "special" of the day. They came in early to get it before it ran out. The bartender was wonderful, made us feel at home and treated us like one of the locals. Great spot!

Jan 15, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

West Springfield Sunday Jan 19th - looking for suggestions

I, too, was going to recommend Bottega Cucina. Based on a high recommendation from my foodie brother, we are headed there Friday night to try it out. If you don't mind crossing the river into Springfield, I would recommend The Student Prince for some delicious German food or Chef Wayne's Big Mamou (BYOB) for delicious cajun food. I haven't been to Chef Wayne's in a while, but always enjoyed the food . . . not much for atmosphere though.

www.studentprince.com/‎
www.chefwaynes-bigmamou.com/‎

Jan 15, 2014
Maibock in Southern New England

Recs near the Omni Parker (60 School Street)

My friends and I are visiting Boston at the end of February for one night. We're staying at the Omni Parker and I'm doing my research for restaurants in Boston that have been highly recommended in the past on this list. Since I am unfamiliar with the area, I thought I would ask for some recs that might be within walking distance (maybe 1/2 mile) from the hotel should we decide not to drive to dinner. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy but also enjoys Italian. I'm not a steak lover, so Ruth's Chris or Mooo wouldn't be ideal, even though they have seafood options. Since we will be with two other couples and I'm not sure how much they want to spend, a mid price point would be ideal. Any help would be appreciated!

Jan 15, 2014
Maibock in Greater Boston Area

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

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!

Sep 20, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

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!

Sep 19, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Aqua Grille in Sandwich, MA

Thanks. I'll take it under advisement. Have to agree with you re: Hemisphere's. Love the view, but not so much the food.

Aug 28, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Aqua Grille in Sandwich, MA

Have you been since it changed hands? Is it worth a visit while we are out there in September?

Aug 28, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Aqua Grille in Sandwich, MA

Maybe it was just a rumor.

Aug 28, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Aqua Grille in Sandwich, MA

I heard Aqua Grille was sold and possibly opening up under new management? Any one from the Cape area know if that is true?

Aug 27, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Public Restaurant in N. Adams, MA

I have been sadly disappointed in our latest dining experiences in the Berkshires, of late. Even our old "standbys" seem to have gone downhill or tried to "gussy up" their menus for the visiting tourists. The one exception is Public in North Adams, formerly Taylor's, but under new management. My husband and I have eaten there five or six times over the past two months and have never been disappointed. The food is exceptional and the menu changes occasionally. They have small plates (appetizers), "mid plates" (burgers, sandwiches, lighter fare) and "large plates" (entrees). We like being able to order a sandwich for dinner, it that is all we feel like. They have an open kitchen and every time a burger came out, my mouth would water. The last time I was there I finally ordered their Brie Burger and was blown away. It was perfectly cooked, juicy, flavorful and topped with a roasted garlic aioli. It was the best, messy, burger I've had in a very long time. We recently took my sister, who travels and dines in some of the most exquisite dining venues, for dinner. She had the mussels served with spicy Italian sausage in a delicious tomato broth and said they were possibly the best mussels she has ever had. It is very popular and they don't take reservations for parties less than 8, so you need to get there early, or plan on waiting for a table. They also need to improve their a/c, which in the recent heat wave here, struggled to keep up with the high ceilings and open kitchen heat. The back room does stay pretty cool though. I'm surprised this gem hasn't been discussed here before now. Perhaps, like me, the other diners were hoping to keep it their secret.

Jul 26, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Buffalo wings near stockbridge , Mass. Not asian style-

I believe you can order "traditional" Buffalo Wings at the Forge. I think they are "Dean's Wings", but ask the server. Their original wings are a combination of teriyaki and hot sauce, but really excellent.

Jul 26, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Cape Cod Bound (Hyannis)!

I've been wanting to try Lyric and will put it on our list for our next visit, especially now that I know they have lamb burgers!

Strangely enough, the flat iron steak at the OH was not sliced. I thought it would have been. He is trying to "like" lesser cooked meats because this happens so often. I've suggested he not order steak when we are dining out and just cook it the way he likes it at home. He keeps trying though.

Mar 26, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Cape Cod Bound (Hyannis)!

Thanks for the great report! Our visit to the Cape was a quick one, arriving just before noon on Sat. and leaving around 10am on Sunday, but we were able to enjoy some good food while we were there. My husband had heard T. Murphy's in the Mall had lamb burgers. I LOVE lamb burgers so we opted to give it a try for lunch on Sat. I was disappointed when I read that lamb burgers were a combination of ground lamb, spinach, feta and olives. As much as I LOVE lamb burgers, I despise olives. I just can't get past it and knew there was little chance of having them mix me up one burger without the olives in it. So, I went with the basic burger which was very good. It had a nice char-broiled taste, cooked the way I like it, but not as juicy as I would have liked. I'm sure that was probably due to a leaner cut of beef. My husband had the corned beef and cabbage and liked it. It wasn't as good as the corned beef and cabbage we had at J. R. Brody's in Falmouth on St. Patty's day, but he said he would order it again. We sat at the bar and, Trisha, the bartender took very good care of us. She was pleasant, efficient and welcoming to everyone who came through the door. I did speak to the manager, Andrew, and asked if I called ahead, would they be able to make me a lamb burger without the olives mixed in. He said he was sure they could do that. Next time!

We had dinner at the Ocean House (the main reason for the trip) on Sat. night. The renovations included new lighting and a new paint job with everything being black and white. It gives the place a updated, clean look. The first thing we noticed though was the bar was a little tacky. We asked Jamie, the bartender, how long ago had it been painted. It was going on day six and he said there was a problem with the paint they used and the "curing" process. Hopefully time will rectify that. I started with the wedge salad, which was excellent. Who knew iceberg lettuce could be so good. They garnish it with crispy friend onions which have a spicy dusting on them. I liked the combination of the cool salad and dressing with the heat of the onions. I had the lamb chop special with a walnut brown butter sauce served on a bed of beet gnocchi accompanied by broccoli rabe. It was delicious and cooked to perfection. My husband didn't make out as well. He ordered the flat iron steak medium-well (I know, but that's how he likes it). When it came out it looked like a shriveled up piece of meat with no sauce or even garnish. Jamie recognized it was lacking something and brought out some demi to add to it. When he cut into it, it was medium-rare. Again, Jamie was on top of it, saw it wasn't cooked as ordered and brought back in for more fire. The second time it came out, it was medium. Still too rare for my husband, but rather than sending it back again, he ate around the edges and saved the rest for our canine companions. I do understand chefs not wanting to cook a good steak medium well or well done, but if that is what the customer wants/likes and he is paying the bill, it should be cooked as ordered. As you can probably tell, my husband is not a foodie. He likes things plain as can be, so he doesn't love the OH menu as much as I do. We do so love the view though and that alone will keep us coming back!

Mar 26, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Cape Cod Bound (Hyannis)!

My husband and I are coming from Western MA and will be at the Ocean House on Sat. It's kind of a tradition to dine at the bar with our favorite bartender, Jaime, on "Opening Weekend". Imagine our surprise when we headed there last weekend only to find out they pushed their opening back a week due to a delay in the renovations. There's worst things to do than spend two weekends in a row on the Cape, so we really didn't mind. With the OH closed last Sat., we opted for our 2nd favorite and had a delicious dinner at the Impudent Oyster, so I second that recommendation. I've never been disappointed.

Mar 22, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England

Anyone been to Bell & Anchor (Great Barrington) recently?

I went about a month ago and was not wowed. I think our waiter was new, not experienced and uncertain of just about anything we asked him. They didn't have Makers Mark and when I asked what they did have in the way of Bourbon, he replied that they had Jack Daniels. Sigh. I had the cassoulet, which was good but a bit salty. It was a bit pricey and did not come with anything. We had to ask for rolls, but I don't think we were charged for them. I'd be tempted to try it again, as perhaps they have worked out some of the kinks. I'd be curious to hear others experiences.

Mar 11, 2013
Maibock in Southern New England