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Quick Lunch near Barrington Stage?

I like the Lantern just fine but Old Forge is way better if you make it out there.

If you go to Guido's cafe report what you think! Go there all the time but never think to eat lunch there. The one in G. Barrington has a setup from the Marketplace Cafe in Sheffield which also now has a location on North St. in Pittsfield, but I think the Pittsfield Guido's cafe is different.

Jul 09, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Quick Lunch near Barrington Stage?

Yes, I didn't mention spice Dragon since it doesn't open until dinner. Jae's is now in Lenox by the Chocolate Springs Cafe. But I think Spice Dragon is a little better.

I believe Baba Louies does have lunch though.

Jul 07, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Quick Lunch near Barrington Stage?

Flavours of Malaysia can be good. The Marketplace Cafe (now with a location on North St. in Pittsfield) has pretty good sandwiches. If in Lenox Patisserie Lenox might be worth a try.

Jul 06, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

BERKSHIRE eats ( staying near Hancock Ma)

For light/small plates, try Brava in Lenox, or Mission in Pittsfield which also usually has music. Spice Dragon in Pittsfield is also not bad, Vietnamese-based pan Asian with sushi too, but if you are coming from somewhere that has great Asian food I probably wouldn't bother.

For lunch I highly agree with whoever mentioned the Old Forge in Lanesboro, above average pub standards, the best chicken wings you will get anywhere (esp. the "Buff Orpington") and a world class craft beer list.

Chez Nous in Lee is good, as was Alta in Lenox although haven't been there in a while.

If you want something unique to the Berkshires, you could consider the Dream Away lodge in Becket. The food is good not great but it's a really unique atmosphere and they usually have live music.

Brunch I've got nothing. Haven I agree is pretty good but a little expensive for what it is. I'm not as up on North County as some of the other posters. How far are you willing to go? I'm leaving out anything south of Lee but if you are going to make it to the G. Barrington area I could have some more recs.

Jul 06, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Marios - Great Barrington

Thanks for the report. Been skeptical of it for no real good reason, but will have to give it a try at least.

Jun 16, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Restaurant recs for Dennisport, Yarmouth & Harwich?

To be honest of the places you listed I would go with the Skipper. If you stick to the basics the food is reasonable, and view is nice with beach/playground right across the street along with the ice cream window, a good setup for kids if you finish dinner a little early.

Yarmouth House has an extensive menu but none of it is that great, you can get a decent lobster but nothing special.

We went to 4 Seasons last year and it was good, you can definitely bring kids. That would be too bad if it has gone downhill.

Jun 03, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Bistro Box, Cafe Adam, Marios...Great Barrington

Agree about Bistro Box thought it was excellent. Will see if it lasts.

Cafe Adam I have always thought was very good but haven't been in a while so hope it's not declined. But I don't think I've ever put it on the same level as John Andrews, Old Inn, etc.

Have not been to Marios but maybe in the next few weeks so will report if we go. To be honest I am not expecting much, hope I'm wrong.

Jun 03, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Most popular take-out food in NYC, by borough, according to Seamless

True, they don't make it clear, my assumption would be based on percentage of takeout orders, but who knows. I doubt they delved into the level of chicken detail you are talking about.

My guess on Staten Island is that there are relatively fewer choices overall, so pizza snags a larger percentage of total orders.

May 26, 2014
nfnebwiri in Food Media & News

Most popular take-out food in NYC, by borough, according to Seamless

I thought maybe you knew that, but pretty sure the OP didn't. But what makes you think the results aren't valid? (not saying you're wrong just curious what foods you'd pick)

I think this sort of ranking it's easy to get very different results depending on parameters (see below) but hard to say which result is more valid than another. But we may be getting too nerdy for a food forum here.

www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebo...

May 24, 2014
nfnebwiri in Food Media & News

Most popular take-out food in NYC, by borough, according to Seamless

I don't think you guys read it right. It's not a list of the most-ordered items. If it was I'm sure pizza would be number one for all of them. It's a list for each borough ranked by uniqueness.

So they're not saying an egg sandwhich is the #1 ordered food in Queens, it's #1 in being uniquely ordered in Queens compared to the other boroughs.

May 23, 2014
nfnebwiri in Food Media & News

Pig roast recommendations near NY/Mass. border?

Agree with Meat Market.

Also in Great Barrington you could look into Route 7 Grill which advertises catered pig roasts.

Mar 07, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Wine selection, western MA.

I agree that Spirited/Nejaime is great but kind of high end. For a good selection of $10-20 bottles Domaney's in G. Barrington is good.

BT What's wrong with Finger Lakes Rieslings? Probably the best outside of Germany.

Feb 22, 2014
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Great Barrington: The 528 open! also, ANOTHER new restaurant in GB, and The Gypsy Joynt is opening a night club?

Did try the 528 restaurant for lunch. The inside was pretty nice, it's always hard to disguise a former Friendly's but on the inside at least you wouldn't know it had been one.

The menu is nothing exciting, standard sandwiches, burgers, etc. I don't think they are open for dinner. I had a maple-squash soup that was quite good, and a chicken sandwich that was fine, and potato salad was good too.

Staff mostly seemed very friendly and helpful although my particular waitress was a bit grumpy. But the food came quickly and accurately so I didn't really care.

First impression is that you wouldn't make a special trip there but if you are in town and need a low-key lunch you could do worse. No info on the other places you mentioned.

Dec 17, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Fiori closed, Bell & Anchor changed names, and awaiting the opening of The 528

As best I can tell Fiori does seem to be closed but I can't be completely sure, possible they are just closed for the season?

Bell and Anchor/Prarie Whale I think the food is really really good. Not sure what would be considered "NYC" about it. The new name is questionable at best, but I agree that sign is terrible. Looks dirty and like it belongs at a Pizza Hut. I hope it is just temporary and they have ordered a better one or something. You can't even tell it's a restaurant, I wouldn't stop there driving through if I didn't already know about it.

528 restaurant appears to be the slowest moving project in town. I have doubts it will ever open, if they couldn't get it ready by the end of the summer. The parking lot alone seemed to take 6 months.

Nov 06, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

Really, I think our problem is not so much that we disagree that screaming kids while eating out are annoying, it's just that somehow trashing an entire generation (with capital letters for some reason) really makes your original point get lost. Next thing you'll be explaining how back in your day you had to walk uphill both ways through the snow to get to restaurants.

But, you're right it's probably time we all shut up before we get banished for non-food related bickering.

Aug 26, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Dalton Mass

Not sure what you mean about unfriendly management at Nudel. Have been there several times without an unfriendly moment and the food is quite good. It's a limited menu and a small space but that's pretty clear ahead of time. Where is this bad press coming from?

We are fans of Brava. Have only been there on slower nights, but very friendly service, interesting wines and beers, and food while not spectacular is very good and just different enough from the usual stuff to be worth checking out. Firefly, haven't been yet somehow.

Aug 24, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

I doubt this is a generational point of view. I suspect since the days of cave men the elders complained about the entitled self-centered young adults spoiling their children. Anyway hope no one gets too upset at 20 Railroad which I think is quite pleasant usually, children are a part of life and unless I'm at a suit and tie kind of place I don't let them bother me.

Aug 24, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Looking for breakfast, south of Tanglewood (Lenox, MA) area

I've found the GB location (so far) to be far inferior to Lenox. Menu much less interesting, lame atmosphere, somewhat odd service. Have always liked the Lenox location and if it weren't for the name wouldn't think they were related at all. Hopefully it's just due to being new, but just wasn't right and in GB would recommend Bizalion's instead.

Aug 24, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England
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Four Seasons Trattoria South Yarmouth Mass. Reviews please

Normally we don't think of going for italian food while on the cape. But, we found ourselves here and was really quite good. Nothing inventive really, classic italian-american dishes like veal marsala, etc. Everything was quite flavorful and well made. Recommend if you need a break from seafood.

Aug 24, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Walkable restaurants near South St. Providence

Respect Frank T's opinions on food, but I'm not sure why he's always acting like Providence is Mogadishu or something. Just use common sense like any other city, I've never felt particularly uncomfortable.

And I would assume the place in Tiverton you went to was Evelyn's?

http://www.evelynsdrivein.com

Aug 19, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Dalton Mass

Well, you can still get an "Awful Awful" but you will have to head to Newport Creamery in RI.

Agree with Cafe Reva for breakfast, and Guido's for fish. Berkshire Mountain Bakery is great for breads, it's in Housatonic, a bit of a drive from Dalton but they often sell at various farmer's markets as well.

The only seafood-centric place that comes to mind is Salmon Run in Lee, and while it is acceptable it's not comparable to places on the coast. For casual food (they do have an outdoor deck) I would recommend Old Forge in Lanesboro especially if anyone is into craft beer.

Aug 19, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

The Meat Market, Great Barrington

Unfortunately I agree to a certain extent. The meats are good, but not really better than Guido's which while not cheap either is much less expensive.

I had a pulled pork sandwich which was not great. Kind of greasy, with no smoke flavor, topped with bland cole slaw and served with a side of room temperature couscous (?).

The problem with the "local" food movement is it's just not going to catch on enough to really change anything until the prices are in line with what you pay for "non-local" food. Otherwise it will remain a niche product for people with money.

Aug 19, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Staying in Lenox, ISO special spot for parents 50th w/family

I've eated at Cranwell several times, main dining room and the tavern, and found the food highly unmemorable, not to mention limited menu options. But, it may be the atmosphere the OP is looking for and could handle a large party.

It has been I think over a year since been at Alta so I hope it hasn't declined. I consider myself a big eater and don't remember any problems with the portion size.

Thanks for report on Table Six, that's too bad.

Jul 18, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Staying in Lenox, ISO special spot for parents 50th w/family

Hm, might be hard to find what you are looking for without traveling a bit. Cafe Adam I agree is very good although distance not all that different from John Andrews or Old in on the Green (maybe 15 minutes difference). If you head south Stagecoach Tavern is also pretty good.

Within the area you mentioned Chez Nous is good, as is Alta in Lenox, Rouge in West Stockbridge. Also Nudel or Brava in Lenox, Once Upon a Table in Stockbridge. The last 3 are very small though so a large group would be hard.

Also once you step down from Wheatleigh/Blantyre really none of the restaurants in the area are "dress up." I don't think Chez Nous is more or less casual than any of the other ones mentioned. Not a big fan of most of the other places right in Lenox. Cafe Lucia is ok at best. Used to not like Church St. Cafe although I think they have new owners now and haven't been since then.

Going north from Lenox there really isn't anything along those lines until you hit Williamstown.

Jul 17, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Moving to the Berkshires- ISO Best Farmers Market and more

Guido's I agree the produce is sometimes not that different from what you would get at the supermarket. But, the meat dept. is very good and they tend to have what you need if looking for a more obscure ingredient.

Taft farm market in Great Barrington may also be worth checking out, they sell produce some of their own or form other local places, and also have pies, sandwiches, etc.

Also nearby for bread is Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Housatonic.

Jul 03, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Buying Live Lobsters

Or, you could just buy them in the berkshires. I understand any freshness concerns but the drive may cancel that out.

Actually the clam quality may be a bigger issue than lobster, although guidos is pretty good

Jun 17, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Seeking eggplant parmigiana in the Berkshires- Gt. Barrington -Pittsfield, Ma

Well, nothing really that great, unless you make it yourself. Timothy's or Athena, both in lee are ok. Timothy's probably a little better. Would be glad to hear about anything superior.

Jun 17, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Which of these restaurants are most recommended around Great Barrington?

Blantyre/wheatleigh are at another level of price and formality. Of the others i think old inn on the green is by far the best.

Chez nous and John Andrews are both good, John Andrews has a nicer country setting, chez nous a tad more casual but I think the food is slightly better.

Old mill is mediocre in my opinion.

Agree with cafe Adam as another good option, they're open for lunch too. New location same food as the old, I actually liked the old space better, found the new one a bit gloomy.

Jun 14, 2013
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

WSJ: When the Box Says 'Protein,' Shoppers Say 'I'll Take It'

Usually would not comment about such things on a food board. But this is just so far off. The body does indeed require the essential amino acids from food. But all proteins are digested in the stomach into their constituent amino acids which are then sent through various metabolic cycles. And there is no step where amino acids are arranged into chains of all 20 of them. Each protein in the human body (or any other organism) is a chain of dozens to hundreds of amino acids in widely varying orders. Please read about the process of DNA transcription and RNA translation if you want to understand this.

In any case it is a myth that people are deficient in protein. People eat plenty of protein. The problem is eating too much of everything.

Mar 28, 2013
nfnebwiri in Food Media & News

Sunday Brunch for 15-20ppl in Lee/Lenox, MA

Haven is good. It is pretty small though for a group of 20. You will really be right on top of everyone. But, if the space works food is much better than Red Lion or Morgan House.

If great Barrington is an option (probably 20 minutes from Cranwell) then I would also check out Cafe Adam.

Dec 19, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England