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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

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

Hmm. Brunch for a large group might be hard to find something chowhound worthy.

The Dakota on Rt. 7 in Lenox is ok, very casual buffet.

Cranwell in Lenox would be a bit more upscale. Technically a hotel or inn but would not really feel like one. They have buffets on holidays but not sure about regular Sundays,.

Red Lion in Stockbridge could certainly have a large group. Generally their food is unexciting but I'm sure breakfast would be ok although I haven't had it myself, No buffet though.

More ideal for what I would think of as semi-casual Sunday brunch buffet would probably be the Williams Inn although being in Williamstown might be a little out of your way maybe 30 minutes from Lenox.

I think too in Mass no matter where you go you might not be able to get "something stronger" until noon so hopefully you can hold out until then.

Dec 18, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Attleboro MA recommendations

Attleboro itself not so sure but for yourself providence is only 15-20 minutes away so would check out posts related to that.

Nov 28, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Help w/ Western Mass itinerary

For breakfast/casual lunch Cafe Reva in Pittsfield is very good even though appears a tad shady from the outside.

For beer selection it is hard to beat the Old Forge in Lanesboro (no website) which also has well above average pub food with fantastic wings. They are open every day for lunch and dinner. Moe's tavern in Lee is the other good beer spot but they don't have food.

In Lenox had a recent very nice dinner experience at Brava, a new tapas place. Lots of wines by the glass and very good beer menu too but no cocktails at least yet when I was there. Would avoid Zinc I thought it was mediocre, among the other similar places in Lenox I think Alta is the best.

Nov 14, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Lobster Rolls in the Berkshires?

Any recommendations in Berkshire county?

Sep 13, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Lobster Rolls in the Berkshires?

Oh, I agree. I'm not saying it couldn't be done, just that it isn't done.

Sep 12, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Baby-friendly in the Berkshires?

Agree with those recs especially Bizalion. The Guido's in GB is pretty much the same as the other one so no need to go to Lenox. Xicohtencatl is also good for lunch with kids, you can bicker about how authentic it is or not but the food is tasty. Also Rt. 7 Grill, mostly local meats although a tad expensive for BBQ.

We have also successfully brought our baby to Cafe Adam at lunchtime if you want something a little nicer and was not out of place, dinner not so sure though.

Would avoid the Barrington Brewery, while child-friendly the food is boring and the beer not that great.

Sep 05, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Lunch near Lee

Don't think there is anywhere in Lee to eat outside, but sounds like Cafe Adam in Great Barrington would fit, good food, has wine, can eat outdoors.

Jul 25, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Need recs. in or near Hancock, MA ASAP. Thanks

Well, I guess some of the food can be hit or miss. Usually when they are trying something a tad more creative. But we go for the beer, and the wings are fabulous, and stick to the basics, and always leave happy.

Jul 10, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Need recs. in or near Hancock, MA ASAP. Thanks

I wouldn't disagree with any of those recs. I would also add Chez Nous in Lee, Brix in Pittsfield. Viva in Stockbridge has good Spanish tapas. For more casual Old Forge in Lanesboro pretty close to Hancock. There is more if you are planning to make it down to Great Barrington.

Jul 09, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England

Lobster Rolls in the Berkshires?

I don't think everyone is trying to be difficult. Just that in Western Mass although it is New England we don't think of the area as one to get great fresh seafood compared to the coast and are reluctant to recommend a mediocre lobster roll. Of course a mediocre lobster roll is better than no lobster roll at all, but there's just nothing to inspire a specific recommedation.

Jun 29, 2012
nfnebwiri in Southern New England