Breakfast and tea at Birchwood Inn and dinner at The Old Inn On The Green were definitely the highlights of our Berkshires culinary tour, but we had several other notable meals at charming local restaurants.
The Southfield Store (this seems to be an outdated Website) – The Southfield Store was one of my favorite stops in the Berkshires. The restaurant/store is housed in an old country store and retains the feel of simpler times. We stopped in for lunch and were delighted with our fresh and creative sandwiches served on homemade bread. Were it not for the amazing breakfasts at the Birchwood Inn, we would have returned for breakfast – the array of baked goods was a feast for the eyes (delicious, too, based on the samples that we tried). The collection of desserts from the store’s pastry chef was equally impressive. The store has some gourmet items for sale and we took home a pound of coffee from the local coffee roaster, Barrington Roasters. After our visit, we found out that the store is owned by Peter Platt of the The Old Inn On The Green. Don’t miss an opportunity to grab a meal here.
Bistro Zinc – After venturing to New Marlborough to go to The Old Inn On The Green on Friday night, we walked to Bistro Zinc in Lenox for dinner on Saturday. Bistro Zinc is not a restaurant that warrants going out of your way to visit, but if you are staying in Lenox, you won’t be disappointed. My husband ordered steak frites and I ordered the burger and we were both pleased. The burger was served with insanely delicious onion rings that were almost beignet-like in consistency (thus, not for those with an aversion to batter). We had a half carafe of the extremely reasonably priced house red, which did the trick.
Once Upon a Table – This restaurant was our last stop in the Berkshires, and I definitely recommend it. Once Upon a Table is a cozy and cute restaurant located just off of Stockbridge’s main drag. For lunch, my husband and I split Butternut Squash Soup and ordered sandwiches – Turkey Breast with Herb Aioli and Cranberry-Chipotle Relish on San Francisco Sour Dough for my husband and Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Gorgonzola Cheese and Caramelized Onions on a Kaiser Roll for me. Our sandwiches were delicious – my Kasier roll was grilled to perfection (I am not a Kasier fan normally, but this was no average bun!). We split the profiteroles for dessert, which were disappointing. The profiteroles are supposed to be the house specialty so we must have gotten a bad batch. Thankfully, the chocolate ganache on the profiteroles saved the dish.
There were two stores that we came across that warrant a mention. Seeds in Great Barrington (34 Railroad Street) has a great collection of home furnishings and knickknacks. I could have spent all day in this store. We also stumbled across Locke Stock & Barrel (265 Stockbridge Road), a gourmet market and wine store. The wine selection is impressive and includes many unique selections at reasonable prices (a 2003 Insignia was offered for $125 – a great price). The proprietor is very knowledgeable and friendly and you will have a hard time leaving the store without a few interesting bottles of wine in your possession.
We can’t wait to return to the Berkshires and revisit some of the places that I mentioned. To satiate the demand from my growing readership for pictures, please find a few below. I will try to do better on this front!