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Shelburne Falls - A Bottle of Bread - The GOOD and the BAD


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Shelburne Falls - A Bottle of Bread - The GOOD and the BAD

GaryW | Jun 20, 2005 03:53 PM

My wife, 4 1/2 month old, and myself decided to take a little trip out to Shelburne Falls to get away for a couple of hours on Fathers day.

I did a quick search, came up with this messageboard and cross referenced with a few other sites out there.

Lo and behold.. decided to give A Bottle Of Bread a shot.

Great Place, but something bad did happen that i'll go into as well.

Surprisingly good. Western MA is typically 'culinarily challenged', I hate to say... this is an exception to the rule.

I had the special, Wild and Smoked Salmon Fishcakes. VERY good. Ok, EXCELLENT. My wife had the Miso Salmon dish. Quite good too, but i'm glad I was the one that chose the cakes :) It had an excellent dill sauce, and was accompanied with a very nice selection of greens, rosemary potatoes and beets.

For appetizer we had the marinated goat cheese and beets. Quite good and nice contrast. I also had a cup of chowder. A nice sized bowl for a cup. Not as thick/creamy as typical chowders, but delicious. It had a nice dill/fennel(?) and peppery finish to it.

You should give the local Greenfield People's Pint beer a shot as well. I am a homebrewer and rather picky of my beer. I've never heard of the brewer before, but from the quality of the brew, I expect he has a small operation and doesn't 'overprocess' the product. I'm going to track down the brewery and give them a visit to stock up :) I am craving some more of that brew right now...

We showed up on Sunday at 5pm sharp. This is when they open their doors for dinner. (they serve brunch/lunch as well, which I will come back for sometime). I'm glad we came when we did. The place filled up fast, and for good reason. If you have parties of 4+, they accept reservations apparently. Our waitress was pretty friendly and quick, though she typically could only spare a few seconds due the place being so busy. I'd have rated her GOOD if it wasn't for what came next...


On Monday I checked up on my accounts and did some banking in prep for my vacation to Japan the following week. Lo and behold....

The waitress charged my account MORE than what I signed for on our check. This is a serious black eye on the restaraunt. If my experience there wasn't so good, I would have dissed the place and had quite a negative review here, but its not fair to condemn the owner, Maggie Zaccara, for the actions of a waitress.

Sure, the charge was only $1.60 above what I totalled and signed for, but such action is a breach of contract on her part and really.. any respectable establishment would fire the waiter/waitress and have a zero tolerance policy.

I have always wanted to open my own restaraunt.. i'd love to have a place along the lines of A Bottle of Bread, and I'd never tolerate a waiter or waitress doing such a thing. It would ruin my reputation and in the restaraunt biz, reputation and word of mouth is JUST AS important as the food and atmosphere.

At the restaraunt I said "wow this place is great, we should tell the family about it and get them over here". After I saw the charge, for a moment I hesitated.

**I am going to call the restaraunt this evening after 5pm (when they open) and try to talk to the owner or manager and inform them of this. I'll try to post a response here and let you know the outcome.

Other comments:
While in the area, check out the flower bridge.. a short walk over the river, but nice. Downtown area is small..but a few artsy shops nice to browse or pick something up. Next door is a neat little knitting shop.. get the kid a knit hat. A little icecream shop right across the river is nice on a hot day.


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