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Western Mass trip report

Joanie | | Nov 26, 2012 10:18 AM

We had a nice weekend in Lenox and various places along Rt. 2 and 9. First stop was Shady Glen in Turners Falls for a quick breakfast. This place had a great Yelp rating and it was perfectly fine but nothing too exciting. Okay pancakes and an egg/cheese/sausage breakfast sandwich on a bagel. They charge extra for home fries (as did a few places out that way). Friendly owner, okay service, prices typical. We then hit the Mass MOCA and walked around No. Adams, got an iced coffee at Brew Haha, split a subpar dog at the long standing, cool looking Jack's (I'm a sucker for a old vibe and cool sign but burgers seem to be the way to go there) and a stop at the townie bar The Mohawk where the choices of beer for A. were slim and people weren't so friendly. On the way thru Pittsfield, we got those baby dogs at Teo's which had a good snap. We went into Lenox for dinner on Fri. and started at the nice bar of Firefly's where they had some interesting beers for A., an okay pear martini for me and an excellent grilled Caesar salad. I asked for bread and they brought a nice grilled rustic bread, very good for about $11. We then decided on Nudel a block up Church St. (surprised there was no wait at any of these places on a weekend nite) and enjoyed ourselves sitting in front of the chefs. We split a veal sausage w/ some oat type stuff and a bowl of pasta w/ beans, sausage and pesto. I had seen another bowl of something and this wasn't what I'd seen earlier but it was good. I like their pricing where all apps, pasts and entrees have the same price. Some interesting wines and beers, nice people next to us offering advice along with the chef. They told us we might like Rumpy's across the street for a drink and that place had a fun vibe.

Sat. we walked around the Pleasant Valley Sanctuary then got breakfast at Shots in Lenox where the hot apple cider tasted great. The breakfast burrito w/ bacon, onions and mushrooms was tasty but the salsa served w/ it was too cold. A. got a bacon & cheese omelette and paid whatever extra for decent home fries. Nice kids working there. Couldn't resist going into the Patisserie on Church St. and grabbed a delicious coffee macaron. Their baked goods looked amazing as did the sandwiches. The snow was falling and there wasn't much to look at in Lenox so we went into Pittsfield later and got a nice vanilla muffin at Juice n Java on South St., walked around a bunch and tried hot dog place #3, the Hot Dog Ranch. Got two baby dogs w/ an order of tater tots. Dogs were decent but none of these blew me away, I liked the vibe of the place tho. Then after a bit more piddling around, we couldn't resist the Lantern on North St. with their awesome neon sign and the fact that they've been there for 83 years. I just had a couple bites of A.'s bacon cheeseburger which was flavorful but again, no wow factor. Really like the place in general tho. After regrouping and relaxing, we came back to Pittsfield and sat at the bar of Mission and had some nice wine and beer. Again I was surprised there weren't more people out at 8PM on a Sat. Unfortunately, the pulled pork tacos were dry and dull ($11) while the frisee salad w/ shrimp and scallops ($15) fared a little better. Best of all was the flourless choc cake w/ whipped cream. Played some pool at Casey's and stopped at Thistle n Mirth on West St. where most beers are $5. Not sure what I thought of that place, bad lighting for sure. The restaurant Brix two doors down is no longer, that had sounded good.

Sun. we drove back to Boston via Rt. 9 and while it was hard driving by Flo's Diner, I wanted to go to a new place so we got food at the Rt. 9 Diner in Hadley. Split a patty melt and tuna melt and both were quite good ($8.95 ea), served w/ fairly boring fries and I'm never a fan of the supermarket styled slaw. Tons of items to choose from, would like to return some time.

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