Restaurants & Bars

The Brass Buckle in Greenfield MA: Funky, Tasty and Green

opinionatedchef | Sep 3, 201508:56 PM

Sometimes you go out to eat and, on rare occasions, EVERYthing is wonderful. You walk out of the restaurant and you're just glowing. Other times, it's more hit or miss. But even at those places, there can be one dish that really stands up and wows you; you refer back to it afterwards, you may seek to recreate it in your own home, or you may seek it out when you eat at other spots. Well, Brass Buckle (BB) was kind of like that for us when we had lunch there on our recent trip out Rt. 2 from Boston to Williamstown. (Greenfield is a good stop-over; ~ 2 hrs from Boston and ~ 1 hour from Williamstown.)

The Chicken Enchiladas and side beans were just o.k.; the sweets that we tried were rather one note and ordinary. But there were some super good notes: the sesame spinach, a Japanese standard, was delightfully executed and even worked when paired with our Mexican entrees. The unique Lime and Cumin Dressing on their summer-fresh salad-was a treat. And the pork shoulder 'Pastor' tacos were very generous , moist and flavorful (esp. with the ranchero sauce and the requested house-made pickled onions instead of the pineapple.) The terrific corn tortillas must be locally or house- made. For just ~$4, they @ must have held 4-5 ounces of meat (the carne asada as well) Any Boston taqueria would be proud to serve them.

The place itself is a small corner space on the main street, and is as 'home-grown' and 'green' as you're likely to find.You place your order at the counter and the chefs are right there, cooking away. BB draws a very diverse clientele, and we were especially pleased to see every single one of them busing their own tables and separating their trash (per the signage.) Prices are low, portions are generous, and strangers actually chat among the tables between wi-fi sessions. The very young staff is working hard but also having fun, and proud to be part of the place. I was drawn to Brass Buckle because of the funky attitude on their website and I'm really glad we discovered them. It felt homey there (if we lived in Greenfield, this is probably where we'd hang out) and we really enjoyed ourselves. They also have sandwiches, lots of breakfast items, and daily specials. ( Next time I AM going to get that Banana Bread French Toast ! )

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