• The Lantern Bar & Grill

    Pittsfield Burger Joint

    By: Pit Bulls - Mar 12th, 2014

    A hole in the wall and favorite among locals is The Lantern Bar & Grill at 455 North Street along the main drag of downtown Pittsfield, Mass. The owner chef Mike Papas is a jazz fan signified by the photos on the long narrow space with a single row of tables. The Lantern touts the best burger in the Berkshires. The Pit Bulls dropped by for lunch.

  • Café of St. Martin-in-the-Field

    Cheap Fun Atmospheric London Dining

    By: C & A - Jan 27th, 2014

    The top London destination for cheap hearty food with great atmosphere is found in Trafalgar Square. The Cafe in the Crypt below St. Martin-in-the-Fields is no secret. It is always noisy and crowded. Despite the inconvenience it's the best deal around in a very expensive city.

  • Dublin Pubs

    Irish Comfort Food

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 24th, 2013

    They say that a seven course gourmet Irish meal consists of a six pack and baked potato. Imagine then our surprise to discover traditional Irish food in cozy Dublin pubs. Washed down, of course, with a fresh pint of Guinness.

  • Mill on the Floss a Berkshire Landmark

    Offering Fine Dining for 40 Years

    By: C & A - Sep 24th, 2013

    For a special occasion we dined in the 200-year-old former grist mill in New Ashford on Route 7 between Pittsfield and Williamstown.. For the past 40 years the Champagne family has offered fine dining in the gracious and atmospheric Mill on the Floss. If you stick with the $30 prix fixe menu it's a Best of the Berkshires.

  • Moonlight Diner in Williamstown

    Burgers with Rock ‘n’ Roll

    By: Pit Bulls - Sep 20th, 2013

    With its vintage Rock 'n' Roll decor The Moonlight Diner in Williamstown offers a winning combination of comfort food at affordable. It was packed with families for Sunday brunch.

  • Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons

    Savannah’s Tarnished Shrine for Grin and Grits

    By: C & A - Jun 26th, 2013

    Paula Deen the Queen of Southern Cuisine has fallen off her media throne. During a three week drive through the south with several days in Savannah we visited her flagship The Lady and Sons. While wildly popular with tourists and fans of her TV cooking shows the food was hardly exceptional.

  • Mazzeo in Pittsfield

    Italian Comfort Food at a Moderate Price

    By: C & A - Jun 25th, 2013

    Since 1988 Mazzeo's Ristorante has been a successful and popular destination. Recently the restaurant moved to a large venue with steady drive by traffic between Pittsfield and Lenox. We opted for the terrace on a sultry summer evening.

  • Olde Forge Restaurant in Lanesboro

    Winging It

    By: Pit Bulls - Nov 14th, 2012

    There are 18 rotating taps for beers including imports and regional seasonals. With more than 200 bottled beers including high end Belgian brews. Add to that state of the art, famous wings. Bottom line The Old Forge in Lansboro, a short drive from Pittsfield, is a Best in the Berkshires destination. Expect long waits on weekends and a boisterous full house. For affordable comfort food the menu is diverse and ambitious.

  • Renowned Chef Gerhard Schmid of Haflinger Haus

    Berkshire International Club Celebrates Octoberfest

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 27th, 2012

    Many recall the fine cuisine of Chef Gerhard Schmid from his Gateways Inn in Lenox in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, and the Devonfield Inn, formerly known as Haus Andreas in Lee, from 1980-1994. He is now presiding over the kitchen of Haflinger Haus an elegant mansion in Adams, Mass. Some 40 members of the Berkshire International Club gathered there to enjoy his special Octoberfest menu.

  • Koto Steak House and Sushi Bar

    The Hot New Berkshires Asian Restaurant

    By: Pit Bulls - Oct 11th, 2012

    Since it opened just three months ago Koto in the Pittsfield Malls is a popular destination for dramatic Asian dining. It’s mobbed on weekends including long waits even with reservations. The Pit Bulls dropped by for a delicious, entertaining, and leisurely lunch.

  • Sweet Cheeks Serves Designer Barbecue

    Top Chef Finalist Tiffani Faison Opens Hot Boston Eatery

    By: Pit Bulls - Mar 22nd, 2012

    In Sweet Cheeks Boston touts a contender for first team, All American Barbecue. At a price. This is an upscale designer rib joint pretending to have rustic charm in a densely seated noisy ambiance. The meat is awesome but some of the sides just suck big time. Former Top Chef finalist Tiffani Faison needs to step up her game.

  • Coyote Flaco in Williamstown

    Mexican Food for a Winter Night

    By: Pit Bulls - Feb 14th, 2012

    On Route 7 between Williamstown and Pittsfield Coyote Flaco is one of several restaurants clustered not far from Williamstown. It is one of seven restaurants in a chain. Overall the food is good for the price. On a busy Saturday night we were lucky to be seated promptly without a reservation.

  • Mission Bar and Tapas

    A Hot Spot in Pittsfield

    By: Pit Bulls - Feb 04th, 2012

    The Mission Bar and Tapas in Pittsfield has become a popular destination for live music and light dining. It will participate in 10x10 on North Street from February 16 to 26. Recently the Pit Bulls stopped by for lunch.

  • Desperados in North Adams

    Lunch with Los Amigos

    By: Pit Bulls - Jan 21st, 2012

    Hands down, Desperados is the best Mexican restaurant in North Adams. Since it opened a year or so ago it has been a popular destination with a combo of affordable, not very spicy food, in a tight space that makes for noisy evenings.

  • Panchos Mexican Restaurant in Pittsfield

    Numbingly Mediocre Tex Mex

    By: Pit Bulls - Jan 19th, 2012

    In the heart of Pittsfield driving or walking by Panchos Mexican Restaurant looks lively and enticing for those hungry for flavorful, affordable ethnic food. The cuisine however did not match the colorful decor.

  • La Fogata in Pittsfield

    Miguel Gomez Serves the Taste of Colombia

    By: Pit Bulls - Nov 12th, 2011

    For those seeking authentic Colombian cuisine La Fogata in Pittsfield has become an essential destination. It is readily accessible on a main route into the downtown. It has been a favorite restaurant of Pancho's for several years. We compared notes of multiple visits to give an in depth report on the full range of an extensive menu. The chef and owner Miguel Gomez brings family food of the other to the starving Berkshires.

  • Pittsfield: Flavours of Malaysia

    Exotic Cuisine

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 18th, 2009

    During the cold winter in the Berkshires the hot new restaurants to enjoy is Flavours of Malaysia tucked away in a basement on McKay Street just around the corner from the new Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield. On weekends reservations are recommended.

  • New Orleans Dining: Elegant to Funky

    Gumbo to Mud Bugs

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 07th, 2008

    By far New Orleans is the dining Mecca of America. From a po boy sandwich, or a plate of oysters to oysters Rockefeller at the venerable Antoine's where they were first served, there is food of every taste and flavor to be enjoyed in the Crescent City.

  • New Orleans Reports: Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter

    Serving Beignets and Coffee Since 1862

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 28th, 2008

    Located in the French Quarter on the edge of Jackson Square is the Cafe du Monde. It has served beignets, New Orleans style fresh donuts and coffee since 1862.

  • Santarpios in East Boston

    Best Pizza in North America

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 01st, 2007

    During the grueling job of packing up and moving from East Boston to the Berkshires an enticing treat for the crew of starving artists was lunch at Santarpios home of the best pizza in North America.

  • Vermont: Curtis' BBQ, Country Girl Diner, Sams Steak House

    Famous Ribs in Putney

    By: Cisco - Jul 27th, 2007

    On the road in Vermont looking for country dining experiences including the classic Country Girl Diner in Chester. And the famous Curtis BBQ with home pit in Putney and the annex in Chester. Lip smakin good.

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