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Marketplace Café $-$$ Excellent coffees, fresh gourmet lunches, evening hours too. 53 North St. Pittsfield

Panda House $$ Good, reliable place for Chinese fare, prompt & courteous service, local chain. 506 Pittsfield Rd. Pittsfield

Mazzeo’s $$-$$$ Welcoming bar, spacious dining room, Italian cuisine. 1015 South St. Pittsfield

Patisserie Lenox $$ French owned bakery & café offering croissants, brioche, Napoleons & other delectable pastries. 30 Church St. Lenox

Methuselah Bar & Lounge $$-$$$ Small, chic modern spot, light tapas-style fare, dinner. 391 North St. Pittsfield

Red Lion Inn $$-$$$ Three choices: farm-to-table in the dining room or cozy Widow Bingham’s Tavern; casual Lion’s Den for light fare & live music. 30 Main St. Stockbridge

Mission Bar & Tapas $$ Wines and noshes with a Spanish accent, farm-to-table Sunday brunch, jazz on Monday nights. 438 North St. Pittsfield Mint $$-$$$ Flavorful Indian cuisine in a lakeside setting, arguably the best Indian food this side of Gujarat. 435 Laurel St. (Rte 20) Lee Nudel $$-$$$ Inspired, delectable farm-to-table cuisine in a tiny chef-owned oasis. 37 Church St. Lenox

Stockbridge Coffee & Tea $ What the name says, pastries too, and a used-bookstore. 6 Elm St. Stockbridge Wheatleigh $$$-$$$$ Brunch or fine dining in an exquisite setting: Travel & Leisure calls it “some of the best cooking in the United States.” 11 Hawthorne Rd. Stockbridge


Once Upon a Table $$ In the mews next to the Red Lion Inn, a wonderful bistro so small & good it feels like a find no matter how often you’ve been. 36 Main St. Stockbridge

20 Railroad Pub $-$$ American food in a setting with windows on the street. 20 Railroad St. Great Barrington

Ozzie’s Steak & Eggs $ Simple American fare in an unpretentious setting, pizza, a great Reuben. 26 Maple St. Hinsdale

Aroma $$ Reliably good traditional Indian regional cuisine in a simple family-run place. 485 Main St. Great Barrington