• A Restaurant Find: Pleasant & Main

    Housatonic's Gem.

    Chef Craig
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 13th, 2016

    Located in the hamlet of Housatonic, is Pleasant & Main, a restaurant with charm, character and wonderful food at reasonable prices.

  • Pigeon Cove Tavern

    At Emerson Inn, Rockport, Mass.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 04th, 2016

    With a magnificent ocean view from the terrace Pigeon Cove Tavern at the Emerson Inn in Rockport coudn't have been better. There was a perfect mix of fine dining, ambiance and impreccabler service.

  • Lobsta Land in Glostah


    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 21st, 2016

    During visits to Gloucster dining at Lobsta Land has always been an inviting option. Not this time however.

  • Bright Ideas Brewing at MoCA

    Last Call at 7 PM in North Adams

    By: Pit Bulls - Jul 23rd, 2016

    It seems like a win win. Bright Ideas Brewing offers uniqely crafted beer, ale and root beer in a high concept industrial space on the Mass MoCA campus. On every level from eccnetric hours, to noise levels and a flub on food it's time to rethink the business plan.

  • Grazie in North Adams

    Italian Cuisine Steps from MASS MoCA

    By: Foodies - May 15th, 2016

    There have been several incarnations of restaurants at 26 Marshall Street opposite the North Adams campus of MASS MoCA. On a Saturday night four foodies visited the recently launched Grazie Italian Ristorante. There were mistakes but overall we plan to return to an affordable Northern Berkshire dining option.

  • Blantyre in Lenox a World Class Destination

    Relais & Chateaux Rated

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 28th, 2015

    Blantyre in our backyard, is only minutes from Tanglewood and the arts of the Berkshires. Rooms are beautiful and wine and gourmet food is affordable.

  • Gloucester's The Rudder

    Popular Restaurant on Rocky Neck

    By: Foodies - Jun 01st, 2016

    The artist's colony of Gloucester's Rock Neck, with views of the inner harbor, is a popular destination. There are two dining options The Rudder and The Studio both under the same management. Arriving early preseason we were offered a half price menu and seating on the porch.

  • Lunch at Upscale Blantyre in Lenox

    A Surprisingly Affordable Special Treat

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 31st, 2015

    Blantyre means elgance, old world charm and to most of us, perceived, high prices. Think again. Lunch with wine and sunset views with a glass or bottle of Port and a cheese plate won't set you back as much as you would expect.

  • Azorean Restaurant and Bar

    Gloucester Destination for Traditional Portugese Cuisine

    By: Foodies - May 29th, 2016

    When visiting Gloucester one of our favorite destinations is Azorean Restaurant and Bar. There are enticing week night specials for traditional Portugese cuisine.

  • Glostah Chowdah

    Charley’s vs. Causeway

    By: Foodies - May 26th, 2016

    For the best chowder in New England head for Gloucester. But steer clear of the downtown and harbor tourist traps. Don't even bother with Rockport. Seek out the fringe lunch places like Charley's and Causeway where the locals belly up. It will take a bit of poking around to find them but it's worth the effort.

  • The World's Best Pizza

    Gino Sorbillo In Naples Creates Sublime Pies

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Apr 03rd, 2016

    Since 1935, the Sorbillo family tradition of making Neapolitan pizza has followed the rules that guide pizza making for the pizza parlors in Naples. ‘Integrity to tradition’ is key.

  • Jose Costa and O Pescador

    Terceira Islands (Azores) Premier Restaurant

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Feb 11th, 2016

    On a recent visit to Tereceira Island in the Azores, we discovered an amazing, local, restaurant run by Jose Costa.

  • Oyster Monday at Grand Central Oyster Bar

    Not Exactly, Red Grouper and Wine Complete the Meal

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 12th, 2016

    Some days I think more about food than others. Today was one of those days. Oysters were on my mind. A bell went off in my head and said, "Well if you want oysters, there is no better place in Manhattan than the Grand Central Oyster Bar".

  • Xavier Jones, a 4 Star Chef

    Paddy's Bistro In Dalton, Mass

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 25th, 2015

    Paddy's Bistro (645 Main Street) in Dalton, Massachusetts, adjacent to Pittsfield, doesn't even have a website. To get news and weekend specials, the only way to find them is to visit their Facebook page or call them at 413-684-1111.The lack of marketing is a real ploy for the consumer that looks for fine dining.

  • The historic Old Inn On The Green

    Ambiance at its Best in New Marlborough, Ma

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 30th, 2015

    Candlelit dining, gourmet food and a historic presence make this unique New England Inn special in every way.

  • Mac's Seafood Provincetown

    Enjoying Happy Hour

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 04th, 2015

    After groceries at Stop and Shop also on Shankpainter Road we found Mac's Seafood Provincetown. It was happy hour and we enjoyed magnificent freshly shucked Wellfleet oysters, the best in the world, for just a buck each. We also feasted on an array of half price appetizers.

  • Napi's in Provincetown

    Traditional Affordable Dining

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 29th, 2015

    For a cozy dinner our friend Chris Busa recommended the traditional Napi's. We found it to be both enjoyable and affordable.

  • Palace Cafe NOLA

    Part of the Dickie Brennan Franchise

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 12th, 2015

    Located across the street from our hotel we opted for the convenience of Palace Cafe. After another mediocre meal we learned that it was a part of the Dickie Brennan franchise of NOLA restaurants. We had already been disappointed by his upscale Tableau.

  • Giovanni's in NOLA

    New Age Ristorante

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 11th, 2015

    Giovanni Cafe in New Orleans promised high end Italian cuisine with a Louisiana influence. Utterly disappointed we left wanting to book a flight to Venice.

  • Tableau in the French Quarter

    Prix Fixe Fiasco

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 09th, 2015

    We arrived at upscale Tableau in the French Quarter at 5:30 PM with a 7:30 curtain just across the lobby at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. The leisurely prix fixe dinner with ATCA friends was a comedy of errors. The management and wait staff proved to be incompetent and even rude.

  • NOLA Comfort Food

    Acme, Red Fish Grill, Cafe du Monde

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 05th, 2015

    In the French Quarter there are many options for flavorful comfort food from a po boy sandwich to a bowl of gumbo. The throngs of drunks staggering down Bourbon Street seem more intent on drinking than eating.

  • Marti's in the French Quarter

    Favorite Restaurant of Tennessee Williams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 04th, 2015

    At the end of a day of writing Tennessee Williams walked across the street to his favorite restaurant Marti's in the French Quarter. With several colleagues from the American Theatre Critics Association we made a late night pilgrimage to these landmarks.

  • Dakoto Formerly Dakota in Pittsfield

    From an A to O No

    By: Pit Bulls - Mar 18th, 2015

    The Dakota was a popular destination for Pittsfield diners. It closed last summer, underwent extensive renovation, and has reopened as Dakoto. As the Pit Bulls discovered during a recent lunch more has changed than the last vowel in the name of the now Asian themed steak house. The upgrade seems more like a setback. Most of all we missed that snarling, stuffed bear that amusingly greeted diners. The new decor is spotless but enervating.

  • Mixed Drinks Made Simple

    It's All in the Wrist

    By: Philip Kampe - Mar 17th, 2015

    Thought you weren't a mixologist? Think again..

  • Mezze in Williamstown

    Winter Comfort Sundays

    By: Foodies - Feb 09th, 2015

    During the winter season Mezze in Williamstown offers Comfort Sunday weekly specials. A three course meal at the upscale restaurant costs $29. Or $22 if you skip desert. On a snowy winter night we joined friends to share a super spicy Moroccan menu. It was perhaps too authentic as the owner Nancy Thomas, who created this special dinner, is Moroccan American. It evoked a gastronomical heat wave on a cold gloomy night.

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