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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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".

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    Family Style Lunch in Savannah, Georgia

    By: C and A - Mar 26th, 2014

    When in Savannah Georgia you simply must have lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room. During a campaign swing through town President Obama sampled the famous fried chicken and Southern hospitality.

  • The Lantern Bar & Grill

    Pittsfield Burger Joint

    :antern
    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

    Martin
    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

    Ale
    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

    Mill
    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

    Diner
    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

    Deen
    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

    Mazzeo
    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.

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