Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews

The Marketplace Café

Marketplace café menu

The Marketplace cafe has soooo many tempting choices that it can be very hard to decide, salads, paninis, wraps and sandwiches and then there are all the different tea and coffee drinks. If you have a woman in front of in line that’s taking forever to choose, that’s probably me, please forgive me.

They always have great vegan options as well as gluten free items.

Marketplace cafe

One of my favorite things to get at Marketplace is their soups, which change daily and the selections are always posted on their Facebook page. My mother and I love their vegetarian chili, it’s so chalked full of veggies. Anytime I need an extra pick-me-up I go for their dirty chai, which is chai with a shot of espresso, and yes it’s as good as it sounds.

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Can I admit that I love this place as much for the people watching as I do the food?

I’m a writer who’s always searching for inspiration and this place never let’s me down. There is always an unending array of interesting characters who supply great entertainment as well as great ideas.

BYOB at the marketplace

They’re also a great place great for local entertainment and the fact that they allow you to bring your own alcohol makes it even better.

The next show at Marketplace:

Podunk Throwbacks
Thursday, April 17th 2014 @ 6:30pm

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Desperados North Adams, MA

Let me warn you right now, this Mexican Grille no es autentico, that being said if you’re in the mood for some good Tex mex food, this is a great place to try.

Redheaded Mexican
Redheaded Mexican

The name had more appeal then the actual dish. I’m almost sure if you like enchiladas you would like this meal. It was just a little too soggy and drowned in sauce for me. I should have gotten my husband’s Cali tacos which were much better.

Cali Tacos
Cali Tacos

My husband had to be a little difficult  and asked for pork tacos instead of the shrimp, beef or chicken that were offered on the menu. They were willing to accommodate him which was appreciated.

Drink selection is good and the chips and salsa they bring to your table are a step above average, with the salsa having an impressive kick to it.

Desperados

23 Eagle Street
North Adams, MA
Phone: 413-346-4664

Lunch & Dinner

Monday- Thursday: 11:00 – 10:00

Friday & Saturday: 11:00 – 11:00

Sunday: 3:00 – 9:00

Also try their Williamstown, MA location which is just as good.

246 Main Street
Williamstown, MA
Phone: 413-458-2100

Lunch:Monday- Saturday 11:00 – 4:00

Dinner: Monday- Saturday 11:00 – 4:00
Friday & Saturday 4:00 – 11:00

Firehouse Cafe

Firehouse Cafe Adams, MA

I knew the Firehouse Cafe was dangerous place when I saw the menu. There were just too many delicious sounding options, I didn’t know which to try first. Thankfully I had a friend with me so I was able to try two different meals.

Three cheese sausage Lasagna
Three cheese sausage Lasagna
Chicken Burrito
Chicken Burrito

Both meals were great, but the lasagna was definitely my favorite. Service was a tad slow, which was fine we got to enjoy the great detail and effort the owners have obviously put into the interior of the restaurant. However if your on your lunch break and in a rush this might not be the place to stop in for a quick bite.

My friend and I agreed this had more of a dinner place feel and seemed a little out of place in Adams. It seems more fitting of Northampton or even downtown Pittsfield. Though walking down the street I noticed that one of the building is under renovations with all sort of new things in store as well as a another restaurant coming this winter called Fusion. Could this be the beginning of a Park st Revival?

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Open Sun-Thur 11-8  and Fri & Sat 11-10

Review of the Old Forge

It’s a little bit out of the way and it can get crammed full but the Old Forge restaurant is worth the trek. They offer almost every kind of beer imaginable including great seasonal selections. Be warned, it does get busy on weekends and the hostess situation is a bit unorthodox, as everyone huddles in the entryway eyeing one another, unsure who was first and what protocol is, a waitress will appear, demand names and take off again. She will suddenly reappear, call out a few names that sometimes she remembers correctly, sometimes she doesn’t and without any further instructions take off, expecting the called upon groups to instinctively know to all follow her to their tables. And once you are finally seated the ambience is somewhat lacking as the place is overcrowded and just too busy, so after all of this why am I recommending this restaurant? Again the beer selection but also the food has always been good. Though the salad bar is a little overly simple and disappointing so don’t bother and go for one of their very savory and hearty dishes.

Review of Patrick’s Pub

Patrick’s Pub has been located in downtown Pittsfield since 1985. It’s interior retains a lot of the historical architecture. Since my husband and I have moved within walking distance it’s become one of our favorite places (It’s a big plus not having to park since parking is limited) We love to sit in the restaurants front windows and watch the traffic go by. The food has always been good and the chef’s specials are always unique and enticing. Their chicken wings are our favorite wings in Berkshire county. In the local chicken wing war between Patrick’s and Old Forge in, we personally think Patrick’s wins every time.