Grab-and-go or sit down and linger. Most restaurants in the Berkshires can accommodate families. These places, in particular, offer tasty food made with fresh, local ingredients and serve it in a fun atmosphere or a memorable locale that helps make mealtimes easy and enjoyable for parents with hungry kids.
Bascom Lodge, Mt. Greylock Summit, Adams. Perched atop the highest mountain in Massachusetts, this rustic outpost offers food and lodging seasonally with a spectacular view from the informal dining area or enclosed porch. Access is by car or on foot. Chef John Dudek’s menus highlight the best from Berkshire farms and food producers, whether you drop in for breakfast, lunch, sunset drinks, or the daily prix fixe dinner menu. Try one of his refreshing homemade sorbets for a cool treat on a hot summer day.
Elm Street Market, Stockbridge. On a side street in the heart of downtown Stockbridge, this old-fashioned lunch counter and deli is like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. You’ll find kids’ favorites such as hot dogs, grilled cheese, and burgers, as well as takeout items perfect for a picnic at nearby Tanglewood or the Berkshire Botanical Gardens.
Baba Louie’s Pizza, Great Barrington, Pittsfield, and Hudson, NY. This is thin-crust pizza with creative gourmet toppings that is worth the wait on a busy weekend in the Berkshires. Salads, such as the antipasto or Insalata Allegra with mixed greens, figs, apricots, and roasted pecans, are available family-sized. Sandwiches, soups, and pasta round out the menu. Gluten-free and vegan options. All locations are in a downtown shopping or cultural district.
Mad Jacks BBQ, Lenox and Lanesborough. House specialties such as the BBQ meatloaf and macaroni and cheese with brisket and bacon turn the homey appeal of southern comfort food up a notch. Salads and veggie burgers are among the lighter fare. Save room—there’s sweet potato pie for dessert.
Mazzeo’s Ristorante, Pittsfield. An easy stop along Route 7 between Lenox and Pittsfield, Mazzeo’s is homemade authentic Italian at its best. Children’s menu entrees such as pizza, pasta, steak, or chicken parmesan are topped off with a free ice cream sundae for dessert. Gluten-free options.
On a Roll Café, Pittsfield. At chef/owner David Barile’s café near the Beacon Cinema and Berkshire Museum, the bread is homemade and the beef and turkey is house-roasted. Beef, chicken, and lentil burgers are just a sampling of the wide range of menu options that appeal to most tastes. Open every day for breakfast and lunch.
So bring the whole family for a taste adventure in the Berkshires.