Where to eat in the Berkshires/Western Massachusetts

RESTAURANTS in PITTSFIELD


Brix Wine Bar has been the consistent bright spot in Pittsfield's wining and dining circuit over the past couple of years.

Comfortably old-world French bistro with some contemporary artistic touches, it's atmosphere is as exciting as it is relaxing.

The meal was delicious and when we go back we're going to sample some of the other mainly French dishes on the menu. But the stars here are the many bottles of wine and spirits from all over the world. There is a wine for everyone here. Ask for a recommendation, try a sip from the long list of wines available by the glass, order a bottle. And if you just can't decide, get the flight of four and a cheese plate and become an oenophile for the evening. We had Pinot Noir from Oregon at $28 and it was absolutely divine, smooth and wonderous.

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The wild mushroom and goat cheese appetizer and the perfectly dressed roasted hazelnut with blue cheese and beet arugula salad were perfect compliments to the wine.

For the main course Steve had the Mac n' cheese (Macaroni au gratin), which he rated the best in the world. The grilled pork chop with spetzle is grilled exactly to your liking, a hearty and healthy meal. We substituted the pommes frites which were perfect but we hear the spetzl is special. We also went for a side of braised spinach with roasted garlic cloves for a full meal of delectable taste treats.

Next time we're going to go for the recommended Green and Red Zinfandel for dinner relaxation in lovely Pittsfield.

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Update:

We went back to Brix and realized how much we missed it. Joad holds everyone in high esteem and visits every table so even if you're new you feel welcome and taken in by his charm as he gently walks up and down the length of the restaurant. Brix does not take reservations and even though they are in demand destination dining for Friday and Saturday nights everyone who was standing at the bar were seated in what seemed like no more than minutes, but how? the place was packed and it's not a cavern? but somehow they just do it, Bistro style.

Amanda our waitress was very nice too and she recommended a powerful Spanish 2007 Juan Gil Jamilla Red Wine D.O. a 100% Monastrell grape, 15% alcohol, "rich color, ripe fruit aromas and a long spicy well balanced finish" and it was as good as advertised. They will seal your remained in a nice bag for driving home as well so no need to finish it in one sitting.

For dinner we started with the truffle oil parmesan house cut fries and they were our new favorite fries in the Berkshires and there's some good competition for that title. For our main courses Anne had broiled chicken with French lentils and sweet potato slices a perfect example of simplicity and stylishness that define the food as well as the atmosphere. She loved the dish and why not? She's French and the combination and quantity of the three items was well orchestrated but it is the flavor that shined through.

Steve had the grilled trout with caramelized hazelnut butter (w/roasted hazelnuts) and haricots verts . Fish is the healthy choice these days especially ones high in omega oils but this was really an extremely enjoyable delight to have with the bold wine. Fish and red wine? Who cares? If it works it works and Brix works hard to make your evening an enjoyable one.

The perfect marriage of a modernized Bistro with well thought out and seriously delicious dishes makes this one of the coolest places to go in the Berkshires. Destination wining and dining at its best.

Brix Wine Bar
40 West St
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-236-9463
www.brixwinebar.com
New hours for Fall/Winter 2010-2011:
Monday, closed
Tuesday, closed
Wednesday, 5-10
Thursday, 5-10
Friday, 5-10:30
Saturday, 5-10:30
Sunday, 5-10