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Ye Olde Forge Restaurant
An Anne & Steve review
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125 N Main St (Route 7)
Lanesboro, MA 01237

You just have to ask yourself one question: Are you a serious beer aficionado? Because they have so many on tap and in bottles they need a separate beer binder to present it all in addition to daily specials so you can find the perfect beer to match your food. As the menu says “Come and enjoy the finest and largest selection of imported and domestic beers in the county” and then some.

What about the food? What about the atmosphere? What about the service? We give it Triple A’s. although these people are no amateurs. The back porch has the wondrous Berkshire mountains view and it’s where to be from spring thru the fall. When the cold sets in you go back inside where there’s much to enjoy in the warm, cozy and tastefully rustic lodge inspired décor. The staff is friendly and patient and they have to be with so many beers and delicious food choices to pick from. Steve ordered the thirst quenching Spaten on tap and Anne went for Young’s Double Chocolate Stout in the bottle which was a delicious full flavored dark beer but not overly sweet.

The food is just as good as the beer and the menu boasts a bevy of mouth watering delectables. Steve paired his lager with a classic Reuben sandwich which was one of the daily specials. It was made with corned beef piled deli high on top of thick toasted rye, melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and fresh Russian dressing. The fries were crisp and plentiful and the large sliced pickle made for a perfect troika of tastes. He also ordered a second Spaten to wash it down. Anne had a hankering for the étouffée that she ordered which was a spicy mix of choice pieces of sausage, chicken and grilled shrimp over very nice rice. This was made with as an authentic Cajun roux as you are likely to find in these parts.

We saw their chicken wings fly off another porch table as those famous award-winners were devoured with obvious glee. As we were finishing we kicked back, relaxed and saw many a happy table being treated to their favorite comfort foods such as three different kinds of potato skins, the Forge burger, roasted butternut squash quesadilla, sizzling chicken fajitas, wild mushroom ravioli, St. Louis style BBQ ribs (Steve’s coming back for those) and of course the famous beer-battered deep fired scrod all accompanied by the never ending variety of beers and any other drink you may desire. From wines to liquors and fresh brewed iced tea, they’ve got it all. A low priced kid’s menu too from $5.95 down to $1.25 children’s soda with unlimited refills. You simply can’t beat that to keep the brats happy while you and your honey indulge a bit and get out of the house.

From American to Cajun to Mexican to Italian to Vegetarian to a large selection of healthy non-fried choices and back there is definitely something for everyone and the prices are well below the average with all the listed entrees under $20 that come with the fresh salad bar, vegetables and choice of fries, rice pilaf or potato.

All we can say is you will not be disappointed and it’s just up the road a spell if you’re going to the newly re-opened Mt. Greylock drive. That’s what we did and it’s quite a one two punch. Good food and good nature all in Lanesboro. So for a very relaxing afternoon or fun evening this place is highly recommended.

Irish folk music nights as well call for details.

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