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Castle Street Cafe - Great Barrington, Massachusetts
On nights when there is a show at the Mahaiwe next door, Castle Street Cafe is reminiscent of Joe Allen, the venerable Broadway saloon. After 20 years, it still pulses with energy, and the staff knows enough to ask whether you are heading next door after dinner to make sure you order dishes that the kitchen can fire up promptly. But even on nights when the theater is dark, Castle Street has a bar crowd that makes the restaurant buzz and there is live jazz on most Saturday nights. Chef Michael Ballon offers up a menu that feels like a compilation of greatest hits so it’s always hard to choose what to order, but he’s especially adept with fish dishes like salmon with grilled asparagus ($26) and tortilla crusted filet of sole with citrus salsa ($21). The bar menu offers up hearty sandwiches—felafel for vegetarians ($11) and a half-pound burger ($11) that is served with addictive shoestring fries.
10 Castle St., Great Barrington, MA
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5 - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.