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Pleasant & Main - Housatonic, Massachusetts
Pleasant & Main (on the corner of, well, you guessed it) in Housatonic, MA is a like a pirate’s treasure chest; the outside is unassuming, but once you open it up you realize you’ve struck gold. High-ceilinged, red-walled and sprawling, the café has an old-timey ambience. The wide-open dining room is flanked on either end by massive wooden shelves full of collectibles (most for sale) and natural light floods through a giant stained glass window in the front. The menu is unpretentious; a daily offering of veggie quiche (with a side of fresh greens) delights with a light crust, the eggs Florentine is topped with a healthy dollop of classic hollandaise that melts in the mouth. The croissants are perfect and buttery and the coffee — be it espresso, latte, cappuccino – is never bitter and always perfectly hot. The lunch lineup includes sandwiches, burgers and salads, along with European options like savory ratatouille crepes and Croque Monsieur. Veteran restaurateur Craig Bero, who spent the last 35 years on the food scene in Manhattan, and longtime chef Sixto Rodriguez also dish up community suppers Thursday – Saturday nights, with a simple menu that rotates with the chef’s creativity and Mother Nature’s palate, and may include dishes like beef pot roast with a burgundy gravy, lamb shepherd’s pie or orange sunshine cake.
1063 Main Street, Housatonic, MA
Open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday, with dinner offered Thursday through Saturday. Closed Mondays.