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The Bistro Box - Great Barrington, Massachusetts
There are those places that are just cursed. You know the kind. Switches hands every 1 to 3 years, nobody really knows what kind of food they serve anymore. Happily, one of those “cursed” eatery locations, the summer hot dog shack along Route 7, has broken that curse. The Bistro Box, true to its name, is a roadside eatery that offers up fresh, homemade, hard-working picnic food. It’s a place you can take a lunch break or where you can proudly take a date for a vintage-inspired evening sitting under a pine grove enjoying the company of true love and damn tasty onion rings. The Bistro Box has wholesome, actual good food made from real ingredients (not pre-frozen, pre-packaged imposters). The onion rings,for example, are fresh, dipped in a golden batter with a hint of cornmeal, lightly fried and served with a ketchup aioli that we couldn’t get enough of. Fried dill pickles, same signature batter with a homemade buttermilk ranch dip. The menu also includes burgers and dogs, paninis, hand-cut fries (lots of choices like garlic and fresh herbs, parmesan and truffle oil, chili cheese), cold-brewed coffee, savory salads, and for starving, newly minted vegetarians, the falafel burger: a homemade chickpea patty topped with crispy “quick” pickles and red pepper feta spread. The food is crisp, the portions are perfect, and everything is reasonably priced (nothing more than $8). —Nichole Dupont
Rt. 7, 937 Main St., Great Barrington, MA
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 11 a.m.—7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays until summertime.