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== 6 House Pub ==
The 6 House Pub, just three minutes south on [[Route 7]] next to the 1896 House, is legend amongst old Williams alum for the place to be to hang out. Re-opened this past July of 2005, the 6 House offers a very simple menu of [[Great sandwiches|sandwiches]], salads, pasta, and burgers for your dining pleasure. The burgers are just plain awesome, probably the best in town, and the wings are almost (but not quite) on a level comparable to [[#Ye Olde Forge|Ye Olde Forge]], but much closer to town. The [[beer]] selection, while not nearly as expansive as the Forge's, is still decent in its own respect. Perhaps the greatest trait of the 6 House is that it is close to campus and just a great place to hang out with a quaint bar area (including a big screen and 6
tvs) and very pleasant dining room with fire place and outdoor terrace with fire pit. The prices are also very fair for the amount of food you get. Try it some time, you won't be disappointed. Especially if you get the warm brownie sundae...
910 Cold Spring Rd
== Antonio's Pizza (in AmHerst) ==
If you're passing through [[Amherst]] to watch the Ephs defeat the dirty 'herst, do yourself a favor and stop in here for some of the BEST pizza in Western Massachusetts. They offer big portions (by the slice) and a huge and interesting variety of toppings. According to Dennis the security officer, the guy who runs it is a millionaire. Just from selling pizza by the slice in a college town. The spicy chicken blue cheese and the
sicillian pizzas come highly reccomended. Definitely worth the drive. (There is also one in Providence, RI.)
31 N. Pleasant St
== Chef's Hat ==
Cheap Diner, with a laid back, homey atmosphere. For 10 dollars a person you can get a feast - for 5 a solid meal. I recommend their homefries, reuben, country fried steak (the gravy has sausage in it and is a meal in itself), and peach and walnut waffles. For Sunday brunch you can't beat it - though you may have to wait a few minutes to get a table, the service is quick and the apple-cinnamon french toast is well worth it.
905 Simonds Rd., Rt. 7 north
The newest offering in off-campus dining, Coyote Flaco is a short drive away on [[Route 7]] South, not far from [[Sheep Hill]]. Upon entering, you'll immediately encounter the congenial hostess who will take you to your table. She'll hand you the drinks menu, which is an impressive collection of different kinds of margaritas. They have over 50 kinds of Tequila, ranging from the house brand to the likes of Cuervo Reserva de la Familia; make sure to bring a designated driver along in order to enjoy some tasty drinks. Although the sign outside reads that the restaurant offers "Mexican and Spain cuisine", there is sadly only one Iberian offering--the Paella Valenciana.
If you sit really still while you're reading the menu, you might notice the Mariache music playing in the background at about 4 decibels. This is really a New England restaurant with a Mexican veneer as thin as their salsa. Burritos, nachos, and fajitas are described in an illegible "fancy script" font, and the food will almost certainly disappoint your
"Mex-pectations". It's tasty, to be sure, but the average spiciness level is somewhere between Gerber and Baked Potato. And the portions will make you thank God for [[dinner points]]. For example, the "Deluxe Nachos" consists of exactly four circular nachos, neatly arranged in a square. I wish I were kidding. The only thing Mexican about the experience is the speed of service, which makes the [[1914 Library]] seem like [[Wal-Mart]]. There was approximately a one-year interval between when we were seated and when we placed our orders. The waitstaff is generally helpful, and both the manager and the hostess will periodically check on you to make sure that you are enjoying your petite, well-mannered, New England meal.
I have to disagree with the previous post. The service at Coyote Flaco was wonderful, other than the fact that they brought us a full pitcher of margaritas instead of the half-pitcher that we ordered. They were prompt, the food was delicious, the margaritas were tasty, and the sweet, guitar-playing man walked around and played a little something at each table, in addition to chatting with everyone around.
I absolutely agree that Coyote Flaco is excellent. It isn't the MOST authentic Mexican food, but I will defend that it has the most authentic Enchiladas Suizas I have ever had North of Austin, Texas. I think of it as the best food in Williamstown, certainly.
I also agree with the positive reviews. Though the food may not be true Mexican cuisine, it is very tasty in an upscale New England college town sort of way. The service is excellent because, unlike many places in Williamstown, the waiters/waitresses seem to realize that your business actually supplies their paycheck. If you're torn between here and Desparados, Coyote Flaco is the clear winner
. The Smith and Brown families are OBSESSED with this place.
One of the waiter tried to kill me on my birthday by serving me a dish with shrimp in it; I'm allergic to shrimp; I ordered the dish with chicken.
One of the poorest Mexican
Food take-out experiences for me. I ordered a chimichanga (sp) and paid full price for something that looked more like a Mexican egg roll along with a small scoop of beans and rice. It was good but the amount for what I paid was very poor.
505 Cold Spring Rd.
Located in Colonial Plaza, probably ''just'' too far to walk (though you can certainly do that if you want to). It looks kind of like a hole in the wall, but Tex-Mex makes for a nice change from the Spring Street restaurants.
Pretty standard American fast food type
tex- mex fare-- Nothing too well seasoned or too savory. Frankly, the food is downright mediocre. Just a basic alternative to wrap night.
It's pretty easy to get served alcohol here, perhaps easiest at the Desperados in North Adams.
== Hobson's Choice ==
Located on the west side of [[Water Street]] between Latham and Meacham, Hobson's Choice offers excellent "American cuisine and seafood" for moderate prices. It features a make-your-own-salad bar, and the cozy atmosphere is highlighted by lots of those little hand-crafted
puzles where you have to get a metal ring off some convoluted intertwining of other metal rings and triangles and bars. You know the sort. [[Brent Yorgey|I]] highly recommend the Cajun blackened swordfish/tuna.
On the other hand, other people find the prices exorbitantly high for either small portions or mediocre food. It used to be better, now it's a pretentious, overpriced restaurant with nothing special.
Not to be confused with [http://afactor.net/hcf/index.html Hobson's Choice in Williamstown, Victoria, Australia]. You may also be interested to know the [http://www.wordorigins.org/wordorh.htm#Hobson's origin of the phrase] (a "hobson's choice" is a supposed choice where there is really no choice at all; presumably, in this context the implication is that one has no choice but to eat at the restaurant, since the food is so good).
== Jack's Hot Dog Stand ==
What a place. Located at 12 Eagle Street in North Adams, this hot dog stand is famous among locals for its chili cheese fries and 95 cent hot dogs and "hamburgs" (as they're called in North Adams). All items on the menu are cheap and delicious. Probably the best choice for lunch or dinner in [[North Adams]], especially when you're in the mood for something greasy and
delicious. Jack's can't be beat, especially because Chef Mike, the infamous carrot-topped chef, has an impeccable memory and remembers exactly what each of the regular clientele eats. Be wary of the time however, as Mike's prima donna personality increasingly becomes an issue as it nears closing time and the hot North Adams's party scene (where he is a huge player). The best way to go for dinner is one chili cheese dog, two double bacon "cheeseburgs", and an order of chili cheese fries.
Open since 1917.
They do deliver to Williamstown, but it's probably best to get your food fresh. No credit cards accepted--cash only.
== Jae's Inn ==
An Asian-fusion restaurant that was better than both Thai Garden and Chopsticks (in my opinion). Jae's Inn was also pricier than Thai Garden. Their pad thai was especially amazing if you preferred your pad thai an Americanized, sugar-filled glob. The sushi was divine as well.
North Adams, MA
== Jae's Spice ==
Located on Water Street just next door to The Browns. The food is delicious and although it's called new American cuisine, the menu seems to focus on foods from local farms and artisan cheesemakers, which is cool and on par with the sustainable green movement. Warm atmosphere, cozy bar and really great service. Nice [http://www.mezzerestaurant.com/ website], too.
Dinner nightly at 5pm.
Agree. I especially recommend the tournadeu with bearnaise sauce and the prosciutto with melon.
Disagree. I've only been there once, but I would never go again. They charred my steak--which I requested rare--twice; the third time they brought it out I thought it wasn't worthwhile to complain again. Everything else was pretty bad too, and decidedly bland. If you want mediocre, overpriced food, Mezze is a better bet: it's both less expensive and tastier.
Located on the [http://tinyurl.com/2p9ko7 corner] of Main St. and Eagle St. in North Adams.
For those who are looking for a quality pizza at a good price, Moulton's can't be
beat—Hot Tomatoes is pretty good (depending on who you ask of course, opinion on campus is split on their chunky tomato sauce), but it's more of an "occasion" pizza because of the prices , and Colonial's is falling behind the times, as anything above a cheese pizza is not worth what they charge (and don't be fooled, the prices on their takeout menu are outdated).
A large 16" cheese will run you '''$8.50''' (that's right, $8.50...it says $9.50 on their menu, but just mention the #5 coupon when you call in the order). They've got plenty more of the usual fare on the menu, but the pizza alone is definitely the
roundtrip into NA (or the $1 charge for delivery + tip...be sure to plan ahead, it can take them a while to get your pizza up to campus).
Good pizza, competitively priced, delivers to campus ($1 charge, but no minimum order), accepts Visa and MasterCard, and a menu with a whole set of coupons every time you get food from them (even though you don't even need to give them the coupon).
BACK IN BUSINESS
A friendly and unpretentious pub located behind Subway. Make friends with the staff, and you will get great service. Don't go there to act like a drunken jackass - Williams students have a bad reputation at this place and other bars or pubs in town.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07rb This author's ] favorite place to grab a leisurely Sunday lunch. Burgers and wings are cheaper than at the Red Herring or the Water Street Grill. A hearty meal of a burger (try the tangler) and fries with a good cold draught beer (try the local Berkshire Brewing Company beers on tap) can be had for less than $15 - beats Subway "sandwiches" or dining hall "brunch" on those lazy weekend afternoons.
[[http://www.thepurplepub.com/ Link to Website]]
Service is usually lightning-fast, but be prepared to wait if you go at busy times. Excellent Tex-Mex restaurant - don't expect anything authentic, but what they do serve they do very well. Buy extra salsa to take home!
230 North St.
== Red Herring ==
Located on Spring Street, below [[Images Cinema]](turn left and go downstairs before entering thecinema). Good beers on tap and a few hearty entreesand snacks. Decent wings, and probably the best placein town for burgers. Best to avoid on Friday andSaturday nights when you will be lucky if thebartender even acknowledges your existence in thecrowd.
Or... best to attend on Friday or Saturday nights,when you won't be the only person there.
WARNING: DO NOT TRUST your credit card to the bartender by opening a tab. They have "lost" credit cards in the past, offering no compensation.
Salad, Quesadillas, Pasta Primavera, Thai Wings, and
of course, fantastic burgers/fries.
The prices are more than reasonable for the quality of the food and the atmosphere is very laid-back. Watch
tv while you eat at the bar, sit outside if it's a nice night, or eat in the dining area. Definitely go to the Herring for dinner sometime. You won't be disappointed.
On a related note, don't ever go there with a fake
i.d. that has the smallest chance of being taken away. Or for that matter, don't ever go with a real id either. The Red Herring has a twitch that compulsively takes people's i.d.s away (fake or not). You'll cry, we'll all cry, and you'll still be i.d.less.
46 Spring St.
== Subway ==
Semi-delicious, cheapest sandwiches in town. Ask about the discounted sandwich of the day. You will have eaten at one of these before. Ask for the special spicy sauce (it's red in colour - I don't remember its name but it's awesome). Ask for extra napkins if you get the sweet onion teriyaki sub because that sauce just goes everywhere.
***DON'T *** avoid the meatball sub. Eat the Italian BMT. Savorky turkey breast with bacon is good too.
Down Route 2:
== Spice Root ==
Spice Root is a mid sized restaraunt on Spring Street that serves Indian food. The food is as close to authentic Indian that you'll find within a pretty good radius, and tastes quite good. Modestly priced student meals are available ($11 for a sit in meal and $7 for a take away of small proportions) The
Naan bread is good, as is the tandoori chicken. The chole (pronounced chho-lay) served with a student meal is excellent.
Not for the hard-core Indian food fans who might be offended by the mixture of North Indian and South Indian cuisines (note that Indian restaurants ''in India'' often do the same thing), but definitely worth a try. Check out the buffet lunch for $8 -- an excellent deal any day! However, since the buffet tries to cater to everyone, it's terribly bland. Dinner dishes can be ordered extra-spicy.
For extra authenticity, don't say "Pad Thai" with an 'a' like in 'paddy'. It's more like a cross between the 'a' in father mixed with 'putt'.
Surprisingly inexpensive for lunch, and quite generous portions (at a higher price) for dinner. Biggest complaint: some of the staff can seem rude and abrupt, though this might be due to a language/culture gap. They've definitely improved their friendliness over the last
chilli sauce and/or peanut sauce on the side.
If you don't like extremely sugary, dried up pad thai, do not get pad thai from here. Rolls are also on the more rice-packed side than ideal if you're used to good sushi and rolls.