Last week I was chatting with my friend Luke who is a barista at the Shaker Dam Coffeehouse in West Stockbridge, MA and it was getting to be lunch time. With my tummy rumbling I asked, "Where's your favorite place to get lunch?" Luke responded that he didn't eat out much. But after a few minutes he asked me if I'd been to the Bistro Box in Great Barrington. "Nope, never heard of it," I said.
A couple of days later Adam and I were in a lunch conundrum and I said, "hey! let's try the bistro box."
A Roadside Eatery
The Bistro Box was started as a mobile food business back in 2010 by a couple of graduates from the Culinary Institute of America. Nick and Birdie, the owners, spent some time honing their business and cooking skills in Florida and many other places before settling back in the Berkshires in 2014. The Bistro Box menu boasts a fun mix of classic "shack favorites" like burgers, onion rings, and hand cut fries. Plus some cafe fare like salads, quesadillas, and shack chili.
When I asked Luke what he liked about the Bistro Box, he said they had really good burgers, it's casual, and a fun place to go for lunch. SOLD.
We ordered the grass-fed burgers with tomato jam, an order of garlic and herb fries, and an iced coffee. The line was pretty long when we got there and I asked the cashier if this was normal. "It's like this 24/7" she said. I took this to be a good sign and it was.
There are lots of picnic tables outside with a big lawn and several different game stations. Corn hole? check. Frisbee? check. Giant dice? check. This place is great for families and has a classic Berkshires view opposite the road. Also, it's pet-friendly so bring your pup!
We'll definitely be back with Elsie before the summers up. The grass-fed burgers were super tasty and we still have three other flavors of fries to try! What are some of your favorite casual spots for lunch in the Berkshires?
The Bistro Box
937 S. Main Street, Route 7
Great Barrington, MA
Pro Tip: check their website for hours. They're closed on Wednesdays and will be closed July 18-22 for a mid-summer break.