Everyone knows one of the best parts of summer in the city is leaving it behind. Vacations filled with barbeques, swimming, and the excuse to drink during the day is what summer’s about. Yes, we know many Bostonians head out to the Cape and islands to enjoy the beaches and see adult men wearing pink shorts, but we decided to head west for a little escapade in the Berkshires. No, we didn’t see James Taylor acting as the town troubadour, walking around guitar in hand singing renditions of “Sweet Baby James” like we secretly wished, but the 3 hour drive is nothing when the scenery outside your car window is the breathtaking mountains of the Berkshires.
Home to the Tanglewood Music Center, Canyon Ranch, Shakespeare and Company, and countless other cultural institutions, the Berkshires serve as the summer destination for countless urbanites. When the sun goes down, the restaurants are flooded with hungry vacationers looking for delicious food and drink. We were delighted by our dinner at Bistro Zinc, and clearly we aren’t alone. Everyone from Deval Patrick to Ivana Trump has stopped in for dinner, and we can understand why. If you’re looking for a quick bite with a drink, try the shrimp and salt cod fritters, accompanied by a creamy caper aioli dipping sauce. If you bow down at the altar of goat cheese like we do, you’ll be in heaven with Zinc’s fresh mixed green salad that comes with goat cheese the size of a hockey puck, wrapped in a crust of panko breadcrumbs meant to be cut up and sprinkled across the salad, which is filled with juicy cherry tomatoes in a vinaigrette sauce. Also, we can’t neglect to say that the pommes frites are out of this world.
So if you’re looking for relaxing getaway from hectic city life, or even a family vacation away from shuttling back and forth to school and soccer practice, do yourself a favor and visit the Berkshires. And while you’re there, stop by Bistro Zinc for authentic French cuisine. We zinc you’ll love it. In fact, we know so.
Bistro Zinc [Official Site]
[Photo: Bistro Zinc]