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Cafe Adam, owned by the internationally-trained chef and Berkshire native Adam Zieminski, delivers. It bills itself as a brasserie. In addition to the good value that implies, the menu has plenty of impeccably-executed brasserie standards, such as boeuf Bourguignon, cassoulet, bouillabaisse Marseilles (at $22 their most popular dish, according to our genial waitress), and steak frites. Even the low-key-yet-skillful interior design nods to brasserie tradition, with firsts, wines and desserts scrawled on tall rectangles of chalkboard painted directly onto the walls. The management also justifiably claims a stake in New American Cuisine. There is a spirit of experimentation you’ll never find in a Paris brasserie, and what comes out of the kitchen is locally raised and grown “as much as possible,” with special effort invested in obtaining fresh fish. One appetizer of deep-fried Spanish onion with a yogurt-turmeric sauce was shared by five people and got ten thumbs up. The steak is offered at four price points, ranging from a $15 hache to a $28 tenderloin. We opted for the $19 hanger and were patting ourselves on the back. The profiteroles were perfect and, as promised, the crème brûlée was “just like Julia Child’s.”
420 Stockbridge Rd., Ste. 3, Great Barrington, MA
Lunch: Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday brunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.