The town of North Adams is not particularly far from me (it takes just under an hour to get there from my apartment, give or take) and is one of those places I keep vowing to visit more frequently given all the unique and interesting things there are in the area to see and experience- but then I never get around to actually following through on that vow.
So earlier this week, when my friend and neighbor Dan invited me out to dinner and a couple of post-office cocktails in North Adams with some of his family while they were visiting from New York over at Public Eat+Drink, I jumped at the chance- not only because I truly do enjoy exploring North Adamswhwnever I’m around – but because Public was a location I’d never been to or tried before but had heard so many good things about.
Located in the heart of downtown North Adams and right across the street from MASS MoCA- this industrial-inspired American restaurant has an extensive drink and food menu (that changes seasonally) that is downright incredible. While I settled in with a “Holiday Daiquiri” and a house salad and agonized over whether to order a brie burger or cheese-stuffed chicken with vegetables- the chicken ultimately won in the end- and I do not regret it at all. It was delicious.
I split a chocolate and pomegranate Swiss Roll for dessert before I nearly had to be carried back out to the car given how much food I ate. I have no regrets, though. It was hands down one of the best meals I’ve ever had in the past few years- and I will definitely be going back to try out a few different things from their menu the next time I have a free weekend!
If you find yourself visiting North Adams, and a lot of people do- skip the overpriced museum cafeteria or any fast food joints in the area and be sure to stop by Public for a dinner that is worthy of your time and money. You won’t regret it.