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Five places to grab a bite to eat (when taking a break from Solid Sound)

Five places to grab a bite to eat (when taking a break from Solid Sound)

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By Stephanie Gravalese, Special to BWSV

Originally Posted Wednesday, June 21, 2017 2:18 pm at

With the Solid Sound Festival coming to North Adams every other year, there's just enough time for changes to the North Adams food scene. 

Downtown North Adams has a lot to offer those visiting Mass MoCA, and most food and entertainment options are accessible on foot or are only short drive. Here's the lowdown on some the newest eats in downtown North Adams (with a few old favorites thrown in) since the last time Wilco and company came to town if you are looking for a break between bands or wandering the galleries this weekend:

Around the corner: 

Bright Ideas Brewing

Looking to stay close to the festival vibes? Head right out Mass MoCA's front door to Bright Ideas Brewing — which just celebrated its first year— located on the edge of the museum campus. This microbrewery and taproom is one the closest places you can refuel and imbibe between sets at the festival. Grab a flight of four beers and nosh on some good eats from Crisp Catering by Hot Tomatoes Pizza. The ESB is our favorite beer to balance the heat, but try them yourself! 

Open 3-10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 3-11 p.m., Friday; Noon-11 p.m., Saturday; Noon to 7 p.m., Sunday.

111 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams,

Five minutes or less:

PUBLIC Eat+Drink

Feeling like exploring the downtown? A short walk from the Mass MoCA campus will brings you to PUBLIC Eat+Drink, a hip and inviting gastropub that offers classic American fare with rotating beer tap list and is a perfect place to get a burger or a flatbread while exploring what the city has to offer. Open since 2011, their current beer and cider offerings are all from Western Massachusetts and their inventive cocktail list has something for everyone. 

Open 4 p.m.-midnight, Monday-Wednesday; 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Sunday. 

34 Holden St, North Adams,

Jack's Hot Dog Stand

Craving the classics? A North Adams staple, Jack's Hot Dog Stand has been family owned and operated since 1917 and is the most iconic destination on this list. Hamburgers are made from freshly ground meat, and hotdogs are served on warm rolls from a steamer that may or may not have been in place since it opened. While the chili dogs have been recommended at Jack's, anything ordered there is a sure fire win. Grab a seat at the counter and order a hot dog or a hamburger at a cool $1.35, add some hand-cut fries at $1.60 and you've got yourself a hometown meal. If you are feeling truly adventurous (and hungry), check out their hot dog eating contest. 

Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday, 12 Eagle St, North Adams,

Ramuntos Brick Oven Pizza

Is it time to grab a slice? A relatively new addition to the downtown's restaurant scene, Ramunto's offers grinders, pizzas, calzones and 24 beers on tap. A casual, family friendly atmosphere, this location is the first franchise in Massachusetts, with locations in Vermont and New Hampshire. With New York-style or Sicilian-style crust, their by-the-slice offerings are extensive, with eight different options, you could be ordering a customized slice with some garlic knots and be back at Joe's Field or strolling the galleries before you know it. 

Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday. 67 Main Street North Adams 413-398-5152,

Farther Afield...

Korean Garden

Sushi or Pa-jun? This one you may need a car for but it's worth a short drive from the Mass MoCA campus. In place for a little over a year, Korean Garden offers Korean and Japanese cuisine. It's the place in Berkshire County to go for authentic Korean food. Grab some sake and sushi or our favorite, the Bibimbap, which is prepared with a traditional hot stone pot that keeps your meal warm. Their lunch specials include sushi and Korean box meals worth the lunchtime break from the crowds. 

Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m..-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday.139 Ashland St, North Adams, 413-346-4097,

Before you set out to check out any of these new hot spots or revisit existing favorites, it is best to call for availability, and give yourself plenty of time between sets as you plan your day! 

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