Mission Bar and Tapas, Berkshires

Do you like chicken Caesar salads? It’s Jeff’s go to salad, he’s probably had thousands of them over the course of his life. We were going for dinner and he wasn’t even that hungry, so decided to order something a bit lighter. He wasn’t really all that excited for a regular old salad, but what came out was the best one has ever has ever encountered, by far! I’m getting way ahead of myself. Let’s back up by saying, we went to Mission Bar and Tapas [438 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201]

mission_bar_and_tapasI tend to overstuff our days because I want to see every single thing the world has to offer. When we got to dinner, we had a limited amount of time to make our next objective. I was a bit worried, but the service was impeccable and food came out quite promptly. Although inside looked cozy, and they even have live music oftentimes, we wanted to enjoy the warm day on the little sidewalk patio.

mission_bar_and_tapas_1We got the drunken street corn appetizer which was a yummy gnaw.

mission_bar_and_tapas_4While this is a tapas place we really didn’t share the small plates. I went for the house cured BLT salmon sliders which had perfectly pillow-y buns and a nice aioli to boot.

mission_bar_and_tapas_2They were very balanced and tasted fantastic, the accompanying greens were piled high. Now let’s come full circle, back to the beginning: Jeff’s Caesar salad.

mission_bar_and_tapas_3First of all we really liked the presentation, and the fact that you get to cut your own salad. The base was a thick hunk of romaine, which had a char on it bringing out its natural sweetness. There was a generous portion of grilled chicken, the right amount of croutons, dressing, cheese, and whole anchovies. Normally, Caesar salads are an afterthought on a menu just thrown in to satisfy someone who is trying to be a little bit healthier. Here, it was a real tasty menu item created with love. Everything we tried here was wonderful, as was our great waiter, and we got to our next stop with time to spare!

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