The Hotspot | The Hub: Good food at equally good prices


The Hub: 55 Main St., North Adams. 413-662-2500

Recipe for success:
Located on North Adams' Main Street, The Hub is often literally that — a bustling hub packed with those enjoying lunch or dinner in a diner-like setting. You won't necessarily find anything high-end here, with its strengths being burgers, wings and sandwiches, virtually anything you would expect to find at a diner. But The Hub also boasts a bar complete with an extensive cocktail list and menu items not typically seen in diners, such as grilled Atlantic salmon ($16.95), Korean pork ($10.95) and flat-iron steak ($16.95). The Hub is a perfect place to bring friends to get a bite to eat at an affordable price — most of the items on the menu are in the $10 range — and it can accommodate large groups, though sometimes snugly.

What we can't get enough of: The Hub is tasty and affordable. It remains one of my favorite places to get a burger in town with friends (my favorite of their selection is the $10 Hub Burger, seasoned with what the restaurant calls its "Hub Rub," and served on a toasted kaiser roll, as well as lettuce, tomato and red onion upon request), and I do appreciate the restaurant offers much more than your standard diner fare. On my most recent visit, I recruited two of my friends and we tried some of the more "outside" menu items, with me ordering the grilled Atlantic salmon (which comes with two sides); one of my dining partners ordered the Penne Alfredo with scallops and veggies ($18.95) and my second partner ordered The Hub's steak salad ($13.95). In addition to the meal, I tried The Hub's Razberri Lemon Drop martini ($7.50) and its Blueberry Lemonade specialty drink ($6), both of which I enjoyed, though if I were on a budget, I would just stick to some soda. We all came out of the evening with roughly the same experience: This is good for what we're paying for. The Hub has by no means the most sophisticated cuisine I've had in Northern Berkshire or even North Adams, and while I can't call it a perfect dining experience, it's one that has had me coming back multiple times, and, in my opinion, it makes a case for best burger in North Adams.


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