delights and visual pleasures in the Berkshires. We headed out to The Clarke Museum of Art in Williamstown Ma. On the way there we made a stop at the Legendary Teo’s in Pittsfield for a couple of Dogs and a Genny Cream Ale. Teo’s is a dive bar in need of a facelift but it has history and without a doubt the best dogs around. We ordered two each, I got the "Everything" which is mustard, meat sauce (not chili), and onions and Helene ordered her standard which is mustard relish and onion. These dogs are actually baby wieners (4 inch) that have a nice snap and are served on a steamed bun. This was Helene’s first trip to Teo’s and she was very impressed. After trying a bite of my “Everything” dog she said that it was the
best meat sauce she ever had and then went on to order the fries with the meat sauce and cheese for dessert. Yes it was a good dessert that we split. All I can say is there is no better dog with meat sauce in Western Ma. Period and a glass of
Genny just go together perfect.
We finished and continued up the road to the Clarke Museum of Art in Williamstown. If you have never been there then should be a must on your places to go. The museum presented Brian O'Dougherty who conducted a lecture on the works of Edward Hopper. After we listened to the lecture we took the tour of the museum. There is a nice collection of works from French
Impressionist such as Monet, Renoir and Degas as well as works by American Artist Sargent, Inness and my favorite Winslow Homer. The museum is currently under construction and building a major addition to house the huge collection of works that it
currently has loaned out to other museums throughout the world. It was a little early in the year for us to take a walk on the grounds but the views from the property are breathtaking from the higher grounds. The museum admission is free until
June 8thwhen the charge will be $15. Per person.
On our return we made a stop at the other dog joint in Pittsfield. The Hot Dog Ranch in downtown. It was time to make the comparison on who has the better wiener, which is how they are served in the Berkshires. This place is also a bar that you can eat in or they have a nice takeout area that is not inside the bar. The Ranch prices for a wiener are the same as Teo's $1.20 each. The bar is much cleaner looking inside with Sports memorabilia on the walls. They also serve the same dog and steamed bun as Teo's. The dog and bun were very hot and had a good snap The difference came down to the sauce. The
sauce here at the Ranch was much stronger than I had at Teos. The bottom line is they also have a good product but we enjoyed the dogs at Teo's the best.