Even the name swings like speakeasy jazz. Dottie’s Coffee Lounge is a classic. It’s a neighborhood hangout with fairground lights and vintage clothing and local artwork on the walls. Dottie’s has flair.
Berkshire native Jess Lamb and her family have run it for more than a dozen years. She discovered Barrington Coffee Roasters coffee while she was living in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came back here to open a community place.
They often host local events, and they are earthy and warm gatherings. You may walk into a poetry sCrawl with WordxWord, families making gingerbread houses or live music at a Sunday brunch.
Along with locally roasted coffee, seasonal lattes and baked goods, they always serve breakfast, and then lunch until mid-afternoon — local farm food, sandwiches, soups and grain bowls spiked with crimson kraut or fire cider.
And they make one of the best breakfast sandwiches around, with local eggs and cheese, and freshly made Climbing Tree Farm sausage from just over the border in New Lebanon, N.Y.