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“More than a coffee shop - really good food!” 4 of 5 stars
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Fuel Coffee Shop
286 Main St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-5505
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“More than a coffee shop - really good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

We recently visited Fuel, having been asked to meet there and not knowing anything about it. Given that it was called a coffee shop, we didn't expect anything more than coffee and maybe some pastries. But this is a truly fine place to go for a very good lunch! They have a creative menu of salads, sandwiches, crepes and other items (with several vegetarian option) - as well as the expected pastries - including some packaged vegan pastry options.

I had the Namaste Salad, which was delicious, huge, and looked like it would cure whatever ails you. Fresh and varied greens were topped with avocado, sunflower seeds, and other goodies, and served with a yummy vinaigrette on the side. The salad was so big it was spilling over the plate, and piled high, too. Well worth the $7.95 price (I am often amazed at how expensive skimpy salads are at many restaurants.) My tablemates enjoyed their sandwiches, which are named after various groovy real and unreal folks, like The Arlo (local boy) and The Zonker Harris. The sandwiches were also large and served on good quality bread, and filled with tasty and interesting fillings.

This is a coffee shop in that you order at the counter and clean up after yourself when you're done. Also in that various tables are taken by coffee drinkers with laptops. If you are ordering salads or crepes or sandwiches, you get a number and they bring you your food. That was my one quibble - the food came out over a very long period of time, so it was a bit awkward. But the staff was very nice, and the wait was worth it.

Th location is terrific for strolling downtown Great Barrington - it's in the heart of everything. Parking is a bit dicey, but if you are able to walk a few blocks, it should not be a huge problem.

We enjoyed the food here and will definitely return.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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fuelgb, Owner at Fuel Coffee Shop, responded to this review, December 5, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review our coffee shop. After reading it we are inspired to add lettering to our window highlighting our salads, soups, sandwiches, gluten-free options etc. Thanks again for your kind and honest review. Come check out your handy work next time your in town.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Trendy by not being trendy... Great everyday coffee stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011 via mobile

Hot and iced - both delicious and fast. Local, coffee house flavor to the service, but not too bohemian. I go everyday while I'm visitin he area.

Best to get a cup and enjoy it from the sidewalk tables.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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“Favorite Coffee Shop in New England!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

I'm a local and I love coming in for a cup of tea or coffee and sometimes a crepe (usually quite good, although I've had it overdone once or twice). It's a nice place to sit and journal. At one point they had live music on Friday nights, which I loved (not sure if they're still doing it). Artsy, green, unique atmosphere. Friendly and interesting baristas.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“So much better than the chains!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

During a recent stay in Great Barrington, my family visited Fuel Coffee Shop twice and were very happy to find this obvious local favorite. The mocha lattte, cappuchinos and chai tea lattes we tried were far better than the chains and the service was fast and friendly.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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greenwich, ct
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“Great Coffee Shop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

Great breakfast on the run options; great sandwiches to take away - perfect for feeding my family on a day on the slopes.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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