Williamstown has always had a handful of great restaurants but it has come into its own with some more modern/urban options and, finally, a wider range of "ethnic" foods.

Special mention  Hard not to mention Pappa Charlie's, a Williamstown institution.  "Pappa C's," as it is affectionately known, is really just a small sub shop but it is built on delicious sandwiches with inventive recipes developed by its famous clientele.  Try the Gilda Radner, the Governor Dukakis, the Christopher Reeve ... or the Jeff Miller.  Wait, who was that!?  Yes, Pappa C's gets into the Williams College spirit and often names a sandwich for the "Athlete of the Week."  Nobody on campus today would remember Jeff Miller but his sandwich recipe has apparently passed the test of time.

Night out  For a special treat, try Yasmin's Restaurant at The Orchards Hotel, Le Jardin or Mezze.  Yasmin's offers award-winning continental fare within the upscale hotel of choice in Williamstown.  In the summer, you can dine al fresco.  In the fall and winter, be aware that you may be sharing the restaurant with lots of college recruiters and recruits.  Still, it's great food in a beautiful setting.  Le Jardin offers country French fare with a solid wine list and a lounge with full bar.  It is located in a historic inn where guest can enjoy the cocktails on the deck in warm weather and fireplace in the cooler weather.  Mezze is a bit of a newcomer featuring with more eclectic modern fare, focused on locally grown and purchased ingredients.  Setting is so metropolitan, but for the small porch overlooking a small creek, Mezze could be located in Boston or NYC.

For a coffee and great baked goods, stop by Tunnel City Cafe.  The raspberry muffins are especially good.

Plenty of options also exist for family/casual dining and ethnic fare including Indian, Thai, and Mexican.