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|Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.||Terrapin, in Rhinebeck, offers astonishing variety and value in a glittering setting.||Table Six, in Lenox, features a changing prix fixe meal in the refurbished Kemble Inn.|
Prairie Whale - Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Lots of restaurants in the RI region profess to be farm-to-table. Prairie Whale (formerly called Bell & Anchor), a new restaurant brought to us by the formerly Brooklyn-based star restaurateur Mark Firth, has joined the fray. That it takes the combined efforts of three talented cooks, plus the owner’s tireless dedication to sourcing local ingredients, explains why locavore perfection proves to be such an achievement. Peaceful, inclusive, and romantic, the restaurant has a menu with fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Brunch and lunch options include seasonal roasted squash omelets ($12), polenta with homemade sausage ($14), and quiche with caramelized onion and goat cheese ($12). Lunch might be a light bean and kale soup, also on the dinner menu as a starter ($7), or a French dip sandwich ($14), and kale salad with radish, grand padano and garlic chips ($9). While there are other vegetable options, dinner is meat-eater focused: steak tartare ($14) and charcuterie plates ($14) for starters; main courses include first-rate grass-fed cheeseburgers and fries with homemade mayonnaise ($14), beef stew ($22), chicken pot pie ($19), brick chicken with radish and kale ($22), and New York strip steak with potato gratin ($34). Desserts hit the spot and are perfect to share, including a chocolate caramel tart and apple gallette ($8). From families to single twenty-somethings, anyone can come for dinner and cozy up in a corner booth or at a family style table. Or perch yourself at the bar for a bite and/ or an evening of drinks.On Sunday nights, foot-stomping local folk bands such as Hunger Mountain perform live while a roaring fire blazes from a wood burning stove all season long.
178 Main St., Great Barrington, MA
Monday, Thursday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, Thursday - Sunday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday