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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.|
There’s nothing unctious, hokey, or mechanically professional about the welcome you receive at Alta. The experienced staff here act as if they are enjoying themselves and hope that you will too. And why should you not? Alta serves sophisticated food and wine without pretension at prices that are more than fair. Chef Thierry Breard and general manager Aurelien Telle are both French, and it shows the work. The menu features such bistro classics as duck a l’orange with mashed potatoes and roasted fennel ($28) and pan-roasted chicken au jus, with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach ($21). The only thing on the plate of bernaise-sauced filet mignon with braised endive that might raise an eyebrow on the Rue du Bac? A few sweet potato slices tossed in among the whites in the accompanying gratin ($27). Alta offers 24 (not all French) wines by the glass, ranging from $6 to $11. A flight of three for tasting is $10. At night, there is a bar menu (a smoked salmon plate with capers, lemon, arugula, crostinis, and dill whipped cream, $10), and they also serve lunch (a panini of fried haddock with remoulade, shredded lettuce and tomato, $12).
34 Church St., Lenox, MA
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5 - 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.