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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.|
Blueberry Hill Market & Café - New Lebanon, New York
“This is the best burger I ever ate.” Such was the reaction of one recent diner at Blueberry Hill Market & Café in New Lebanon, NY, a breakfast and lunch place that opened without fanfare on Memorial Day weekend 2012. That particular burger featured grass-fed beef, a smear of pesto, a thick slice of heirloom tomato, and melted fresh mozzarella cheese ($8.25). Owner Melanie Hunt is committed to high-quality, local ingredients, including Berkshire Mountain Bakery breads, burgers made from Kinderhook Farm’s grass-fed beef, from-scratch lemonade and iced tea served in quart jars, coffee roasted a couple of miles up the road at Liquid Assets, Ronnybrook Farm Dairy butter and yogurt, and fruits and vegetables from Abode Farm, a CSA “right up that hill,” says Hunt, pointing to a nearby rise where a Shaker community once thrived, where farmer Evan Thaler-Null tills the soil with a horse-drawn plow. Breakfasts, served until 1 p.m., range from scrambled eggs and toast ($2.99) to a cider-bacon-stuffed wafflewith maple-cinnamon butter ($7.99). For lunch, in addition to the grass-fedburger, there’s a less expensive one made from Angus beef ($4.50) and the usual range of sandwiches—tuna and chicken salad, pulled pork and chicken, assorted meat-and-cheese combos. The excitement starts when the plates arrive at table—generous portions, including the fresh-fruit garnish, artfully arranged on old-fashioned willowware. Everything looks beautiful and tastes even better, thanks to superior ingredients and astute execution. Among the desserts, housemade “slab pies” (one recent day, a choice of apple-raspberry or peach-blueberry, for $3.00) stand out.
515 State Rte. 20, New Lebanon, NY
Wednesday - Monday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.