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The restaurant descriptions that follow reflect the opinions of the editors of Rural Intelligence.
They are editorial content, not paid advertisements, and are organized by county.

Rural Intelligence Food Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout. 

terrapin 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.

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Castle Street Cafe - Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Chef Michael Ballon kept this mainstay going for several decades, but now there is a new owner and man in the kitchen, Chef Luis Zambrano. The menu is not the three-page fanfare that perhaps regulars to the “former” Castle Street had become accustomed. Chef Zambrano debuts a new, one-page menu every week, broken down into two simple categories: Smaller and Larger. The “smaller” section offers six choices, including more basic, seasonal fare like green apple and quinoa salad ($11), a rich garden soup ($8), and flatbread pizza topped with figs, ricotta and arugula ($15). The more adventurous aspects are duck-in-a-blanket (duck sausage and duxelles in a puff pastry with pepper relish, $13) and beef empanadas ($9). The “large” offerings include a duck confit pasta with mustard cream sauce ($20), a “two-hands” burger ($16) — a generous, well-seasoned affair topped with crispy fried shallots, horseradish cheese, lettuce, tomato and served with a side of truffle fries; and fried chicken with homemade ranch dressing. On Wednesdays Chef Zambrano prepares a paella and tapas night. For dessert, try the chocolate mousse cake ($8) or a classic creme brulee. The cafe still offers a rotating mix of jazz performers on weekends. Read the full review here.

Castle Street Café
10 Castle St., Great Barrington, MA
(413) 528-5244
Open 5 p.m. until closing.
Closed Tuesdays.

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