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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.|
When husband-and-wife team, chef Franck Tessier and pastry chef Rachel Portnoy, bought a funky building on Main Street in 2005, their intention was clearly not to open a chic restaurant. Rather, with Chez Nous, they were aiming at the sort of French bistro that astonishes travelers throughout provincial France. One may enter with a touch of trepidation; how can a place this modest be any good? Then food and service make misgivings melt. Using local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible, they turn out perfect bistro classics and dishes of their own invention (an admirably browned-yet-still-satiny piece of cod on a bed of saffrony lemon-lobster risotto, $24.95) at unbeatable prices. A pretty French waitress (how many nieces can Franck have?) hovers, making sure glasses are refilled and needs are met. The only thing to jar the illusion that one is in La France profonde? The vegetarian options are more than an afterthought, as Rachel cops to that bias herself. —Marilyn Bethany
150 Main St., Lee, MA
Thursday - Sunday, from 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays