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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.|
Forrest’s Sidestreet Café - Pawling, NY
Before the most recent wave of trendy food trucks doling out multi-culti tacos or Dutch-sounding ice cream, there were classic canteens like Forest’s Sidestreet Café. Owned and operated by Lynne and Ken Forrest, this unassuming roadside chuck wagon serves up good – and not just “good for a food truck” – solid fare from a friendly lot on Old Route 22. Year-round locals come out for Sabrett dogs and piping-hot seasoned fries. Summer residents take advantage of the truck’s extended Friday evening hours for a juicy burger and tangy homemade lemonade, enjoyed leisurely at powder-blue picnic tables. After 22 years, the Forrests still love cooking together in that galley and it shows. Sip on house-brewed iced tea ($1) while you contemplate your order. Then, go traditional with a hot Italian sausage under caramelized peppers and onions ($4.50) or a grilled chicken sandwich with the works ($4.75). Kids will love the crispy chicken nugget meal ($4) while vegetarians have plenty of delectable options like the fried breaded eggplant sandwich ($4.50) or veggie burger ($4.50). At such great prices, try a bit of everything.–Silka Glanzman
6 Old Rte. 22, Pawling, NY
April – October: Wednesday – Sunday 11 – 3
November – March: Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 3
June – September: 11 – dark