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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.|
Most tourist destination dining facilities are lackluster; an inevitable consequence of feeding a captive clientele. Not so the Harvest Café at Hancock Shaker Village, which, fortunately, may be accessed without paying an entrance fee. In season, Michael Roller, former executive chef at Blantyre in Lenox, uses food from the Village farms to make some of the best salads (i.e., baby spinach, hickory-smoked bacon, hard-boiled eggs, sliced mushrooms, red onion and croutons with a Dijon-herb vinaigrette; $5.95) and sandwiches (an open-faced roast beef on grilled farmer’s bread with a Shaker mushroom sauce, crispy shallots and mesclun greens, $6.75) around. This is a pleasantly surprising place to meet friends for breakfast, lunch or tea—the confections, many based on traditional Shaker recipes (blueberry pudding with apricot ice cream) are heavenly. —Marilyn Bethany
34 Lebanon Mountain Rd. (Rte 20), Pittsfield, MA
Open daily from April - October, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.