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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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The Lion’s Den - Stockbridge, Massachusetts

The Lion’s Den, the venerable ratskeller at the Red Lion Inn, is one of the coziest spots in the Berkshires. With its wood-burning fireplace, low ceilings and live music seven nights a week, it’s the bohemian soul of the genteel Stockbridge hotel. For logistical reasons, the Lion’s Den does not, alas, share a kitchen with the Widow Bingham’s Tavern upstairs, which is why you could always get an excellent burger and fries in the tavern but never in the den. Indeed, the den’s burger was a bit of an embarrassment, which is why you won’t find it on the Lion’s Den menu that executive chef Brian Alberg has put together. While favorites like the French onion soup ($8) remain (and Monday night’s $15.00 spaghetti and meatballs special), Alberg has crafted a menu tilted toward sustainable foods that don’t require an ace line cook. He offers up a charcuterie plate with housemade summer sausage and house-cured chorizo ($9) with a pile of cornichons, pickled onions, dijon & bread as well as a satisfyingly grass-fed beef chile ($8). Salads and sandwiches are designed for big appetites and include the Den Cobb Salad with turkey, bacon, avocado, egg & buttermilk ranch dressing($13); roast turkey with stuffing & cranberry mayonnaise on multigrain bread ($12) and the vegan-friendly grilled portobello, eggplant, hummus & roasted Pepper ($12).  With the new menu, the den has become the quintessential Berkshires pub. —Dan Shaw

30 Main St., Stockbridge, MA
(413) 298-5545
Monday - Friday 4 - 11 p.m.
Saturday noon - midnight
Sunday noon - 11 p.m.

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