The restaurant descriptions that follow reflect the opinions of the editors of Rural Intelligence.
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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.|
Who wouldn’t want a neighboorhood restaurant this good? Chef/owner Wes Dier buys his ingredients from as many local farms and purveyors as possible, but the primary reason he named his new restaurant The Local was because he wanted it to be a neighborhood hangout. Nevertheless, The Local is a restaurant worth going out of your way to visit because it marries sophisticated cooking in a laid-back, friendly setting. The eclectic menu offers choices ranging from Hudson Valley foie gras ($20) and Stone Church Farm duck ($26) to a Cuban-style crepe ($15) made with Meiller’s Farm pork belly and extraordinary sliders ($14) made with Sepascot Home Farm grass-fed beef. With an open kitchen just inside the front door, you can watch your dinner being prepared, and if there’s a wait (we advise making reservations) there’s a bartender who knows how to mix extraordinary cocktails such as a Pink Salty Dog. —Dan Shaw
38 West Market Street, Rhinebeck; 845.876.2214
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 - 10 p.m.