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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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Bistro Zinc - Lenox, Massachusetts

Rural Intelligence FoodYou’ve gotta love a high-end Berkshires restaurant that keeps the bar open ‘til 1 a.m. Not that one would ever avail herself of the privilege. But it strikes a blow for a brand of fun that’s thin on the ground around here. Berkshire-eans tend to expect too much of Bistro Zinc. When it opened in 1999, the food was a revelation. Since then, it’s been coasting, and the competition has wised up. But if you stick to bistro fare—the steak with perfect frites ($34), the astonishing 8-ounce burger on a plate piled high with onion rings and French fries ($18), the roasted trout ($26)—you can have a fine time here.  Lunch in the bright dining room is even better; same burger is $4 less. A word about specials: A special can be something seasonal and lovely, such as soft-shell crab; or it can be experimental, a dish the chef isn’t sure even he or she is going to like. My advice: if you’re risk-averse, steer clear of specials. Pheasant stark naked except for the cabbage leaf it steamed in ($28)? Note to chef: sauce is pheasant’s raison d’etre.

56 Church St., Lenox, MA
(413) 637-8800
Open daily
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30-10 p.m. (May-August 5-10 p.m.)

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