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.
|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.|
Haven Cafe and Bakery - Great Barrington, Massachusetts
We’ve always depended on the cafe/bakery Haven in Lenox for satiating both tastes and timing: it’s both a breakfast and lunch place that is a satisfying culinary experience early, and all day. The food is dependably superb, with delicious dishes such as grilled polenta (three triangles topped with basil pesto, roasted shiitake mushrooms, onion confit and goat cheese, $14.50) or Croque Monsieur on farm bread with the special twist of pears ($12.50). In addition to the regular reliable menu items, daily specials on the days we dropped in were two pumpkin pancakes with toasted pepitas ($10) and a scrambled burrito with turkey sausage, cheddar cheese, and tomatillo ($12), both the combo of comfy and challenging . A baby arugula and faro salad ($10.75) with heirloom tomatoes was a delicate mix of the slightly bitter spring flavors complementing the nutty faro and sweetness of the tomatoes. A breakfast burrito of scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and spinach, all wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla ($9.50), came with eggs moist but not soggy and all spiced up with layers of baby spinach and a zingy puree of avocado and tomatillo.
Haven Cafe and Bakery
8 Franklin Street, Lenox, MA
Open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m to 3 p.m.