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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.|
Jack’s Hot Dog Stand - North Adams, Massachusetts
Jack’s Hot Dog Stand—a sliver of a lunch counter that’s been around since 1917—gives you a palpable sense of North Adams’s industrial past. It’s definitely more Edward Hopper than Norman Rockwell. Make sure to order the hot dog ($1.35) with fried peppers and onions ($.50), and you’ll wonder why anyone bothers to eat a hot dog with any other toppings. The tasty little hamburgers ($1.35) and cheeseburgers ($1.65) are—amazingly—handmade from fresh meat and served on warm rolls that come out of an ancient steamer built into the counter. And the crisp onion rings ($1.90) are exactly what you’d hope for from a joint like that was serving fast food long before McDonald’s. You can get orders to go, but half the fun of Jack’s is sitting on a stool and watching the show behind the counter. —Dan Shaw
12 Eagle St., North Adams, MA
Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.