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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 Lantern Bar & Grill - Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Rural Intelligence Food Of all the burger joints in our region, is there any place more authentic—or with a better neon sign—than The Lantern? A cross between a saloon and a luncheonette, it has been a reassuring presence in Pittsfield since 1926, a democratic dining spot where everyone can afford the six-ounce charred cheeseburger ($4.50) or grilled cheese with tomato ($4.25). The char-broiled aroma lofting along North Street seduces locals and visitors alike.  As Tony-winning composer William Finn (who also ran the near-by Barrington Stage Musical Theater Lab) says, “Everyone I take there says the same thing—it has the best grilled cheese sandwich they ever tasted!” You can also get a Greek salad or an omelette, but why would you want to pass up a perfect burger? The Lantern’s steadfast, old-fashioned character extends to its hours: Lamentably, the Lantern is dark on Sundays.

455 North S., Pittsfield, MA
(413) 448-2717
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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