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Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.
|Terrrapin, in Rhinebeck, offers astonishing variety and value in a glittering setting.||
The Crimson Sparrow, in Hudson, is an exciting place to eat and to be.
Named in reference to the Algonquin Round Table of lore, this restaurant in the beautifully refurbished Kemble Inn is a special addition to the eating experience in the area. Chef Ron Reda, who presided over the White House mess when President Clinton was in office, has come up with a changing prix fixe, three-course meal that comes to $53, with offerings such as a local asparagus soup, duck leg confit, and key lime pot de crème, each of which had a purity of flavor that comes with using great ingredients and presenting them in an elegant way. A spring vegetable soup served the evening we were there was fresh and full of herbal flavors and zest; the crab cake was full of crumbly crab chunks balanced with arugula salad and a rich tomato jam. For main courses, a pan-seared organic salmon and grilled lamb loin chop came out perfectly: The chop, accompanied by a green lentil ragout, was hearty and tender, the lamb full of flavor. I chose a glass of the Cantena Malbec from Argentina ($11.00) to go with it; a hearty red well matched to the meat. A bottle of the Parducci Chardonnay from California was well priced for its quality ($52). For dessert, a mini bundt cake swathed in strawberry and blueberry flavored fresh “berry” cream and a mocha ganache Napoleon were worth risking triple bypass surgery for.—Elizabeth Goldfarb RichardsonComments