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Bell & Anchor, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.
Caffe Caro, in Sharon, for fresh-made, locally sourced Italian fare.
The Crimson Sparrow, in Hudson, is an exciting place to eat and to be.
Nudel - Lenox, Massachusetts
It’s rare that a restaurant with serious culinary ambitions is unpretentious and affordable, which is why Nudel is such a welcome addition to the Berkshires. In only two months, it has developed a zealous coterie of fans who consider it the most thrilling dining experience around. Chef/owner Bjorn Somlo offers reasonably-priced lunch items such as a grilled cheese sandwich or a bowl of penne for $6. His menu is seasonally inspired and ever-changing and gets more ambitious in the evening. He appeals to foodies who are willing to go with the flow and want to experiment along with the chef who comes up with new dishes every day such as veal and pheasant lasagna with Tuscan kale, fried onions and ricotta; braised beef and garlic with Dijon spaetzle, egg drop; fluke tartare with pickled muskmelon and toasted sesame. On a recent evening, we were awed by grits with spicy sausage and lentils ($15) and beef “scrapple” with figs and pickles ($9). And would anyone else but Bjorn have the chutzpah to offer a special eight-course all-duck tasting menu ($55) on a random Tuesday night? You can watch the chef work his magic every step of the way if you take a seat at the counter with its full view of the open kitchen. —Dan Shaw
37 Church Street, Lenox; 413.551.7183
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Closed Monday & Sunday