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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.
The Oakhurst Diner - Millerton, New York
The guys who run the Oakhurst Diner—what everyone in town still calls the Millerton Diner—are teases. Since opening quietly a few months ago, they have been handing out a menu with breakfast on one side and lunch & dinner on the other, but they have yet to serve a waffle or an omelette. “We wanted to start things slow and get everything right,” says co-owner John Panzer. They’re doing something right because the diner has been packing them in six nights a week, even without a liquor license that is due soon. The crossover menu is designed to appeal to both the pick-up truck and Range Rover sets—and, yes, that is Ancramdale farmer Jerry Peele eating one of his own grass fed Herondale Farm burgers ($6.99 with homemade fries) at one of the refurbished booths. The late Jill Clayburgh raved about the roasted mushrooms and asparagus with Hollandaise, and Panzer reports that the best-seller on the menu is the prosaic Chicken Dinner ($14.99): half a roast chicken with dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. “It’s all local except the cranberries because nobody does it better than Ocean Spray,” says co-owner Paul Harney. The menu is a tightly focused mix of diner classics like meatloaf ($14.99) and milkshakes ($3.99) and trendy salads such as frisée with bacon and a poached egg ($6.99) and a big bowl of retro-chic iceberg lettuce with cherry tomatoes and chunks of hanger steak accompanied by a bottle of the house vinaigrette ($12.99.) They promise to start serving lunch on August 16, but they are holding off on breakfast until they have both lunch and dinner running like clockwork. —Dan Shaw
19 Main Street; 518.592-1313
Sunday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.