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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.
Sited by a rushing creek in a converted 1832 flour mill, this reliable Berkshire perennial has the bona fides to play up the old Ye Olde. Yet on this and every other front, there’s evidence at The Old Mill of admirable Yankee restraint. The decor, while pleasant, isn’t straining for affect; the chef, while clearly up on the latest, delivers it pretension-free (Soup of Yesterday, $7, is both witty and wise). Diners even get the chance to indulge in old-fashioned thrift: An ample first-course salad is included with every entrée. And where else can you follow something as sophisticated as pan-roasted Berkshire pork chop with caramelized apple, Calvados glaze and root vegetable hash ($26) or grilled organic salmon with citrus vinaigrette and a wild-rice risotto cake ($26) with a chocolate ice cream sundae for dessert.
53 Main Street (Route 23); 413.528.1421
Dinner:Tuesday - Sunday beginning 5 p.m.
Sunday brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.