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|Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.||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.|
It’s not hyperbole to say that Mission Bar + Tapas revolutionized nightlife in Pittsfield. If you’re looking for a spot for a late supper after a play, movie or concert downtown, head to Mission and you can take your time because the kitchen stays open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, which really is owner Jim Benson’s idea of community service. “I want Pittsfield to be the type of small city that I want to live in, which means being able to eat something good late at night,” says Benson, who also serves lunch at Mission. No matter what you’re craving, you will find more than few things that will satisfy your hunger because Benson has put together a menu of yummy things like truffle fries ($8); garlic chile shrimp ($12) and slow roasted pork belly tacos ($12), During the warm months, you can sit at one of the cafe tables on North Street and watch the carnival of passersby that gives Pittsfield its quirky, urban edge, or sit inside amongst more twentysomethings than you normally see in a Berkshire restaurant and listen to live music nearly every night. (Mission has its own quirks like no mixed drinks—wine and beer only.) No matter. Mission makes you believe, as Benson certainly does, in the vitality of Pittsfield. —Dan Shaw
438 North St., Pittsfield, MA
Monday-Wednesday, 5-10 p.m.
Fri & Sat., noon-midnight
Closed on Sunday.