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More than ever, it’s important to know where the food on your plate comes from. The good news for all you foodies out there is that Massachusetts boasts some truly outstanding farm-to-table restaurants.
We recently shared 10 spots in Western Massachusetts that are popular among farm-to-table fans. Today, based on your recommendations, we’re shining a spotlight on eight more farm-to-table, sustainable restaurants in the area serving up local, farm-fresh ingredients.
Allium Restaurant and Bar in Great Barrington, MA
Awarded Boston Magazine’s Best New Restaurant, bistro-style Allium Restaurant + Bar serves a seasonal menu that changes daily with ingredients purchased from local farms. The owner, Nancy Thomas, also created the original Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, MA. For Allium’s hours and directions, click here.
Nudel in Lenox, MA
Nudel is a self-described “creative American pasta bar” with a dinner menu that varies daily, offering seasonally inspired food provided by Berkshire County’s local farmers and producers. Dinner is first come first serve, and visitors eagerly anticipate the fluid menu. Check out the location and hours on the website here.
Photo: Seared Foie Gras, pain perdu, papaya and smoked maple jam at Nudel via Facebook
Brick House Pub in Housatonic, MA
Located in North Housatonic, the Brick House Pub has it all when it comes to local pub fare, from fried pickles (yum!) to the hot Five Alarm Burger, which is served on a local Berkshire Mountain Bakery jalapeno ciabatta roll. They’ve got craft beer on tap, plus trivia night every Wednesday. Cool by us. To get there, click here.
Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington, MA
Chef Michael Ballon serves up an amazing dinner menu at Castle Street Café, with specialties like a Berkshire & Regional Cheese Board and an Ioka Valley Grass Fed Steak, plus a separate bar menu that features smaller plates. With 24 years in business and live jazz music every Friday and Saturday night, Castle Street Café is a great place to stop for fresh, delicious food and a fun night out. Find them at 10 Castle Street.
Rouge Restaurant & Bistro in West Stockbridge, MA
“Rouge! Cʼest la couleur dʼamour.” Owners Chef William Merelle and Maggie C. Merelle created Rouge to reflect an ambience of romance and passion, just as the name implies. This unique French-style restaurant, located in the heart of the Berkshires, is open for dinner five nights a week, serving cuisine with local ingredients, and hosting fun events, like a Bordeaux Wine Dinner. For directions or reservations, check Rouge out here.
Wheatberry Bakery and Cafe in Amherst, MA
Founders Ben and Adrie Lester created Wheatberry to share their passion for real, delicious, and healthy foods with their community. Their 4.5-acre farm in Shutesbury, MA stewards many local and organic growers. These fixings are cultivated and served on extensive breakfast and lunch menus that are sure to satisfy. You can find hours and directions here.
Photo: The popular Wheatberry ‘Rooster’ breakfast via Facebook
Burgundy Brook Cafe in Palmer, MA
Often referred to as “one of the jewels of Palmer,” locals love this café and with good reason. Whipping up breakfast and lunch every day of the week, Burgundy Brook serves farm-fresh vegetables and also has a full bakery. The daily specials are found on its Facebook page and the full breakfast and lunch menu can be found here. Plus, they serve breakfast all day on Sundays. What’s not to love about that? For more contact information, click here.
Gypsy Apple Bistro in Shelburne Falls, MA
Chef Michelangelo Wescott dishes out a unique culinary experience in this French-influenced bistro located at 65 Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls. The signature filet mignon plus escargot and Michelangelo’s famous crab cakes are just a few of the menu items that make this a favorite among guests. The menu is always changing, so give them a call to find out more at 413-625-6345.
Photo: Pan seared scallops at Gypsy Apple via Facebook
That about wraps it up for these eight delicious farm-to-table restaurants in Western Mass! If you’re seeking out more restaurants in Massachusetts, be sure to check out our “Eat” section for some inspiration.
So, what do you think? Are we missing any of your favorite farm-to-table restaurants in the area? Which of these spots is first to try on your list? Let us know in the comments section below!
Photo at the top: Braised Pork Belly, Pickled Carrot, Ramps + Hoisin at Allium Restaurant + Bar via Facebook