No matter where you are, fresh food always hits the spot. Here in Massachusetts, we’ve have some of the freshest fare around, and much of it can be found in the western part of the state.
Today, we’re highlighting 10 Western Massachusetts farm-to-table restaurants that beckon with tasty, locally farmed culinary creations. Read on for a look at what’s for dinner (and lunch, or sometimes even breakfast)!
Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, MA
At Mezze Bistro + Bar, Chef Joji Sumi and his team highlight the best of the season, turning locally sourced food into delicious American dishes. The wine, beer and spirits also come from nearby farms and orchards, including East Mountain Farm and Cricket Creek Farm. For Mezze hours and directions, click here.
Zanto Pizza in Southwick, MA
Zanto’s unassuming location might suggest that there’s nothing special to this Italian spot but a few bites is all it takes to correct that faulty assumption. The ‘za, lasagna, ravioli and everything else is made with select ingredients, which makes for food that’s a cut above the traditional neighborhood restaurant. You can find Zanto’s on College Highway, just above the Connecticut border.
Zanto Pizza via Facebook
Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA
In the heart of the Berkshires, you’ll encounter a Massachusetts icon known as much for its food as its history. Not only has the Red Lion Inn been sheltering travelers for more than 200 years, but the hotel restaurant menu also features some truly delectable local meat, including lamb, mutton, beef and pork. For special Red Lion Inn deals, click here. To get acquainted with Simon, the Inn’s feline lobby ambassador and amateur concierge, click here.
The Blue Heron in Sunderland, MA
Located smack dab in the middle of some of Massachusetts’ finest farmland, the Blue Heron has no trouble spinning out sumptuous meals each evening. The menu features a range of seafood, birds and beef, as well as an extensive list of the farms from which the ingredients are drawn. When dinner’s through, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering dessert choices, either. You can find directions to the Blue Heron here.
Housemade Cavatelli via Facebook
Route 7 Grill in Great Barrington, MA
Route 7 makes the most of the Berkshires’ bounty, treating customers to a wide array of foods from local farmers and producers. The diverse menu includes barbecue, hearty soups and even the occasional pig roast! Because the menu changes daily, it’s a good idea to keep an eye Route 7’s Facebook page, which posts updates. For directions to Route 7, click here.
John Andrews Restaurant in South Egremont, MA
American cuisine is the name of the game at John Andrews Restaurant, which offers three different menus, along with the wine list. Farm-to-table aficionados can opt for the Featured Farm Prix Fixe, a three-course meal that highlights one of the restaurant’s local farm partners. During the winter months, patrons can even dine alongside a cozy fireplace, yet another reason to spend an evening at this restaurant in South Egremont.
Rawson Brook Chevre Flan via Facebook
The Great Falls Harvest in Turners Falls, MA
Situated along the Mohawk Trail, The Great Falls Harvest offers more than stunning surrounding scenery. The menu, which changes daily, draws inspiration from around the globe; Asian, Indian and American influences are just a few of the tastes that hungry patrons might enjoy on a given night. Walk-ins are welcome and reservations are recommended at The Great Falls Harvest, which you can find here.
The Farm Table at Kringle Candle in Bernardston, MA
With a name like this, there’s little mystery as to where the food comes from! The Farm Table nourishes the mind, the spirit and especially the stomach, which can choose from pastries, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and a whole lot more on the menu. An elegant bar, which boasts one of the longest marble tops in the Northeast, only adds to the ambiance. Take a quick look around here and look into reservations here.
Haven Café and Bakery in Great Barrington, MA
You can’t go wrong with a stop at Haven, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or somewhere in between. A plethora of egg concoctions await, as do creative options like the Croissant French Toast and avocado-infused Breakfast Burrito. For hours and the bakery’s exact location, click here.
Bistro Le Gras in Northampton, MA
Francophiles flock to Bistro Le Gras, which has whipped up a menu heavy on seafood, fine meat and all sorts of other good things. Each day brings something new to this Northampton restaurant’s cuisine choices, which are drawn from around the Pioneer Valley. And if you don’t speak a word of French, don’t worry! The food still tastes just as good.
Veal neck with delicata squash puree and young carrots via Facebook
If you’re looking for more dining options around Massachusetts, there’s a multitude of choices in our website’s “Eat” section. For more info on the Berkshires numerous farm-to-table establishments, click here.
So, how about it? Which one of these spots would be first on your list? Let us know in the comments!