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Massachusetts Best Restaurants 2012

Massachusetts Best Restaurants 2012
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Yankee Magazine chooses the best restaurants in Massachusetts for 2012.

BEST CANDLELIGHT DINING
Old Inn On The Green, New Marlborough
There’s no electricity in the dining rooms of this 200-year-old former stagecoach inn, but candlelight makes the setting all the more romantic for chef/owner Peter Platt’s American bistro cooking. In warm weather, diners may opt for gardenside dining on a patio. Entrées: from $29; fixed-price three-course menu: $35. 134 Hartsville/New Marlborough Road (Route 57), Village Green. 413-229-7924; oldinn.com

BEST LOBSTER WITH SUNSET
Lobster Pool, Rockport
This quintessential seafood-in-the-rough establishment not only offers great fish and shellfish, but also features a fabulous westward view over Folly Cove. That makes it perfect for cracking a crustacean just as the sun goes down. There’s no charge for bringing your own wine or beer. Seafood rolls: from $13; seafood plates: from $8.95. 329 Granite St. 978-546-7808; lobsterpoolrestaurant.com

BEST GRILLED-CHEESE SANDWICH
Rubiner’s Cheesemongers, Great Barrington
One of the East Coast’s great cheese shops, Rubiner’s stocks many good local cheeses and obscure imported taste treats. Given the range of cheeses to work with, it’s hard to predict which grilled-cheese sandwich will be featured. Sandwiches: from $7.50. 264 Main St. 413-528-0488; rubiners.com

BEST ART-SIDE DINING
Gramercy Bistro, North Adams
Work up an appetite strolling the galleries at MASS MoCA, then replenish your energy with chef Sandy Smith’s eclectic and thoughtful international menu (paella, lasagna, coq au vin), which uses predominantly Berkshires farm products. Entrées: from $18. 87 Marshall St. 413-663-5300; gramercybistro.com

BEST SMALL-TOWN PUB
People’s Pint, Greenfield
As the shire town for Western Massachusetts’ back-to-the-land movement, Greenfield has always hungered and thirsted for the quintessentially local. The People’s Pint delivers on both, with well-rounded ales crafted with an edge of hops, plus a menu tailored for all tastes and diets. (Try the peanut noodles or beef sirloin kebabs.) Entrées: from $8.25. 24 Federal St. 413-773-0333; thepeoplespint.com

BEST RESTAURANT WINE LIST
Left Bank Restaurant, Tyngsboro
The owners of the Stonehedge Inn & Spa have been buying great wines young and aging them for years, resulting in an unparalleled choice of fine vintages at surprisingly modest prices. The contemporary American menu offers something elegant and flavorful to match any bottle. Entrées: from $24. 160 Pawtucket Blvd. 978-649-4400; stonehedgeinnandspa.com

BEST EXOTIC BURGERS
Brew City Grill & Brew House, Worcester
The proprietors claim several trillion possible combinations, but who’s checking the math? With a choice of ground Angus, Piedmontese, or Kobe beef–not to mention super-lean buffalo meat–every burger is packed with intensely meaty flavor. The “Crunch-Time,” with potato chips and barbecue sauce inside a giant onion roll, is the most fun. Burgers: from $8. 104 Shrewsbury St. 508-752-3862; brew-city.com

BEST OLD-WORLD BAKERY
Swiss Bakers, Reading
Pop in for some of the region’s best coffee and a pastry in the morning, or fuel up at lunch with a tomato-mozzarella-pesto sandwich on golden-crusted pretzel bread. Pastries: from $1.25; sandwiches: from $3.75. Reading Train Depot, 32 Lincoln St. 781-942-1199; swissbakers.com

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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