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Nudel - Lenox, MA

jon | Feb 16, 2010 05:43 PM

checked out nudel in lenox over the weekend. we haven't been up to the area since the summer so this was a new place for us. overall, very good and very happy to have something like this in the berkshires which, for some reason does not have enough local-ized restaurants.

anyway, our starter of venison merguez was the only low-light. very crumbly very dry rounds of merguez that wasn't particularly garlicy, spicy or gamey. the side of mustard covered mussels was a mistake too. rubbery mussels and eh saucing.

however, our pasta of strozzepreti with mushrooms and pork ragu was a standout. deliciously porky, perfectly al dente pasta and nice earthy mushrooms. the huge portion was a steal at $18.

our main course of fluke croquettes with squash sauce and beets was also excellent. basically fluke cakes with tons of minced fluke and a very tasty light squash sauce. the beets tasted like candy. this was a winner.

we ended the meal with a piece of olive oil cake with blood orange sauce. good, dense, oil-y. a very good version (although not as good as the version at abraco in NYC).

i'm very eh on most of the food in the lenox-area. high prices with not so good results. this dinner was worth every penny.

on a side note, we had another great breakfast at joe's diner in lee, ma. fantastic eggs, delicious diner-style pancakes. no-frills but always solid. the type of place where everything comes from the nearby farms but they don't need to advertise it.

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