If your measure of a good restaurant is the breakfast menu and you seek out breakfast foods even when it’s past breakfast time, you’ll savor this roundup of Berkshire cafes where the morning meal is served all day.
Whether you’re looking for farm-fresh eggs, fluffy pancakes, crisp bacon, or something a little more inspired, one of the common ingredients of all of these establishments is a keen sense of community, where neighbors come to meet neighbors and the traveler is a welcome visitor.
Martin’s, a landmark at the top of bustling Railroad Street in downtown Great Barrington, is a small restaurant with a big following and definitely worth the wait for a table on busy weekends. Make some art while you wait for your meal; there are paper placemats and crayons at every table.
In the village of Housatonic, where the shuttered mill buildings of the last century are seeing new life as art galleries and studios, the Housie Market Cafe serves innovative creations from owner Amy Hagerty, co-founder of Baba Louie’s Pizza in Great Barrington and Pittsfield and fresh-baked goods from the Berkshire Mountain Bakery just down the road. Another Housatonic breakfast hot spot is Pleasant & Main, where delicious meets local.
No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe in West Stockbridge is a small-batch coffee roaster in the historic former train station with an event space and gallery next door. The atmosphere is casual, the food tasty and sometimes decadent, and the coffee is fresh and robust.
Warm your hands on a cup of fresh brew from Barrington Coffee Roasting Company and enjoy seasonal dishes that feature Berkshire ingredients such as Monterey Chevre from Rawson Brook Farm. Maple syrup made nearby sweetens their crunchy homemade granola.
Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock and Maple Corner Farm in Granville both offer tours of their maple sugarhouse and serve hearty breakfasts on weekends in mid-February to early April during sugaring season. A stack of pancakes dribbled with real maple syrup never tasted so good.
And finally, at Dottie’s in downtown Pittsfield, a basic breakfast is anything but basic. Amber Hemenway’s flavorful dishes feature organic produce and locally sourced ingredients such as Red Apple Butchers sausage. Dottie’s is an all-day, everyday favorite for its bohemian vibe and central location in the city’s growing cultural arts district.