Have a taste for turnip? The popular, seasonal Berkshire County dish is rarely seen on menus and often only served around the Thanksgiving holiday. But Dave Rock, chef and owner, says "we usually have it available and people come from all over the county to order it."
905 Simonds Road, Route 7, Williamstown
That kind of down-home cooking is what the Chef's Hat in Williamstown prides itself on, along with "service and smiles." The diner boasts a warm atmosphere with plenty of open seating; grab a stool at the classic diner counter or take one of the cozy booths.
The breakfast menu has favorites like homemade corned beef hash and farm-fresh eggs; old-fashioned waffles loaded with strawberries, blueberry sauce, peach and walnut or cinnamon apple. Don't forget to request real Vermont maple syrup.
Rock says he'll make you a breakfast that you won't find anywhere else — over-stuffed omelets, melt-in-your-mouth pancakes or the diner’s famous cinnamon swirl French toast. The best part, breakfast is served all day so you don’t have to get up early.
The lunch menu is available beginning at 11 a.m. Order a cup of homemade soup of the day and half a deli sandwich or one of seven burger choices.
The grill is hot and ready to cook a classic Rueben of corned beef. Prefer seafood? Try the fried clams or scallop dinner.
Rock and his sons Devin and Eric invite all to come and try the fare at the Chef's Hat. If you don't have time to stay, they offer full takeout service.
The Chef's Hat is open Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.,and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Monday.
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|Price Range: $2.25 - $14.95|
|Reservations: Large party only|
|Vegetarian Dishes: Yes|
|Payment: Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, Cash|
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|""Our favorite breakfast place in the area.""|
|~Izzie & Phyl|
|""The Chef's Hat has delicious, fresh food that makes our whole family happy. The kids love the pancakes and the grilled cheese. I'm addicted to the taco salad and my husband likes the hot turkey sandwich with gravy. It's a place our whole family can agree on - we just wish they were open for dinner"."|
|~The whole family|
|""There's no place like it! I come here at least twice a week, the food and service are excellent, and the entertainment is free!"|