Breakfast in the Berkshires

by Judith Lerner (this article published 2011 – please contact the restaurants for updates)

Here are the results of my tracking down as many local restaurants and other dining institutions as I could find where members of the public can leave their homes and relax over a breakfast of eggs Benedict or homemade waffles or hash or organic breakfast breads and pastries or pancakes and maple syrup. You can choose your breakfast burritos at Café Reva, Hot Harry's and many other places or miso soup and brown rice at Kripalu or the Kushi Institute.
Sometimes I crave the fresh orange juice at Elm Street Market in Stockbridge just sitting at the little counter with over-medium eggs. Or the fresh orange juice mixed with fresh grapefruit juice at Martin's. Fresh orange juice and Esposito's sausages at the Red Lion, although, now, Red Lion's special sausages are made from chef Brian Alberg's own pigs.


All these breakfasts sounded so seductive when I spoke to chefs, owners or waitstaff at each place that I want to try all of them. Can you picture shrimp and grits or 4 large homemade waffles with fried chicken or fresh fruit at JackJack's? Or the seasonal pancakes and the fresh maple syrup at the sugar shacks? It's worth the trip for homefries at The Charlemont Inn.
Sometimes I go with Cakewalk's freshly baked croissants and strong coffee and watch Lee's early morning Main Street. Or I go to On A Roll for David's Hollandaise and sweet potato hash. And I do get my yearly infusion of Ozzie's sausage gravy over their homemade biscuits along with their homemade corned beef hash when the Hoffman Bird Club has its annual February field trip and bird walk in the snow.
There are lavish weekend breakfast banquets at Cranwell and Dakota, Gala or the Old Country Buffet. Crowne Plaza Hotel's One West Restaurant offers its buffet every day.
I can't believe I found over 75 breakfast spots. I'm sure I've missed some. Check for seasonal sugar shacks as winter begins to melt into much-hoped-for spring. 

Adrien's Diner (413) 236-5928 145 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield 7 to 2

Bagels Too (413) 499-0119 166 North Street, Pittsfield 6 to 11

BASCOM LODGE (413) 743-1591 summit of Mount Greylock, Adams 8am to 10am Daily May 15 through October 31

Bass Water Grill (413) 743-1911 287 South State Road/Route 8, Cheshire 8 to 11 weekends only  

Berkshire Bagels (413) 637-1500 18 Franklin Street, Lenox all day 6 to 2 weekdays, 7 to 12 weekends

Berkshire Medical Center Cafeteria (413) 447-2673 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield breakfast 6 to 9:30

Big Shirl's Kitchen (413) 664-2070 780 Massachusetts Avenue, North Adams all day 6 to 2

Bizalion's Fine Food (413) 644-9988 684 South Main Street #3, Great Barrington 8:15 to 11 daily

Bob's Country Kitchen (413) 499-3934 South Main Street/Route 7, Lanesborough all day 6:30am to 8pm

BOMBAY GRILL (413) 243-6731 435 Laurel Street, Lee Indian brunch buffet 12 to 3 Saturday and Sunday

Bounti Fare (413) 743-0193 Route 8, Adams Sunday brunch 10am to 1pm

BrewHaHa (413) 664-2020 20 Marshall Street, North Adams all day 7 to 5, closed Wednesday

BRIX WINERY (413) 236-9463 40 West Street, Pittsfield Sunday brunch 10 to 2

CAFE ADAM (413) 528-7786 325 Stockbridge Road/ Route 7, Great Barrington Sunday brunch 11:30am to 3pm

Café Reva (413) 442-6161 238 Tyler Street, Pittsfield all day 6 to 2

Caffé Pomo d'Oro (413) 232-4616 6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge 8 to 12, closed Tuesday

Cakewalk Bakery & Café (413) 243-2806 56 Main Street/Route 20, Lee all day 7 to 4

Chaiwalla Tea House (860) 435-9758 Main Street/ Routes 41 & 44, Salisbury, CT all day 10 to 6 Friday through Sunday

Chef's Hat (413) 458-5120 905 Simonds Road/Route 7 Williamstown all day 6:30am to 2pm Monday through Wednesday, 6:30am to 8pm Thursday through Saturday, 7 to 3 Sunday

CORNER LUNCH (413) 743-9725 50 Summer Street, Adams 6:30 to 1pm Tuesday through Friday and Sunday to 11:30 Saturday, closed Monday

Cranwell Resort Mansion (413) 637-1364 Lee Road/Route 20, Lenox 7 to 10:30 menu Monday through Saturday, 7 to 12 brunch buffet Sunday

DAILY BREAD BAKERY (413) 298-0272 31 Main Street, Stockbridge take-out only 8:45 until it runs out Monday through Saturday

Daddyo's Diner (413) 499-1180 505 East Street in St. Luke's Plaza, Pittsfield 6am to 7pm, to 3pm weekends, closed Monday

DAKOTA RESTAURANT 1035 South Street, Pittsfield Sunday brunch buffet 10am to 2pm

Dottie's Coffee Lounge (413) 443-1792 444 North Street, Pittsfield all day 7 to 5 Monday through Friday, 8 to 3 Saturday, only drinks Sunday

Elf Parlor (413) 664-7303 coffee shop with baked goods from 8am, closed Sunday

Elm Street Market (413) 298-3634 4 Elm Street, Stockbridge 6 to 11:30

Ena Café (413) 528-3007 389 Stockbridge Road/Route 7, Great Barrington all day 7am to 9pm

Farmington River Diner (413) 269-6874 119 South Main Street/Route 8, Otis all day 7 to 2, closed Wednesday

Gala/ Orchards Hotel (413) 458-9611 x0 222 Adams Road/Route 2, Williamstown 7 to 12

Great Barrington Bagel (413) 528-9055 777 South Main Street #1/Route 7, Great Barrington all day 7 to 4

Gould's Sugarhouse (413) 625-6170  Mohawk Trail/Route 2, Shelburne, MA open March 1 for spring sugaring season; also open for fall season

Haven (413) 637-8948 8 Franklin Street, Lenox 7:30 to 11:30 weekdays, 8 to 3 Saturdays, 8 to 2 Sundays

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store Hawthorne (518) 672-7500 x2 x2 327 Route 21C, Harlemville/Ghent NY 7:30 to 10:30 Monday through Saturday, 9 to 11 Sunday

Hitching Post Café (518) 794-9092 538 State Route 20/22, New Lebanon Monday through Saturday 8 to 2, Sunday 7 to 3

Hot Harry's (413) 448-6155 37 North Street, Pittsfield 8 to 11 Monday through Saturday, 11 to 12 Sunday; (413) 448-2220 724 Tyler Street, Pittsfield daily 9 to 11

Ioka Valley Farm (413) 738-5915 3475 Main Street/Route 43, Hancock Saturday and Sunday only, 8 to 3 during sugaring season, Saturday, February 12 through Sunday, April 10; also during President's Week, Monday, February 14 through Friday, February 18, 8 to 12

JackJack's Soulfood (413) 464-9098 228 Francis Avenue at the corner of Linden Street, Pittsfield 10 to 10 Monday through Saturday

Jill's Country Kitchen (413) 243-4041 33 Park Plaza Housatonic Street/Route 20, Lee all day 7 to 2

Joe's Diner (413) 243-9756 all day 5:30am to 9pm weekdays, to 6:30 weekends

Juice N' Java (413) 236-8200 2 South Street/Routes 7 & 20, Pittsfield all day 7 to 1 or 5; 236-5741; 216 Elm Street, Pittsfield; all day 7 to 6 684-5080 661 Main Street/Routes 8, 8A & 9, Dalton all day 7 to 7

Lenox Coffee Shop (413) 637-1606 52 Main Street/Route 7A, Lenox 7 to 6

Leo's Luncheonette (413) 458-8098 248 Cole Avenue, Williamstown all day 6 to 2 weekdays, closed Saturday, Sunday to 12

LINDA'S CAFE 178 Union Street, North Adams 5 to 1 Monday through Friday, 6 to 11 Saturday and Sunday

Main Street Café (413) 528-9388 345 Main Street, Great Barrington 1/13 10:39am coffee, breakfast breads and pastries

Main Street Café (413) 298-3915 40 Main Street, Stockbridge all day 7 to 4

Martin's (413) 528-5455 49 Railroad Street, Great Barrington all day 6 to 3

Miss Adams Diner (413) 776-7372 53 Park Street/Route 8, Adams all day 7 to 1, 2 or 7

Misty Moonlight Diner (413) *82 499-2483 565 Dalton Avenue, Pittsfield 6:30 to 2

Moonlight Diner (413) 458-3305 408 Main Street/Route 2, Williamstown 7am to 10pm

Mom's (413) 528-2414 Main Street/Route 23, South Egremont all day all day 6:30 to 3

MONTEREY GENERAL STORE (413) 528-4437 Main Street/ Route 23, Monterey daily from 7:30

Nook & Cranny (413) 232-7957 4 Albany Road/Route 102, West Stockbridge daily from 6:30 to 3, to 2 Sunday

Olde Heritage Tavern (413) 637-0884 12 Housatonic Street, Lenox 7 to 11 weekends only

On A Roll Café (413) 236-5671 75 North Street, Pittsfield 7 to 11, to 1 Sunday

One West/Crowne Plaza Hotel (413) 499-2000 Pittsfield 6 to 12 menu or $12.95 freshly made buffet

Our Daily Bread (518) 392-9852 54 Main Street, Chatham, NY 7 to 10:30 Tuesday through Thursday, 7 to 11 Friday, 8 to 11 Saturday and Sunday

Ozzie's Steak and Eggs (413) 655-8309 26 Maple Street, Hinsdale 7 to 1

Ozzie's Becket General Store (413) 623-5700 30 Washington Street/Route 8, Becket all say 7am to 8pm

Panera Bread (413) 443-3200 653 Merrill Road, Pittsfield 6:30 to 10:30 Monday through Friday, 6:30 to 11 Saturday and Sunday

PERIGREE RESTAURANT (413) 394-4047 1575 Pleasant Street/ Route 102, South Lee Sunday brunch 10 to 2

Petrino's Café (413) 346-4558 67 Main Street/Route 8, North Adams 7 to 11 weekdays, to 4 Saturday, to 2 Sunday

RED CARPET RESTAURANT (413) 743-9781 69 Part Street, Adams 5:30 to 2 Monday through Saturday, to 2 Sunday

Red Lion Inn (413) 298-5545/1629 30 Main Street/Routes 7 & 102, Stockbridge 7 to 10 weekdays, 7:30 to 10:30 weekends

Richmond Bakery and Restaurant (413) 443-9489 161 Seymour, Pittsfield 6 to 12

Richmond Grille (413) 663-6500 40 Main Street/Route 8, North Adams 6:30 to 11

Rita Marie's (413) 448-2742 685 South Main Street/Route 7, Lanesborough all day 8 to 6:30, closed Tuesday

Riverbend Café (413) 528-0858 403 Stockbridge Road/Route 7, Great Barrington all day 7:30 to 4:30 weekdays, from 8 weekends

Rose's Restaurant (413) 243-3333 360 Housatonic Street, Lee

Rubi's Café (413) 528-0488 264 Main Street, Great Barrington all day except soft boiled eggs stop at 12pm, Monday through Thursday 7am to 6, Friday and Saturday 7am to 8pm, Sunday 9am to 5

Samel's Deli (413) 442-5927 115 Elm Street, Pittsfield 8 to 10:30 Monday through Friday, 8 to 11 Saturday, closed Sunday

Shot's Café (413) 637-1055 Housatonic Street, Lenox daily 7:30 to 12

SODA CHEF (413) 447-9401 161 North Street, Pitttsfield 7 to 11 Monday through Saturday

Stockbridge coffee (413) 298-3169 6 Elm Street, Stockbridge

South Face Farm (413) 628-3268 Watson-Spruce Corner Road off Route 116, Ashfield, MA 8:30 to 3 Saturday and Sunday from February 26 through sugaring season

Southfield Store (413) 229-5050 163 Norfolk Road, New Marlborough 7 to 11, Sunday brunch 9 to 2

Stone Soup (413) 743-9420 72 Park Street/Route 8, Adams all day 7 to 3 Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 to 7 Thursday and Friday, 10 to 7, 10to 3 Saturday

Sunrise Diner (413) 442-7373 545 South Main Street/Route 7, Lanesborough 6 to 1:45

Sunrise Diner (413) 229-0263 700 South Main Street/Route 7, Sheffield 5:30am to 11am

That's a Wrap (413) 684-4111 10 Depot Street, Dalton all day, Monday through Friday 8 to 7, Saturday 10 to 4, closed Sunday; (413) 884-6118 60 Spring Street, Williamstown daily 9 to 11:30

The Charlemont Inn (413) 339-5391 107 Main Street/Route 2, Charlemont 7 to 2

The Dalton Restaurant (413) 684-0414 401 Main Street/Routes 8, 8A & 9, Dalton 5:30 to 1, to 12:30 Sunday

The Marketplace Café (413) 358-4777 55 North Street, Pittsfield 7 to 11 Monday through Saturday, 9 to 11 Sunday; (413) 248-5040 18 Elm Court, Sheffield 7 to 12 Monday through Friday, 7 to 1 Saturday, 9 to 1 Sunday

The Village Inn (413) 637-0020 16 Church Street, Lenox 8 to 10:30

The Williams Inn (413) 458-9371 1090 Main Street/Routes 2 & 7, Williamstown breakfast 8 to 10; Sunday brunch 11 to 2

Tunnel City Coffee (413) 458-5010 100 Spring Street, Williamstown baked goods and quiche daily 6 to 6

Wheatleigh (413) 637-0610 11 Hawthorne Road, Lenox 10:30 to 1:30 weekend brunch

Williams College Dining Halls (413) 597-2121 Williams College campus, Williamstown both Driscoll Dining Hall 49 Driscoll Hall Drive and Mission Park Dining Lynde Lane Monday through Saturday full breakfast 7:30 to 10:30, continental breakfast 7:30 to 10 Sunday, brunch 11:30 to 1 Sunday; Whitman's Grill at the Paresky Center 39 Chapin Hall Drive full breakfast 7:30 10:30 Monday through Saturday, brunch 11 to 1 Sunday

 

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