Hidden Valley Eatery

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At the side of a country road in the southern foothills of the Berkshires, Hidden Valley Eatery is open every day, but is especially popular among residents and visitors to Litchfield County as a weekend destination. From morning through mid-afternoon, you may have to wait for a table. Once seated in the snug, rustic dining room where the ceiling is covered with canvas like a tent, you get a menu that I find really troublesome. The problem? Do I want breakfast or lunch? Either is served any time, and both feature stand-out dishes.

A few items seem perfectly right for breakfast or lunch or, if you must, brunch. The breakfast pizza, for example, is a thin-crusted flatbread topped with pesto, mozzarella, tomato, and bacon with a couple of eggs on top. Magnificent! There’s a breakfast burrito, too; and a crabmeat quiche that I’d be happy to eat any time of day. Ditto the house-made corned beef hash, which is moist and spicy and accompanied by a curiously rectangular English muffin. The muffin has copious nooks to hold butter and is delightfully chewy.

Among lunch fare that I keep coming back for are a thick, juicy hamburger fashioned from locally raised Ox Hollow beef, an aristocratic hot dog (also from Ox Hollow), and very good artisan pizzas available red or white and with just about any topping imaginable. Another essential dish as a main course or as a side is mac ‘n’ cheese. It is a big deal here, the idea being that you start with the basic formula: elegant unridged rigatoni in a moderately sharp three-cheese sauce. It is delicious as-is, but for 75 cents to $2.50 more, you can add everything from roasted garlic and green chilies to sausage or smoked salmon.

Whatever meal you’re here for, do check out the blackboard of daily specials behind the short counter. Here we have found a fabulous meat loaf sandwich made from that good Ox Hollow beef, a splendid whole steamed artichoke perfumed with garlic and adorned with pesto, and seafood dishes that reflect what’s good at the market.

Desserts are handcrafted beauties: layer cakes and whoopie pies, macaroons and brownies, apple and pecan pie (a la mode or not), crème caramel and chocolate pot de crème. Plus cookies: seeded chocolate chip, cranberry oatmeal, peanut butter, and trail mix. Many of the desserts are gluten free; and I should mention that much of what precedes them is vegetarian friendly.

Note: Hidden Valley Eatery is open from 7am to 5pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 9pm Friday and Saturday.

What to Eat
Hidden Valley Eatery, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Must-Try
Macaroni & Cheese being one of my favorite food groups, Hidden Valley's choice throws me into a tizzy of desire. The basic three-cheese dish, made with elegant unridged rigatoni can be customized by adding tomato, spinach, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, roasted garlic, green chilies, bacon (pictured here), sausage, chicken, and/or smoked salmon.
Hidden Valley Eatery, Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Pizza
Must-Try
At $10.95, a single breakfast pizza demands a mighty appetite, or is just fine when split for two.
Hidden Valley Eatery, Chili
Chili
Must-Try
Hale, hearty chili is made with locally-raised Ox Hollow beef, or is available beefless for vegetarians. It comes topped with melted cheddar and a side of good corn bread.
Hidden Valley Eatery, Fruit Crepes
Fruit Crepes
Must-Try
Fruit crepes are made with tender coils of pancake and fresh fruit. The bacon is optional.
Hidden Valley Eatery, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
Must-Try
The aristocratic hot dog comes from Ox Hollow Farm of Roxbury, Connecticut, where they raise beef, pork, chicken and lamb. The Hidden Valley kitchen grills it beautifully and accompanies it with freshly fried potato chips. Chili and/or cheddar cheese may be added.
Hidden Valley Eatery, Vegetarian Burrito
Vegetarian Burrito
Must-Try
The vegetarian burrito is a well-balanced package of spicy bean-only chili, rice, avocado, tomato, and greens.
Hidden Valley Eatery, Apple-Carrot-Ginger-Beet Juice
Apple-Carrot-Ginger-Beet Juice
Must-Try
Count on a freshly-squeezed juice special every day. This summertime ultra-refresher was carrot-beet-ginger-apple.
Hidden Valley Eatery, Steamed Artichoke
Steamed Artichoke
A garlic-perfumed whole steamed artichoke comes with a tile of toast and (in back) a bowl full of pesto for dipping petals.
Hidden Valley Eatery, Beef Stew
Beef Stew
Beef stew is a frequent blackboard special in the winter months. It comes shored in by a wall of mashed sweet potatoes.
Hidden Valley Eatery, English Muffin
English Muffin
Of the many bread choices available with breakfast, the English muffin is one I find hard to resist. It is especially chewy and full-flavored. Such a fine companion for house-made corned beef hash!
Hidden Valley Eatery, Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate
There is something especially cozy about Hidden Valley eatery when the weather turns cold. How nice it is to sit down to a broad cup of well-made hot chocolate.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7 am - 3 pm
Monday7 am - 5 pm
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday7 am - 5 pm
Thursday7 am - 5 pm
Friday7 am - 9 pm
Saturday7 am - 9 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 49 MILES | 1 hr 14 min

The color of New England's autumn foliage attracts seasonal visitors to the southern foothills of the Berkshires, but year around, it is an excruciatingly beautiful land: rolling hills, stone walls, covered bridges, field, forest, and stream. The food is an outstanding mix of culinary sophistication and rural charm. Start the day with root vegetable hash…

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
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