OK, let's face it; who in the Greater Boston area has ever heard of the town of Gill? Well, chances are, many of you have driven through it on your way to Southern Vermont or the northern Berkshires of Massachusetts. And this tiny town, which sits in a particularly remote part of the state just east of Greenfield, might not be a major destination for travelers, but for those who like roadside restaurants, the town of Gill has its share of spots, including a wonderful little Polish and Italian restaurant called Skip's Roadside Diner.
Skip's, which is located on Route 2 right next to the bridge that leads to Turners Falls, is housed in a little trailer that has just enough room for a cooking area. Folks order at the window, then either take their food back to their cars or head over to one of the adjacent picnic tables. Menu items include a hodgepodge of Polish and Italian dishes, as well as more standard American food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and clam strips. Some of the more interesting items on the menu are on the Polish side, including a kielbasa patty, a Polish reuben (grilled kielbasa and cheese with sauerkraut on rye), a dish of 3 pierogies (with a choice of cabbage or potato and cheese filling), and a side order of kapusta. This last item is extraordinary, as it combines kielbasa pieces, cabbage, sauerkraut, and onions into a stew that mesmerizes the taste buds. And because the pierogies are also excellent (browned just right, with a bit of salt and grease that complements the filling nicely), perhaps the best option is to order the Polish combo, which includes kielbasa, pierogies, and kapusta, giving diners the best of all worlds.
One of the owners of Skip's Roadside Diner (Skip, actually!) owned the Blue Moon Diner in Gardner for nearly two decades before opening Skip's in 2006. His knowledge of the restaurant business, as well as the welcoming, friendly manner of all who work at Skip's helps make for a dining experience that simply unforgettable. As the saying goes, sometimes great things come in small packages, and Skip's Roadside Diner is surely a prime example of this. (ED NOTE: Definitely call ahead if you are planning to go to Skip's, as they have limited hours.)
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