The Chatham Filling Station is not a gas station, nor has it ever been. But what you’ll discover inside is a fabulous new retro diner offering delicious breakfast and lunch items in a vibrant, family-friendly setting. Customers can choose from breakfast standards such as old-fashioned corned beef hash, breakfast sandwiches or huevos rancheros—two eggs with ranchero sauce, avocado and feta. Owners Ric and Caren Morse, who once owned Chatham Bakery and Zia’s Pizzeria in Orleans, deliberately opened a breakfast and lunch eatery so they could spend more time with their young daughter, Lydia. Located in the former Old Harbor Café, the renovated space is decorated with gas station memorabilia and a giant mural with local references to the town—Chatham clocks, sharks, fishermen, and the Coast Guard rescue boat CG36500. During my visit, I sat on a comfy stool at the counter and tried the French toast with a touch of vanilla, cinnamon and orange zest, the breakfast salad with two poached eggs, fresh spinach and kale, and fresh popovers with strawberry jam. I loved every bite! The menu also features whimsical touches, such as a “self service” omelet with “fill ‘er up” items, including cheeses, meats and veggies. So if you’re looking to fuel up with fresh and tasty food, head over to the Chatham Filling Station.
—Lisa Leigh Connors
Chatham Filling Station, 75 Old Harbor Road, Chatham, 508-945-4380, chathamfillingstation.com. Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. seven days a week. Breakfast is served all day and lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.: Cash Only.