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People have been waiting anxiously for a neighborhood take out/sit down/coffee spot since the former Corner Market closed its doors last year. The Housie Market Café is part of a petit renaissance happening in the little hamlet along the river, Owner Amy Hagerty has created a neighborhood hangout with her unique creations like the peanut butter kimchi sandwich ($5.50), the polenta egg bowl ($8) and the roast ‘beast’ sandwich (with braised kale and horseradish mayo, $8). Don’t miss the Diamond in the Rough muffin ($6.25), worth every penny for the muffin with a hard-boiled egg in the middle. Made with buttermilk, it eats more like a meal than a snack, laden with asiago, cheddar and parmesan as well as chives and salty bits of bacon, served with a side of smooth house-made salsa for dipping. The muffin is a savory symbol of what Hagerty and her staff prepare every day for their hungry patrons: home cooking with a twist. Instead of lettuce, there is arugula, instead of bologna there is olive tapenade, instead of blueberry muffins there is the diamond. “You can’t get this stuff at a restaurant,” Hagerty insists. That’s why you go to the Housie Market Cafe.
226 Pleasant St., Housatonic, MA
Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m - 6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.