our story


“these guys? they have a knack for that…”

We grew up here. We played on the Cape’s beaches, we swam in the sound and in the bay, and we savored every hour of the late summer sun. Most importantly, we ate. Burgers, lobster rolls, clam rolls, hot dogs, onion rings, shakes, ice cream…we love the Cape’s iconic food.

We created the knack with one purpose in mind: to share the food that we grew up with, the food that hits the spot after a day at the beach, the food that defines summers on Cape Cod.

Our goal is to perfect the Cape Cod roadside stand. By partnering with local fishermen, we provide you the best, freshest seafood. We work with a local butcher to serve you our own delicious blend of all-natural, freshly ground, hamburger meat. We buy produce from Cape farms to bring you local, seasonal vegetables.

Everything is made in-house. We make our own sauces, developed specifically for each of our sandwiches. We batter our seafood with the homemade recipe our grandparents developed over sixty years ago. Our onion rings are hand-cut. The cookies for our ice cream sandwiches are homemade. And the list goes on and on…

We seek out the community of discerning eaters, of fellow hungry beach dwellers, lovers of Cape Cod food. You will taste the difference that our fresh, local and homemade take on Cape classics brings. We will only be happy if you walk away from a meal at the knack thinking to yourself, “These guys? They have a knack for that…”

– Van and Michael Haidas




local food = fresh food = most delicious food.

From our burger meat to our seafood to our vegetable toppings,
we partner with locals to bring you the freshest, tastiest food.


Nauset Farms
Rick Backus, Butcher
Orleans, MA


Cape Fish & Lobster
Hyannis, MA


Cape Abilities Farm
Dennis, MA

Fancy Produce
Orleans, MA


We donate 10% OF OUR DESSERT SALES to charity — every day.

Supporting people with disabilities across Cape Cod since 1968.

Offering children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease an enriching summer camp experience, and much more.

Providing food to Cape Cod’s less fortunate through 8 food pantries across the lower Cape.

location & hours


5 route 6a, orleans, ma

11am – 8:30pm sunday – thursday
11am – 9pm friday & saturday

online ordering closes at 5pm

additional public parking available
behind the knack off of old state highway

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masks are required while visiting the knack


we are accepting in person orders, phone orders and online orders via our website
(please note online orders close at 5pm daily)


while waiting in line to place an order please stand on the arrows to maintain social distancing


our seating area is closed as we are unable to safely open it to meet the cdc guidelines


be well, stay safe, and thank you for your support!

our procedures during covid-19: