5 Top Boston Diners

What's more delicious than a plateful of greasy eggs after a rumble-tumble night? Absolutely nothing, my friends. Recover the morning after (pretty much anything) at one of our favorite, local, lovably rough-around-the-edges diners. Serving up everything from overstuffed omelets to an Irish fry-up, these Boston havens of short-order plates hold nothing back when delivering the grease, the goods and the glory.



(Photo: Christine Liu)

Updated: October 21, 2009

Boston Diners


Mul's Diner

75 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

Home of the Working Man's Special (three eggs, home fries, choice of sausage or bacon, toast and coffee for $3.95), this grizzled Southie institution slings caffeine and carbs to townies and city politicos alike. The old-school breakfast is available all day in its red-and-white checkered space, and Mul's also specializes in an Irish-style breakfast with puddings, rashers and a reassuring dose of server sass.


Zoe's

1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

This ample, subterranean diner on the edge of Harvard Square spills over with hungry patrons on weekends (much like your belt after a Waffle Slammer). This Greek diner pushes smoked salmon Benedict and sweet potato pancakes out of the kitchen and is scattered with plush banquettes, handy coat hooks and a shiny bar with stools. A plus for the thirsty: microbrews, Greek wines and a ridiculous cheesecake frappe.


South Street Diner

178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

Sooner or later, you'll find yourself at South Street Diner hungry, dazed, confused, or all of the above. It's a forgivable truth, as this is one of the very few 24/7, full-service joints in downtown Boston. As such, it flips good-enough-for-me eggs and pancakes until the wee hours. Take in one of the Harpoon brews on tap, or sober up on Chocolate Fantasy French Toast or a Steak Tip Bomb.


Deluxe Town Diner

627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

Think you've consumed every pancake fit to eat? Try one of Deluxe's fluffy numbers, with je ne sais quoi (and a cult following) courtesy of a sour cream and buttermilk batter. From Rhode Island Jo'nny cakes to a riff on potato latkes, the griddle's masterpieces are the hottest things since sliced French toast.


Mike's City Diner

1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Plan to wait if you go a weekend morning, since it's likely that a zillion sleepy South End residents have the same idea. But all is friendly in this no-frills diner (in a relatively frilly neighborhood), where football-sized omelets share billing on a menu with Emergency Room and Intensive Care artery-busting breakfast platters. There's a hospital nearby, get it? Ha. Let's eat.