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BEST Diner

2014 BEST Diner

Galley Diner

South Boston

After enduring Whitey’s old neighborhood badly rendered in countless movies and reality shows over the years, it’s comforting to find a place that is perfectly, authentically, and effortlessly Southie. This describes the Galley Diner, with its 12-stool counter and four… read more»

2013 BEST Diner
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Galley Diner

Boston

Despite a brief brush with fame following a 2011 appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Southie’s tiny Galley Diner remains a charmingly low-key spot for a good meal any time of day. The corned-beef-hash-and-cheese omelet (the “Southie”) is a favorite,… read more»

2012 BEST Diner

Victoria’s Diner

Boston

For greasy-good grub at 2, 3—even 4—in the morning, head to Andrew Square and order the “Deconstructed” at Victoria’s: two eggs with two pancakes or French toast, plus bacon, ham, and sausage, all for less than $15. Just be sure… read more»

2011 BEST Diner

South Street Diner

Boston

From eggs, home fries, and pancakes to the turkey club piled with crispy bacon, the 24-hour South Street Diner nails the classics, then ups the ante with plates like chocolatey French toast and fried pickles (not together, thankfully). With Nitzer… read more»

2008 BEST Diner
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Deluxe Town Diner

Watertown

Fanatical loyalty to one’s local diner isn’t based on food alone: It’s the atmosphere, stupid. At the Deluxe, which cooks up solid fare with a twist (e.g., sweet-potato pancakes), we’re completely won over by the charming bedlam of the place,… read more»

2002 BEST Diner

The Rosebud Diner

Somerville

This old-school diner a short stroll from Davis Square features solid renditions of the usual short-order, comfort-food staples—meatloaf burgers, club sandwiches, and the like—and a nicely stocked bar offering comforting beverages. The service, while not fancy, is friendly—so much so… read more»

2001 BEST Diner

Kelly’s Diner

Somerville

There’s a difference between authentic and retro, and this no-nonsense Somerville treasure falls squarely in the former category. It has everything you come to a diner for—a 1953 Jerry O’Mahoney railway car with spacious booths and tabletop jukeboxes, serviceable food… read more»

2000 BEST Diner

Salem Diner

Salem

Escape the school groups screaming outside the Witch Museum and hit the Salem Diner, a former classic one-ended streamliner train car. With its quintessential counters and stools, The Salem starts the day at 5 a.m. with artery-clogging greasy spoon staples…. read more»

1999 BEST Diner

The Rosebud Diner

Somerville

While the rest of Davis Square submits to a yuppified takeover (Coming Soon! Starbucks!), the Rosebud is one of the last holdouts of old-time Somerville. Okay, the bloody brawls are a thing of the past (that’s a good thing). But… read more»

1987 BEST Diner

Chet’s Diner

Northborough

A hash-slinging, beer-drinking dining car that rocks till 2. read more»