Best of Boston

2011 Best Diner

South Street Diner

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 Ebb and Passion Pit on the jukebox and mimosas available until 1 a.m., we love South Street for the same reason we love Boston: It’s steeped in tradition, but never short on quirk.

178 Kneeland St., Boston, 617-350-0028,