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My Top 10 Area Diners

An overview of my favorite area digs to grab a quick and filling breakfast while staying local.

The other day, some one at work told me they found my blog, and asked for a recommendation of my top 10 diners in the Watertown/Belmont/Cambridge area. "Well, this is a perfect set-up for a Patch blog" I thought. And here we are...

In no particular order, these are diners I love in our area. And since this is my post, I reserve the right to use diner in whatever interpretation I like (think of that as a disclaimer). Happy greasy spooning!

  1. , 106 Main Street, Watertown - Not technically a diner, but close enough. Always consistent and delicious, and it is run by a nice local family.
  2. Aram's, 85 Trapelo Road, Belmont - To really enjoy this place you have to sit at the counter and chat with Aram while he cooks.
  3. Wilson's Diner, 507 Main Street, Waltham - I love the feel of this place. This is definitely a true diner. Once again, the owner is at the grill...I think that may be a theme with my favorites....
  4. , 212 N Beacon Street, Watertown - This diner has a menu the length of a dictionary, complete with standard diner fare and crazy concoctions.
  5. Rosebud Diner, 381 Summer Street, Davis Square - This place just oozes of being a Cambridge institution. You just have to try it to be a true diner diner.
  6. , 385 Main Street, Watertown - Again, not technically a diner, but it deserves to be on the list. It is tiny, and they bake their own bread. Enough said.
  7. , 247 Belmont Street, Belmont - This place is fun. You think it is just amazing homemade donuts, but then you walk in and find five small tables of people enjoying what looks like an amazing diner breakfast.
  8. Sound Bites, 704 Broadway, Somerville - For some reason, the fix-your-own coffee and beverage bar make this place so great. Other things that make it great, a fruit plate starter for everyone, and amazingly creative (and huge) breakfast selections.
  9. Sofra, One Belmont Street, Cambridge - I guess Sofra could be considered a new-age diner of sorts. An Anna Sortun venture, this Middle Eastern eatery will have your tastebuds flailing for more. The egg sandwich with haloumi and feta butter is something everyone should experience once.
  10. Deluxe Town Diner, 627 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown - I wasn't going to include Deluxe, but some people think it is the gold star of diners. Sure, the ambiance is gold star, and the menu is huge. I also give bonus points for turkey bacon and sausage as a choice. But this diner really has never wowed me like the others on this list. But I couldn't leave you hanging with just 9 diners, could I...


Now it's your turn readers. Tell me what diners I missed, and which ones I am crazy for including in my top 10.

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Beth Zwick December 16, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Don't forget the Diner at North Beacon! (it used to be the Talk of the Town.) The best scali french toast anywhere, and homemade muffins everyday.
Mike DelRose Jr. December 16, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Great list. I always frequent Teddy's Kitchen in Cushing Square, Belmont. Friendly staff and good food. I can't argue with any of the listed places though. Aram's has been around forever, Victor's is awesome, and after my first trip to Sofra, I'm encouraging everyone to make the trip.
Edie B. December 17, 2011 at 04:56 AM
New Yorker Diner in Watertown Square is pretty good. I particularly like their paper-thin omelets (I prefer this style over thick, fluffy omelets) and the scali toast refills they keep bringing to the table. On weekends, when the lines for the Deluxe Town Diner and Uncommon Grounds are out the door, Donahue's serves up a very good breakfast at reasonable prices. And there's never a wait. I agree with the author about the Deluxe Town Diner. I appreciate their quality ingredients, but the preparation leaves something to be desired. But I'm clearly in the minority, as it's a wildly popular diner.
Renee Hirschberg December 17, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Thanks Edie, I didn't know Donahue's did breakfast! I will definitely check that out!
Renee Hirschberg December 18, 2011 at 12:03 AM
I've only been to Diner once and it was pretty good.Their service was fantastic!
Renee Hirschberg December 18, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Thanks Mike! I haven't been to Teddy's since they first opened. I'll have to try it again.
RK December 19, 2011 at 01:35 PM
I recommend Tresca's (right off Main St) in Watertown ... good food, good service and nice atmosphere. Definitely worth trying!
MeAgain December 20, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Trescas is the NASTIEST place that I have EVER eaten at...atomosphere, food & staff included. BUT I did walk into the New Yorker today and WOW!! They have redone the inside now and it looks great!! Once you get to know the girls in there, you can get your food done JUST how you like it!
Edie B. December 20, 2011 at 02:44 AM
I hate to trash an establishment, but I can't entirely disagree with you about Tresca's. I want to like the place because it seems like it's been there forever, but your clothes will smell bad for the rest of the day after you've been in there ... food is very bad ... it's not very clean in there ... and you get the feeling that they really don't want you in there if you're not a regular.
Farah Joan June 13, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Love Crown Diner and The Spot! Also love Uncommon Grounds for brunch!
its me June 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Village cafe,Newton ,.washington st

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