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Great breakfast "dives"?

Now that the weather is getting colder, my attention turns to seeking out those out of the way breakfast joints that offer traditional fare that is filling and tasty. Brookline Lunch, in Cambridge, comes to mind. Any other ideas out there?

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  1. I always stand by the Capitol Diner in Central Sq, Lynn. Great food in a classic diner. Also the diner in Revere off of 1A at the entrance to Target. Charlie's Sandwich Shop on Columbus Ave, Boston is an institution. Enjoy!

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    1. re: chuck s

      If you mean Three Yolks in Revere, it closed last month.

      1. re: Karl S

        I'm saddened to hear that Three Yolks closed.

        1. re: Karl S

          No I don't mean Three Yolks. This is a diner on the road which leads into Target. It used to be the Suffolk Diner, now it's something like Janquels (spelling).

        2. re: chuck s

          Charlie's is an awesome institution, at that. Great (and famous) turkey hash, great (and huge) pancakes .

        3. I love those cheap, friendly little breakfast spots this time of year, too. Some of my favs are:

          Brookline Lunch, Cambridge
          Ashley's, South Braintree
          Olympic Diner, South Braintree
          Mannion's, Quincy
          Victoria's, Roxbury/Dorchester line

          1. Andy's on Mass Ave, a couple of blocks outside Porter Square, might be what you're looking for. I like it but the reaction from Chowhounds seems to suggest that it's a "dive." It's not a diner but it is a popular classic breakfast spot.

            1. West of the city, I've had very good experiences at Harry's on Rt 9 in Westboro. It is by no means transcendent enough to justify a trip in and of itself, but if you're in the area...

              1. Kelly's diner in Somerville. I had a very satisfying giant breakfast there last weekend.

                1. Mike's City Diner in the South End is another local institution. The line stretches out the door most mornings on the weekend but its worth the wait. Classic breakfast food - great eggs, pancakes, waffles, etc. all served with a side of bacon or sausage and buttered toast. What more could you ask for on a chilly winter morning?

                  1. Need to add my local favorite, the Wheelhouse Diner on Hancock St. in North Quincy. Fantastic food and cheap. It's a tiny dining car, so it's got the diner charm down pat.

                    1. I looked for years and finally found a diner that has a great feel, a great crowd, and the most amazing breakfast food. When you order OJ, it is fresh-squeezed. When you order pancakes, they are whole grain and delish. Real butter? Yes. Excellent coffee, excellent everything. Check it out. There is usually a crowd waiting - but it moves quickly.


                      1. Some of my favorites: Martin's in Brookline Village, Busy Bee near St. Mary's in Brookline, Victoria's Diner near Newmarket Square, Billy Coffee Shop in the South End, Mul's in Southie, Kelly's Diner in Somerville, and Mike's City Diner in the South End.

                        1. My favorite is Joseph's Two on Main Street in Waltham. Don't be frightened off by the line out the door; it moves quickly.

                          1. Try out this place in revere on washington ave--Nicks
                            they have an excellent breakfast--get there early may be a line
                            ecspecially on saturday and sunday mornings--good quality food!!

                            enjoy Blumie

                            Frankie Imbergamo

                            1. I second (or third) Kelly's in Somerville; if you don't mind some noise and good humor, which is part of the experience. Good hash browns, big portions.