Mike's city dinner
I think Mike's City Diner is pretty well-loved on this board: good, fresh, generously-portioned diner food at decent prices, especially for the South End. It's way above the local diner average, but that's unfairly faint praise -- diners are kind of a weak link in the Boston dining scene. It speaks to Bill Clinton's appetites that when he visited as President, he cleaned his plate, something I've never accomplished there.
I recently noted they now serve turkey hash, which nearby competitor Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe is quite famous for. I used to be a fan of the Charlie's version, but feel it has gone downhill over the years. Based on one plate, I'd call Mike's rendition superior. Good grits for a Yankee joint, too.
I didn't know Mike's was on DDD recently (I have a low Poochie tolerance threshold). That show can be ruinous, e.g., it has made for three-hour waits at Rino's Place in Eastie. Glad they're getting the business, but I can't get in there for dinner any more.
258 Saratoga Street, Boston, MA 02128
Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
429 Columbus Ave Ste 1, Boston, MA 02116
Mike's City Diner
1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
re: MC Slim JB
You might wait 10-20 minutes at really peak periods, but you might also get lucky and walk right in, as I did at an expected prime-time slot (late Saturday morning) recently. Weekdays are easier than weekends, summers better than other seasons (more locals on vacation). Counter seats turn over faster than tables, so tell them you'll take a counter seat if you're in a hurry. It's breakfast and lunch only (6am-3pm).