With motorcycle parts and gas station equipment covering every spare inch of wall and floor space, centered around a pair of beat up pool tables constantly occupied by leather and torn-denim-clad locals, Somerville’s popular Diesel Cafe is not necessarily where you’d expect to find artisanally crafted coffee drinks and house-made pastries. But it’s exactly this lively and dissonant atmosphere that gives Diesel its charm – all inside a hip, industrial space right off the center of Davis Square.
Diesel Cafe’s been a Davis Square favorite since it opened in 1999 – but I only recently discovered the gem, after my boyfriend and I stopped in for dessert and drinks after getting dinner at The Painted Burro just down the block. I had a cappuccino, he had an oolong tea, and we split a decadent chocolate brownie, and the rest is history. The brownie (along with the rest of Diesel’s pastries and breads), of which I was excited to learn, was baked just down the road, on Somerville Avenue, at Diesel’s own Forge Baking Company. Opened in 2014, Forge is dedicated to providing Diesel Cafe with its delicious snacks, made from the best local and organic ingredients – including all their own naturally leavened and all-organic breads, used in sandwiches.
This cafe truly is a labor of love for Co-owners Jennifer Park and Tucker Lewis, and the perfect space for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up in the heart of an equal hip neighborhood.