Tiny and unassuming, the cheerful sky-blue exterior of Allston Diner is easy to pass by without a second thought. However, this is definitely a place you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss. Or I just might come and kick you cause it’s just that great.
The interior of Allston Diner is the perfect mix of no-frills and quirky Allston charm. It’s got a straightforward layout of tables and booths decorated simply with laminated cartoons and the same sky-blue accents of the exterior. The retro bar that greets you as you enter lends to a traditional “50s diner” feel. The restaurant’s huge collection of eclectic salt-and-pepper shakers is spread over multiple shelves and onto the customers’ tables, so that each table has its own unique set. They also have an assortment of customer receipt art, giving you something to look at while you eat – if it’s even possible to be pulled away from how freaking tasty their breakfast is.
Like the restaurant itself, Allston Diner’s menu is fairly basic with a few of its own twists. Besides the traditional bacon, eggs, and pancakes (their pancakes are ASTOUNDINGLY fluffy), Allston Diner also has a sizable vegan menu which includes the best BBQ Seitan I’ve ever had. I don’t say that lightly – as a southern girl and long-time vegetarian, I have traveled for hours just for vegan barbecue fare, and Allston Diner’s still tops my list!
P.S. Their cheesy grits also get my seal of approval. Keep killin’ it, Allston Diner!