While it can be said that the Greater Boston area has some decent diners here and there, it is not exactly true diner country like the city of Worcester is, or for that matter parts of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or so many other areas across the country. But if you look hard enough, you should be able to find some real gems in and around Boston, including a little spot on the western edge of South Boston (and one that is suddenly red-hot when it comes to development) called Mul's Diner that is a local favorite that isn't all that well-known outside of the area.
Located across the street from Amrheins (and actually owned by the same people), Mul's Diner is pretty much within walking distance of downtown Boston, but as previously mentioned, it isn't known by many people who work and live in the city, and it definitely isn't known to those in the suburbs. The locals probably don't mind that Mul's is an undiscovered spot, though, as the place can get pretty crowded with neighborhood folks on weekends. And there is a good reason why it is so popular with residents of Southie; between the delicious breakfast and lunch items and the appealing retro atmosphere, Mul's Diner is in some ways the ultimate neighborhood spot.
Many, if not most people come to Mul's Diner for breakfast and coffee. You can see older couples, groups of teenagers, and families chatting or reading the newspaper while enjoying some of the best pancakes in the Boston area (the blueberry pancakes are particularly great), tasty home fries made with red potatoes, house-made corned beef hash that is more corned beef than potatoes or onions, a decadent creme brulee French toast, coffee that is better than what you'll find at most local diners, and much more. But it isn't just the food and coffee that makes Mul's so appealing; the inside of the place is classic old-school diner, with a black and white tiled floor, red walls and booths, and a few stools by the counter for those who want to grab a quick cup of coffee or bite to eat.
After many decades in business, Mul's Diner continues to be one of Boston's hidden treasures. Between the great food, the classic vibe, the reasonable prices, and the relatively easy parking (though it is getting tougher with all the development), there isn't much not to like about Mul's. Do you like diners? Are you looking for a place close to downtown Boston? If so, definitely consider checking out Mul's, and you might soon understand why this is such a favorite spot among the locals.
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