South Street Diner

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Business/Location: South Street Diner
Address: 178 Kneeland St
City: Boston
State: MA
Zip Code: 02111
Phone: 617-350-0028

Posted by:  Myke Weiskopf
Photo:  Myke Weiskopf
Beloved of itinerant travelers, Big Dig construction refugees, liquor-sozzled art students, and reformed indie-kid barflies still mourning the loss of the Deli Haus, the South Street Diner is one of those places you go to reaffirm your conviction that Boston still has a soul. And while it's not the only 24-hour hangout within city limits (it's soon to be joined by a second IHOP over the river in Harvard Square), it's easily the most alluring, even as some of its old scuff-and-scrape has been elbow-greased away: The border-blaster jukebox has been replaced by an (infinitely less charming) eCast mp3 player, all five booths have recently been reupholstered, and place settings are freshly garnished with linen (!) napkins. None of which prevents it from remaining the quintessential place to grab an apple mimosa and an order of wing dings, wait for sunrise, and watch the map of humanity rewrite itself around you.

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