Admittedly greater than the sum of its parts, this once-classic greasy spoon (established in 1937) is now a knowingly jazzy version of its original self. Though the old stainless steel grill, Formica tabletops and cafeteria-style service at breakfast and lunch proudly advertize its blue-collar roots, blue cheese and spinach omelettes, turkey burgers and sweet potato fries hint at a yuppie bent. Either way, people-watching come Sunday brunch is the biggest treat of all.
44 Charles Street
|Cross street:||at Mount Vernon Street|
|Opening hours:||7am-4.30pm, 5-10pm Mon-Thur; 7am-4.30pm, 5-11pm Fri; 8am-4.30pm, 5-11pm Sat; 8am-4.30pm, 5-10pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Red line to Charles/MGH or Park Street|
|Price:||Main courses $13-$20.|