By Leanne Signoriello & Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff
Since 1941, Wilson’s Diner on Main Street in Waltham has been serving up traditional breakfast plates and providing nostalgic feelings. The retro diner is well loved and gritty but with the prices so low, it’s easy to imagine becoming a regular.
The silver and blue dining car is conveniently on busy Main Street, with a small parking lot tucked beside it. Walking through the door, one is taken back to a simpler time. Reminiscent of the 1950s, the relaxed atmosphere of the eatery counters the chaos of the road.
Patrons are assisted by the small team of friendly staff, who will likely strike up conversation. Sitting on the worn stools at the bar has the benefit of being able to watch your meal being prepared. For those who want more space and privacy, booths run the length of the front wall. The row of windows allow an abundance of natural light to stream into the dining room.
Plates of breakfast staples like pancakes and omelets clutter the table tops. The reasonably priced sides beckon, especially the corn muffin which is cooked to perfection. Portions are substantial for the price and the food is made quickly.
As traditional favorites are served, twists on classics are offered to diners as well. The “Crunchy French Toast” ($7.00) perfects three slices of Texas toast coated in corn flakes before being made on the griddle. Those with a sweet tooth can turn this plate into dessert by topping the dish off with a caramel or chocolate drizzle for no additional cost.
Breakfast is served all day at this cash only eatery. For those who only carry plastic, an ATM is tucked in the corner. With hours as early as 5 a.m. during the week and closing no later than 3 p.m. most days, Wilson’s is worth making an early start to your day.
Wilson’s Diner is located a short distance from Moody Street at 507 Main Street in Waltham.