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restaurant review: Sunny...s Diner Will Brighten Your Day

Hole in the Wall Delights with Classic Diner Fare Close to Campus

By Jillian Berry

Sunny’s Diner

7 Landsdowne St.


Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m.–3 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

(617) 491-9550

You may have seen Sunny’s Diner on your way to Star Market, but then again, you easily could have missed it. You know those great, little, hole in the wall restaurants that only locals know about? Sunny’s is one of those, and since I found out about it last year, I have been going every week for brunch.

Located at 7 Landsdowne St. in Cambridge, Sunny’s is an easy walk from MIT (right off Massachusetts Avenue). The diner is small with about 30 seats, and the d cor certainly will not win any awards. However, you cannot beat the authentic diner atmosphere. There is even a waitress (who happens to be an MIT student) who has the surly diner waitress attitude down perfectly. And everyone at Sunny’s knows that they are there for one reason: the great food at even better prices.

Sunny’s Diner serves breakfast and lunch, but I’ve only been there for breakfast on Sunday mornings. The menu is typical of a diner with omelettes ($5-$7), pancakes ($5-$5.25), breakfast sandwiches ($5), and French toast ($5.25) for breakfast. Lunch includes various sandwich and salad options. Having never been there for lunch, I do not know how the lunch fare is, but I know the breakfast dishes are simply amazing. Plus, you can watch the cook prepare the meal in front of you if you sit at the counter.

I usually order a Gentle Giant ($7), which comes with 3 eggs (any style), 2 pancakes, a choice of bacon, sausage or ham, and home fries. This meal is enormous and could easily feed a giant (hence the name). I always split it with someone else, and we both leave stuffed full of food. If you get the Gentle Giant or a stack of 3 pancakes, I recommend the blueberry pancakes. The pancakes are fluffy and moist with a perfectly sweet taste that is complemented by the blueberries. In fact, these pancakes are so good, they do not even require additional syrup or butter. Just be warned, the pancakes are plate-sized and require an empty stomach.

The sausage is also really good, as it is a full link and not a small breakfast sausage. The home fries are some of the best I have had, with the optimal blend of crispy exterior and soft interior topped with a simple seasoning. As for the eggs, I don’t actually eat them since I don’t like eggs (amazing, I know), but my friends always eat them and say they are very tasty. They particularly like that you can get them any way you want them, including over hard.

The omelettes come in many different varieties with your choice of cheese, toast, and home fries. Some popular omelettes are the tomato, onion, and cheese omelette, as well as the feta, spinach, and tomato omelette. Again, the portions are huge, so bring your appetite, and probably some friends. All the other dishes are similar, but come with different combinations of food, and the staff is usually pretty accommodating if you want to substitute anything.

Sunny’s Diner is a great place close to campus where you can eat a hearty meal. Just do not go to Sunny’s in a rush. The diner is often busy, and there is only one grill, so your meal can take a while to prepare. However, the food is worth the wait, and sometimes it is great to simply slow down for an hour.