257 Elm St, Somerville, MA | Directions 0214442.395713 -71.121950
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Davis Square
Best coffee/lunch spot in Somerville – Diesel is more than a cool coffee spot. They do have amazing coffee drinks, lattes, and teas, but they also have an exquisite list of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and much more. It is the only cafe I know with an antique photo booth and no trash cans. It caters to the environmentally friendly crowd (obviously heavy in the recycling category), and the Tufts students in the area. It can be very difficult to find a seat, especially one you really want. They have wireless internet access, which is great, but also entices people to stay for hours on end.
While I don't think you can really go wrong picking breakfast, lunch, or brunch at Diesel, my favorite is the 02144, which is a vegetarian wrap with hummus, greens, carrots, sprouts, and more.
Not only the neighborhood living room, the front porch, too! – Now that the weather is warming up, I'm even more looking forward to hanging at the Diesel, hoping to get one of the half dozen tables in the front. During the warm weather, they open up the glass storefront -- appropriately, really a glass garage door -- and you are simultaneously inside and outside!
As a natural redhead, I burn crisp in about 15 minutes, so I've always sought out shaded patios, and this qualifies in my book. Plus the front seating lets you check out who comes in and out, and so I see all my friends from the neighborhood.
The Diesel is a classic coffeehouse, with art on the walls, and everyone there from the old Somerville grayhairs to hipsters to Tufts students cramming in the corners. It's the social anchor of Davis.
Cara-mmm-el Latte! – I'm not quite hipster enough for Diesel Cafe. I'm not a Tufts student or vegan or bassist or struggling novelist or whomever else hangs out here at all hours of the day every day.
What I am is addicted to espresso, and that's really what keeps me coming back when I'm in the area. I've never really eaten here. I think I had a yogurt parfait once (good! from what I remember). This review is based solely on the amazingness that is the Iced Caramel Latte.
The Iced Caramel Latte is a thing of beauty. The most perfect Iced Caramel Latte outside of California (COFFEE BEAN, I LOVE YOU! COME TO MASSACHUSETTS!). The espresso is smooth and rich, with the perfect balance of milk and syrup. They even top the iced latte with a little foam. Love it! The first sip is like a sweet dream. I spent weekends for the better part of a year in Davis, so how I would pry myself out of bed to run was with the promise of this tasty beverage as reward. Mem'ries!
Diesel Cafe is my religion – I have yet to introduce somebody to the Lil Piston sandwich at Diesel Cafe who does not immediately fall in love with it - from prissy girls to football jocks. Amazing. For a little over 8 dollars (yes a pretty expensive sandwich but totally worth it) you can get this AMAZING sandwich with huge chunks of fresh mozarella, mixed greens, delicious pesto, tomato and yummy turkey. It sounds like a typical sandwich but I have not yet been able to find a decent replication anywhere else. The place sometimes uses up certain ingredients before the end of the day, but this is because they would rather serve the freshest ingredients possible, or nothing at all. In college I used to come here and study and sip on some of their delicous free trade coffee. I made the horrible mistake of bringing Starbucks in there once - don't do it. I got yelled at. I wish I could have some Diesel right now!
Popular independent Davis Square coffeeshop fuels young area professionals deep into the night. – In Short
Usually filled with lots of Tufts students, lesbians and avid journal-writers, the Diesel is one of Somerville's most popular hangouts. For seating, there's a choice of kitschy restaurant-style booths, regular tables or couches. A spacious, well-designed floor plan means there's plenty of room for everyone--even on busy Sunday afternoons. As for the coffee, those seeking a boost can choose from a section on the menu called High Octane (double the caffeine).
My favorite study hangout – Diesel Cafe is not that cheap and it doesn't have much vegan food, but it's got a cozy, welcoming vibe that makes it KICK A$$. I subscribe to their WiFi service ($13/month) and make good use of it - judging by the number of laptops around, so do a slew of others. I dig the comfy couches and the rotating art exhibits, and I like it that various social groups meet in the back corner on different nights, like the knitting klatch and the lesbian single moms. Plus where else can you find a black and white photo booth to commemorate your fine self?? Whoever you are, whatever you want, you'll feel welcome here.
Don't go at the end of the day.. – The last 4 times I have gone there they have ran out of bread! Whether its been 5pm or 10pm, they have been out. All they have are salads and sandwiches, how can they not have bread. Usually they will subsitute pita if they are out of bread when you order a salad, but they didn't even have pita last time. It makes me not want to go there, I love the little piston with the great french bread, otherwise its not a sandwich. When they DO have bread, its awesome, i love it. I think they should have free WiFi though, i mean, boloco in Davis has it and Diesel is definitely a few steps up from that
Fabulous coffee... – ... and they make the most beautifully thick foam on cappucinos that I've ever seen. I've yet to have a bad cup of coffee here, and unlike Starbucks, you can almost always grab a seat someplace. And you have to like a place that has a pool table :)
Great Place for Cheap Date/Hang out – I love this place. It has the feel of a bar type hang out, minus the obnoxious drunks. Some coffee shops give me the feeling that although they aren't starbucks, they're trying to be. Diesel is wonderfully unique and has it's own vibe. There are actually comfortable chairs and tables, and nothing feels 'overly stylized.' This place far exceeds any other coffee shop I've been to lately. Definitely gears more towards the Evening Coffee Drinker's Mentality....Enjoy!
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