Two of the first places I ever went when I moved to Somerville a little more than five years ago were Bloc 11 and Diesel Cafe. After eating at both I knew I had found my people. I loved the focus on fresh, often local ingredients, delicious coffee and the fun atmosphere. I’ve detailed my love for Bloc 11 on the Beat before and I figured it was about time to give one of my other favorite Somerville cafes some love too.
Like Bloc 11, Diesel (which has the same owners) offers a wide array of breakfast, lunch (or dinner) and baked good options. I’m partial to the oatmeal for a morning meal, but the egg sandwiches, yogurt parfaits and bagels with lox are a great way to start the day as well.
Diesel recently introduced a new menu (pictured below), which has two sandwiches I can’t stop thinking about since trying them: The Tamp (spicy tempeh, avocado, sprouts, carrots and greens on a sesame torta) and the Alternator (marinated tofu, edamame hummus, sprouts, carrots, cukes and greens on seven grain bread). They both pack a flavor punch that’ll keep your mouth–and belly–very happy.
Diesel has plenty of meat-based sandwiches as well and usually whips up two soups that are perfect for cozying up to on a chilly winter day. The cafe has been Tweeting the soup flavors (like chipotle black bean, North African spiced vegetable and carrot ginger) pretty regularly lately, so follow there to see daily offerings. The soups are almost always vegetarian and often vegan, but still plenty hearty to satisfy even the most dedicated carnivore.
Diesel also offers a plethora of salads, snack plates and baked treats to go with one of its coffees, MEM Teas or espresso-based beverages. I’ve been partial to the chai tea latte here since my first visit and it’s still one of my favorite things to order. Diesel has been doing some coffee and tea tastings lately, which they have also been announcing on Twitter, so follow there to keep up with those events.
In addition to tasty eats and drinks, Diesel has pool tables and a black-and-white photo booth to keep you entertained. And for those looking for a place to work, Diesel offers Internet access for a fee ($4.95/hour; $7.95/day; $13.95/month).
What’s your favorite meal, snack or drink to get at Diesel Cafe? Have you tried the new menu?
257 Elm St., Davis Square
Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
All photos courtesy of Diesel Cafe’s Facebook page.