Pearl Street Diner
Pearl Street Diner, or PSD, is my favorite greasy spoon lunch place near the office. There's really not much competition in the area--Greenhouse is a Chop't-type place with hard, cold seats and fake cubed turkey; Franklin's Tower is ok, but the menu is small, it's sometimes freezing in there, and I've never *loved* my order; Victory Cafe is good, but lunch will set you BACK! [Obviously because I want the gigantic salad with a protein on it, $14. The specials are good and more reasonable.] Granted, I have some more exploration to do. Particularly when it's above freezing, maybe sunny, and I can cross streets at intersections without hurdling over a pile of snow or more recently, an enormous slushy puddle.
So PSD it is. Close, cheap, and usually pretty tasty. For about $7 I can get a decent portion of chicken souvlaki in a pita with a Greek salad. One out of four times the salad might be over-oily, but the service is friendly, it's a lot of food for a little price, and we've never waited long for a table. Sub souvlaki for gyro and there are my orders.
Visitor S had chili and fries when he came with us to PSD.
Now, the name Diner is a misnomer. It's not open 24-hours. It does not serve breakfast all day. If it did, I'd be there more often. But it's inexpensive, the service is friendly, the wait is short (if it exists), the portions are great, and thus it has my weekday loyalty so far.
Pearl Street Diner (does not really have a web site...)
40 N. Pearl Street