J & M Diner Inc.
969 Concord St., Framingham
When we arrive at J&M, there are a dozen people waiting outside, and a dozen more smushed inside the packed restaurant, waiting for a seat. Jessica Cloutier is here with her husband, John, and two teenage sons. Cloutier, a high-school friend of Karen Fiore, who co-owns the diner with her husband, Dave, raves about the food and says “everyone is just so friendly, and happy to see you, no matter how crowded it gets.” A group of middle-school girls has convinced someone’s mom to bring them after seeing mouthwatering pictures on Instagram. After 40 minutes, we are seated at the counter and inhale lemony eggs Benedict, overstuffed omelets, and Wicked Sinful French toast, large slices of cinnamon-Danish pastry, given the egg treatment, topped with gooey icing, and piled high with fruit and whipped cream. To our horror, we eat every last bite. A very hungry man still waiting for a table is getting a little impatient. “I’ve never been here, but I saw the line and figured it must be good. Is it worth it?,” he asks. Yes, it most certainly is.