REVIEW: J&M’s family style diner welcomes customers with affordable prices


Courtesy J&M Diner

Staff Writer Allison Tobin’s meal of Reese’s pancakes. Tobin writes that J&M Diner provides delicious breakfast food in a friendly environment.

Allison Tobin, Staff Writer

Living up to its slogan “the way things used to be,” J&M Diner in Framingham serves delicious food in a retro environment. 

J&M Diner initially opened in 1998, but in March 2017, tragedy struck after a hair salon in the same plaza caught fire, destroying J&M Diner. The restaurant was reopened later that year in a new location, across from the Natick Mall on Route 9.

Upon entering the diner, I was greeted with smiles and was seated shortly after.  However, J&M lines can get long, so the staff recommends putting your name on a waitlist online.  The website allows you to check the estimated wait time, despite not taking reservations.  

J&M Diner is a family-oriented restaurant which is clearly reflected by its decor.  Family pictures and cheery breakfast slogans fill the purple and yellow themed walls. One sign in particular that’s unique is the J&M Diner sign from their original restaurant. The large yellow retro sign displayed proudly in the middle of the restaurant draws you in right from the start. This sign is the only thing they were able to salvage from the fire making it a very important part of the restaurant. The welcoming decor gives the diner an authentic feel that keeps customers coming back. 

Dressed in black J&M shirts and pajama pants, the wait staff have a chill vibe.  The staff’s uniforms and friendly attitudes are traits that separate J&M Diner from other breakfast places in the area. 

 As for the menu, it has almost every breakfast food imaginable. From waffles to pancakes and breakfast sandwiches, everyone can find something to enjoy.  

 I ordered the Reese’s pancakes and received a huge pancake with crushed Reese’s candies inside and sprinkled on top, finished with a dollop of whipped cream.  The pancake was light and fluffy, and the Reese’s added a fun twist on basic chocolate chips. The food is served quickly, within 15 minutes of ordering, and the prices are fair, as I paid $6.50 for a meal that was so large I took half of it home. 

I would recommend J&M Diner to anyone who wants a tasty breakfast. The menu has every breakfast food imaginable with prices that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for a quick and laid back meal, J&M Diner in Framingham is the place for you.