There are a lot of great dining options in Livermore, CA. The following are the best diners in town.
By most measures, this is the best diner in Livermore. They’re a small mom and pop restaurant that’s local to Livermore. They’re in the Nob Hill grocery complex, a reasonable distance away from downtown. They’re only open from 7am to 2pm everyday, so it’s only open for breakfast and lunch dining. Myself and my friends don’t go regularly enough for them to remember our names, but we’ve noticed the same wait staff for years. It adds a special charm to the restaurant.
Railroad cafe offers a good collection of diner food, including sandwiches, burgers, and salads. However, what stands out is their breakfast options. It’s amongst the most eclectic I’ve seen in a diner. You can get some great sausages, pancakes, French toast, waffles and omelettes. However, what they specialize in slightly European style breakfast options. You’ll find cheese blintzes, polenta, a variety of crepes, Swedish pancakes, and potato pancakes. Many of their breakfast platters come with fruit covered in cream on the side. I’m a big fan of restaurants that are out of the norm, so I love seeing the slightly different dining options on the menu. You won’t find these options on the menu of IHOP or Dennys. The menu also rotates and changes (although I haven’t figured out if it’s seasonal or random), so there are different options once in awhile.
There is one major downside to Railroad Cafe, it only accepts cash. It’s pretty annoying, especially for those who haven’t been to Railroad cafe and only rarely carry cash. If you forget, you may need to run to an ATM.
Emil Villa’s Hickory Pit
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The Hickory Pit is hidden away a bit in Livermore, down the road from downtown, but has a great charm. The menu covers for all the menus are drawn by children in crayon. You can’t help but chuckle at the drawings.
For breakfast you can get omelettes, pancakes, waffles, and all the great breakfast food you would want. There are various salads, sandwiches, soups, and burgers for lunch and dinner too. Their daily meatloaf is quite tasty as well. What truly stands out at the Hickory Pit is the barbecue. They have some great pulled pork sandwiches and ribs. You can get baby back, St. Louis style, or Emil’s own recipe ribs.
Their value meals are great. You can get a breakfast value meal for just $5.49 and their lunch value special is one of the best value meals in Livermore. You can get about 1/3 of a rack of ribs, home made mashed potatoes or fries, and a small side salad for just $8. My friends and I make this a regular spot for lunch.
I’m not going to lie. Unlike Railroad Cafe and Hickory Pit above, there’s nothing at L&M’s that truly stands out or makes it special, with the exception that it is conveniently located in the middle of downtown Livermore. However, that’s not to say it’s bad. It’s a solid nice little diner. They have good burgers, salads, sandwiches, pancakes, and everything you’d expect in a diner. The prices are also good and they have a nice friendly wait staff. Whenever my friends and I are in downtown Livermore, and we just want to grab something simple for dinner, we drop by L&Ms.