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A Less Sketchy Take on the 24-Hour Diner

A town like Austin with lots of nightlife must have all-night diners. But were greasy spoons serving slop from a can the only options? We were tipped off by one of the owners of La Boîte about a diner that actually bothers with stuff like the provenance of the eggs.

Chowhounds have reported extremely mixed reviews of 24, in downtown Austin, but the breakfast we ate there was totally decent with quick service—we didn’t go into the diner expecting much other than some solid eggs and toast. Or, as the case may be, a breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, cheese, and mayo on a challah bun with a side of fresh homemade skillet fries. And hey man, was that Freedom Rock on in the background? Bonus points for the soundtrack: We heard “White Room” and “A Horse with No Name” while we ate.

The whole farm-to-table thing wasn’t hard-line here (the bacon in the breakfast sandwich was from a big pork producer), but it’s nice to have the option to get a certified-humane-raised plate of eggs at 3 a.m. instead of who-knows-what nastiness. Plus, we are firm believers that the world needs more places that serve breakfast all day, so we hope that 24 can address some of the hounds’ concerns, and continue trying to make the neighborhood greasy spoon a little less sketchy, ingredient-wise.

24 Diner
600 N. Lamar Boulevard, Austin

Roxanne Webber is a former editor at CHOW.