24 Diner feels like a place created by people who spent their lives avoiding basic diner food and then suddenly decided it was a great idea to emulate it. “Oh my gosh, a hash? How cute is that?! And who knew it could be tasty too?”
24 Diner is owned and operated by the Elm Restaurant Group, which specializes in higher brow affairs (Easy Tiger and Italic). This venture into 24-hour Southern comfort food - a food of the people - just doesn’t seem up their alley. Located next to the iconic Waterloo Records, 24 Diner is a hop and a skip away from the clusterf*ck of downtown Austin nightlife, which makes it a viable buoy when the bars close. But is it worth spending this much money on diner food when you can go up the street to Magnolia Cafe or Kerbey Lane Cafe and receive a cheaper, superior meal for less coin? We think not.
Unfortunately this combination of a folksy (and underwhelming) menu with a bougie atmosphere and crowd just doesn’t really work. The service is inconsistent and feels better matched for the lower brow diners that 24 Diner is trying so desperately to convince us that they’re not. For a late night chicken and waffle fix, it'll do, but beyond that you can do better.
This is by far the best thing on their menu, and is 24 Diner's saving grace. Clocking in at sixteen dollars, it ain’t cheap. But if you’re not getting this, then you should probably go elsewhere.
Don’t order any of these. All overcooked, all unworthy of your time.
A very tasty dish. Then again, you already knew it would be. Sadly it’s only available on Saturdays and Sundays for reasons unknown.