Until it closed in 2010, Empire Diner was actually a diner. Then a few different people tried to turn the space into something a little more upscale, and it didn’t work out so well. But now it’s back, and it looks great. More importantly, the food is also pretty solid. It might not all be destination-worthy, but if you live in the area or you hang out on the West Side often, it’s a good spot to have in your back pocket. The menu is mostly heavier Southern-type food, but they also do things like steamed bass and ricotta gnudi. So anyone should be able to eat here. Stop by for a date or a dinner with a few friends who want to eat in a boxcar-shaped space that looks like a vintage diner from the outside.