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Any "classic diners" near downtown DC?

I'm looking for 12" tall slices of cake here people...

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  1. Hmmm. I know there's a couple of decent diners in Arlington. The Silver Diner in Clarendon and Route 29 Diner on Lee Highway.

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    1. re: jaydreb

      Bob & Edith's on Columbia Pike for the last 10 yrs or more. Family owned and wonderful owners. Both, food and service are good. Real diner feel. Silver diner has more choices, but very franchise feel now that it has become a chain restarurant. Downtown Bethesda and Wheaton also has some old diners that are great in Md. Oh, and I almost forgot about D.C., there is a little diner type place next to Herrington Hotel by Metro Center area around Penn ave & F OR E.

    2. Bob and Edith's on Columbia Pike in Arlington and Tastee Diner a block from the Silver Spring Metro may nto be gourmet food but are classic greasy spoon diner. As they have no pretensions, they are also pretty cheap.

      1. The Waffle Shop on 10th street (btwn E and F). It's not your standard Greek-American diner, and I can't speak to their dessert section. It's a 50's style coffee shop with a curvy counter. It's a very unique place, serves standard breakfast and hamburger fare, and may not last much longer.

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        1. I haven't lived in the area for five years, but I had two favorites that were fairly close in style to the Greek diners I grew up with in New Jersey --
          Four Seasons on Van Dorn St. in Alexandria.
          Amphora Diner Deluxe on Eldon Street in Herndon, near Dulles Airport.
          Both had excellent food, including "all baking done on premises" desserts.
          The Silver Diners, mentioned in previous posts are pale imitations by comparison.
          Enjoy!

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          1. re: John Fugel

            The Four Seasons Diner on Van Dorn was torn down a couple of years ago to make room for a bank, I think. It was never a classic, just another lousy place opened by the people who own the Amphora in Vienna. The Silver Diners are a chain, hardly qualifying as "classic."

            On the other hand, there is Bob and Edith's on Columbia Pike in Arlington, the original, which is everything you'd ever want in a diner that's been around forever and has no pretension. Hell, it hardly has a menu .............

          2. Sorry about multiple postings. I was attempting to edit.

            1. Waffle Shop is about the closest you'll get downtown, but I don't recall seeing any cake. Pete's on 2nd Street SE has diner fare, and a counter, and probably cake. Tastee Diners are in Bethesda and Silver Spring, a short walk from the Metros, but that's not DC. Ben's Chili Bowl has cake and it's kinda diner-ey. You might give Florida Avenue Grill a shot as well. There's also the Royal Restaurant on St Asaph in Old Town. They've got a diner-ey section and the foods pretty solid.

              Oh, and Levi's Port Cafe isn't a diner, but it serves great soul food and they got great cake.

              1. DC's diner situation is a disgrace. I'd say that B&E's is almost pretentious in its lack of pretention, though the larger and newer further west on Columbia Pike is better. The lines at peak times are insane and the prices aren't that great.

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                1. re: Chris H.

                  I stopped going to the original B&Es years ago for just those reasons. Last couple times, the music has been deafening, which I don't really care about, except I was hungover. The newer B&Es is the place to go. Much roomier.

                  There's also the Waffle Shop in Del Ray off Mt. Vernon Avenue. Can't miss it. It's the one with the sign that says "Wafle Shop." Once the downtown one closes, that'll probably be the only one left worth going to. The Columbia Heights Waffle Shop is just dirty, and not in a good greasy diner way.

                2. There is also Nick's at Veirs Mill and University in Wheaton whwich is a three block walk from the Wheaton Metro, It is only open for breakfast and lunch, closing about three, but it certainly has an old style diner ambiance.

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                  1. re: BookGuy

                    Don't forget about Ben's Chili Bowl. Not exactly a Diner, but they do also serve breakfast. Definitely a diner feel. And, it's about as authentic as you'll get.

                  2. Bob & Edith's on Columbia Pike for the last 10 yrs or more. Family owned and wonderful owners. Both, food and service are good. Real diner feel. Silver diner has more choices, but very franchise feel now that it has become a chain restarurant. Downtown Bethesda and Wheaton also has some old diners that are great in Md. Oh, and I almost forgot about D.C., there is a little diner type place next to Herrington Hotel by Metro Center area around Penn ave & F OR E

                    1. The Metro 29 Diner (also on Lee Highway, but closer in to the city) definitely has those mile-high cakes. I've never had the dessert there but they always look tempting and I know that they're baked on premises downstairs.

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                      1. re: Jule

                        I like Metro 29 and go there fairly often, but it is very expensive for a "diner." Luckily portions are huge, so sometimes you can just split to get your meal down to a more normal diner-type price.

                      2. While it doesn't come from a diner, there is an absolutly amazing chocolate layer cake (like 8 layers or something like that) that is served at Busboys and Poets. It was so big I took 1/2 home. But just typing this makes me drool.