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Jul 14, 2008 07:02 PM

Banana Splits + PBR

An odd pairing, I know, but I started this random birthday tradition about 3 years ago after feeling unwelcome in an upscale french brasserie in Richmond and going across the street to order a banana split and pabst blue ribbon instead. I have since moved to NoVA/DC and I'm looking for a place that serves both- banana splits AND pabst blue ribbob. I'm based in Alexandria, thanks!

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  1. Does the Diner serve PBR? I'm pretty sure they make banana splits...but I'm not sure about the PBR.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      i tried to google "the diner" but i don't think it has a webpage. is it actually in alexandria? thanks!

      1. re: orangefluf

        You can find their link on the Tryst website:

        But I'm not sure how up-to-date their menu is. You should give them a call---they are open 24/7.

    2. Perhaps you could get PBR at evening star cafe and the banana split at the Dairy Godmother in Del Ray? I know evening star has PBR, not quite sure on the banana split... I bet Evening Star would even let you bring in the ice cream, if they must be consumed together.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        oh my... a place that has a phonebook sized, really good wine list serves PBR????????? arghhhhhhhhhhhh! :)

        1. re: DCDOLL

          I had to check the beverage list as I do not consume beer, but that is what it says... I had a feeling they would be the type of place to have it. I checked Matchbox first because I know they have PBR, but no nana split there. Of course you could call to check availability, places don't always have what is on their list, but I don't think PBR is something places regularly run out of or can't stock.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            the majestic lounge (bar right behind evening star, but sort of a part of it) serves it, but the upstairs lounge "something number nine" does not serve it. very strange.

        2. re: ktmoomau

          i thought of that EXACT thing since i live in del ray. i think i'll just have to make do with making my own. i guess it's not that big a deal, especially since it's been almost a week now since my birthday, but thought it would be something fun to do. i think restaurants in this area are missing out on a fantastic niche market. ;)

          1. re: orangefluf

            I just read in another post that Central's current version of a deconstructed banana split was awesome, you could go to the bar and get a different beer perhaps? I kinda doubt they have PBR, but you could do a deconstructed version of previous birthday?

            1. re: ktmoomau

              The deconstructed split at Central is JUST FAB. Just get that and screw the PBR. Or maybe sneak your own can of PBR in with you?

              I have to admit, I at first thought you meant peanut butter for PBR. A peanut butter banana split sounds kinda neat. <<<red faced>>>

              1. re: ktmoomau

                oh yeah, i did come across Central in my searches- that place looks delicious!

          2. You need to go to Addie's, but both before and after go next door (forget the name right now). Addie's shouldn't give you the feeling you got at the place you mentioned - it should be quite good, but the dichotomy across the alley is what you're describing.

            Though - no banana split either place that I know of.

            Though maybe - go to Herndon, go to Dairy Queen, then walk to Jimmy's. Better yet - just go to Jimmy's.

            Edit: Don't know Alex. but don't think you'll find what you're looking for.

            Closer tip: Try Bob and Edith's then walk to Cinema Drafthouse or try Shirlington; skip the B split and just have wings and beer at Bungalow Billiards (with a side of 3 mile island sauce).

            1. I'm wondering if Silver Diner would suit your needs?

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              1. re: weezycom

                checked- banana splits galore, but no pbr. :)

                1. re: orangefluf

                  sorry to hear that. I checked the menu for Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, and they don't list the beers they serve there, but beer is served. And they'll make a sundae with a banana for a $1 upcharge (and they have a banana royale, whatever that is).

                  1. re: orangefluf

                    Since you are a few years older, do you think it's time to upgrade your beer selection - if you want to take baby steps maybe try a Michelob ;v)

                    1. re: Aza Mila

                      michelob, gross. at the time PBR just happened to be the complete antithesis of what i was going for when i entered the french brasserie (sp?). it's only a tradition.

                      if someone else is buying i do go for something with a little more flavor and smoother finish. if i really want to treat myself i go for belgian.

                    2. re: orangefluf

                      I think there's a Silver Diner close to Urban BBQ, which does serve PBR.

                  2. I know this is probably too late, but I just happened on Clare and Don's Beach Shack, in Falls Church, the other night (never been there before), and they had PBR and ice cream sundaes -- not a banana split, but I remembered this thread and thought I'd let you know. They also were very nice and laid back so they might be able to manage a banana split if you asked -- the ice cream was good, too.

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                    1. re: mselectra

                      That's sweet of you for posting- thanks! Just reading this now... obviously haven't been on here in a while. :)