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I saw this place profiled on "Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins" last night and it looked awesome. I can't believe after 10 years downtown and 5 reading this board that I've never been there or seen a posting from a hound raving about the place.

If anyone has been I would love to know what the other specialties are and if it's really as good as the show made it seem.

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  1. I think the reason you haven't heard much about it is (1) Its relatively new, only a couple of years old and (2) it looks just like a usual diner.

    I've been a couple of times and ordered breakfast stuffs. The steak and eggs were very good. After seeing the Triple D show last night, I'm going to have to explore the menu more.

    My father found this place for me, claiming to find a bear claw the size of his face on a trip from DC to NYC off of 95. Great find.

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    1. re: KAZ

      The seafod pasta and ghoulash both looked great....I don't see them on the menu but there's some other interesting looking items to explore.

      http://www.broadwaydiner1.com/home.html

    2. Pie Man- I saw that episode, and thought it looked good, too! The other places also looked awesome, but far away..

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      1. re: chicken kabob

        I don't know ck, the smoked salmon BLT at that diner in Salt Lake City almost looked good enough to be worth a trip across the country !

        1. re: Pie Man

          Oh i agree there! I have been dreaming of that sandwich every since that episode ran.

      2. The Broadway Diner in Baltimore on Eastern Ave must be under the same ownership as the Broadway Diner on Rockville Pike at the Wintergreen Shopping Center.

        The format of the menus are identical.

        Can't speak to the Baltimore version, but I've been to the Rockville one dozens of times. A huge menu, good breakfasts, platters so big you'll have leftovers for at least one meal, good quality for the cost.

        I'm partial to the Greek salad with chunks of chicken souvlaki.

        Unfortunately in my experience, the pastries look amazing, but they're rather tasteless (cheesecake excepted).

        1. THEOWNER SOLD THE ORIGINAL DINER I ROCKVILE AND MOVED TO THIS LOCATION 4 YEARS AGO. THE DESSERTA ARE TO DIE FOR. THE WONDERFUL GHOULASH IS SERVED ON TUESDAYS. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN FULL BAKERY IN THE BASEMENT. THE HOT BEEF SANDWICH IS AWESOME. EVERYTHING IS HOME MADE. THE HOMEMADE BREAD GIVEN AT LUNCH AND DINNER IS LIKE EATING AIR. THEY HAVE 4 SEPERATE MENUS AND THEY ALL ARE LIKE READING A BOOK. I LOVE THEIR BROCCOLI OMELETTE'S. NOT YOUR ORDINARY DINER. BETTER THAN A DOWNTOWN RESTARAUNT AND THEY MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE FAMILY. IT IS LOCATED ON EASTERN AVENUE JUST EAST OF DUNDALK AVENUE.

          1. I've been to this Broadway Diner on Eastern, but only for breakfast. It's actually been open for about 2 years. I went there by mistake because I thought it was another Double-T diner. They look so much alike inside and out. I've had various breakfast foods there, and in comparison to other places I've dined, I found the food here terrible.
            The sausage has a very strange flavor to it. I ordered it twice to make sure I wasn't having a "bad taste bud day". Nope, it's the sausage, and it's not the best sausage at all. I have also ordered the ham steak breakfast. Granted, I was expecting a nice, thick slice of flavorful ham, and SURPRISE, it wasn't at all what I expected. You pay a bit more than you would for the ham steak breakfast at Double-T, and you get less, and the quality is not the same.
            I saw the "Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins", and the restuarant they depicted on the show was not the Eastern Ave location. I too fell in love with the "Captain's Platter" they were preparing on the show with the lobster tail, scallops, shrimp, and clams. I might return just to give it a try, and if it's a winner, I'll try other items on their menu. As for breakfast, I was not impressed at all, and won't be doing any more trial and error ordering there.

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            1. re: Pfirsisch

              The reason Broadway Diner doesn't get much love is it's not that good. It's shiny, it's open late, it has the best location for a diner, but it's not as good as even the soul-less Double T chain. Any Maryland diner would make a New Jerseyite laugh at our pale wannabees. The best diner here is Jimmy's, on Broadway, a non-diner diner, but real, local owner and son on site, 25 year pro at the grill who can make healthy alternatives.

              1. re: chowsearch

                Towson Diner is acceptable too.

                1. re: smt

                  I prefer the Natuilus Diner in Timonium.

                  Did the Towson Diner change ownhership? I went there last Fall and the menu had changed considerably. It was good, but not the same as previously. FoiGras

                  1. re: FoiGras

                    I think Towson is the same family but the pair of old guy owners appear to have turned it over to younger people to run and make token appearances. They changed everything when they rebuilt it, making it like Double T Generic and hired some Double T people. Seems the quality is just basic, maybe reflecting their overwhelmingly young clientele (at least after breakfast). Nautilus may have slightly higher standards, maybe reflecting their slightly less studenty audience and is part of a group from NJ, where they know diners. None are like the original Double T back in the day at Rt 40 and Rolling, when they had moved it on flatbed trailers from Reisterstown Rd. and they hadn't yet sold to the current ownership group.

                    1. re: chowsearch

                      Towson Diner's eggs taste as if they were fried in margarine. Not for me.

                      1. re: chowsearch

                        "chowsearch"--thanks for the update. I totally agree, that Nautilus is better, as you mention they are New Jersey transplants--and N.J. is known for diners.

                        The Towson Diner is passable, and I didn't know if my assumption was correct in that it had changed hands--or as you informed, passed down to a younger generation.

                        I haven't been to the Route 40 Double-T in too many years to recall. My hubby occassionally goes there for breakfast on the weekends and sits at the counter. He has no complaints.

                        Someone wrote the other day about the Double-T on 40 East versus the one in Belair(?) and mentioned that the Route 40 east location was significantly better.

                        I've eaten at some of the N.J. diners and they were almost as good as a so-called gourmet restaurant. Hey-Baltimore--wake up. We could use a really spectacular diner. FoiGras

                  2. re: chowsearch

                    I've been "eating out" in B-more for over a year now. I think we've been everywhere at least once or twice. Diners? Jimmy's is great, but not as clean as Broadway Diner, menu not as extensive, waitresses not as friendly and food, definitely not as good. Broadway's Italian, Greek, Tex Mex, and seafood are all excellent. Breakfasts are diner, but very competitive. Desserts look like they came from ACE of CAKES. I had the turkey dinner with their homemade stuffing once and took home enough for two more substantial meals. Triple D was right. It's awesome!

                    1. re: wordsworth1

                      Triple D?

                      1. re: Hal Laurent

                        They mean "Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins". The episode showed the kindly old owner-chef charmingly cooking up great stuff for the spastic show host and it really looked like a great place. On TV. The reality, especially late at night, is a result of a customer base a tad downgrade from Sip and Bite's 3am crowd, and with lesser quality expectations. The actual product and delivery experience differs from the TV unreality show, at least late at night. Maybe at 9am it's Cordon Bleu, but seems to me it's boredom bleh. Very shiny, though.

                        1. re: chowsearch

                          Well why didn't they just say so! :-)

                          Sheesh, if you want others to understand what you're saying, wouldn't it be a good idea to avoid using cryptic abbreviations and slang?

                          1. re: Hal Laurent

                            Hal, this is Chowhound! You are expected to read for context!

                      2. re: wordsworth1

                        I decided to give it a shot for lunch...my lunch came n a microwave bowl, and they didn't even bothr to take the clear plastic top off....once for philosophy, but never twice

                        1. re: Hue

                          Thank you for taking a bullet for the team.

                  3. I went to the Broadway Diner after I saw the show but was only impressed with the homemade bread that you get for lunch and dinner...As for the breakfast, I was sorry I didn't eat home... I have found that the Silver Moon on Rt. 40 East @Middle River Road is the quintessential diner for all meals, especially breakfast.... Clean, large and people friendly...I take out of town friends there for breakfast and have never been let down...Happy eating..

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                    1. re: ITIS ME2222

                      Sounds good, can you tell us more about Silver Moon? Is it newish? A chain? What's good there?

                      1. re: chowsearch

                        I don't know about the rest of the menu, but you have to try the Seafood Salad.
                        Large Shrimp, and crabmeat, served on a bed of mixed greens, with fresh fruit.
                        They have a special with soup, and I always get the crab soup. Its a little on the thin side, but the spice is right, and the veggies are real. You can taste the ham in it.
                        BEWARE-traffic problems-they are fixing the roads on both side of the diner, so you watch for traffic delays. But its worth the small inconvience.