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Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives..... type places located in Northern Virginia

I'm looking for a place to take some guests to in Northern Virginia for dinner. Someone has asked for a plain old run of the mill diner type place. I do need something that does have at least some plain old American dishes. I would also consider going to like a seafood dive kind of place. Or maybe a hole in the wall place that does barbecue or something. Or the plain old burger and fries diner. However I would not mind going to a place that also has Greek, Italian, or something else in addition to the American stuff. I get the idea that they would like to see some type of unique place with personality that you might see on that show Diners, Drive In's, and Dives. Metro 29 in Arlington came to mind but I asked around and most people said that they found it to be uninteresting, We will be in Alexandria doing other things during the day so Alexandria or Arlington would be nice. However I am fine with going elsewhere in Northern Virginia if it is worth it, I'm really drawing a blank on this one. I work downtown and so I usually end up eating downtown. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. O'Connelly's in Old Town (Irish) - noisy, casual, great fun, great service; Facia Luna in Old Town (Italian) - casual, excellent food, great service;
    Metro 29 -- yup, no atmosphere;
    Plain old burger and fries, pizza, and a ton of other stuff: Mario's on Wilson Blvd in Arlington:
    Shirlington - tons of places; and of course, old town. Greek: Primo's in Alexandria (Fairfax), Belle Haven.

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    1. re: mariann

      To clairify for others not familiar with the place or area.....
      Primos is in Alexandria, just south of the beltway/Old Town very close to the Potomac River. It's not in or near Fairfax! (Fairfax County yes! And I think that was the message the poster was trying to give......it's in Alexandria, but not the city of Alexandia)

      1. re: Bart Hound

        I would not wish Primo on my worst enemy. Avoid at all costs unless you enjoy having the wrong food brought to you then told that's what you ordered. Skip it and go with Table Talk or The Royal or Atlantis.

        Table Talk Restaurant
        1623 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314

    2. Bob and Edith's Diner on Columbia Pike in Arlington is the perfect diner dive.

      Jay's on North 10th Street in Clarenden is a perfect diver bar dive.

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      1. re: BookGuy

        Bob and Edith's Diner is the Best!

        1. re: christy1122

          Just took a friend to breakfast at Bob & Ediths, "Ribeye" and two eggs over easy, home fries and toast, $9. Friend had eggs and double serving of bacon, ribeye was a bit segmented, but tender and tasty, the eggs done just right, the home fries greasy goodness itself, coffee was hot and topped off frequently, the bill was $22, just $27 with tip included.
          I still like Linda's on Lee Hwy at Edison, also, very friendly staff and patrons, good burgers, very good breakfasts, hot coffee by the quart.

      2. Probably not for the OP, but Jimmy's in Herndon is a perfect triple D kind of place (with a fish fry every Friday).

        Closer to you, though, I'd think the Quarterdeck fits the bill, though it's been years since I've gone (since I don't live close to it anymore).

        1. Ray's Hellsburger probably could be on DDD with its peppercorn encrusted steakburger with melted brie and a slice of faux gras.

          1. Table Talk in Alexandria might fit the bill.

            Table Talk Restaurant
            1623 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314

            1. hey Drake - is this for the funsters coming around Thanksgiving you posted about on another thread?

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              1. re: hill food

                LOL yes it is. I pretty much selected a place for Thanksgiving and told them to feel free to go or find something else. Then I told them that I would accommodate them by going to a dive on Friday. Ultimately I selected Brabo in Alexandria for the Thanksgiving meal and I am very much looking forward to it!!! I thought Brabo was the best choice because they have a variety on the Thanksgiving menu. They have beef, fish, pork, and the traditional Thanksgiving entree. I also think that Old Town will be a great environment for Thanksgiving. And it is close to Mt Vernon which we will be touring.

                1. re: drake0388

                  sounds great, Old Town (OK a lot of the area) looks so cool in the Fall.

              2. Athens in Bailey's Crossroads 3541 Carlin Springs Rd, Falls Church 22041 (behind Toys R Us)


                1. Vienna Inn is a dive with diverse menu. And it is unique. Maybe too unique for "dinner", but worth a lunch. www.viennainn.com

                  1. Pretty sure that Metro29 was features on DD&D relatively recently. In spite of that, I'd suggest Fast Gourmet - it is situated in a gas station - thus fulfilling the 'unique place' requirement - and has good classics as well as some interesting twists on those classics.