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Comfort food with an old unremodeled interior

Paliau Nov 20, 2011 05:07 PM

My nirvana for restaurants is good old fashioned American food like a hot turkey sandwitch or meatloaf in an very old restaurant with an unremodeled well-worn interior (you know dark woods, red leather semi-circular booths, old neon sign). I'm in the Washington DC-Baltimore area for a few days and would love to find places fitting this description.

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  1. woodleyparkhound RE: Paliau Nov 20, 2011 05:28 PM

    Tune Inn on Capitol Hill? It's more of a bar, but it has a full menu. Also, they recently had a fire and I haven't been since the reopen. I read that they tried to keep things the same though. Very much a divey, neighborhood place.

    Tune Inn
    331 Penn SE, Washington, DC

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      hill food RE: woodleyparkhound Nov 21, 2011 01:34 AM

      my thought exactly. despite the rebuild the online photos tell me it's much the same. (but as I posted on that other thread the booths did need repair)

      but of greater interest - why is 331 Penn SE shown (mapped) as being on NY Ave. NE?

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        woodleyparkhound RE: hill food Nov 21, 2011 04:30 AM

        A question for Site Talk!

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          hoosiereph RE: hill food Nov 21, 2011 02:18 PM

          There is a "Penn Street" in NE DC, near the wholesale market. So when people enter "Penn" instead of "Pennsylvania Ave", as appears to have happened with the Tune Inn listing, it will get mapped there...

          Tune Inn
          331 Penn SE, Washington, DC

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            hill food RE: hoosiereph Nov 21, 2011 02:34 PM

            ahhh. never knew there was a street as well

      2. kukubura RE: Paliau Nov 21, 2011 03:20 AM

        In Baltimore: Sip N Bite!

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          Paliau RE: kukubura Nov 21, 2011 04:50 AM

          The Tune Inn and Sip N Bite look like they exactly fit the bill. Thanks! Any others? It amazing with two cities as old as Baltimore and D.C. how few old looking unremodeled places there appears to be. Places that are primarily bars as well are also of interest (I guess Tune Inn fits that bill). A place with a true Baltimore Steak Sub (with the hot pepper relish) would be great about now.

          Tune Inn
          331 Penn SE, Washington, DC

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            kukubura RE: Paliau Nov 21, 2011 05:08 AM

            There are a lot of Double T diners around Baltimore but truth be told I think they're gross.

            There's the Bel Loc Diner which is also kind of gross but might get you what you're looking for.

            You might like Jimmy's in Fells Point as well.

            But Sip N Bite has a special place in my heart.

        2. baltoellen RE: Paliau Nov 21, 2011 05:22 AM

          I'm not sure what they've been doing to the Sip & Bite but it's been going through a pretty extensive remodel for the past--well, forever. Personally, I don't think it's been the same since the son took it over more than a few years ago.

          You might want to check out Honey Bee Diner in Glen Burnie. In Catonsville, check out Jennings Cafe.

          Honey Bee Diner
          7346 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

          Sip & Bite Restaurant
          2200 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231

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            kukubura RE: baltoellen Nov 21, 2011 05:53 AM

            Ack, sad to hear that. Been maybe three years since I was there... Used to go there at all hours back in the dirty 90s.

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              baltoellen RE: kukubura Nov 21, 2011 06:00 AM

              Yeah, it's been on my "rotation" since the 80s--minus the years when I left the warm confines of Charm City. It's one of those it's just not what it once was. In fact, when driving by yesterday I sighed when seeing the ongoing renovations. The son doesn't seem to realize that what is (was) special about the Sip & Bite was how it fit squarely in that "a place that time forgot" genre.

              Charm City Cafe
              Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD

              Sip & Bite Restaurant
              2200 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231

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              DanaDane RE: baltoellen Nov 26, 2011 11:39 AM

              do not go to the Honey Bee, it is gross gross gross... it isn't even "3 AM after the bars have closed and I need greasy food" good.

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              Elyssa RE: Paliau Nov 21, 2011 05:44 AM

              I would try to grab lunch at CF Folks...especially if their meatloaf is on the menu.

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                Dennis S RE: Elyssa Nov 21, 2011 09:19 AM

                Second CF Folks - but only their specials, and note that they're only open for weekday lunches.

                Tune Inn also has a special place in my heart (haven't been since the fire).

                Other additions include Vienna Inn on Maple in Vienna and Jimmy's in Herndon (especially the Friday night fish fry).

                Tune Inn
                331 Penn SE, Washington, DC

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                  drsmoke RE: Dennis S Nov 21, 2011 02:42 PM

                  Gladchuck Brothers on W. Patrick in Frederick, is what your looking for, great American comfort food, old but spotless interior, full bar. Good portions, prices and different daily specials.

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                lawhound RE: Paliau Nov 21, 2011 05:57 PM

                Royal Restaurant in Alexandria. Preserved in aspic.

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                  beanodc RE: Paliau Nov 22, 2011 12:25 PM

                  Martin's Tavern on Wisconsin Ave in Georgetown may be more upscale than most places mentioned but fits the bill for the OP.

                  1. foster RE: Paliau Nov 23, 2011 09:44 AM

                    Jonnny Dee's in Parkville is just off the Beltway. Though I didn't love the turkey sandwich (I hate the sight, but not the taste, of yellow gravy) I think it will fit your bill. I am sure there are tons more in the area I have not yet discovered...

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                      Pappy RE: Paliau Nov 28, 2011 08:44 AM

                      Is that place in Arlington up Wilson near the VW dealership still open? I think it was called Carriage House or Wagon Wheel or somehing like that?

                      If not, I would recommend you try Tastee Diner in Bethesda. Classic food in a classic setting. Ask for David Your Waiter.

                      Carriage House
                      4030 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

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