Slim’s Diner started frying eggs to much fanfare last month at the corner of Georgia and Upshur. Lengthy waits — even on weekdays — prove the neighborhood’s been in dire need of more all-day breakfast joints.
The man behind the hip diner is Paul Ruppert, who’s created community in Petworth with his existing establishments Petworth Citizen, Upshur Street Books, and Cappy’s Crabs. Slim’s shows the first meal of the day doesn’t have to break the bank, with Slim’s Breakfast (with two eggs, meat, toast, potatoes, and three pancakes) just $12. Booze, lunch and dessert options round out the menu.
In just two weeks since opening, Slim's has 35 Yelp reviews with an overall rating of three stars. Read on for the early word of Slim's Diner:
The Why-Are-We-Waiting News: Yelper Megan A. wondered if invisible bodies were taking up seats, saying: "We waited while staring at empty booths and empty counter stools for up to 20 minutes without seating anyone, while a dozen or so people are waiting to be seated." Facebook user Alexis Theresa Gutierrez says, "It took 20 minutes to get our tea and coffee. I had to ask three times for my side of scrambled eggs, including asking the chef to come to the table since we had cold potatoes and were missing items." Instagrammer @aaronksaunders says, "When you spend more time waiting to eat than it will actual take you to eat, you start to question the logic of waiting." [Yelp, Facebook, Instagram]
The Funky Decor News: Good things come in small packages, notes Brightest Young Things: "Slim’s smaller than I thought it would be, mainly because almost every square inch is packed with vintage inspired red leather booths…It’s a good mix of old a new. There’s even one of those fancy touch screen jukebox." Instagrammer @mickture took note of the whimsical dessert wallpaper in the bathroom, writing: "Never been in a #bathroom where I wanted to lick the wall, but hey-every day is a new experience." [BYT, Instagram]
The It's More Than Just Breakfast News: Lunch and dinner options are also aplenty. Yelper James B. says, "The patty melt was a double cheeseburger on sourdough loaded with cheese, and the turkey reuben was everything I could have hoped for as well! Their onion rings were spot on, nice and crispy." Facebook user Charles Fleming writes, "The Monte Cristo...was presented professionally and was a perfect balance of ingredients fried with a perfect golden crispy exterior and the shoestring style fries were hot and generous in portion." [Yelp, Facebook]
The Bang For Your Buck News: Brightest Young Things writes, "Almost nothing is over $10. Let that sink in. You can come in here and get a club sandwich for $7. You can get two eggs with toast and potatoes for $6. Or French toast for $8." [BYT]
The OG Diner News: Washingtonian writes, "This isn’t your pricey, "new wave" luncheonette with foie gras French toast on the menu—and we couldn’t be happier." Facebook user Anna Thorn says, "Hospitable, retro chic, great menu, and the PERFECT glazed donut. Exactly what a diner should be." Summarizes New Columbia Heights: "The inside is very traditional diner with soft stools and booths." [Washingtonian, Yelp, NCH]
The Less-Than-Impressed News: Some customers say there are kinks to work out before they'll come back. Yelper Maddie H. comments, "Until they get better staff, this place will suffer. It was not a very hospitable or comfortable experience as we felt like an imposition just for being patrons of the restaurant." [Yelp]
The Delectable Dessert News: Instagrammer @a.gardner writes, "Thought about pie and had to know if it was delicious. It was and you can take it to go." Yelper Hannah H. says, "a slice of raspberry pie was one of our favorites. It was tart and had a criss-cross pattern of the crust, topped with sugar, and the strawberry milkshake was not too sweet and had a great strawberry taste to it." [Instagram, Yelp]