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The blue plate special; it's the hallmark of diner-fare, and in DC there are a number of restaurants serving this daily deal.

And, no two blue plates are quite exactly the same. Whether a diner is looking for fried chicken and waffles with a Pabst Blue Ribbon, a hearty slice of meatloaf or something more refined like blackened sea scallops with corn risotto balls, there's probably a blue plate that can satisfy a craving for a home-cooked meal.

Eater scoured the city for these restaurant specials and found a number of deals across DC.
—Tim Ebner


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. American City Diner

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5532 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 244-1949
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At the American City Diner blue plate specials like Salisbury steak rotate weekly. At this throwback diner, specials are served alongside a classic Hollywood film, which screens nightly on the diner’s deck at 8:30 p.m.

2. Blue 44

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5507 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
The staple blue plate special at the appropriately named Blue 44 is the fried chicken dinner, and it has a cult following. The dish is served every Monday night and comes with a starter salad and dessert for $19.

3. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 861-1310
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The blue plate special on Firefly’s brunch menu is a hearty offering: scrambled eggs, a blueberry muffin, banana and home fries, with a coffee or juice for $15.

4. The Wonderland Ballroom

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1101 Kenyon St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 232-5263
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What goes well with a Pabst Blue Ribbon? A blue plate special of course. At The Wonderland Ballroom, blue plates include chicken and waffles, fish and chips and a rib dinner.

5. Silver Diner

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12276 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 770-2828
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The original Silver Diner opened in Rockville in 1989, since then, the restaurant franchise has expanded to more than a dozen DC locations. What hasn’t changed are the blue plate specials. There are breakfast, lunch and early bird plates; the menu rotates daily with about a half-dozen items, such as the Paradise French Toast with fresh strawberries, cinnamon and caramel sauce.

6. Tastee Diner

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7731 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-3970
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If you’re in Maryland, probably the first diner that comes to mind is Tastee Diner. It’s a 24-hour, seven days a week operation that’s been open for more than 75 years. Each of the three locations, in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Laurel, serve blue plate specials. Check the website for the daily blue plate. And, mark the calendar for meatloaf night.

7. Ted's Bulletin

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505 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8337
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While 14th Street eagerly awaits for a second Ted’s Bulletin location, the Capitol Hill diner is serving a daily “Special-O-Day.” And, these aren’t your typical diner-fare deals. Recent dishes served by Chef Eric Brannon include, blackened sea scallops with corn risotto balls and Texas toast and smoked pork shoulder with jalapeno hash and a sunny-side egg.

8. Tonic Restaurant

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2036 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-0211
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Tonic gets creative with naming their weekly specials. This week’s specials include the Berry Delicious Salad, Jeremy's World Famous Tuna Melt and the Steve Martin's Jerk Burger.

9. Rocklands Barbeque

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3471 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-9663
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Rockland’s is the place for blue plate barbeque specials like "trailer park bbq" or applewood smoked bacon BLT. Call ahead or check Twitter to find out the daily deal, which varies at each of the four locations, in Alexandria, Arlington, Rockville and Glover Park.

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1. American City Diner

5532 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
At the American City Diner blue plate specials like Salisbury steak rotate weekly. At this throwback diner, specials are served alongside a classic Hollywood film, which screens nightly on the diner’s deck at 8:30 p.m.
5532 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

2. Blue 44

5507 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
The staple blue plate special at the appropriately named Blue 44 is the fried chicken dinner, and it has a cult following. The dish is served every Monday night and comes with a starter salad and dessert for $19.
5507 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

3. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, DC 20004
The blue plate special on Firefly’s brunch menu is a hearty offering: scrambled eggs, a blueberry muffin, banana and home fries, with a coffee or juice for $15.
1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004

4. The Wonderland Ballroom

1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington, DC 20010
What goes well with a Pabst Blue Ribbon? A blue plate special of course. At The Wonderland Ballroom, blue plates include chicken and waffles, fish and chips and a rib dinner.
1101 Kenyon St NW
Washington, DC 20010

5. Silver Diner

12276 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
The original Silver Diner opened in Rockville in 1989, since then, the restaurant franchise has expanded to more than a dozen DC locations. What hasn’t changed are the blue plate specials. There are breakfast, lunch and early bird plates; the menu rotates daily with about a half-dozen items, such as the Paradise French Toast with fresh strawberries, cinnamon and caramel sauce.
12276 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

6. Tastee Diner

7731 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
If you’re in Maryland, probably the first diner that comes to mind is Tastee Diner. It’s a 24-hour, seven days a week operation that’s been open for more than 75 years. Each of the three locations, in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Laurel, serve blue plate specials. Check the website for the daily blue plate. And, mark the calendar for meatloaf night.
7731 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

7. Ted's Bulletin

505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
While 14th Street eagerly awaits for a second Ted’s Bulletin location, the Capitol Hill diner is serving a daily “Special-O-Day.” And, these aren’t your typical diner-fare deals. Recent dishes served by Chef Eric Brannon include, blackened sea scallops with corn risotto balls and Texas toast and smoked pork shoulder with jalapeno hash and a sunny-side egg.
505 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

8. Tonic Restaurant

2036 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tonic gets creative with naming their weekly specials. This week’s specials include the Berry Delicious Salad, Jeremy's World Famous Tuna Melt and the Steve Martin's Jerk Burger.
2036 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. Rocklands Barbeque

3471 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Rockland’s is the place for blue plate barbeque specials like "trailer park bbq" or applewood smoked bacon BLT. Call ahead or check Twitter to find out the daily deal, which varies at each of the four locations, in Alexandria, Arlington, Rockville and Glover Park.
3471 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

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