The term "diner" gets thrown around a lot in D.C. It's a problem because real diners adhere to somewhat strict standards. First, the food should be gloriously greasy and listed across many menu pages. Then, there's the inexpensive price point. Diners are there for the working man, the retiree, the off-duty cop, and the 20-something who can barely afford rent. States like New Jersey and Pennsylvania have figured this out. Their diners are located on busy highways or in city centers and run on a 24-hour cycle.
These days, D.C.’s idea of a modern-day diner includes “flexitarian” menus (Silver Diner), boozy milkshakes and fancy Pop-Tarts (Ted’s Bulletin), trendy small plates (The Diner), and polished, sit-down options like Gatsby and Unconventional Diner.
This map, however, focuses on the tried-and-true, small-scale classics that are fast, cheap, and filling. And now, in honor of Eater’s Diner Week, here are 16 old-school staples that shouldn’t be forgotten. For D.C.’s essential breakfast spots, go here.Read More