Last night, Luis and I had supper at Bob & Edith’s Diner at 2310 Columbia Pike (the original) in Arlington. I had the country-fried steak with mashed potatoes (lots of gravy) and corn. Luis had a club sandwich and fries. With two iced teas (free refills, thank you), tax and tip, the bill was $23.
It reminded me that I have always found downtown Washington to be lacking in good diners. By “diner,” I mean good, cheap food–not someone’s idea of over-priced, faux diner food.
We have plenty of $15 to $20 hamburgers and $14 plates of macaroni and cheese at places that bill themselves as just-regular-neighborhood places. Oh, please. Just give me more places that serve taco salads, breakfast all the time, soup and bread, Reuben sandwiches, etc. It would be nice to have it available around the clock–even though we go to bed pretty early anymore.
Having lived in Chicago for 10 years… where cheap diners, hot-dog joints and noodle bars are in abundance… I am mystified as to why Washington lacks for good, cheap food. Thoughts, anyone? After 16+ years here, I still can’t figure it out.