Classic American Diners Offer a Taste of the USA

The quintessential American diner conjures images of retro dining cars, jukeboxes and cases of homemade pies. Enjoy classic American foods, breakfast served all day and fast service, often available 24 hours a day. 

Bob & Edith's Diner in Crystal City, Virginia, USA, diners, restaurants
Bob & Edith's Diner in Crystal City, Virginia (Photo courtesty Arlington Convention & Visitors Services)
Blueberry Pancakes, Bob & Edith's Diner, Crystal City, Virginia, Arlington, USA
Blueberry pancakes at Bob & Edith's Diner in Crystal City, Virginia (Photo courtesy Arlington Convention & Visitors Services)
Virginia Diner
Historical photo of Virginia Diner, opened in 1929 (Photo courtesy Virginia Diner)
The Diner, Washington, DC, dining, diners, restaurants, USA
The Diner in Washington, DC (Photo courtesy The Diner)
Eggs Benedict at The Diner in Washington, DC (Photo courtesy The Diner)
Pete's Diner, Washington, DC
Dining al fresco at Pete's Diner in Washington, DC (Photo courtesy Washington.org)
Bob & Edith's Diner in Crystal City, Virginia, USA, diners, restaurants
Blueberry Pancakes, Bob & Edith's Diner, Crystal City, Virginia, Arlington, USA
Virginia Diner
The Diner, Washington, DC, dining, diners, restaurants, USA
Pete's Diner, Washington, DC

Diners populate the Capital Region, from its urban centres to the rural countryside and along well-travelled routes. Here are some of the most popular diners in the region.

Washington, DC

Pete’s Diner
This DC institution draws a regular crowd of residents and Capitol Hill staffers and politicians. Be sure to save room for the Pie in a Jar dessert.

The Diner
Located in the Adams Morgan neighbourhood, The Diner serves classic-inspired American comfort food and drink 24 hours a day.

American City Diner
Decked out with 1950s nostalgia - including a large mural of stars like James Dean, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe - American City Diner is known for big breakfasts and burgers.

Maryland

Tastee Diner
Since 1935, Tastee Diner has been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from a classic diner car. Tastee has three locations in Maryland (Bethesda, Laurel and Silver Spring) and the Silver Spring location was designated a historic landmark in 1994.

Double T Diner
Double T Diner has been serving the region since 1959 and today has eight locations in Maryland, including Baltimore, Annapolis, Ellicott City and Frederick.

Broadway Diner
Located just off Interstate 95 in Baltimore, Broadway Diner features recipes using their own spices and desserts made in-house. The menu includes more than 200 items, including several seafood and Greek dishes.

Virginia

Bob and Edith’s Diner
Known for famous pancakes and patty melts, Bob & Edith’s Diner has two locations in Arlington and one in Springfield.

Virginia Diner
Opened in 1929 in the heart of Virginia peanut country, this popular spot offers classic Virginia foods like Virginia ham, Brunswick stew and, of course, dishes featuring local peanuts, like Waldorf salad topped with savoury peanut dressing and their World-Famous Peanut Pie.

Metro 29 Diner
For more than 20 years, diners in Arlington have enjoyed Metro 29’s super-sized plates, plus homemade desserts and pastries served fresh from their onsite bakery. 

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