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Indulge All-American Appetites at The Diner in Washington, DC

October 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC, US — Tourists who head to Washington, DC for a taste of American culture will not be disappointed. Not because of the sprawling U.S. Capitol, the regal Lincoln Memorial, or the radiant Washington Monument—though these sights also paint a fair portrait of the proud United States. No, we’re talking essential American culture. The kind you can only get at a restaurant like The Diner.

The Diner is the consummate American experience. Not a bistro, but not a hyper-greasy spoon of truck-stop proportions, it offers the cuisine of our great nation—Reubens, cheesesteaks, omelettes, and pancakes—without the expired ketchup and moldy parmesan that spoil fare of its lesser peers. In contrast to the bitter, blackened, and watered-down brew of your local luncheonette, The Diner prepares Counter Culture coffee exclusively. And rather than channeling the wholesome family-friendliness of a small-town soda fountain, The Diner operates a fully stocked bar, which allows for weekly Burger and Beer nights—every Monday, to be specific. We don’t know what culinary combination is more American than that.

Of course, there’s more to American culture than food, which is why different nights at The Diner honor other aspects of the grand ol’ USA. Wednesday nights are a residence for the DC-based Wifi Trio, which layers its funky beats over a foundation of classic jazz. Tuesdays, on the other hand, honor the United States invention of out-of-home courtship, with pizza-and-wine deals for dates. And in a nod to this country’s famously excessive work schedule, The Diner serves up its full menu a pretty 24 hours a day, meaning that every night in DC is Diner night. As written in its Diner Declaration, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, That all men and women are created with equal appetites; That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are: The right to eat breakfast whenever the hell they please.”

America the Beautiful, indeed.

Read more about The Diner in our Washington, DC guide.

The Diner
2453 18th St., NW
Washington, DC
(1) 202-232-8800
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