Merry New Year! Here’s to an excellent 2019!
I had some time to play with ahead of my train south from DC, so headed for a leisurely breakfast in the Adams Morgan neighbourhood.
The Diner is open 24 hours which isn’t always a marker of great quality but it looked to be serving the kind of hearty fare I was after so I decided to give it a whirl.
I found it around half full at an in-between o’clock. I took up station at the counter and was promptly brought the extensive menu to consider.
I settled upon the corned beef hash which came with my choice of eggs plus a biscuit instead of toast for 50 cents extra. I attempted to order poached eggs but was steered towards fried over medium by my friendly waitress. I added decent filter coffee.
The food quickly arrived looking like a mish mash of disparate elements rather than an appealingly unified dish.
The biscuit – essentially a savoury scone – was good and the eggs were well cooked but the hash was pretty underwhelming. It was just a loose aggregation of potato and meat without much in the way of pop or character.
So overall, The Diner served me a good benchmark biscuit and a pair of well-cooked eggs, but the main element I’d ordered was a letdown. I suspect the place has some real gems on their menu but I was not lucky enough to unearth them.
Blythe scores The Diner
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 fot setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: Diner hash, biscuit, eggs over medium
I drank: coffee, water
I wore: travelling pants
Total bill: $16.43
Address: 2453 18th Street NW, D.C. 20009