CUISINE Diner, Comfort Food, American
PRICE Under $12
HOURS Open 24 hours.
NVM AWARDS Best Bargain Restaurant 2006
NEARBY METRO None
SPECIAL FEATURES24 Hrs
By Warren Rojas
Locals flock to the original Bob and Edith’s—a classic diner that’s short on parking and long on menu items—whenever they need a helping of good, old-fashioned comfort food, those magical dishes that transport us to a more innocent time with every soothing bite.
Patrons can take their pick from the roughly dozen booths in the main dining room or the 10 stools parked along the front counter. The entirely non-smoking facility attracts all types, as borne out by recent encounters with couples, gal pals, old Army buddies and even families with young children.
Redskins fans, however, should note that the walls are covered with enough Dallas Cowboy memorabilia to make Dan Snyder lose his lunch.
All the cooking is done in a deep fryer or at two main griddles, where piles of tanned home fries are huddled into corners for quick retrieval. Stacks of sliced bread stand at the ready to construct any of the deli-style sandwiches, mixed burger combinations and virtually every permutation of fried egg-and-something imaginable.
An open-faced turkey number (wish it was roast turkey rather than deli slices, though) doused with brown gravy is plentiful, but a side of macaroni salad (a healthy dose of noodles, carrots and celery) is better. The disappointment fades with one bite of a terrific tuna melt bearing gobs of tuna salad and crisp bacon pressed between buttery grilled toast. A vanilla milkshake is thick enough to eat with a spoon—and rich enough to make you want to try it.(May 2006)
By Warren Rojas
According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, beef is supposed to be what’s for dinner. Evidently no one told the staff over at the Bob & Edith’s locations in Arlington about this time-specific campaign, because they roll out tasty cuts of meat 24 hours a day.
The original B&E Diner is a community landmark located down near the Pentagon, while its somewhat breezier counterpart (huge picture windows let sunlight pour right in and a spacious outdoor patio allows for al fresco dining) can be found closer to the Four Mile Run section of town.
The most expensive item on the menu is a 12-oz. T-bone platter ($12.99), but virtually every other meal can be had for under $8. Breakfast is unapologetically fattening—butter pools in the middle of your toast, virtually everything gets splashed with oil before going on the grill—but well worth the extra calories. Most of the cooking is done on huge griddles, which are typically crowded with piles of continuously cooking home fries throughout the mornings.
Made-to-order omelets are mountainous creations spurting forth melted cheese, fried mushrooms, maple ham and more when pierced by the edge of your fork. A standard short stack summons three golden flapjacks—the pancakes are light and fluffy yet pleasantly voluminous—as bright as a harvest sun. Meanwhile, three omnipresent specials (all under $11) include: An 8-oz. Delmonico (somewhat too fatty in places, but otherwise a big, juicy steak), a 6-oz. filet (solid cut of beef) or a 4-oz. rib eye (a deliciously marbled mass of meat), all served with two eggs, home fries or grits and toast. Likewise, a platter of pork chops and eggs brings twin servings of lean but flavorful pork.