Bob & Edith’s Diner

Written by on March 4, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Columbia Pike neighborhood, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: My friend, Seraj, first mentioned this great little dinner that served delicious breakfast foods 24 hours a day. We decided it was the perfect spot from which to start the third day of our 19-Day Baha’i Fast with ten of our closest friends.

Type of cuisine: Breakfasts with omelets, eggs with bacon/sausage/chicken/turkey, hot cakes, French toast, waffles and all of the sides your heart desires, to sandwiches and subs, liver & onions, burgers, fish platters, rib eye steak and chicken filet for dinner. A variety of juices from concentrate, teas, coffee, hot chocolate, shakes and sodas help to wash down your meal, or accompany dessert: an assortment of pies, bread pudding, ice cream or chocolate-peanut butter pie.

Ambiance: From the outside, one may expect very little of the small, block-shaped establishment with windows on three sides, leading out onto the corner streets and the parking lot. The red and blue neon signs in each window proudly boast the name of the diner for passerby, while mesmerizing the diners inside. Plastic booths with light-colored, faux-wooden chairs set against bright blue laminate tables don bright yellow, laminated menus in three rows: against the windows, along the center of the restaurant and right next to, with only a small, barely noticeable partition between. Rectangular-shaped fluorescent lights protrude from the ceiling, reminding me of junior high school and high school classrooms of the 80s. Specials, including shake flavors, are displayed above the kitchen staff on the minimal wall space, as are notes indicating B&Es rules: “Water is now served upon request!!!” Wifi and available B&Es t-shirt sizes. Framed magazine and newspaper articles, photographs (a woman in a white graduation cap and gown!?!) and other such memorabilia line the glossy, white tiled walls, partially checked with black tiles. A lone chalkboard in the corner boasts the daily specials, while just down the wall, a flat screen television set shares local news and sports. Approximately ten stools, alternating in plastic blue and yellow cushioned tops over stainless steel pillars are set on brick-colored square tiles against a white tiled backdrop atop which the brightly blue-hued laminate countertop sits. Between the dining patrons and the kitchen staff, the cluttered counters include displays of bagles, muffins and rolls, rotating wheels with a variety of selections of prepacked cereal and condiments to accompany meals. A blue runner (rug) extends from the front entrance along the step up to the counter, tooting the name of “Bob & Edith’s Diner Arlington, Virginia”.

What I ordered: Four of the twelve of us gathered at Bob & Edith’s ate together at one table. In our group, I selected the Western Omelet ($7.99) with bacon (instead of ham), onion, green bell pepper, tomato and cheese, a side of home fries and rye toast (buttered).


I also enjoyed a tart grapefruit juice ($2.39) along with a cup of water without ice. Chris chose the Veggie Omelet ($7.29) with cheese, onion, tomato, mushroom & green bell peppers, home fries and wheat toast (buttered), with a side of sausage ($2.49) and a side of bacon ($2.49).

Another Omelete

Orange juice ($2.39), uber sweet, from concentrate, kept his thirst quenched. Across the table, one of our dining companions opted for blueberry multi-grain pancakes ($7.19)


with one egg, scrambled, a side of sausage ($2.49) and a cup of orange juice ($2.39).

Eggs & Sausage on the Side

Our second dining companion went with the round Belgian waffle ($6.49) and two eggs, over easy, and a cup of orange juice ($2.39). Others in our large party also enjoyed the Western Omelet, among many other greasy, yummy things!

What I loved: I loved the caramelized vegetables in my omelet the most! The rye bread was also light and tasty. I loved that the home fries (not to mention everything else on my plate) lacked salt more than being inundated, allowing the flavors of the spices to come through more meaningfully. I also appreciated that the bacon was cooked to a burnt crisp!

Why I loved it: It’s open 24 hours a day, and, during the Fast, that’s a HUGE bonus when dining with friends!

Cost:  Low to average ($3.99 – $8.99 per breakfast entree)

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