Silver Diner

Written by on March 6, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: Walking throughout the neighborhoods of Arlington, Chris and I happened upon the Silver Diner numerous times. We were both hesitant, partly through previous experiences that Chris has had in years past, but also (on my part) due to the kitchy architecture and neon lights.

Type of cuisine: A healthy diner. The normal diner experience accented with menu items such as a Mango Vegetarian Stir Fry, and other 600-calorie entrees. “Silver Diner is about good, fresh food, Healthy and Hearty, the choice is yours. To deliver you the best products, we buy fresh & local whenever we can. We have partnered with award winning local farms that support sustainable agriculture. We proudly use:

  • Produce from Local Farms when in season*
  • Farm Fresh Eggs from Martin Farms, Lancaster, PA
  • All Natural Milk from Kreider Farms, Lancaster, PA
  • Creekstone Farm’s Grass fed, Grain finished never EVER any antibiotics Black Angus Beef
  • Dry Aged Local Bison
  • Nitrate-Free bacon and local sausage
  • Hormone Free All Natural Meats
  • Certified Black Angus Steaks
  • Agave sweetened fruit toppings
  • 600 Calorie Entrée Choices & Gluten-Free Choices
  • Local & Natural Multigrain Breads
  • Locally Roasted Greenberry Coffee from Charlottesville, VA
  • Local Craft Beer & Wine, VA
  • All-Natural Simply Orange Juice
  • All Pancakes made with All-Natural, unbleached flour

Our commitment to Fresh & Local is an “ongoing journey” rather than a destination.” They seem to be living their motto: Eat Well, Do Well! as this progressive diner appeals to a larger and more health-conscious audience. In the restaurant, a large sign in the waiting area reads, “There may be stereotypes that come to mind when one thinks of a traditional diner, but Silver Diner is no greasy spoon. Sure you can get an amelet, toast, and a side of sausage for breakfast but those eggs will be from Martin Farms in Lancaster, Pa, the sausage will be nitrate-free and locally raised and the bread will be all natural. Your cup of coffee? From Charlottesville, Va. Milk with it? Brought in from Kreider Farms in Lancaster, Pa. Silver Diner makes farm-to-table accessible and affordable with few entrees above $15. The menu changes based on season, but the diner pumps out consistently delicious dishes year round.

Ambiance: From the outside, one questions whether or not to enter the kitch-style, mirrored facade with strips of neon lighting framing the building. Especially when, just across the street and continuing for several blocks, one can easily enjoy the calm of trendy bistros, bars, and restaurants. The large, single function establishment (restaurant set apart, not in a strip mall setting) is just as bright and tacky inside. Asbestos-looking rectangles make up the ceiling, framed by strips of red light coloring the areas immediately attached to the windows on three full sides of the space. Booth seating is available at each available spot next to a window, and along the mural-ed walls depicting another diner in blue and white, with the word “EAT” prominently placed. The floors are intricately tiled in hues of blue and grey, and sort of clash with the faux leahter, oxblood booth cushions and dark wooden backed chairs, set against the marble-textured laminate tabletops. Each table comes with its very own miniature jukebox beside a white, plastic container of sweeteners, a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, and a flip-chart menu of desserts and cocktails available at the Silver Diner.

What I ordered: Having spent an entire day Fasting, our eyes and stomachs were equally hungry and ready to feast! All four of us began with water, two of us added Silver Diner mugs of hot water with lemon slices on the side. Chris and I were immediately struck by the all natural, hand-dipped shakes and selected the Peppermint Patty ($5.99) made with vanilla ice cream, mint syrup, and Oreo cookies. With that, we placed an order for Cheese Fries ($7.99): Old Bay, jack cheddar, nitrate-free bacon and scallians served with a side of southwest ranch for dipping.

Cheese Fries

One of our dining companions chose a more healthy option: Summer Citrus ($9.99) salad with baby spinach, mangos, strawberries, dried cranberries, pecans, and carrots, tossed with fat free citrus vinaigrette.

Spinach Salad

Taking a recommendation from our dining companions, seconded by our server (Max), I went with the Guacamole Pepper Jack Burger ($10.99): BBQ basted, guacamole, pepper jack, two long strips of criss-crossed nitrate-free bacon, southwest ranch, half of which fed my husband, and a side of crispy fries.

Guacamole Pepperjack Burger

One of our dining companions chose the same, minus the bun, with a fresh baked Buttermilk Biscuit ($1.49) on the side, and sweet potato fries (an additional $0.99) instead of the crispy fries.

Sweet Potato Fries

Our second dining companion knew immediately that he wanted the Crispy Chicken Tender Platter ($12.99) made with antiobiotic and hormone free chicken served with honey mustard, crispy fries, and vegan slaw with cranberries.

Crispy Chicken Platter

My husband could not refuse the all-day breakfast and eagerly ordered the Country Scrambler ($9.99) made with farm fresh scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, jack cheddar, and sausage gravy served in its own baking dish alongside two silver dollar pancakes served with maple flavored syrup and a small bowl of fresh strawberries.

Breakfast for Dinner

Even after having licked our plates clean, Chris and I easily persuaded into enjoying dessert, sharing the Brownie Decadence ($5.99) among the four of us. The home made chewy fudge brownie came topped with all natural Breyers vanilla and chocolate ice creams, hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream and walnuts. Yum.

Fudge Brownie Ice Cream

What I loved: The shake was an extraordinary combination of our favoirtes: mint and Oreo, the burger juicy, tender and flavorful. The crisp, thick-cut bacon adding crunch and salty goodness to the soft guacamole. I truly enjoyed the warm brownie topped with chocolate ice cream and fudge.

Why I loved it: The entire meal, from start to finger-lickin’ finish was tasty, satisfying and all in the presence of delightful company. What could be better?

Cost: Low to average ($6.99 – $13.99 per sandwich, burger, breakfast or lunch/dinner entree)

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