Silver Diner

Written by on November 11, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: On one of our many walks, Chris and I happened upon the Silver Diner, and highly unamused by the kitchy architecture and neon lights, we ignored it. That is, until our friends Kit & David suggested we sample the fare at one of their favorite places in the city.

Silver Diner

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.

Silver Diner Inside

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.

Silver Diner Juke Box

What I ordered: I was inundated with the aroma of hot cocoa ($2.49) and simply could not pass it up! A steaming mug with a mountain of whipped cream and chocolate drizzle soon appeared in front of me.

Hot Chocolate

For our main entrees, Chris enjoyed the Country Scrambler ($10.99) with farm fresh scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, jack cheddar, sausage gravy, a side of silver dollar pancakes and a small bowl of strawberries. And, of course, we cannot forget the side of bacon ($2.79).

Country Scrambler

Aaron selected The American Favorite ($7.99) for two fried farm fresh eggs, a side of ham, a buttermilk biscuit and a side of grits (substituted for the home fries).

American Favorite

Hillah chose The Classic Benedict ($9.99), maple ham, tomatoes, farm fresh eggs over easy on Wolferman’s English muffins, topped with hollandaise and a side of home fries.

Classic Benedict

I enjoyed the Local Basciani Cremini Mushroom three-egg omelette ($11.99) with chicken maple sausage, roasted tomatoes, onions, scallions, feta and fresh basil, served with a small bowl of strawberries, and a side of whole wheat toast, for which I substituted home fries, and ordered a buttermilk biscuit on the side.

Local Basciani Cremini Mushroom three-egg omelette

On a return visit, Saturday, 15 December 2012: Our party was excited to be back and enjoy another delicious meal at the Silver Diner. We started with our staple, the Cheese Fries ($7.99) with extra cheddar jack ($0.99), layered, and a large cranberry juice for my hunny ($3.99).

Cheese Fries

Our main entrees included the Cajun Salmon Entree ($13.99), Cajun spiced salmon, topped with artichoke, roasted tomatoes, lemon garlic sauce, brown rice, pecans, scallions, and a side of fresh veggies;

Cajun Salmon Entree

and the new, Local Farm Raised Bison Huevos Rancheros ($12.49), crispy multigrain tortillas, chorizo and bison hash, farm fresh over easy eggs, peppers, salsa roja, scallions, cilantro, goat cheese, and chunky avocado.

Bison Ranchero

To end our delectable meal, we split a Deluxe Peppermint Shake ($5.99).

Peppermint Shake

On a return visit, Tuesday, April 2, 2013We joined some of our favorite Arlingtonians for a final hurrah dinner at The Diner. On this evening, we had one order for a Build Your Own Burger ($8.69+),

SD Burger

another for the Blueberry Pancakes ($9.98),

SD Blueberry Pancakes

the Diner’s Egg Salad BLT ($8.99) with egg salad, mayo, nitrate-free bacon, lettuce and tomato on toasted Jewish Rye,

SD Egg Salad

and the Country-fried Steak & Eggs ($10.99) for breaded steak, sausage gravy, and farm fresh eggs, served with a side of bacon and a house-made biscuit.


At the recommendation of our server, and the tantalizing photograph of one of the menu’s newest additions, I opted for the Banana Stuffed French Toast ($9.99) layered with vanilla bean creme, sliced bananas, chocolate chips, caramel and vanilla drizzle.


On a return visit, Saturday, November 16, 2013We re-joined some of our favorite Arlingtonians for lunch at The Diner. Included in our culinary enjoyment were the Country Fried Steak & Eggs (a tried and true favorite of my husband), the Huevos Rancheros, and two orders off of the new fall menu, for the ladies: Warm Roasted Local Veggie Salad ($11.99 each) with beets, squash, brussel sprouts, eggplant, red peppers, basil, rocket greens, kale, sunflower seeds, pecans, dried apricots in our house made champagne vinaigrette. One size only.

Silver Diner Warm Roasted Local Veggie Salad

What I loved: Fresh strawberries. Warm, freshly made buttermilk biscuits and a hearty, healthy and satisfying omelette.

Why I loved it: The meal, from start to finish captivated our taste buds.

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

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