Why Wait at the Diner?

Every weekend there is a line at the Diner. And not just a casual few minute pause, but a full on 30+ minute wait while the hostess calls out others in line before you.

I have never understood the wait and my clock-stopping-hottie refuses to go there because of the line.

Today is a great case in point. The line is out the door and the wait is 45 minutes minimum. And yet The Reef, where we are enjoying $3 mimosas and pancakes with orange-honey butter, is instant seating.

So please educate me DC, why wait at the Diner?

12 Comments so far

  1. Lemkin (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    Because The Reef sucks, first off. Secondly, The Diner is one of the few places in Adams Morgan (and DC) to get diner food and a good diner breakfast. Most other places don’t specialize in breakfast, so you get retarded things like egg-white omelettes and blueberry pancakes with cranberry/tangerine syrup. That’s all find and dandy if you want some gourmet overpriced meal to feel chic, but if you are looking for some eggs, bacon and hash browns, served quickly, with free refills of coffee and tea for under $10, you don’t have a lot of options.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    The Reef sucks? Wow. That’s pretty harsh when I had a tasty biscuit & gravy breakfast for under $10. In fact, all their brunch offerings were under $10. And you can have a great beer (I don’t drink coffee) to wash it down.

    Better yet, while the Diner may serve quickly, when you add in the wait, you can have two breakfasts at Reef in the same time.

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

    I will not wait in lines like that. My loss, I guess, but when the rubber meets the road, it’s hard to screw up eggs and potatoes and toast. Most places will be as good as most others.

  4. alex (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    Your clock-stopping hottie is right to refuse to wait. There’s nothing special that the Diner offers that can’t be had elsewhere without a wait. It’s the herd mentality — people see a line and they think they’re getting something great because of it, even if there are equally good places in spitting distance. Lauriol Plaza is the same way.

  5. Max (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    The “wait” at Lauriol Plaza is worth every minute. On average I only have to wait 10 minutes. Oh no!!! As far as Mexican food goes, this is my pick of the city. You can keep your overpriced Rosa Mexicano and their $6 bottles of beer.

    If you’re looking for a cheap, artery-clogging breakfast and your image is not on the line, I highly recommend visiting one of DC’s institutions, the Florida Avenue Grill (aka “The FAG”). Their pancakes come dripping in butter and their omelet’s have more cheese than egg. Their wait staff is always very friendly too (maybe because I tip them well?).

  6. RedShirt (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 10:40 am

    Please. You’re a grown-up now — you shouldn’t have to wait for a table. And for what its worth, the place is good, but not worth waiting for.

  7. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    Another great old-fashion diner Michael Darpino mentioned recently is the Waffle Shop at 522 10th St NW, a DC institution for 56 years. Too bad it’s closing shop.

    Or Annie’s Paramount Steak House at 1609 17th St NW is a great brunch place for a quick and reasonably-priced breakfast 24/7.

    Or for a few more clams, the shrills and thrills of Perry’s down the street has been fun to bring out of towners to – every time I’ve been the wait has been minimal.

    The Diner is overrated.

  8. chris (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    I can’t recall the name, but the little greasy spoon next door to DC9 is great. They have never let me down.

  9. dcgirl928 (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

    Two Things:

    Lauriol Plaza is way over-rated & nobody goes there except Virginia Yuppies. If it’s the food you love, go to Cactus Cantina on Wisconsin Ave – same owners, same menu, no wait. Frankly, you’ll find a cheaper, tastier Mexican meal at El Tamarindo (18th & Fl) or Tacos & Pepitos Bakery (Columbia Rd).

    The Diner is NOT the only place to get good brunch in Adams Morgan. Asylum serves a fast, excellent breakfast for vegans & meat-eaters alike. Bouron’s menu is tasy, too. And Pharmacy Bar does a nice little selection of bagel sandwiches to accompany your lazy Saturday Buckhunter game.

  10. gwadzilla (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

    The Reef Wednesday Night Drink Special for Cyclists-

    the roof at the reef will buy your second drink if you arrived at the reef via bicycle

    that sounds like a good selling point

    I love the Diner

    now if you want to bitch
    attack their sister Tryst

  11. gwadzilla (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

    the real question about Adams Morgan lines is Pasta Mia…

    can those people really not boil their own water?

  12. CSH (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    Pasta Mia’s line is another one I refuse to wait in. It boggles my mind why people will wait in line — whether its raining, snowing or 90 degree’s outside with 100% humidity …just to eat pasta. hmmmmm

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