Through a series of mishaps on Saturday night, ended up going to American diner for dinner. Arrived at 7:30 and were seated immediately (which is what I wanted, but should I have been worried then?!).
I ordered bacon cheeseburger, rare, with fries. It didn't come rare. In fact, it was WELL done. Now, in reality, I think it's a rare (ha-ha!) diner that can get that even close to right. So, why complain about it? Because it drives me nuts that they ask if they have neither the intention nor the ability to get it right. I would be happier with a well done burger if I hadn't been asked how I wanted it. The burger it self was only ok, thick, but not very juicy. The fries were good, though a bit more cooked than I like them. My partner had the hickory smoked burger. He asked for it medium rare, and I would say it arrived at medium. Not bad, compared to mine! The Canadian bacon seemed kind of gross to me, and his fries were from a different batch, less well done than mind (I noted with some jealousy!).
The biggest disappointment? The chocolate malted. Barely discernible flavor of malt (a big complaint, since the price difference between milk shake and malt is enough that they should make it worthwhile), FAR too much milk (it was the consistency of milk within 10 minutes) and just not a very good flavor overall.
All this, for $31 including tax and tip. Too much money, IMO, to pay for a mediocre diner meal. Sigh. It's on Connecticut Ave. just south of the Circle dividing DC and MD, on the west side of the street.
Anybody have any recommendations for a really good diner, with solid malts and burgers?