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Greasy Spoons (D.C. ed.): do they exist?

John | Sep 26, 200009:56 PM     9

A very nice, very nostalgic thread is winding its way through the Manhattan board, discussing the classic, lamented greasy spoons that once dominated our fair city. (New York, that is, where most of us Dee Cee'ers are from.) My question: are there any jernts in the metro Wash area worthy of the golden spoon?
Here are my nominations for greasy spoons that are emphatically *not* worth visiting, not because they aren't dank and depressing (the sine qua non of spoon decor), but because the food stinks. (1) The place on the corner of 20th and N. (I forget the name, or maybe I'm blocking.) Truly one of the worst dining experiences in America; in business only because unsuspecting tourists from the mega-hotel next door don't (and can't be expected to) know better. Horrific food, and horrific service to match. (2) Calvert Grille, on Mt. Vernon in Del Ray. Not really greasy, but aspires to that status. Food is distinctly bad. (See an earlier post from me with details.) (3) The place on King St, which once upon a time had a Korean-born chef who'd supposedly cooked at the French embassy. (Forgetting the name, again!) I'd be surprised if he were still there; nothing remotely Korean or French about the soggy potato cubes served with limp sandwich meats in stale bread. Definitely dank, though. (4) Silver Diner, Bob & Edith's diner, and every other fausse retro diner in the metro area (Arlington, Chevy Chase Circle, etc.).
Here's my next question. Are there *any* greasy spoons, a la the place near the courthouse in the Bronx, in our adopted home? Help!

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