A diner’s oversize booths and oversize pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of traditional American fare at American City Diner.
American City Diner transports patrons with classic cuisine within the chrome exterior of a 1950s-style eatery. The menu boasts breakfast from early morning until the diner closes each night at 11 p.m. or 2 a.m., including old-fashioned favorites such as cream chipped beef on bread warmed in an analog toaster ($7.95), and a platter piled with Nova lox, scrambled eggs, home fries, and a cream-cheese bagel ($10.95). The soul-food combination gathers a mini potluck, plating a country-fried pork chop with chicken livers, fried fish, collard greens, and mashed potatoes with gravy ($14.95). Soda jerks scoop confections from the malt counter all day, including malts ($5.75), root-beer floats ($4.75), and 24-ounce milkshakes in five flavors ($5.25).
In the main dining room, Jeffrey’s jukebox serenades guests with time-tested tunes by Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Frank Sinatra. Diners can also take their meals on the movie deck, where classic films roll each night, including Vertigo, Butterfield 8, The Sting, and rare footage from Spartacus’s home movies.
American City Diner
Behind American City Diner’s red neon sign, there's a billboard of cartoon family driving through the countryside, emblazoned with the text “There’s no way like the American Way.” It's an image that, like the restaurant as a whole, looks like it could fit right in Eisenhower-era 1950s America. The train-car-style exterior has a coating of blue paint, and inside, there's a constant soundtrack of Sinatra and Elvis. Picture windows line the front of the diner; wouldn't feel out of the ordinary to see a young couple with two straws dipped in one malted milkshake as they simultaneously dance the Mashed Potato.
Breakfast is served all day, and diners can also enjoy quintessential diner dishes such as burgers and sandwiches.
5532 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20015