I love diners, greasy spoons, pretty much any place that serves copious amounts of coffee and massive platters of food. This area really lacks the quality 24-hour Greek diners that I remember fondly from growing up in upstate NY. One issue we're running into is the lack of late-night dining in the Old Town Alexandria area. If it's after 10 pm, we've got slim pickings nearby. After a marathon Ikea assembly session, it was 1 am and we were hungry. Into the car we piled and off we went to Metro 29 Diner, which stays open until 3 am on the weekends.
My boyfriend loves breakfast. He ordered silver dollar pancakes, hashbrowns and 2 eggs sunnyside up. These were definitely not his favorite pancakes, and he probably would have been happier if they had grits.
My guilty pleasure, besides cheeseburgers, is a well-made reuben sandwich. There's something magical about sauerkraut, melted swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread. This one was massive in size, but with the sauce was the side it didn't create the unctuous bite I was craving. It was good, but there are better reubens out there. The onion rings were exactly what I was looking for.