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Ok so I apologize to the Leleboo in advance, I am sure my lackluster searching skills must be incorrect, but for the life of me I cannot find a thread on the Silver Diner, in multiple locations under diners or American food, or in Virginia in Clarendon. I then google searched to no avail.

I just wanted to state that I am really liking their new menu. It's not a regular spot for me, but when you want down home comfort food, which I did, don't want to pay a lot, which I didn't, and wanted it delivered to my door, it really was good. Things seem to be made fresh with more care then in past times. Stepping things up I would say. We got take out last night. I got meatloaf with mashed potatoes, corn and veggie mix with a choice of soup or salad side, got veggie chili. The meatloaf was well seasoned and tasted good, the veggie mix were carrots, broccoli, and butternut squash (really... I really think it was), they weren't mush they tasted quite nice. The mashed potatoes tasted very real. Nothing tasted like it was from a box or prepared ages ago. All in all I was really happy with it.

So much food I haven't eaten my veggie chili yet, but will have it for lunch tomorrow.

Hubby got a burger and said it was a surprisingly good burger.

The menu has lots of choices, healthy, not so healthy and lots of gluten free choices. I will be back (or at least order delivery) more often. I was really impressed. It seemed a lot different than in times past. Anyone else tried the new Silver Diner?

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They recently sent out coupons and a flyer talking about their new commitment to local agriculture, which I think is great.

Do they still have mozzarella sticks wrapped in egg roll wrappers? That was a favorite when I was a teenager

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My partner used to live very near the Silver Spring location near the metro. Silver Diner was the place we went when we were tired, pissed off, feeling low or otherwise depleted. It was perfect for a burger and a beer, totally free of attitude with a gentle price. I kind of miss it now that I live in Southwest and don't get back to Silver Spring much.

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Ok so I apologize to the Leleboo in advance, I am sure my lackluster searching skills must be incorrect, but for the life of me I cannot find a thread on the Silver Diner, in multiple locations under diners or American food, or in Virginia in Clarendon. I then google searched to no avail.

No need to apologize. First and foremost, I don't maintain the Dining Guides -- that's all Rocks. :)

Googling ' site:donrockwell.com silver diner ' yields only several posts in other threads that mention it, but no official thread. Basically, if you try Multiple Locations (which I think, but am not sure, is where it belongs), and then Google, to no avail, you're probably right in thinking there's no extant thread, and can go ahead and start one.

(This post may self-destruct in 24 hours so there's not too much explanation in this thread, but you get the point. :) )

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Do they still have mozzarella sticks wrapped in egg roll wrappers? That was a favorite when I was a teenager

I don't think they do, but I have to agree with you that this was one of the greatest incarnations of the mozzarella stick - at one point they completely f'ed it up by putting spinach in it.

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I don't think there's a Silver Diner in Silver Spring. There's a Tastee Diner, which is an institution but not great.

The Silver Diner in Rockville was a go-to place for an easy lunch or breakfast with the kids. The one thing I never liked there was the coffee - it was always wretched, no matter how fresh.

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Heather, as part of their makeover, they switched to Greenberry coffee. Pretty decent.

We don't go very often, but it has been a remarkable makeover from undistinguished diner chain, to a place that is really making an effort to focus on fresh, local, and sustainable agriculture.

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Credit where credit is due: Todd Kliman discovered Silver Diner 1 1/2 years ago - whether it was the result of a tip-off or his own forées up Route 1 is not important; his was the first major publication in town to write about it. Click.

I used to dine at the one in North Arlington in the mid 90s, and enjoyed it well enough, but it (and the others) had declined precipitously. Despite Todd's shout-out, I laughed and rolled my eyes when I saw their signs; maybe they had indeed made a concerted effort to improve quality. Maybe they still do. However, they are no longer in his list of personal favorites, so perhaps he thought they were merely worth one (or a few) mentions.

I'm heartened to hear our own brethren saying flattering things about Silver Diner. It has been said that Wal-Mart has done more for the organic movement than any individual small farmer. I'd like to think that's not true, but then there are financial realities. I don't know the answer to any of this; I'm merely posing questions.

Cheers,

Rocks

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I'd have to agree that the local/sustainable revamp has helped; their food used to be really pretty awful, and it's improved considerably since the menu change. The blueberry pancakes are actually worth going there for, which is saying something since SD used to be on my "avoid unless there's no other alternative" list, and the Greenberry's coffee is a huge, huge improvement over their prior coffeelike substance.

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Credit where credit is due: Todd Kliman discovered Silver Diner 1 1/2 years ago - whether it was the result of a tip-off or his own forées up Route 1 is not important; his was the first major publication in town to write about it.

Since 1989, anyway. I thought I heard about it through Phyllis Richman; the google came up with this.

The chocolate milkshake is pretty decent. Last couple of times, though, I've had to describe the "black and white" in order for them to make it.

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It has been said that Wal-Mart has done more for the organic movement than any individual small farmer.

I've read they are the single largest purchaser of organic produce (not at all surprising given their market share) but I don't think that's quite the same as what you said.

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I'd have to agree that the local/sustainable revamp has helped; their food used to be really pretty awful, and it's improved considerably since the menu change. The blueberry pancakes are actually worth going there for, which is saying something since SD used to be on my "avoid unless there's no other alternative" list, and the Greenberry's coffee is a huge, huge improvement over their prior coffeelike substance.

You know, we've been going to Silver Diners (mainly the one in Fair Lakes) for years, although we probably haven't been during 2010, and you all are absolutely right about how crappy their coffee was. I guess I never really thought much about it because, after all, they were trying to replicate the authentic diner experience. :)

Still, I'd trade authenticity for better coffee in a heartbeat, so this upgrade is good news. This thread is a good reminder that SD is a good place for us to take the kids.

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I have to add some cold water to the lovefest, but I don't consider Silver Diner to be a real diner. It is a chain that has a gimick. A real diner had a huge menu, running to 10 or more pages. Silver Diner has a very limited menu. A real diner offers lots of breakfast options, all day long, Silver Diner has way too few. Etc.

The food is OK, and I like the local produce/sustainable focus, but it just ain't a diner in my eyes. Good shakes however.

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I went to the one in Tysons this morning for a business meeting.

I probably misread the menu, but I was surprised when my Country Griddle showed up with everything in a bowl. Eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, cheese, potatoes, peppers and onions - oof. I felt bad for hours afterwards, though having approximately one bazillion cups of black coffee (and 1 OJ) with it probably didn't help.

Our service was also not so great.

Sigh. There's a reason why I don't CHOOSE to go there - I hadn't been there in years, and even with the changes in the food, I don't feel any urge to go back.

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I had a Silver Diner gift card--how it came to be in my possession involves a long irrelevant story-- but I decided to use it for lunch at the new Rockville branch, after I got my hair cut next door. I ordered bison sliders-- the meat was advertised to be coming from Monkton, MD. Two were on the plate, served on whole grain rolls that were chewy and dense, but definitely held up to the meat, pepper jack and guacamole inside. The patties were 3/4" thick, medium rare and with a generous percentage of fat, making them juicy, with a bit of that greasy mouthfeel you get from a Ray's Hellburger. The flavor was deeply beefy with an edge of funk that I've come to expect from grass-fed meat. There was a small portion of "vegan slaw", although it's beyond me why anyone eating bison would care if the slaw's mayo had eggs or honey in it or not, but it was nicely crunchy and leaning toward overly sweet with dried cranberries mixed in. A generous serving of thin-cut unpeeled fries stayed crisp right to the last bite of the sliders. Quite a respectable plate of food for $8.99, I thought . Especially since I wasn't paying cash. B)

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I ordered bison sliders-- the meat was advertised to be coming from Monkton, MD.

Has anyone checked to see if Robert Parker is still alive?

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Silver Diner? I can't tell you how often I've eaten at these places, mostly because my kids like bulk food as opposed to quality, the shakes are decent, and the places are convenient. The faux-50s look is off-putting to me personally, since I recall the real deals, and the sticky-floor lack of cleanliness is evident at the Springfield and Fair Oaks locations.

Surprising fact -- the breakfast go-to places for meetings involving the IT community are the Silver Diners in Herndon and Tysons Corner. I am personally aware of billions of dollars of IT deals being consummated over coffee and omelets at these two restaurants. I am not aware of any other restaurants in the entire DC metropolitan area where that magnitude of business is done.

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Silver Diner? I can't tell you how often I've eaten at these places, mostly because my kids like bulk food as opposed to quality, the shakes are decent, and the places are convenient. The faux-50s look is off-putting to me personally, since I recall the real deals, and the sticky-floor lack of cleanliness is evident at the Springfield and Fair Oaks locations.

I guess you haven't been recently and seen the changes that they have made with their menu. They are using as much locally produced meat and produce as they can buy, which is more than most places. Are they going to prepare a life changing meal? No, but they provide a competent meal at a decent price.

And those real deal diner places you mention from years ago are, as I am sure you know, alive and kicking and really don't provide much better food.

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I just like the fact that it allows children to hear the real, true music of Scooby Doo, Mickey Mouse Club, the original Batman and other quirky children's tunes in their jukeboxes.

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I think Silver Diner used to be a public company and I think I used to own some shares and I think I got burned for a good deal (to me) of money. But I think that was a long time ago and I think they've changed their menu and I therefore think I may have to give it another shot. Despite the fact that I think I won't be getting that money back.

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And those real deal diner places you mention from years ago are, as I am sure you know, alive and kicking and really don't provide much better food.

Really? That's amazing! To think that Guy Fieri created a whole television series around them!

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I grew up around the Fair Oaks location and remember when it opened, there was a line out the door all of the time. My family would go there occassionally for breakfast and, even though I was a dumb kid and didn't know anything, I did know that I wasn't eating anything special. I will say, however, that we go maybe two times a year for breakfast, over the past few years, and have always been very happy with going there.

And, I agree about the Tyson's location. It has been several years since I have worked in that area, but when I did, I was usually the only one not wearing a suit in that place.

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