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Theismann's, Joe Theismann's Steak and Seafood Tavern on Diagonal Road - Near King Street Metro in Old Town Alexandria

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I hesitate to write this, because I can't even begin to describe how ordinary this restaurant is, but the Dining Guide has no reference to a Joe Theismann's restaurant? Here, in the Washington DC area? Unthinkable.

A friend was visiting from out of town and suggested we meet at Theismann's. Silly me, I recall when it was a good place to grab a hamburger in Seven Corners....I had no idea that the only Theismann's remaining in our area was at the far end of Old Town near the King Street Metro. I had no expectations, and they were met....maybe I was thinking that a self-absorbed, overly talkative quarterback would greet us at the door, and I would ask him why there were so many 3rd-and-25 situations when he was the Redskins QB?

Anyway, the place is nicely appointed, more or less a sports bar up front and a restaurant farther back. My impression was part GAR, part Glory Days, part Dave and Busters, and part sports-star-named-steakhouse-without-a-lot-of-steaks.

We were treated to an affable but overly chatty waiter who had a not very good joke for everything, like when asked where the men's room was, he would answer "Outside, by that line of trees." Service was a little slow and a lot tedious.

The menu was uninteresting. It wasn't bad, but nothing really stood out. Standard grub mostly, from the fried calamari appetizer to the filet with mashed potatoes or salmon with basmati rice for mains. (Yawn...) Like I mentioned at the beginning, it's hard to describe how ordinary this place is, but the location is nice.

If you're looking for a place at the end of Old Town for beers with friends and flat screens to watch the games, here you go. If you're looking for anything else, you're in the wrong place.

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