Cap City Scores

On Friday, after volunteering for another full moon hike at the National Arboretum, I started walking back to the metro to go home. I ended up walking past Capital City Diner, which I had heard was going to be opening soon. Clearly I had heard correctly, so I walked in and tried it out. It officially opened last Monday. I didn't see this post at Metrocurean, but my waitress, Charlotte, says it was what gave her the idea to apply to work at the diner. Friday was her first day. She loves diners, and we share a mutual favourite Tastee Diner location: the Laurel location on Route 1 near Main Street, where I go when I meet my mom for whatever reason in Laurel.

There's something about diner food... It really does make me happy. And there is much to be said for being able to order fried ravioli, walnut pancakes, and apple pie all during the same meal at 9 PM! The ravioli [blurry in the pic] was excellently cheesy, but not as heavy as I would have expected, so bonus there! The walnut pancakes were good--once doused with syrup, they were gone in a flash [my mobile phone doesn't have a flash, but the pancakes are forever immortalized through photographic technology]. The apple pie was pretty tasty, too, but I'm a bit biased. I like my apple pie made from squash!

The menu includes most standard diner food (yes, they have corned beef hash, pancakes, waffles, eggs, yummy meat options, all the great stuff). It also includes Pigs in a Blanket! That made my night. Too bad I was being a good little vegetarian while there! During my meal, I heard the cook say something about a "Greek Omelette," which I clearly overlooked while perusing the menu. Guess what I'm ordering next time I go?

Capital City Diner had pretty good food, and I enjoyed my visit. Not only was it true diner food, but the atmosphere was a true diner atmosphere, too. The Diner in Adams Morgan has none of that feel to me, despite it being so close to where I live and the frequency with which I go. Capital City Diner had that community diner feel the instant I walked in my first time. Hell yeah I'll go miles out of my general haunts for it again!

The deciding factor, however, was that the coffee was good enough not to need cream or sugar. Finding coffee that doesn't taste like burnt Starbucks mishmash is more rare these days than excellent food or a diner atmosphere. (Okay, I might be exaggerating, but it did tip my opinion from "good" to "great.") They also have some space in the front that just begs to be gardened by a friendly local. Wink. Wink.

If anyone is down in Trinidad for whatever reason, do stop by Capital City Diner. Let me know, too--I'd love to come!

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One Response to Cap City Scores

  1. I bet you are one of the first reviewers! I love diner food, too. Whoever says they don't is lying... :)

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