Diners are a part of America’s heritage. Sure, the best French restaurants in Washington, DC and the best seafood restaurants in DC are always great dining destinations, but all Americans can conjure up childhood memories of sitting in a vinyl booth, putting too much syrup on pancakes while getting a brain freeze from a giant milkshake. And, as luck would have it, our town boasts a sizeable amount of luncheonettes and greasy spoons that serve the kind of comfort food (including some of the best burgers in DC) that you’re most likely always craving. Whether you’re in the mood for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, the best diners in DC have got you covered.
The 15 best diners in DC
From greasy spoons to luncheonettes, you’ll want to eat all your meals and lots of comfort food at the best diners in DC
Best diners in DC
When a vegan goes to a diner, what does he order? Sorry, no punchline here. Vegans and diners typically don’t mix, that is, until Fare Well entered the scene. Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats opened her newest spot to serve plant-based diner fare to all sorts of eaters, but especially for vegans. Find meat-, dairy- and egg-free versions of classics, like tofu scramble, seitan and waffles, pancakes, milkshakes and a mushroom-chickpea burger. Even carnivores won’t be disappointed by the hearty main courses on the dinner menu. Southern fried seitan stands in for chicken, mushroom scampi replaces shrimp and pierogis are stuffed with flavorful nut cheeses that don’t leave you craving the real thing. Since Petersan is the queen of vegan cupcakes, you better not skip dessert.