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Address: 4711 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207 (Cross street: N Glebe Rd)
Neighborhood: Cherrydale / Ballston
Specifics: Diner
Phone: 703-528-2464
Cost: $$
Credit Cards: Yes
Closing Time: 1 am
Restaurants Diner breakfast with some Greek touches.

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Metro 29
Posted by:  Mac Carey

The Silver Diner with a little more panache, Metro 29 is a 1950s throwback breakfast all the time any time kind of place. And one of the few restaurants in the area where you can get a half decent poached egg. Here Sunday mornings have the anticipation of a Friday night, reservations and all. Don’t be discouraged though, because the wait is rarely longer than 15 minutes. The peak time on Sundays also brings together a strange cross-section of the population. Pastel clad flocks of churchgoers rub elbows with spaghetti strapped Saturday nighters preparing themselves for the journey homeward.

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29 Diner
Posted by:  Nancy Dunham

If you crave sushi or even a fine Caesar salad full of anchovies and croutons, go elsewhere. Mashed potatoes and gravy, burgers, and grits are the staples at the 29 Diner, built in the days before carbs, South Beach, and rock & roll. The booths are small, cramped, and torn, the floor is worn, and the waitress (to call her a server would just be wrong) peruses the newspaper while she slurps coffee and simultaneously chews pie and chats with the cook until you beckon. “This is like Back to the Future, my 20-something friend Matt says as he scans the beef- and pork-laden menu featuring side dishes such as grits, fries, and scrapple (if you don’t know, you might not want to ask). I think it’s more like “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” but I do get his point. The 29 Diner (which fans call the “Tastee”) is as far from a chain as you can get. For all the media coverage it’s gotten through the years (displayed proudly on the walls) and on television commercials of nearby car dealers, it remains an unspoiled place to get a good meal at a low price. Yes, it’s old fashioned. But what’s funny is that the cell phone talking professionals in business suits are the ones that seem out of place–but more than welcome.

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