Party Earth Review Late-night breakfast is a must for many Adams Morganites, and the only place to find sausage-stuffed pancakes and towering eggs Benedict at 4am in this rowdy neighborhood is at The DINER. Open 24/7, the single-room eatery... ... read full review
2453 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan
Adams Morgan, Washington, DC –
Late-night breakfast is a must for many Adams Morganites, and the only place to find sausage-stuffed pancakes and towering eggs Benedict at 4am in this rowdy neighborhood is at The DINER.
Open 24/7, the single-room eatery is a magnet for bleary-eyed hipsters and danced-out club kids who make their way through the glass-paned entrance long into the night, taking over a few dozen wooden tables and booths or hunkering down on the maroon-cushioned stools lining the curved metallic bar.
By day the restaurant attracts a crowd of young parents and international travelers from the adjacent youth hostel, eagerly digging into the special of the day or one of the diner’s signature burgers, while Friday and Saturday nights see a stumbling parade of drunks with the munchies, tipsy girls guiltlessly plowing through peanut butter milkshakes, and guys blinding themselves with one too many Patron-based margaritas.
Sundresses and khaki shorts are clearly the order of the day for weekend brunches, as patrons take on the Royale breakfast special, a slab of blueberry pie, or a thick Bloody Mary, and even energetic dog walkers stop by to get their pups a homemade biscuit.
A neighborhood institution, The DINER is perhaps best summed up by its own Diner Declaration: That all men and women are endowed by their Creator with [the] right to eat breakfast whenever the heck they please…or wear last night’s clothes to Sunday brunch.”
Weekdays: mix of after-work servers from neighboring restaurants and bars, college kids, families, and older locals. Friday and Saturday nights: neighborhood partiers and late-night diners; Saturdays and Sundays: brunching couples and girlfriends. All ages.
Playlist includes everything from Michael Jackson to Red Hot Chili Peppers to jazz.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served 24/7, including the popular DINER Royale, featuring two eggs any style, home fries or grits, two pancakes or French toast, bacon, ham, sausage or chicken sausage, toast, an English muffin, and coffee.
Appetizers $4–$7, sandwiches and burgers $5–$9, entrées $7–$18. Beer $4, wine $7, cocktails $10, milkshakes and malts $5.
Anything goes: workout clothes, sundresses, jeans, last night’s outfit.
Thursdays through Saturdays after 11pm for the crowds, and weekend brunch for the hangover relief.
There are dozens of bars within stumbling distance of The DINER. Habana Village (1834 Columbia Road Northwest) offers live Cuban music, salsa lessons, and large mojitos. Bedrock Billiards (1841 Columbia Road Northwest) has $3 beer specials and several pool and shuffleboard tables.