Whose Diner This Is, I Think I Know

I want to tell you about the most amazing  experience I had during my recent road trip through the Shenandoah hinter-lands, for verily I say unto you that I have found my new favorite 24-hour diner, and this is the diner to which all other diners must bow.

And here’s why:

As part of the table-top furnishings it’s got pancake syrup in those wonderful small pitchers of my childhood (it’s there, next to the paper shaker next to the Sweet-N-Low) .

AND, there’s a Gravy of the Day.

With Biscuits:

The menu includes Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant prayers:

And fantastic overheard conversations:

The guy in the red shirt is comparing to the guy in the yellow shirt about something that “was not available when I got out“. . When he got out of WHAT??  Of prison, or the army, the priesthood,  the Young Republicans of 1968???…one can only imagine.

And where is this Shangri-La of 24-hour diners?

It’s on Broadview Avenue in Warrenton, Virginia.

And what is it called?

The Frost Diner.

Good diners make good neighbors. Stop by here on a snowy evening. Directions: Take the road less travels by.

Sadly, Top Cat and I were passing through Warrenton, Virginia in the middle of the morning so I have not yet had the pleasure of testing their grilled cheese sandwiches at 2AM, which is my favorite way to dine in a diner.

But their Deconstructed French Toast is excellent.

(This is how I deconstruct French Toast: 2 pancakes, topped with a plain omelet, drenched in syrup.) And the tea wasn’t bad, either.


8 Comments, RSS

  1. Deborah November 8, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    Is that a JUKE BOX?!

  2. downith November 8, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    Sigh – I miss diners. I love all the condiments standing to attention in front of the jukebox and the little wave from the serviette on top.

  3. Judy November 8, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    Can’t wait – I’m curious as to what village you live in. (I lived in Northport for 8 yrs.) I’ll have to show this to my husband, who loves diners, and we have been to many!! nothing like them for everyday comfort and the best food!
    My daughter used to live next door to a great diner in RedHook, NY and did the 2 am visit many times!!

  4. Susan November 8, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    I miss diners too! Having lived in the Northeast for a time, and enjoyed the local diners and their 2am Greek omelets, I am sad to say that the only 24-hour option here is a Walmart 17 miles away. Enjoy your grilled-cheese-late-night-florescent-light experience for all of us, Vivian! : )

  5. Joan/Jesse November 8, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    I’ve loved diners since childhood. Not that we had that many on the west coast, but the one I recall as being the best of all was on Rte. 66 (another favorite)in Albuquerque, NM…and one in Flint, MI where I had the extreme displeasure of living for 4 lost years of my life.

    I can’t help but think of Edward Hopper’s “Night Hawks” when diner is mentioned…the epitome of 24 hr, ghastly flourescent lighting experience.

  6. Deborah November 8, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    I lived in Flint for 13 years

  7. Nadine November 8, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

    I live in the land of diner — New Jersey! They’re everywhere. It’s the only thing in NJ that I’ll miss when we inevitably move when we retire, but that’s several years off.

  8. Jacquelyn November 10, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

    My first born heard it as “girl-cheese” sandwiches
    and those that followed learned that too…
    Funny thing how they hear and learn….our shepherd malemute was a “chevy malibu” and Jefferson Starship’s Miracles to my raised in the garden daughter was “Marigolds”.
    You know I think diners are an East Coast thing…I sure don’t think such as the chain “Shari’s or Sambo’s, fit.
    For the life of me I sure can’t do syrup with eggs….ewwwww. But I know they do make jam/jelly omelets in France. One of these days I will get the list of diners from that guy on the food channel and cross the country for biscuits and gravy. Something I would never make.

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