For the best of the best when it comes to diners, Bob and Edith’s off Columbia Pike tops the list. An Arlington landmark for nearly four decades, Bob and Edith’s promises a traditional diner meal that is satisfying and just short of a heart attack.
From the road, Bob and Edith’s, or B&E’s for short, is unassuming – it looks like a metal trailer from the outside and could be easy to miss when driving past. The inside isn’t much to look at either, but the mismatched silverware, clunky white china coffee mugs and hard plastic booths are what give B&E’s its character: a no-nonsense diner that fills you up, doesn’t break the bank and sends you on your way.
The walls of Bob and Edith’s are covered with family photos, signs advertising t-shirts (available for $14.95), and, sadly for Washington football fans, Dallas Cowboys paraphernalia. Even the most faithful Redskins fans, however, are able to overlook this one fault for a B&E’s Western omelet ($7.29) – ham, onion, green pepper, tomato and cheese served with toast and home fries or grits.
Open 24 hours a day, B&E’s is a solution at any time of day and a constant hotspot on weekends. During actual breakfast hours, be ready to wait for a table. A sign notes that solo diners must sit at the counter, but watching the short-order cooks prepare meals at the counter will make your mouth water as you wait for your breakfast. B&E’s is also the place to be late at night, especially after midnight.
B&E’s specialty is breakfast, which is served all day, everyday. Try French toast doused in butter and syrup ($4.89), an omelet with bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese ($6.79) or an egg-n-cheese sandwich ($2.59). Wash it all down with a cup of coffee ($1.69; refills with meal) or your choice of juice ($2.29).
For non-breakfast fans, go with sandwiches: grilled bacon-n-cheese with tomato ($4.59) or roast beef with cheese ($5.29). Add either French fries or home fries for $1.29. There are also diner classics like meatloaf ($6.79) and a hot, open-face turkey sandwich with brown gravy ($6.99), and pair that with your choice from a long list of sides, ranging from mashed potatoes to macaroni salad to vegetable medley. The wide variety on the menu ensures that even the pickiest eater will find something more than satisfyingly delicious and unhealthy at B&E’s.
If you can save any room for dessert – or if that’s all you’re in the mood for, B&E’s won’t disappoint. Thick milkshakes with whipped cream ($1.79) come in a variety of flavors, from the traditional vanilla and chocolate to the more exotic blueberry. They also have pie by the slice and whole pies for sale: flavors range from classic cherry and pecan to more unique Snickers and peanut butter swirl.
Though they don’t go out of their way to impress, Bob and Edith’s certainly meets their goal of providing cheap, quick and filling food to hungry customers. Next time you’re in the mood for some good, artery-clogging French toast, whether at 3 p.m. or 3 a.m., B&E’s is the place to go.
Also noteworthy is that Bob and Edith’s recently became a non-smoking establishment, which makes it a more inviting atmosphere. Pair that with the jukebox, blaring a variety of music throughout the small restaurant, and the diner has a family-friendly vibe to it – as long as it’s during the day.
2310 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
Open 24 hours