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American City Diner
Posted by Richard K on 11/27/2012
My family has been visiting American City Diner over 15 years and have always enjoyed the food, the staff, and the old fashion fun found there. Of course now, the waiters know my breakfast and lunch choices, but they also know the names of my kids, and the favorite teams of me and my friends. Yet, they don't seem to treat me any differently than any other customer. Kids love the old style juke box and the electric train running overhead. I love the simple good food and easy parking.
Posted by anonymous on 06/11/2009
Not only the oiliest food ever, but one of the most foul bathrooms ever. The server was alright, but the cashier charged us twice.
Posted by longtime customer on 12/31/2008
I used to love this place when I was 7 years old. I used to love it when I was 17 years old and had the munchies at midnight. I have been once or twice since then, and was so disappointed by the sogginess of everything (food, napkins, service), that I would rather go to 7-Eleven than sit through that experience again. Yuck! I do, however, like the kitschy diner atmosphere with the toy machines and arcade game-things.
Posted by Pork BBCold on 11/09/2008
My girlfriend and I loved going to diners in NYC/No. Jersey and were excited to find this place just inside the DC city limits. That's where our excitement ended. We were seated quickly and our (very friendly) waiter got us our water and coffee very quickly. My gf was intrigued by the "brick oven" pizzas and I went for the special on the board: pork BBQ w/fries for $6.59. (Even though the waiter didn't mention this was on special and gave me the option of "upgrading" to fries. When we got the bill, I was charged full price ($7.59ish) for the sandwich despite getting chips instead of fries.) While we were waiting, I could see into the kitchen and watched them scooping a gelatinous mound of an orangeish brown substance that was then placed in the microwave. The pizza arrived at our table about 5 minutes before my reheated sandwich - must've been a line for the microwave - and she started to eat. While the taste wasn't *awful,* the pizza was certainly not cooked in a brick oven as advertised and reminded us of something that you could get at the local carnival or county fair. Not awful, but not worth $8. Then came my plate o' pork. My "sandwich" was a hamburger bun buried in the aforementioned brown substance with a pickle on the side that looked like it may have been gnawed on by someone or something. I managed to cut the sandwich in half, after scraping off half of the pork so that I could take a bite. The taste wasn't awful, but the temperature was. The meat was cold - apparently that microwave needs to be serviced. When we approached the lady at the front to pay our bill, she inexplicably charged double the amount of our bill to our credit card. She seemed very confused by this and blamed the bank for the snafu. "This machine doesn't take Capital One cards." she told us (!?!?). Instead of trying to correct the mistake by voiding the transaction and putting the difference back on the card, she nonchalantly reached into the cash register and handed us the difference ($22) in cash. The waiter who came over to assist mentioned that "The accountant doesn't need to know." As we walked to our car, my girlfriend and I said at the exact same time "Worst dining experience ever." I do want to say that our waiter was extremely friendly and we mean nothing personal by this review, but we will never be going back to American City Diner as long as we live in DC.