This past Sunday, we helped one of our college friends’ and her husband move into their NEW HOUSE! in the city. We decided that a day of moving boxes and carrying furniture called for a good hearty breakfast beforehand. Another college friend, M, asked to catch a ride with us from the Columbia Pike area of Arlington. I used this as the perfect excuse for us to FINALLY check out Bob and Edith’s. The lady and I had tried to head there once before, but were dissuaded by the lack of parking in the tiny lot. This time, we were armed with that knowledge, the suggestion to park on a side street and not even fool with the lot, and were accompanied by a B&E veteran. Seriously, M has been going to Bob and Edith’s since she was a kid, to have pie with her dad. I knew that with her expertise, this was going to be an awesome experience.
We arrived around 10:30am. We though that because it was Mother’s Day, it might be a little more calm than usual. I don’t know what usual is, but we only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table to open up. It is pretty amazing how many seats they can fit in the tiny space and how quickly they turn over. We sat down and studied the menu. There is every kind of breakfast food you can possibly imagine. And then’s there’s a board on the wall with weekend specials. M was telling me about how she usually orders the corned beef hash, but always considers the banana walnut pancakes. She ultimately decided on her usual, so I went for the waffle! The lady also went for a waffle, but hers with pecans. The waffles came with bacon.
I figured mine would be easiest to eat if I smooshed the bananas down into the waffle squares. So I did, smothered it in syrup, and went to town. the waffle was cooked perfect, just the way I like. Crunchy outside, soft inside. The bananas were an awesome choice. And the bacon, as bacon is, delightful. I tried M’s potatoes and they were really tasty as well. The lady enjoyed her waffle. As soon as the food got there, we were all basically silent, so I think that’s telling to how delicious it was.
Since there were people waiting for tables, we didn’t linger. We paid our surprisingly cheap check ($33 for 3 people, I think?) and ventured out to help our friends move into their awesome new house. (Where I fully expect to spend my Sundays, cooking out in the summer and watching football in the fall.)
- Favorite thing I had: Everything I had. That waffle was so good. And with the smooshed bananas. Perfect.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The pie! The biscuits and gravy!! I felt a little glutenous from the night before, so I went waffle (Which is silly, I know. It had fruit! Rather than sausage?) rather than biscuits this particular visit.
- What makes this place stand out: It’s TINY! It’s just a little diner with a tiny parking lot. First come, first served. You wait until there’s a table and you swoop in and take it.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): It won’t be too long. I’m thinking maybe we’ll go in next time we want breakfast for dinner but I don’t feel like cooking it myself.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): This area is growing up like crazy. You could walk across the street to Society Fair for some coffee or wine. Other than that, it’s mostly food. Which you will not need more of after you’re finished here. Maybe a show at Arlington Cinema and Draft House?