When you walk into the Silver Diner, you immediately embark on a journey to the past. Your hostess, Shirley, meets you with the warmest of smiles as you proceed to your booth. You sit down, open up the multi-page menu, and are ready to make the most monumental decision of the night.
The original Silver Diner was opened in 1989 in Rockville, Maryland. The founders believed that there was something truly special about the American diner, calling them “uniquely American” and “democratic institutions where the very look of the building on the outside invites people in for diverse fare.” The Silver Diner became a huge success, as there are now fifteen locations across the mid-Atlantic.
The ambiance of the restaurant feels authentic, like that of an old-fashioned diner. One of my favorite parts of the diner is that there is a small jukebox in every booth. These jukeboxes contain a wide variety of classic music, from the Beatles to Michael Jackson, and the music throughout the meal embellishes the dining experience.
One of the trademarks of the Silver Diner are their delectable milkshakes, which come in great variety. Gordon Granger (‘16) decided to indulge in one of the diner’s famous shakes, the Chunky Monkey. “I originally ordered the Chunky Monkey originally for the fun name, but it surprised me with its overall wonderful taste.”
Another one of the more coveted shakes, the Peppermint Patty, was consumed by Dalton Ruh (‘16). “Both festive and tasty, the Peppermint Patty Milkshake is a wonderful treat.”
As we transitioned into the meal, we decided to go in different directions. Dalton and I decided to explore the more traditional dinner option, ordering the Hickory Smokehouse Burger. The Burger came with fresh-tasting ingredients, including succulent bacon and mouth-watering cheddar cheese. The fries came in a separate container, and were plentiful and salted to perfection.
The rest of the group decided to explore the breakfast route, starting with Max Vaughan (‘16) who ordered the Buttermilk Pancakes and Eggs with bacon. “The chocolate chip pancakes and eggs were a divine combination, perfectly accenting my Oreo Cookie Milkshake.”
Notoriously adventurous eater Granger splurged for the Banana-Stuffed French Toast. “It was called banana-stuffed, and I was a little disappointed that the bananas weren’t actually stuffed in the french toast, but overall it was a good dish.”
Health nut David Angstadt (‘16) took a sometimes less traveled diner route, in both the milkshake and food department, indulging in the Health Shake and the California Omelette with fresh fruit. “It was more tasty than I expected, because the name does not necessarily excite the consumer, but it all ended up being quite tasty.”
The Silver Diner prides itself in all of its food being fresh and locally produced, with their food coming from 15 different local farms. This local food contributes to the health section of the menu, which contains multiple options for under 600 calories, as well as a gluten-free section. While this increase in quality of food is a positive difference from your average diner, it comes at a price. Our final cost of dinner and milkshakes all hovered around twenty dollars per person, a rather large amount for a diner.
This being said, the wide variety of options, impeccable service, high quality food, and classic ambiance make for a truly sensational dining experience. No matter the time of day or what you are in the mood for, the Silver Diner is always a great option.
All photos by Ben Greer.