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MY OMELET :-), DINER 29, FAIRFAX - Fairfax


29 Diner: Inexpensive, good food in historical place

Nat (b1bob) chose this restaurant for our last meal on American soil in the end of our fantastic southern odyssey just before flight back to Poland from nearby Dulles Airport. And it was a perfect choice, thanks Nat.

The building is a preserved streamline modern diner and quite popular place as I noticed. The smoking section, with tabletop jukeboxes in small booths, however, has an old-fashioned feel. The menu is far larger - and far more eclectic - than you might find in a typical diner. Inexpensive breakfast is served 24 hours a day and 29 Diner is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. They are closed on Christmas Eve for about 12 hours and that's all. The only thing noteworthy about the breakfast is that it's the South, so you can get grits (a type of maize porridge).

According to the official website, the 29 Diner building was delivered to its location in 1947 and is registered Virginia Historical Landmark. Let me explain.
A diner is a prefabricated restaurant building typical for the Northeastern United States especially New Jersey. Diners developed from mobile lunch wagons and are a favorite pop culture memory for many. In many areas, diners were superceded in the 1970s by fast food restaurants. I am suprised that this one in Fairfax survived. Today it's surrounded by development area of strip malls and car dealerships. The number 29 derives from the Route 29 by which it's located. In 1947, Route 29 was a rural place and the diner was in the middle of nowhere. It was basically a truck stop.

Favorite Dish: I and Urszula ordered omelettes which were huge and tasted great. They were served with delicious West Creek Grape Jelly packed in little paper bags like tea-bags. Additionally, what's important, we didn't pay much.

Address: 10536 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

Price Comparison: least expensive

Directions: Northern part of Fairfax, 19 miles west of Washington, DC downtown. Take exit 60 off I-66 to Route 123 South (direction Woodbridge), drive about half a mile and turn on lights right to Route 29 and 50, Diner 29 is on your right, a parking lot in front.

Other Contact: Fax:+1 (703) 937-4731

Phone: +1 (703) 591-6720

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Diner

Website: http://www.29diner.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 30, 2006
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