Slim’s Diner Open Today from noon – 4pm!! Normal Hours Friday (7am to 2am) Check Out the Menu!!

by Prince Of Petworth June 29, 2016 at 10:15 am 97 Comments

Georgia and Upshur Street, NW

Hallelujah!!!!! Slim’s is finally here:

“Today – Open from noon – 4pm
Tomorrow – Open from 7am – 4pm
Friday (we start our regular hours) – Open from 7am to 2am

Regular hours:
Sunday – Thursday 7am – Midnight
Friday & Saturday 7am – 2am”

Check out their menu: slims menu (PDF)

  • LittleBluePenguin

    YAAAAASSSSSS! Cannot wait to hit this place! it’s a smidge pricier than I was hoping for (diner prices in South Philly / NJ are definitely lower), but I’ll take what I can get!

    • neighbor

      Why is the first comment always someone with a complaint? This place looks amazing!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Jesus Christ. It’s not a complaint, I’m super super excited. I merely remarked that I was hoping (not expecting) for prices to be a little closer to the diner prices I was used to. I think they are excellent prices for DC. I’m allowed to be ever so slightly disappointed that the cost of living in DC is so high.

        • B’dale Res

          You say tomato, they say tomato.

        • ANM

          I challenge you to find me cheaper prices at a sit-down restaurant than this. Some people will gripe about anything, I swear.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Yasss, but then you have to go to South Philly/NJ, which nobody does unless they really have to.

      • MtP

        Wrong, I go to South Philly all the time for hoagies (Cosmi’s deli FTW), cheesesteaks, and to walk around the Italian market on 9th Street. I love spending an afternoon wandering around South Philly. Jersey, on the other hand…

      • The Other Jason

        This place looks great. I just hope the prices are low. Wait…was that already said?

    • Anonamom

      I actually think the prices are on par. I eat at a lot of diners (perfect environment for kids – though somehow I doubt this will be the case in DC), and this is on par with most. Some are super cheap, but they tend to be older, family-owned places who haven’t changed anything in 30 years.

    • ExWalbridgeGuy

      Man, I would hate to run a restaurant in DC… you open what appears to be literally the cheapest restaurant in the entire city and the very first comment complains about the price being too high. Open a diner with South Philly prices and I’m sure the first comment will be something like “wish it was as cheap as this cafe in Costa Rica that I went to when I studied abroad blah blah blah why can’t DC have a single decent Costa Rican cafe”

      • ANM


      • Anon Spock

        The issue is that some ppl here are living above their means, so rather than curtail spending, they complain that prices are too high.

        • msus

          or we are frustrated that pricier places such as SF and NYC have cheap food options that DC lacks (although the way SF is going, that probably won’t be the case much longer).

          • Anon Spock

            I know nothing of sf, but nyc has 8 times the population as dc, so why would you expect the same level of affordability? Cheap food prices generally need lots of people or very cheap real estate to make it work.
            How much would these items cost in sf & nyc?

          • msus

            My comment was in general, not about this restaurant specifically. Prices at the diner are very reasonable by any large metro area standard.

            SF Bay Area is about the same size as DC metro. SF itself has about 200K more people than the District.

        • Skeeter

          Part of my usual complaint about the prices in this city is that usually I’m paying higher prices for lower quality food in DC when I compared to the price/quality of the food to other comparable cities (ex Chicago, Philly, NYC, LA, etc)

          • Food in DC is better than Philly in almost every category.

          • Skeeter

            Well your the first person I’ve ever heard state that DC has a better food scene (that means not just upscale food) than Philly.

          • Are you asking Philadelphians, or people from neither who can objectively judge? I’m certainly not saying it’s cheaper, but barring a few specific niches (and DC has its own niches to counter), I think it’s on the whole better. The folks at Michelin seem to agree.

          • Skeeter

            This is coming from people who have lived in Philly and now live in DC or people who live in DC and frequently visit Philly. I’m not sure how DC now having the Michelin Guide, which only rates upscale fine dining restaurants, all of a sudden justifies it having a better food scene than another city when having a good food scene means having quality food across all price points not just upscale restaurants.

          • “I’m not sure how DC now having the Michelin Guide, which only rates upscale fine dining restaurants”
            Then you don’t know what the Michelin Guide is, because it includes the entire spectrum. It only gives stars to the best of the best, but it’s full of “value” places that don’t earn stars.

          • Skeeter

            Oh I had no idea and that’s good to know, but I’m still rating a city’s food scene from my personal experience and that of friends instead of the Michhelin Guide. Like I stated earlier though I’m not sure having the Michelin Guide is the defining measure of a city having a better food scene especially being that they are currently not in New Orleans or Houston but were Las Vegas

          • Oh I agree, the Michelin Guide is most certainly not the arbiter of food scenes in the country. There are only 4 US cities rated, once DC gets it, and DC is not the 4th best food city (in my opinion). I’m only mentioning as a reference point that there are plenty out there who view DC as a top tier destination, for one reason or another. So it’s not that unheard of to me that people view DC as superior. I’ve heard no shortage of people say the same as you about Philly.

    • Dan

      Prices seem on par with The Coupe – probably a tad lower for some things.

  • Prices actually reasonable considering it’s in a developing part of the city. Hopefully the portions are diner sized as well, and not skimped to make up for it.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      I agree, they’re not unreasonable prices, I was just hoping for….lower. eh. But hell, if they get the taste and the portion size right, then I will not complain!

      • neighbor

        I’m actually surprised at how reasonable this is. Much, much better than, say, the Coupe (only 8 blocks away). There’s absolutely no way you can make money charging less.

        • anon

          Seriously, these prices are more than reasonable. There’s basically nothing on the menu above $10!

      • OP Anon

        Have you not eaten in a diner in NYC? Those prices are insane. $16-18 for a club sandwich is pretty standard.

      • neighbor

        You literally are complaining.

    • JM

      I’ve seen some preview images that show pretty good sizes (IMHO). Here’s the club sandwich + side salad ($10 total), for example: https://www.instagram.com/p/BHDSQ5CAkTX/

      • wobber

        Are the olives photoshopped into this photo?

    • Philippe Lecheval

      I agree. I’d even be willing to pay a little more if the proceeds went to replacing that straight apostrophe in the sign with a proper curly one.

      • Truxton Thomas

        +1. Is it a serif font or isn’t it?

  • Kennedy St neighbor

    FINALLY. I’ve been stalking their facebook page every day. They’re going to serve Bullfrogs Bagels (delicious)! I hope we can buy some to go. Also, their donuts on their facebook page look delicious, and I hope that we can also get those to go. I’m very very excited about this!

  • joe

    People were hoping for lower prices? There is exactly one item on the menu that costs even $10. This is DC–how much lower were you expecting?

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Wasn’t expecting – merely hoping!

    • BlueStreak

      +1. I love these prices. People always complain about prices here though. And usually compare it to someplace that has a much lower cost of living.

      • Anonymous

        High prices for residential real estate typically lead to higher prices for commercial real estate, especially when the density of the neighborhood increases. But I guess if most of your money is going to pay for a mortgage, you really need cheap eats and nightlife.

      • msus

        I’m a cheap ass and complain about prices often, but this is probably the only time I’ve looked at a DC restaurant’s menu and thought, “Wow, this is a pretty good deal.”

  • Ben

    Timber Pizza is opening too!

    Now we need progress on Midlands and Ruta del Vino

    • timmyp2353

      I’ve seen them working on Ruta del Vino a few times. They basically had to tear the interior out and I hear it’s actually going to be pretty big so may be a while. These three new ones are a great sign though.

      • neighbor

        Ruta del Vino has photos of the buildout on their Facebook page. They are definitely making progress but have quite a ways to go. It’s coming, but I wouldn’t hold your breath for the time being.

  • Guess I know what I’m doing for breakfast on my day off Friday.

  • zeeeeee

    This place is gonna do great. I think prices are reasonable considering other places in the hood, and what people are willing to pay for rent!
    @littlebluepenguin I was just at the Melrose diner in South Philadelphia last month, a place I frequented in my youth 20+ years ago. It was a great blast from the past. The only diner I’ve ever been to that doesn’t give free refills on coffee, but the apple pie is delicious.

    • MVT

      Penrose or bust – Go Birds

    • LittleBluePenguin

      I have these wonderful memories of going to this diner with my mom and grandma after every visit to my pediatrician downtown, I can’t for the life of me remember the name or where it was located, but oh man do I remember they had the BEST Jewish apple cake. Ever. We would usually buy a whole one to bring back forthe rest of the family. I wish I could remember where this was, so I could see if it’s still around and stock up on cake!

    • If I were going to transport breakfast from Philly it would be One Shot over any of their diners.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        I have never heard of this place. I had to google it. On googlemaps, it literally came up listed as “One Shot Cafe – Hipster coffee bar and cafe.”

        • Pretty apt description, but their donuts and breakfast sandwiches are out of this world.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Yeah, they look pretty good, at least from the pics on the website! I’ll try to stop by next time I’m in NoLibs (which….may be a while.)

      • anon_1

        I’d take Sabrina’s, but it’s not classic diner

  • MRD

    Wow, real diner food at VERY decent prices. The sandwich and salad posted above looks delicious. I think the biggest issue is going to be getting a table.
    So, so thrilled about this.

    • dat

      Agreed that the biggest issue is going to be getting a table…

    • anoone

      +1. What Ted’s Bulletin should have been.

  • Kennedy St Neighbor

    Does anyone know what the capacity is inside? I suspect this place is going to be slammed this weekend, and it will be hard to get a table. Also I predict massive amounts of small children.

    • Try the Veal

      But how will the prices be on the small children? South Jersey prices, or DC prices?

      • ScienceTeacher


    • timmyp2353

      Capacity it pretty small inside. There are 6 or 7 booths total and maybe four or five bar stools. They will have outside seating in the near future which will help but my guess is it may be a long wait to get in on a weekend morning.

      • Kennedy St Neighbor

        Bummer about the space. Hopefully the outside seating will come quickly! And I hope they have umbrellas for shade.

  • madmonk28

    Yes! They have scrapple.

  • BlueStreak

    The more I think about it based on the comments, I think I wish the prices were a little higher. It’s going to be murder getting a table here and higher prices would help temper that.

    • Anonymous

      Higher prices wouldn’t stop people from going. They would just complain more. I’m not sure what the big deal is. People are willing to pay more for food at Yes Organic, Whole Foods, etc., and at the weekly farmer’s market. But they expect restaurants to be dirt cheap.

      • I don’t think they expect “restaurants” to be dirt cheap, however calling yourself a diner carries a certain connotation, especially for people who aren’t from this area and grew up with a very specific idea of what a diner was, where the food was almost invariably cheap. The other problem you find here is that so often these places open up as “diner inspired, chef-driven blah blah blah” and it’s still $14 for a cheeseburger, but they make milkshakes or something.

        • dcd

          Last weekend I went to what was once the Silver Diner in Bethesda. It’s now called Silver (which should have been a tip off, dammit) and dinner for 5 cost more that $150. Never again.

          • textdoc


    • Kennedy St Neighbor

      If you want a less crowded diner, try Tony’s up on Kennedy Street. They’ll be expanding in September, and their prices are also really cheap. Tony’s is an inexpensive, no-frills greasy spoon diner.

  • kallie

    they have pork roll!! shut the front door! i cannot wait to eat a pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich and feel like i’m back in jersey for a second.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      +1! Fond memories of pork roll sandwiches!

    • ChenChen

      what does pork roll taste like?

      • Blithe

        It’s indescribably delicious!!!!! I’ve seen Taylor Ham / pork roll at Giant. Slice it, fry or bake it, and savor it’s unique processed goodness. When I was a kid a grilled cheese sandwich with Taylor Ham was the absolute epitome of culinary awesomeness. Sorry that this doesn’t answer your question, but the only thing that I’ve had that tastes like pork roll is pork roll.

      • dcd

        It’s kind of like if Oscar Mayer bologna and a breakfast sausage patty had a kid, although orders of magnitude better than either of them.
        It is not health food. There was a time when my daughter and I had it every weekend, and then my wife looked at the package (I had studiously avoided doing so). After she made me read it, we drastically cut back.

      • kejad

        Spam, but saltier, with less flavor, and shaped like a slice of bologna. I was curious after hearing Jersey people rave about it, so I bought a pack when I saw Taylor pork roll in Dupont Safeway. Scrapple remains my favorite mid-Atlantic processed breakfast meat. (I grew up in SC. I think of these as exotic.)

      • spookiness

        Being raised on scrapple, I heard of this NJ concoction and decided to try it. Basically it tasks like bologna fried in a skillet. Not impressed, but I respect regional culinary obsessions.

    • welshi

      FYI, Pop’s Sea Bar in Adams Morgan also has pork roll and a bunch of Jersey favorites. Their happy hour is pretty great too.

    • Truxton Thomas

      I’m going to have to order a side of it after the lines die down in 18 months!

    • dcd

      What now? Pork roll? I’d given up hope of ever seeing that at a restaurant again. Please tell me it’s on a hard roll . . .

  • Anonymous

    I suspect it will be insane trying to get a table here on weekends or holidays during normal breakfast hours. Hopefully, as someone who loves breakfast food for dinner, late evenings or nights won’t be as bad – at least at some point; I fully expect it to be difficult to get into at all hours for the foreseeable future.
    The prices seem incredibly cheap to me. Not complaining at all. Just wondering where in DC folks who are complaining are getting cheaper full breakfasts.
    I’m curious about the seating choice. I like the idea of lots of booths. But unless they are going to use the booths in the middle aisle as two-tops – split the table in half with a divider of some sort and let two groups of two’s sit across from each other – you will have twosomes taking up an entire booth. It might have been more efficient to have tables in the middle which could be separated for twosomes and brought together for a foursome.

    • stacksp

      Diners are more family oriented eateries and most families are 3 or more individuals hence the booths in the middle aisles. In the occasion of a dinner date, guest will just sit across from one another.

    • neighbor

      “Just wondering where in DC folks who are complaining are getting cheaper full breakfasts.”
      In their dreams presumably. Because it definitely is not happening in a profitable restaurant in the district.

  • Anon

    I hope other entrepreneurs take notice how packed this place is going to be 24/7. I hear too often that Petworth can’t support a lunch crowd. Or food service during the day. The last foot traffic study was done over 5 years ago? Do they realize how much has changed? Or how much more density there is now? There are families here with tons of disposable income, but no quality family places to eat. We need fast casual. We need upscale neighborhood places with accessible menus. Domku and Crane & Turtle were fine, but somewhat unusual cuisines. This place is a gold mine. If you build it, we will come!

    • neighbor

      Would be nice to see the Farenheight and Park Place rent out their vacant spots at the very least.

      • Anon

        Well, Farenheight hired a residential tenant recruiter when they should have hire a retail recruiter. The residential recruiter doesn’t have the relationships to lure anyone. Under the previous building owner, Street Sense retail recruitment had a restaurant all ready to go,, but the new owner dumped them.
        Don’t get me started on Park Place!

        • neighbor

          WTF are you kidding? They had an option and they dumped it? That makes me so annoyed. Hope the ANC gets the vacant tax slapped on that space soon.

  • Anon

    Damn, no entrees outside sandwiches? I thought for sure there would be country fried steak, meatloaf, roast beef & mash potatoes etc. Not complaining per se, but…

    • Kennedy St Neighbor

      Maybe they’ll incorporate that later into their tenure. Wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some fried chicken and mashed potatoes in the fall.

  • need a name

    They have cheese fries! I think I’m in love.

  • Espresso

    I was really hoping they would have a espresso machine. I know diners usually don’t, but Room 11 has amazing coffee and now that Domku is gone there are no espresso options on Upshur.

    • neighbor

      On the one hand that would be nice. On the other, keeping up with espresso drinks is labor intensive, and I’m sort of glad they’re not competing with Qualia for take out morning coffee.

  • Theo

    It’s so authentic that the menu even misspells “reuben” sandwich.

  • Anon E Musk

    I rent an apartment in a building owned by Ruppert Real Estate, and Slim’s diner is named in honor of their long-time employee who helps maintain their buildings. He’s a great and very jovial guy, and I’m really happy that they’re naming this after him. Kudos to you, Slim, and hope the diner is as good as you deserve!

  • On Capital Heels

    So super excited to try this place!

  • textdoc

    This might be the only time I’ve seen tofu scramble and scrapple on the same menu.

  • Petworth Landlord

    Proud to say I made it to the first lunch shift. Saw Mr Ruppert himself stop in.

    All this talk about prices…I got out of there for under $20–cheeseburger, fries, milkshake. Burger was two thick patties and nice n greasy. Milkshake delicious (though on the small side) I had to try the coffee and ended up getting that for free because my food was slow in coming off the grill. Let me tell you, they make a STRONG and TASTY cup of coffee. Some diners’ coffee can be a bit thin. I had one cup and was flying the rest of the day.

    Staff wonderful. They’ve got a jukebox. The space is bigger than it looks in the photos. They were 100% full for lunch and the place did not feel cramped at all.

    • textdoc

      I attempted to go to lunch there around 1:15 and was told they were booked for the rest of the day.
      But they also said they don’t take reservations, so I’m not quite sure what “booked” meant.
      Oh well… will try again some other time.


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