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Capital City Diner Ready to Open on Tuesday

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After all the bureaucratic hassles, Capital City Diner breezed through its final health inspection today, obtained its business license, and plans to open for business on Tuesday.

So how does it feel to finally start slinging hash, Matt Ashburn?

"Scary as hell," he says. "Actually, I think it's a relief, and I couldn't be happier."

The diner will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., but will then stay open continuously from 6 a.m. Fridays to 5 p.m. Sundays.

After the jump, you can get an early look at the Cap City Diner menus. If you have any comments, good or bad, Ashburn would love to hear 'em. E-mail him at diner@capitalcitydiner.com.

Click on the menus to expand.

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Comments

  1. #1

    Here's a comment -- Matt Ashburn is hot!

  2. #2

    I'll be the one with the double scrapple sandwich with a side of scrapple and a tall hot glass of scrapple.

  3. #3

    ...and a side of gravy, Monkey?

  4. #4

    One question with the (draft) breakfast menu. If I get bacon and eggs or a Denver omelette (I'm from there, so no "western" from me!) do I get hash browns? Or are the hash browns in that case a side order?

    I guess I also wonder if you get toast, &c. with omelettes as well since it's unclear if they are considered part of the "EGGS" category or not.

    Wow. I am pedantic about my breakfast. And, 'tis true, really love my hash browns.

  5. #5

    Looks good-- is the club sandwich a triple decker, on toasted bread with mayo? I hope so, single layer clubs make me sad. Wish the menu had a special of country fried steak with cream gravy and eggs with a side of grits and a biscuit. Good luck guys!

  6. #6

    Hey Matt-

    You can't be the Capitol City Diner if you don't serve half smokes! Come on man, add 'em to the menu! There's a meat distributor right up Bladensburg Rd. on Queens Chapel that distributes them (A.M. Briggs):

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-m-briggs-meat-poultry-and-seafood-washington

    Otherwise, lookin' great!

    -Eric

  7. #7

    Eric,

    You're right; we do need a good half-smoke sausage on the menu, and it's in the works. Adding a half-smoke would require a few other supplies & ingredients we don't otherwise stock, so we're opening without it for now, but plan to add it later.

    BTW, we evaluated a number of local half-smokes for the diner, including Briggs, but found the Briggs sausages to be a little plain and without a good snap when compared to others. The best, in our opinion, was a half-smoke from another local meat company, Manger's (I think their half-smokes are avaialble at Eastern Market).

    For a little history of the half-smoke, I recommend this City Paper piece from a few years ago: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/display.php?id=561

    Thanks,

    Matt

  8. #8

    I get my Mangers from BK Miller's in Clinton. They come in 5lb pillow packs, hot or mild, $16. I pass on the hot because they're caseless.

    http://www.bkmillers.com/MeatSpecials.htm

  9. #9

    Here's a crucial item: WHERE THE HECK ARE YOU LOCATED?!?!?

  10. #10

    Sigmagrrl,

    You do have to do some clicking to find it, but the address is there. CCD is located at 1050 Bladensburg Road NE.

    -Tim

  11. #11

    Also, across the street is Sullivan's Seafood, where they do a 1/2 lb crabcake sandwich that's big enough to club a harpseal with. Seriously tasty sandwich and perfect when you want to get your late-night grease on.

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