DC, despite being a big city, is sometimes lacking the inexpensive, good stuff: cheap bars, diners, and so on. But you can find them, and they are often pretty interesting.
Lincoln’s Waffle Shop is a diner on 10th Street NW downtown, just across from Ford’s Theatre, where its namesake President Lincoln was shot in 1865 – after which he was taken to another house just up the street from the Waffle Shop.
The outside of the shop is pretty unassuming: a portrait of Lincoln, some menus, handwritten signs, a counter selling gum and candy and such, but inside it’s a solid diner: not fancy, but tasty and inexpensive.
Unlike much of this part of town, which is overrun by tourists with a smattering of businesspeople, the diner always has a wide variety of patrons: blue-collar workers, police officers and firemen, senior citizens and more. You might have to avoid hordes of tourists milling around nearby, though.
Like any good diner, the staff is friendly and the service is fast. On my last visit they recommended the cheeseburger, and it didn’t disappoint: buttery bun, good patty, cheddar and the usual fixings. My friend who works nearby is also a big fan of the inexpensive breakfasts: eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles and such. And also like any true diner, they serve breakfast all day.
If you’re looking for a traditional diner downtown, this is your spot. And you get to watch tourists while sitting across from a pivotal location in American history.