This place might just as well be called "The Loyal" . . .
I live in Alexandria--where friends will sometimes drive in, to meet for lunch. Usually, I bring them here: There's free parking, less traffic than closer to the center of town, and something on the menu for almost anybody (incuding vegetarians), at a reasonable price. It's quiet and relaxed enough to sit and talk. Often, as well, we come with our family for dinner when things run late and we're too tired to cook. And that's how we see this place--as an extension of home (with ordinary home cooking). This is probably the only restaurant where we don't think of it as "eating out"--and so we judge it differently.
It's clean and pleasant. Service is consistently prompt and friendly--provided by a stable wait staff. Sandwiches, entrees, side vegetables, salad bar. Along with things that started disappearing from most menus after the 1950s (e.g., calves' liver with brown gravy and onions, or open-faced turkey breast sandwiches, smothered in more gravy. I swoon.). This is not high cuisine--although the other day, our whole table swore that, yes, these WERE the best French fries we'd ever had! (It's also possible to eat as healthy as you choose.)
This is not a "destination" restaurant, or something you'd go out of your way for. This is where you go when you're already here--and would appreciate someone else's making supper and cleaning up after. While you sit in a quiet, comfortable place with family, friends--or just by yourself. (Except for buffet breakfast on the weekends--madhouse! Not for the faint-of-heart.)
Much affection for this place . . . long may they reign.
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