There were a few good diners in the greater metropolitan Washington, DC area where I lived for many years and I enjoyed them.Usually for breakfast, but not always.
After reading the reviews here I approached Somerset Diner with the belief that it would probably be pretty good. There were some who wrote "not that good", but I went in confidently. The parking lot was not jammed but there appeared to be a pretty good number of folks having dinner on a Sunday evening, but no line.
And it had the right look upon first entering. Counters and booths, big displays of tempting desserts, bright and cheery. And I was greeted cheerily by staff.
Looking for a lighter meal I asked about the day's soup and the waitress gave the cream of turkey a strong endorsement. Ultimately the best thing I had, it was mediocre. Literally, "Not bad."
I also ordered a spinach salad topped with grilled chicken. While it was a generous bowl of green with a full breast sliced on the top it was so bland that it did not inspire me to eat as much as half.
My bill came to $17 with just an iced tea added. A bit high for such a forgettable meal.
Maybe I would have enjoyed one f the pasta dishes more. Perhaps a big Sunday morning breakfast would have been more memorable. But I doubt I'll go back.
One note, they are BYOB, so if you'd like some Chianti or a glass of white zin with your Italian selection pick up a bottle before you head over there.
But I'll head somewhere else.
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