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Elsie's Magic Skillet

American, Diner
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8166 Richmond Highway, It Is Open 7 Days A week From 6 am To 9 pm, Alexandria, VA 22309
+1 703-360-0220
06:00 - 21:00
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This classic family diner has all the menu standards. The service is fast and friendly. They have awesome breakfasts and we've finally tried lunch too... loved the stuffed tomato and the club sandwich did not disappoint.

Thank Rachel B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Close to the George Washington Mount Vernon Estate )which doesn't have much of a decent food offering). If you want a genuinely honest no frill American roadhouse diner breakfast then this this is about as authentic as you'll get anywhere and doesn't pretend to be anything else. Plastic booth seats and Formica tables tell you as soon as you walk... More 

Thank Richard B
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is your typical greasy spoon breakfast spot. Great breakfast food and conveniently on route one. Kid friendly

Thank Alice C
Salem, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

When I walked in I was taken back to a memory of a different Route 1 than today. The appearance was old and worn. I wasn't quite sure that it was a good idea to eat there. But they were having a special on Octoberfest German food that people wanted to try. Unlike the packed madhouse I'm told occurs with... More 

Thank Seavapor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I've been eating here for 16 years. Most buttery delicious eggs you will ever have. The place is run down, but a great dive for the locals. Huge portions. Come early on the weekends, or you won't get a seat. They also feature season menus such as Oktoberfest and St. Patrick's dinners. They also serve beer and wine.

Thank Oliveen M
Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Don't let the exterior of this establishment dissuade you. The food was perfect for breakfast with awesome home fries and an amazing omelette (spinach, bacon & feta rocked!). Service was gracious and attentive. If I had been staying in town I would try them for dinner. Their Oktoberfest offerings looked delicious. There was no room in me for dessert. Just... More 

1 Thank AmesFL
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Yum! Fast, friendly service at this old school diner. They have a huge menu and serve breakfast all day. The skillet and omelettes are absolutely perfect comfort food.

Thank Rachel B
Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The atmosphere is nothing fancy, and the tables and chairs are not super comfortable but the food is really great. Huge portions, share if you can! We love the omelet and the pancakes. People are always nice and if you come for lunch or dinner they have patty melts and great deserts

Thank Margaret H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We wanted a big breakfast before a long day at Mt. Vernon. I stumbled on this place with my family and upon arrival the building looked sketchy, but we went in anyway. Sometimes you just need to take a chance. We were glad we did. The inside is older and surely not fancy, but it was clean. The real pleasure... More 

Thank AUH_tr
Marshall, Virginia
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36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We dropped in wanting breakfast after camping at Pohick Bay and received an extremely warm welcome and exemplary service from a waiter called Chris. He was determined to make our first visit memorable and succeeded. We both chose the skillet which made an impressive entrance. Loaded with ham, sausage, peppers, tomatoes, onions, porta toes and topped with eggs, it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8166 Richmond Highway, It Is Open 7 Days A week From 6 am To 9 pm, Alexandria, VA 22309
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-360-0220

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?