The Square Knot Diner: Open All Night

All the usual “diner” associations apply when it comes to Georgetown’s Square Knot.
Allison Austin Scheff  |   February 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Square Knot diner restaurant review
Tender prime rib piled high on the Square Knot’s French dip

Friendly. Cheap. Efficient. No nonsense. Open all night. Decent food. All the usual “diner” associations apply when it comes to Georgetown’s Square Knot, opened by the owners of the 9lb Hammer next door (and connected via a hallway in the back; the Knot serves a full bar when the Hammer is open).

With a handful of booths lining one wall, a horseshoe counter with stools that turn this way and that, and lots of black and white tile, the look is spot-on diner. There’s an easy, approachable appeal to the place. And as they should, your eggs will come cooked just as requested, your hash browns extra crispy, too, if that’s what you want. Your French dip sandwich ($10.95) will arrive loaded with incredibly tender prime rib, with a dish of horseradish sauce and another of deeply tasty beef broth for dipping.

There are delicious hand-dipped milk shakes ($4.95) and satisfying club sandwiches ($9.95). Sadly, you might have to ask for cutlery with which to eat those eggs, and you might have to wait until your kid has finished her lunch before your plate of food arrives at the table. The Square Knot’s kitchen is holding up its end of the bargain (though food comes out in a slower-than-normal fashion), but the service can be a bummer. They can’t seem to keep up—that Bloody Mary ($8) is going to be 15 minutes, sir—and they struggle with half-smiles. There’s potential, but eating at the Square Knot feels a little too much like work.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Georgetown, 6015 Airport Way S; 206.762.9764; facebook.com/thesquareknot

 

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