You aren’t going to find anything fancy about the Yorkshire Restaurant in Manassas, Virginia. The outside has seen better days, and the interior is about as fancy as what I have in my unfinished basement. Yet it draws large crowds for numerous reasons, but the most obvious are the great food at a price all can afford. I miss the days you could smoke cigarettes in here, with your morning cup of coffee, but due to Virginia’s laws those don’t occur anymore. However, if you go there for breakfast, expect the ladies to call you “hon” and “sweetheart.” Its that kind of place, and it reminds me a bit of Mel’s Diner from “back in the day.”
Breakfasts here are huge. You can get a French Toast Platter, with large pieces of this delicious sugar coated treat, served with bacon for around $6. That is not a bad deal in my book, nor are their gigantic pancakes. Remember that scene from the movie Uncle Buck? These come fairly close! I love these huge pancakes, and you can get the regular versions that are a buttery treat, or blueberry ones that are sweet. A side of hashbrowns, or eggs the way you “want them done,” will leave you full and ready for a productive day. Whatever they put in their coffee, it is certainly an eye opener.
Lunch and dinner doesn’t do quite the level of business, but its not a reason to avoid the Yorkshire Restaurant. In fact, its a more laid back time, and if you get a table in the rear dining area, you can relax a bit. My favorite sandwich is the “Top Hat.” Served with fries this club sandwich will satisfy any appetite, even a high school football players. Simply put this sandwich is huge, so much so that you have to mash it down to get your jaws around it. The bread is toasted, and you get ham, turkey, and roast beef mixed in with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. At $7, you will be more than pleased, and its a fien choice for the summertime, along with their homemade iced tea.
You can get hamburgers and steaks. I wasn’t that thrilled with their small sirloin. It wasn’t terrible, and didn’t cost a lot, but you don’t go here for fine foods. Its a simple diner, that has a large menu, and my advice is to stick with their traditional sandwiches and platters. They are all very good, and the most you’ll spend more than $12 for a meal here. That makes it a fine value, but what makes it even funnier, is some of the staff here. They are “something else.”
You will get to hear some funny, acceptable types of jokes while dining here. The older ladies who wait tables are simply very funny, have a great attitude, and will make sure everything is perfect. I’ve never had any qualms with any of their servers, and the management is very active with monitoring the busy dining periods. The clientele is very casual, and you’ll see a lot of firefighters eating here. Although some might scoff at this, any restaurants that are popular with firefighters tend to be quite good. Since there are a couple of close fire companies, you are in a safe place if you need them as well.
This is a great place to go, especially if you have a family. The ladies love small children, and they will treat you with both respect and a bit of humor. You won’t have to wait a long time for your food to arrive, and while the tables and chairs are nothing fancy, they are comfortable. The prices alone won’t make you take out a second mortgage, and guests I’ve taken here have all been pleased. Its a bit old fashioned, but the food and service are up to the standards of what we expect in these times. Feel free to stop by anytime, as they are located at 7537 Centreville Road Manassas, VA 20110.