Another trip to the wilds of Northern Virginia, another restaurant visited, this time Linden’s Apple House. Family-owned for more than fifty years, AH is sort of a country diner, with a kitschy gift shop featuring not-necessarily-local foodstuffs and a kitchen/dining room all under one roof. I don’t think it has been remodeled since 1961, and that’s okay, it has a certain cluttered, wood-paneled feel that works, given its geography.
The apple butter cinnamon donuts are the highlight, a solid value at 69 cents apiece (or a crumb or two for free from a glass jar at the counter), slight discount on a dozen, very tasty. Pies looked okay but we did not partake. Unfortunately, what we did order was not up to the standards of what I had hoped would be a fabulous country dive restaurant. Grilled cheese was okay but small, thin, just white bread and maybe two slices of processed cheese, and it came with below-average (limp, underseasoned, from frozen) fries. That’s what $3.99 gets you in Linden, evidently. Pulled pork bbq was better but still below expectations, which were perhaps too high. In the event I ever find myself hungry (likely) in Linden (unlikely), I might return to the Apple House but try the breakfast menu, or just order two dozen donuts — twelve to eat during the drive back to Wheaton, and the others for the coming week’s worth of breakfasts.
Also: some excellent t-shirts, high quality fabric and fun design.