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Dots Back Inn

4030 MacArthur Ave. (Bellevue Ave.) Send to Phone
804-266-3167 | Menu
Reasonably priced American fare at a locals’ hangout.


Breakfast Mon.-Fri., Lunch daily, Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late

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Dots Back Inn Restaurant Review

: You’ve got to like a place with a menu that quotes Disraeli and Wimpy. That’s Dots Back Inn for you. And while it entices with its robust burgers, buxom burritos and square meals (including New York strip), it’s the many specials scrawled on the dry erase board over the bar that angle for your affection. Among them, perhaps, are chicken piccata and herb-crusted rainbow trout and vegetables such as braised fennel and ratatouille. For brunch, try the apple and cheddar omelet or the Rosie Special comprising a cup of soup and grilled cheese (if you’re feeling especially cheesy, go for the “adult grill cheese,” a triple decker). The chef gruffly yelling at the waitress, amidst the cacophony of customer conversations, when orders are up makes better drama than anything on the TVs. Lines may form on weekends, and even weeknights, for one of the wooden booths or tables, even the bar, at this locals’ hangout and homage to a waitress named Dot, who dreamt of her own restaurant back in the 1940s; hence all the vintage photos. The one of FDR might make you think New Deal, while the reasonable prices for amply good food make you think fair deal. The bar generously pours happy hour from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

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