On Friday, December 5, 2014, I had lunch at the Sunnyside Café, a small place at 1317 North Frederick Pike, Route 522 north of Winchester. It has its own parking lot and a window sign advertising Arlene's Home Cooking.
It's open on Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-2:30 PM, and the telephone number is (540) 678-1292. It's been there for a number of years, and I had been meaning for some time to check it out.
The door in the center of the building opens directly into the dining room. A divider on your right isolates a crowded seating area in the front with several tables. Other tables are in a larger area in the left side of the room that goes all the way back.
A divider on the right separates this from the adjoining kitchen area in the back. A small enclosed gas fireplace, slightly elevated, was in the inside corner here and I took a table in front of it for the warmth on a chilly day.
Windows in the front and both sides of the building have Venetian blinds and white curtains. The floor has mossy-green tile and the ceiling is an off-white.
While not downright grungy, the interior had a worn look typical of a neighborhood eatery offering a minimum of sophistication, but it's located on a busy four-lane highway.
The laminated menu is two-sided. Breakfast is available from 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM. It has Hotcakes, Breakfast Sandwiches, Eggs, Omelets, Side Items, Oatmeal, French Toast, and Country Ham. The Lunch menu on the flip side has Sandwiches, Platters, Subs, Soup of the Day, Salads, and Drinks.
Arlene told me that it would take a while to get anything other than a hamburger. Later, she volunteered that chili was available. I ordered a bowl of chili with crackers, and had to settle for an orange soft drink because there was no Dr. Pepper or Mr. Pibb.
The drink was in its can, with a foam cup of ice. The chili was served in a large cardboard bowl resting on a metal dish. It was rather bland, and didn't seem to have much meat, and I wondered if it were canned. The serving was large enough that I took half of it with me.
Arlene is a friendly person who runs the place all by herself, doing everything; actually, it's too crowded to have room for anyone else to work. She does not take credit cards. I rate the place as barely adequate; I wanted to know what it was like, and now that I know, I probably won't be back.