Lunch bets downtown?
Any suggestions for a nice but casual (and cheap!) place to take a family friend who is in town and would like to meet for lunch. Soup/salad/sandwich would do, but somewhere not too loud, but clean and pleasant??
- Oh, and nearish to Farragut Square
How cheap and how downtown do ya wanna go? If it's real cheap, "La Prima," the average-to-middling sandwich chain offers edible stuffs in the 5-7 range; try the italian sub (*add mustard!*); there's one on 14th btwn I and K. For much better, if still uneven, and 'wiches in the 6-9 range, try the Bread Line at 18th and K. Avoid the pulled pork (too sweet, and the bread is a fluffy disaster); avoid the soft shell crab (small, overfried, and not much less than the Palm); but oh!, the piadinies! Salads, too.
More specifics? "Downtown" in DC is like downtown in NYC, not Syracuse; and cheeeep is relative. Please advise.
Havana Breeze at 1401 K. Cheap, counter service, Cuban food. Get a platter (I am fond of their semi-spicy Picante de Pollo) and choose two from their list of of about 20 sides - plaintains, yucca, 3 or 4 kinds of rice, etc.
The only not-so-good thing I can remember having is the Cuban rice, but I'm willing to assume it is an acquired taste.
There is also a sit down restaurant upstairs, though I've never been.
Go early or late. The line has been known to reach the door.