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Dinner on a Budget

Recently, a friend posed the question to me of where was the best place to go out to dinner in the dupont area for $15 or less. After providing the usual responses such as Zorba's, CPK, Bertucci's, Thaiphoon (without alcohol) and the usual happy hour specials at other local bars, I started to wonder what really was the best place. So I pose the question to you.

If you only had $15 to spend on dinner including tax and tip, where would you go?

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  1. I am assuming you mean in the Dupont area? If so Regent Thai.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      Regent Thai is another good option. I also recently discovered Thai Chef and really liked what I had there. But I think Regent Thai might be a little cheaper.

      Mai Thai is also a great option.

      All of these places in my opinion are better then Thaiphoon.

    2. Depending how much you ordered (and no alcohol) you could probably get by with $15 at Sakana on P St. (Sushi). You could probably get 2 sets of rolls and a piece or 2 of sashimi I imagine.

      And its daaaammmnnn good ...especially their Sakana Tempura Roll.

      That or the chicken salad sandwich at SoHo Coffee. Breakfast, lunch, dinner...that sandwich is amazing.

      1. Definitely Sette. You could do pretty well there for $15.

        1. What is this craziness?

          Zorba's is gross, Bertucci's???

          For Thai/Asian, the relatively new Banana Leaves on Florida near the Hilton is excellent. Their mango sticky rice is the best in the city.

          There's a Five Guys now in Dupont.

          Pizzas at Sette are actually decent.

          1. dive: El Pollo Rico
            Pizzeria Paradiso will stretch you a little but it's solid. (in gtown)
            Pines of Rome (Italian in bethesda) is a great place with some pasta basics for $15
            fun date place: Mongoalian Grill (NOT BD's) in bethesda on Wisconsin Ave

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            1. re: JRMorrisonJr

              if i am not mistaken, mongolian grill (NOT BD's) on Wisc Ave is now closed

              1. re: JRMorrisonJr

                There is also a Pizzeria Paradisio on P Street in Dupont Circle..which is the location that the poster was looking for.

              2. Not sure there is a "best place" but a few of my fav cheap dinners/HH specials are:

                1) Happy hour at the Dupont Pizzeria Paradiso--$4.25 for 1/2 pizza and $3.25 pints of Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

                2) Anything off the bar menu at Mark and Orlando's (all under $15 but tax/tip might put you over).

                3) Julia's Empanadas - Empanada, soup, and salad = $6! Go out for a drink with the extra $9.

                4) $15 worth of Sakana tempura sushi rolls (agree with Elyssa - amazing)

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                1. re: dzherbst

                  I TOTALLY forgot about Mark and Orlando's. You can certainly get an excellent meal at the upstairs part of the restaurant for around $15. And while I have yet to try their burger...I hear its quite good. Might be a better option then the greasy burger at Five Guys (even though I enjoy one of their burgers every once in awhile).

                  Also in terms of Happy Hour deals, Gazuza has a great happy hour deal...plus excellent surrondings out on the porch. You can get a tasty mojito (along with other drinks ) for around $5. And then 6 sushi-rolls for cheap as well. Not sure of exact price but it can't be more then $6. So that's basically 2 drinks and a sushi appetizer for around $15. Not bad at all...its my new favorite happy hour spot!