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Dinner on a Budget

hopeinmee Jul 24, 2007 07:30 AM

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?

  1. ktmoomau Jul 24, 2007 07:35 AM

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

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    1. re: ktmoomau
      Elyssa Jul 24, 2007 07:38 AM

      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.

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      Elyssa Jul 24, 2007 07:36 AM

      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.

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        katecm Jul 24, 2007 10:45 AM

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

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          The Gourmet Pig Jul 24, 2007 11:46 PM

          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.

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            JRMorrisonJr Jul 25, 2007 11:21 AM

            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
              elegantelliot Jul 25, 2007 11:25 AM

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

              1. re: JRMorrisonJr
                Elyssa Jul 25, 2007 12:04 PM

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

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                dzherbst Jul 25, 2007 11:53 AM

                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
                  Elyssa Jul 25, 2007 12:07 PM

                  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!

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