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mistatephoenix Jan 14, 2008 07:33 AM

Hi! I just started a new job in Crystal City and, go figure, don't have a whole lot of money to spend on lunch. While I brown bag it a lot, it's nice to occasionally buy lunch. I LOVE all types of foods, but have become discouraged when looking at prices of lunch at some of the shops around here.

Does anyone have any good suggestions for under-10 (I'll even accept under-15 if it includes tip) places to eat? Please keep in mind that I take Metro to and from work. Thanks!

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    link_930 RE: mistatephoenix Jan 14, 2008 07:50 AM

    1. The kabob place on the corner of S. Eads and 23rd, easily under $10.
    2. The Thai restaurants on 23rd have dishes for under $10.
    3. The office buildings on the south end of CC have pay per pound places with a variety of food: Chinese, Korean, Greek, Italian-American, diner, etc (enter from Crystal Drive or S. Clark). Not gourmet, but under $10, and you won't starve.

    Crystal Drive is big box hell, but there's always Chipotle.

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      mistatephoenix RE: link_930 Jan 14, 2008 08:49 AM

      I work in one of the office buildings on the south end of CC and I've tried out a couple of those places. They're not bad. Thank you for all your suggestions. I will definitely have to try them out!

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        goldendragon822 RE: link_930 Jan 15, 2008 03:34 PM

        I second the kabob place! Wonderful kabobs and its open 24 hours ;-) Just make sure you go to Kabob Place and not Kabob Place Family Restaurant; owners are the same and they are right next to each other but the family restaurant is a bit pricier...

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          sweth RE: goldendragon822 Jan 15, 2008 09:07 PM

          Just to clarify, the kabob place is called "Kabob Palace", not "Kabob Place". Regardless, it's one of the best deals in the area in terms of bang for your buck. Possibly also in terms of heart attack for your buck.

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          Kabob Palace
          2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202

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            goldendragon822 RE: sweth Jan 16, 2008 07:44 AM

            Good catch! My bad :-P

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        Minger RE: mistatephoenix Jan 14, 2008 10:14 AM

        If can or willing to drive for lunch, Afghan Restaurant just a little south of CC, past Potomac Yard serves a buffet and from the menu for lunch. I haven't been there for a while but I remember the buffet being like $12.

        2700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
        Alexandria, VA 22301
        (703) 548-0022
        Open HoursDaily 11:00am-11:00pm

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          mistatephoenix RE: Minger Jan 15, 2008 08:35 AM

          It sounds tempting...but I park my car in Maryland. Unfortunately, that means that driving is out. Do you know if they deliver?

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          sam21479 RE: mistatephoenix Jan 14, 2008 10:57 AM

          Cafe Pizzaiolo is at the beginning of 23rd street (closest to Jeff Davis Hwy). I think you can get a 12" pie starting around 7 bucks. Great pizza-at the top of my list of pizza in the area.

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            Minger RE: sam21479 Jan 14, 2008 11:32 AM

            Thanks for the reminder, I still have to try the pizza there. :-)

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              mistatephoenix RE: sam21479 Jan 15, 2008 08:37 AM

              Are they a stereotypical pizza joint or is it a gourmet pizza place? There's a place I go to in Michigan called Georgio's (http://www.campusfood.com/restaurant....). That place was, by far, my favorite!

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                sam21479 RE: mistatephoenix Jan 15, 2008 10:25 AM

                It isn't gourmet ala Pizzeria Paradiso. It more upscale than your typical suburban pizza joint. It is NY style and Neopolitan style pies. NY Style is the best, in my opinion and most others here on Chowhound. They have your basic toppings, plus a couple more "exotic" choices. It is table service, but casual. We usually get our check at the table and pay it at the counter. Take-out available. Great beer list too.

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              MDoodle RE: mistatephoenix Jan 14, 2008 04:38 PM

              I work in the same area. I really enjoy Neramitra Thai on Crystal Drive for lunch. I go in and grab takeout there often and its always really fresh and tasty, easily under $10 if you do takeout, will cost you just a bit over $10 if you eat-in and include tip.

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              arlington, va, arlington, va

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                mistatephoenix RE: MDoodle Jan 15, 2008 08:32 AM

                I thought about going there the other day, but I thought it was really pricey. Now I'm even more tempted to try it out!

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                  humblegourmand RE: MDoodle Jan 22, 2008 09:47 AM

                  Am curious as to how Neramitra stacks up compared to Thai Square and Bangkok 54, my standbys for Thai....

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                    xena1441 RE: MDoodle Jan 29, 2008 01:14 PM

                    I would suggest Urban Thai over Neramitra for lunch. Urban Thai also has great lunch deals- you can def get lunch for under $10.

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                    wayne keyser RE: mistatephoenix Jan 14, 2008 05:52 PM

                    Have you crossed the street to 23rd Street? I can't say about recent additions, but there used to be plenty.

                    I'll second the recommendation for the kabob place.

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                      mistatephoenix RE: wayne keyser Jan 15, 2008 08:31 AM

                      I haven't yet. I just started working out here at the beginning of the year, so I'm still exploring my surroundings during my lunch hour. There has been less of a need to find food places because of brown bagging it so much.

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                        mistatephoenix RE: wayne keyser Jan 29, 2008 05:23 AM

                        UPDATE: I tried out Cafe Italia yesterday and absolutely loved it! That was the type of place I wanted to find: good food and a place that seemed like a mainstay rather than built for the 9-5 crowd.

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                          Just Visiting RE: mistatephoenix Jan 29, 2008 01:01 PM

                          To each his own. I went to Cafe Italia once about 6 weeks ago. It was awful, awful, awful in every way. Dark and gloomy with decor that hasn't been updated in 30 years, including Tiffany lamps. Sometimes this look can be retro. Not at Cafe Italia. At Cafe Italia, it is just dated and sad. Food was disgusting. We decided to try the small pizza as an app, and asked for well-baked crust. Remember those pizza-in-a box kits? This pizza was WORSE than that. Inedible. And the crust was thick and barely baked at all. My chicken something-or-other - the sauce was gloppy, greenish-gray, disgusting goo. High school cafeterias are miles better. The chicken was cold to the touch and had a sort of plastic texture. I was actually afraid to eat this food. The salads - iceberg lettuce with a slice or two of pink plastic masquerading as tomato and a couple of slices of cucumber, with bottled dressing. Service was even worse than the food. The place was almost empty, and yet the waiters just hung out near the kitchen, barely moving and ignoring customers. My friend's order was screwed up, and it took about 30 minutes for them to replace it. No apology, nothing. The owner eventually appeared and offered to give us desserts to compensate, but the food had been so awful that no one wanted to try the desserts. Maybe if they'd PAID us to eat it...

                      2. KWynn RE: mistatephoenix Jan 16, 2008 09:08 AM

                        Matsutake is decent for Japanese buffet (including sushi).

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                        Matsutake Hibachi Steak/Sushi
                        320 23rd St S, Arlington, VA

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                          mistatephoenix RE: KWynn Jan 22, 2008 04:33 AM

                          It's a little pricey for my tastes, but I'll have to give it a try one day soon.

                        2. HSBSteveM RE: mistatephoenix Jan 22, 2008 06:51 PM

                          Woo Lae Oak (Korean) in Pentagon City has a multi-course lunch special menu. Last time I was there, I think it was $8.95 for soup, salad, rice, kimchee, meat or fish, dumplings and noodles. Its a feed.

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                            mistatephoenix RE: HSBSteveM Jan 29, 2008 05:20 AM

                            Where in Pentagon City is it?

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                              Minger RE: mistatephoenix Jan 29, 2008 11:23 AM

                              Unless they have moved, woo lae oak should be located west of pentagon row -- across the street from sur la table -- in a structure between the two apartment buildings, ie on the parking grounds of the apartments complex.

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                                HSBSteveM RE: Minger Jan 29, 2008 03:03 PM

                                Follow 15th st and you will run into it

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