DELECTABLE ETHNIC-EATS, GWU-PROXIMAL, THAT WON'T BREAK THE WALLET
I am a gourmet-eater who has recently become Vegetarian. I enjoy great, interesting sushi-rolls, but not "Nigiri". I also love Indian, Persian, Middle-Eastern, Thai & French Cuisines. I'd like to find a variety of such ethnic restaurants & health-food type restaurants (even some places that serve breakfast &/or deliver) that are reasonably priced & in the general GWU environs. I'm looking to increase my scope of the really short list I have. Please give me all your suggestions. Info. on locations, days & hours open are helpful to know, too! -JET
You should check out the felafel sandwich at Breadline, open only for midweek lunch. Breadline is at 18th and Penn. After you've tried the felafel, your next order should be the Mediterranean pizza, which is the best excuse I can think of to eat zucchini.
If you don't mind hopping on Metro, then visiting Little Ethiopia on 9th Street just below U is in order. Queen Makeda and Etete both offer plenty of vegetarian options. Do not miss the red lentils or the collard greens at Queen Makeda.
At the other end of Georgetown is Amma's Vegetarian Kitchen for Southern Indian. Nothing out of this world, but very satisfying. They make a nice bhaji (a kind of fritter), though I don't remember how it is listed on the menu, served with an onion-y geen chili sauce that's relatively mild and delicious. If you see chaat papri or bhel puri on the menu, then get it.
I wish could tell you that you have many wonderful options right around the corner. Unfortunately, the Asian places nearby are thoroughly Americanized and the Pakistani place on Penn can't hold a candle to what is in the 'burbs where most of the ethnic communities have fled.
Amma's is a good tip, I like the dosas there and it's so cheap!
Nirvana is another good Indian place, on K Street near you. It's vegetarian.
For weekday lunch, you can take a longish walk to the Greek Deli on 19th and L. I just tried lunch there for the first time last week. Although the food needed a serious addition of salt and pepper, it was pretty tasty and very large servings for the price.
George's felafel is quite good, much better than Quick Pita. It's also closer to you, at the very end of the M Street Georgetown strip.
And nearby is Pain Quotidien, which is not super cheap but does have very nice vegetarian sandwiches and pastries.
Oh, and check out Snap crepe for crepes and Indian street food. I had a really tasty potato cake there once.