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Aug 18, 2009 12:35 PM

Affordable dining options in DC

Hey guys,

I did some searching through the boards for some places to eat but a lot of them were in the pricey area. I'm going to be in DC for 3 nights and 2 days and would like some affordable but yummy places to eat. So far I've got Ben's Chili Bowl in mind for a lunch stop but I'd like to go someplace nicer for dinner. This is our first time to DC so I'm looking for stuff that is gonna rock my world. Thanks.

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  1. What type of food do you like? Area you staying in a particular neighborhood? Traveling to anywhere in Virginia? What price range?

    Off the top of my head: Bistro du Coin for French, Sette Osteria for Italian, Oyamel for Mexican, Matchbox for pizza and bistro fare, Tacklebox for seafood, and Smith & Wollensky Grill for burgers or steak sandwiches (not on the menu but available in the Grill side if you ask).

    I would suggest Old Ebbitt Grill for your second lunch stop. It's a DC landmark. They also have a daily selection of oysters.

    1. Can you tell us your price range for the meals? People's definition of affordable tends to vary. Also will you have a car or do you plan to use the metro?

      1. Hey guys, thanks for your help.

        My idea of affordable for dinner options would be anywhere from $10-20 an entree.

        I will have a car so if something is worth driving for, I'll do it. Open to all neighborhoods.

        I guess I was also planning on going for Ethiopian. Say Etete?

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        1. re: jamtart

          I realize it's Restaurant Week when I'll be town. I decided to go ahead and make reservations at the following:

          lunch at Rasika
          dinner at Coco Sala
          dinner at Cafe Atlantico

          and a trip to Ben's Chili Bowl and Etete, or Old Ebbitt Grill.

            1. re: chicken kabob

              I would skip Old Ebbitt Grill. In my opinion it is just a tourist trap since it is so close to the White House, and therefore overpriced for the quality of food you get. I was there somewhat recently for a friend's birthday dinner and everything I tried either tasted stale or right from out of a can...