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Jun 24, 2010 06:59 AM

Lunch in Georgetown - cheaper the better

So I'll be in Georgetown this Friday for an appointment (day off) and despite having been there countless times before, I can't think of a nice, quiet place for me to eat lunch (by myself) that's also fairly cheap (read: less than $15, the cheaper the better).

I'm into anything, really. Sandwiches, actual entrees, any just has to be GOOD, filling and affordable. Atmosphere should be enough for me to eat lunch by myself while reading a magazine (not too picky about noise).

I can only think of the chains and mediocre places on M Street, which are bound to be crazy busy. I've ruled out Snap because it's a small eating area, I don't want to be outside on such a hot day, and I need something more filling since lunch is usually my big meal of the day.

Any suggestions? Walking distance of the Barnes & Noble is preferred, of course. For the life of me, I can't think of many places on Wisconsin besides the Five Guys...

Thanks in advance for recs!

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  1. what about pizzeria paradiso? or tackle box.

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    1. re: littlew1ng

      Or Moby Dick?

      Moby Dick
      1070 31st Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007

      1. re: littlew1ng

        I vote either Tackle Box or Bodega. I could see spending a lot more than $15 at Bodega, but if you limit yourself to a soup and maybe 2 tapas you'd come in under. I'd also go over at Tackle Box 'cause I like their lobster roll and I think that's $19 (but worth it in my opinion).

        1. Amma's Indian Vegetarian Kitchen for a wonderful masala dosa. You can easily get out of there for under $15 - under $10 is even possible if you get a glass of water to drink.

          Amma's Indian Vegetarian Kitchen
          3291 M St NW
          (between N 33rd St & N Eton Ct)
          Washington, DC 20007

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            1. re: Lori D

              Oh NO!! That's distressing news, indeed! It's never been packed when I've been in there. I guess the rent did them in. Now I don't know where to get a decent dosa - that's accessible by public transportation.

          1. Booeymonger's?

            Booeymonger Restaurant
            3265 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            1. 1. Clydes - Chain but still good
              2. Cafe La Ruche - if not too hot outside is nice
              3. Bangkok Joe's down by the water - sit at the dumpling bar.
              4. Miss Saigon - on M Street
              5. Bistro Francais on M Street runs a daily lunch special with several selections
              6. Paper Moon - Italian - also runs daily lunch specials (make sure you ask because there are usually some not listed, even on the board out front)

              Miss Saigon Restaurant
              3057 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              Paper Moon
              1069 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              Bangkok Joes
              3000 K St NW Ste Lbby, Washington, DC 20007

              Cafe La Ruche
              1039 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              Bistro Francais
              3128 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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              1. re: SheriS

                Bangkok Joes is overly sweet, titmidly spiced "Thai" food. I don't know too much about Georgetown these days (though the Booeymonger's of my memory was both decent and cheap) but have eaten at BJ's recently and not impressed.

                Booeymonger Restaurant
                3265 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

                Bangkok Joes
                3000 K St NW Ste Lbby, Washington, DC 20007