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Lunch in Georgetown - cheaper the better

yfunk3 Jun 24, 2010 06:59 AM

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 cuisine...it 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!

  1. y
    yfunk3 Jun 25, 2010 10:59 AM

    Well, I ended up at Tacklebox. It was good, but I don't think it was worth the $20 I spent for the entire meal. I got the shrimp roll (which was tasty and did come with lots of fries), a lemonade ($4 for a lemonade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and an extra side of cornbread because I can't resist cornbread (and it was $4.50!!!!!!!!!!!).

    It was quite a bit of food, and everything was good and all...but I made a few mistakes in what I ordered, I guess. If there's a next time, I'll definitely keep it simpler.

    The cornbread was very fresh and had noticeable bits of corn in it, so one bonus point for that.

    1. y
      yfunk3 Jun 24, 2010 06:28 PM

      Hmmm...Tacklebox it is, then (have a strange hankerin' for fries now), though I just remembered that there's a newly remodeled Aditi Indian restaurant on M Street. Has anyone eaten there recently?

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      1. re: yfunk3
        woodleyparkhound Jun 25, 2010 05:53 AM

        re: Tacklebox... I think their fish tacos are tasty and a good value, as is their "fish and two sides" plate, but I was horribly disappointed in their clam roll. It was TINY, had very few clams in it, and to make up for the fact that it is expensive, was served with about a quart of limp, cold, inedible fries -- horrific.

        1. re: woodleyparkhound
          Bood Jun 25, 2010 09:38 AM

          Go to Tacklebox.

      2. h
        hamster Jun 24, 2010 05:59 PM

        Try out Morso Express - I haven't tried it yet but there are some good reviews. Turkish. Corner of M and Potomac.

        Pain Quotidien is really nice for lunch alone.

        Tackle Box and Amma's are also good suggestions - I hope Amma's isn't closed!?

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        1. re: hamster
          woodleyparkhound Jun 25, 2010 05:50 AM

          Re: Amma's.... someone posted this on Yelp on 5/28/10...

          Note *Amma's have recently move to Vienna, Georgetown location is now close [sic]

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          beets4dinner Jun 24, 2010 04:29 PM

          Bangkok joe's is all flash and spendy; don't bother.
          Tacklebox -- amazing, go there.
          Stay away from the waterfront (food-wise, anyway)
          Pizzaria Paradisio has decent lunch specials.
          George's Falafal has this quiet upstairs seating area, and the food is servicable.

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            SheriS Jun 24, 2010 11:08 AM

            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
              lawhound Jun 24, 2010 12:11 PM

              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

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              lawhound Jun 24, 2010 10:40 AM


              Booeymonger Restaurant
              3265 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              1. woodleyparkhound Jun 24, 2010 09:58 AM

                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: woodleyparkhound
                  Lori D Jun 24, 2010 10:07 AM

                  Didn't Amma's close?

                  1. re: Lori D
                    woodleyparkhound Jun 24, 2010 10:35 AM

                    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.

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                  dcandohio Jun 24, 2010 07:44 AM

                  Cafe LaRuche

                  1. littlew1ng Jun 24, 2010 07:17 AM

                    what about pizzeria paradiso? or tackle box.

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                    1. re: littlew1ng
                      flavrmeistr Jun 24, 2010 07:21 AM

                      Or Moby Dick?

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

                      1. re: littlew1ng
                        mjhals Jun 24, 2010 07:29 AM

                        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).

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