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$30 Challenge - Any suggestions?

Hi Chowhounders!

I'm doing a special article for my blog and I want to do 3 meals in DC for $30 - $10 per meal. Area is not an issue, but I want to get some bang for my bucks and keep my readers interested. Any suggestions? Looking for a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner - preferably Metro accessible, but am willing to get my car if need be.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. You can certainly get a great lunch at El Pollo Rico in Clarendon or Wheaton for that price, and probably many other Peruvian chicken joints. El Pollo Rico is my favorite chicken, but I like sides better elsewhere, but the chicken is worth the bland sides actually.

    What about Tortilla Cafe at the Eastern Market or Market Lunch itself? Mexican food, or even breakfast at the Market.

    Pho75 in Rosslyn would do the trick too.

    You might be able to do this at Eatbar too.

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    Market Lunch
    225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

    Pollo Rico
    7643 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      Good ideas, but I want to be a little out-the-box with this challenge. El Pollo Rico is something you would expect to see done in a challenge like this.

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      Pollo Rico
      7643 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

    2. Suburbs ok?
      Tax and tip included?
      carryout?

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      1. re: Steve

        Suburbs ok...Tax included, tip doesn't count towards total (I like to reward good food and good service!) Carryout is fine, especially since I want to visit the Newseum and either the Spy Museum or the Museum of Crime and Punishment.

      2. Lunch special at Ray's Hell Burger - burger, side, and drink for $10.

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        Ray's Hell Burger
        1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

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        1. re: DanielK

          That's bang for your buck right there! Is the special offered on the weekend? I'm attempting to do this adventure tomorrow.

            1. re: thefabfoodie

              I got the special for a Saturday lunch one time.

          1. Amsterdam Falafel and So's Your Mom - both in Adams Morgan and both come in easily under $10 for a good lunch.

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            So's Your Mom
            1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

            Amsterdam Falafelshop
            2425 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              I've never heard of So's Your Mom - I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

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              So's Your Mom
              1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

              1. re: thefabfoodie

                It's a take-out sandwich place. They also have pastries, but I've never tried them. Excellent egg/cheese/bacon on a bagel.

              2. re: woodleyparkhound

                Would go for Max's ahead of Amsterdam, though I like Amsterdam.

                El Charritto Caminante.

                The Halal Cart in Ballston. $5 for a lot of good food.

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                Ballston Cafe
                4601 Fairfax Dr Lbby 2, Arlington, VA 22203

              3. The greek deli on 19th street between L and M. Portions are HUGE and must still be under $10 (haven't eaten there in ages so needs others to verify)