"great food at lunch prices"
I saw this phrase in a post by Keith E (thanks, Keith) and realized that I'd love your suggestions for terrific food in the DC area that is available at lunch prices for a Friday or Sat. lunch. I am still paying for kids' college tuition hence the need for frugality . So what will I pay for a terrific lunch? Probably $30. or so (30 without wine or other alcohol).
**No sushi or Ethiopian (I get lots of great Ethiopian at home)--virtually anything else is fine
**Must be accessible via the Metro/walking (I have no car)
**Not in the 'burbs (just takes too long to get there via Metro)
Some places I already plan to eat at:
Rasika, one place with good Southern food (not sure yet which one), and ???
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
For the Friday lunch, CF Folks. Order from the specials menu and sit at the counter if you can.
Three mezze at Zaytinya.
Several small plates at Oyamel.
Same for Jaleo
A lovely pizza at Pizza Paradiso with a craft beer (Dupont or Georgetown)
Chicken plus sides at Nando's
Menu del serra at Dino (I think it's under $30, but you can certainly eat well at Dino for under $30).
Roast chicken at Palena (Cleveland Park)
Burger at Ray's (while it is not in DC proper the metro ride/walk is really easy).
Steak frites at Bistrot du Coin or Bistro Cacao
Ba Bay near Eastern Market.
Red Rocks Pizza in Columbus Heights.
Bar Pilar (when it's not super crowded)
Ghana Cafe in Logan Circle.
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Red Rock Cafe
385 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Most CF Folks specials are more than sandwiches. Currently it's not overly inspiring, but they usually step it up:
Manyh of dcandohio's recs are above sandwich grade. Probably add Hank's Oyster Bar to the list.
Hank's Oyster Bar
1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314
Are you willing to pay $30 per person (exluding alcohol)? If so, there is probably a long list of places -- I guess when I originally replied I didn't realize that your spending limit was that high. If that is the case, I would suggest any of the Passion Food restaurants, especially Ten Penh and Ceiba (since I have been to both of of those). (I have also been to DC Coast but I prefer the others.)
You could also get a good lunch at Central Michel Richard for less than $30.
701 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Yes, I'm willing to pay $30 for lunch (I'll be solo) excluding alcohol. I am trying to do the "eat dinner at lunchtime" thing to be frugal.
Dennis and Keith---thanks for the additional tips.
Keith---What would you order at Central Michel Richard?
Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004