"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
I think most of the responses to your query missed your point, which I understand to mean "Where can I get a luxurious, indulgent, first-class dining experience--the type typically associated with dinner at a premiere restaurant, which I currently can not afford, or choose not to--but without sacrificing quality, style or service, and enjoy it during the day at (their significantly lower) lunch prices?"
My first answer would be Adour.
My second answer would be to choose the most luxurious restaurant at which you have aspired to dine, provided they serve lunch, and book a table for one o'clock (at one o'clock, you have avoided the crushing rush, but are still in the thick of things, for what it;s worth)--hotel restaurants are better since their service typically does not begin to lag at that time, at which time you will have the restaurant practically to yourself, save a few truly important deal-makers, and a most gracious and generous staff in attendance.
In this way, you will have a dining experience and the most carefully and scrupiously of prepared dishes, equal to or more likely superior to, what you would experience at dinner for 30-50% less than at dinner.
Even better, you can retire from your sumptuous feast to the lounge and enjoy your own private calm from center stage as the increasing hurry-scurry of "Important DC" hustles to establish itself around you.
Again, Adour would be my first choice for the sheer old world elegance (it is the Astors' place after all, at least originally), followed by J&G Steakhouse, for the Central Park South-like experience after the meal of enjoying a post-prandial while overlooking from above the pulsing heart of history as it is made.
515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
701 was having a really good lunch special, I don't know how long it continues, but it definitely was fine dining with a price within your range.
Too bad Blacksalt is so darn far from any metro...
You might check to see if Vidalia is having any lunch specials for your Southern fine dining fix, maybe you could make it for RW? Some places are extending RW too. You might keep an eye on Metrocurean.com in the Deals section of DC Dining.
1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036
Charlie Palmer has a great prix fixe lunch. Probably about a 10 minute walk from Union Station.