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Apr 30, 2012 08:13 AM

DC for a college kid

Hi Chowhounders,

I will be doing an internship in DC for 2.5 months. I am looking for recommendations for bars and restaurants. I am willing to splurge on a dinner if it is worth it, but I also love hole-in-the-walls. I love italian, japanese, and mediterranean cuisine. On a college budget!

Any help would be great

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  1. The Washington Post every year publishes an intern's guide with advice about cheap eats, happy hours with free food, etc. They haven't done the 2012 one yet, but the 2011 one, along with some other helpful info, is on their interns site:

    Welcome to DC! It's a great city.

    1. I think you'd like 18th St. (Adams Morgan). It's very popular with the college-aged crowd. On that street, in addition to a whole bunch of bars, you'll find one of my favorite cheap holes-in-the-wall: Amsterdam Falafel.

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      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        They're opening a ramen place on 18th Street! Also consider Mellow Mushroom (CHEAP and copious pizza place), Astor Mediterranean, and the AMPM Wine Shop for sandwiches (fancy prosciutto, cheeses, etc.) - all in Adams Morgan.

        Go to the ramen place "People's Noodle" which is in a former peruvian chicken place on Park Road, just west of the intersection with 14th Street. I went this weekend and was impressed by the quality.

        Fast Gourmet for the best Cuban sandwich ever, 14th and V.

        Adams Express for cheap and solid Korean, Mt. Pleasant Street.

        And, this is a must, have Ethiopian at Zenebech Injera. I finally tried this place last night and it blows othe Ethiopian spots out of the water. Higher quality, bigger servings, *and* cheaper. I am only going to eat here for Ethiopian from now on!!