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Jul 13, 2012 01:45 PM

Looking for cheap($10 or less with tax) Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in the D.C. proper area

Hey guys,

So i have been on a hunt to find great food, worth of this board for the astronomically low price of $7 a meal - including tax. I realize that this is difficult to say the least, especially dinner but I'm finding that it is possible. It may seem played out, but I am looking for some of the more "obvious" region's foods like crab cakes. Also, Im looking for a place where you can sit - so some ambience is nice, total dives/eat it in your car are out.


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  1. Geez, today I had a small cheeseburger and fries (water to drink) at 5 Guys and it was over $7!

    Red Hot and Blue has $5 specials on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I think burgers, pulled pork and chicken wings respectively. The $5 Monday burger at Glory Days has gone up but is still less than $6. Flippin' Pizza has two slices and a drink for $6 tax included. You can still get a frozen yogurt (lots of places) for about $4. Hong Kong Palace had $5.95 lunch specials, but they've gone up to $6.95.

    I don't think you can buy a decent crab cake for under $10.

    1. I am not sure what 'DC proper area.' means. DC proper is DC only, and DC area is the whole DC area, including the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. And I am not sure if you are asking for dinner only.

      1. You can get a bagel with cream cheese and lox (and tomato, onion and capers) plus a cup of coffee for about $5 at the deli next to Ollie's on 12th st. between Penn. and E. I would not say it has great ambience, but it's not a dive either.

        1. Hmm, going for under $10, though not regional foods....all of these have nice seating:
          breakfast or lunch at G Street Foods,
          lunch specials at Shanghai Tea House (Glover Park),
          lunch special at BGR,
          a couple tacos at Pico Taco,
          BonMi downtown
          SunDevich in Shaw
          lunch special at Pete's Apizza in Columbia Heights (two slices and a drink or one slice, a salad and a drink)

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          1. re: hamster

            There are only 2 sandwiches at Sundevich that are $9 and with tax puts you just a hair under $10 - and both are vegetarian.

            This topic was covered pretty well here:


            I really don't think there is much for "regional" food for DC except crab cakes and hot half smokes (you could throw in a few more if you included Baltimore - pit beef, coddies, etc...). Can't really help with either as I don't eat seafood and (still) haven't had a hot half smoke, but apparently Eastern Market does a good, cheap one.

            1. re: donaldbabb

              meh, that list is just a compilation of places that are cheaper than normal for DC, and I would contend that most do not fit OPs request.