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