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Chow-worthy restaurant near the Newseum?

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I am looking for a delicious ethnic restaurant for lunch within walking distance of the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania, N.W.). Hoping for inexpensive to $13 per person (remember, this is lunch). Any suggestions?

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  1. I think it's hard to find a cheap and really "chow-worthy" restaurant in that part of town, but personally I like Teaism for lunch. You could also probably get a torta at Oyamel.

    1. At those prices? And ethnic? Your best bet is probably Merzi.

      And even then it might be difficult to come in within budget.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Seriously. Delicious, ethnic, inexpensive, chow-worthy. Pick one because you'll have a hard time doing two let alone all four. Maybe Garden Cafe in the NGA?

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          It's really three (not four), no?

          Because doesn't "chow-worthy" = delicious?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            still a tough one around there. as much as I dump on Chinatown a hike up to Full Kee for cheap and delicious isn't very far. I always thought the NGA cafe wasn't really in this price point. otherwise maybe a short bus/Metro ride to another nabe is in order.

            Metro from Archives to U Street would be easy and fast for Ethiopian choices.

      2. Not sure what your parameters for ethnic are (in my mind, all food is ethnic in some way), but Nando's Peri-Peri on 7th and H is about a 15 minute walk and fits your price point.

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        1. re: riot grrrl

          2nd Nando's Peri-Peri or Eat First Chinese in Chinatown

          1. re: riot grrrl

            The french fries with peri-naise, the grilled corn, and the mushy peas are all great sides at Nando's. Of course, the star is the quarter-chicken dark, ordered very spicy.