There are so many places to eat at in DC but finding the affordable good places tend to be hard to find. I have gone tons of places throughout DC and I am here to help you cure your hunger. When you are on a budget or you just want a cheap good find, I am here to help!
These are in no particular order but here goes my list:
This spot has various locations. My favorite is the location in Tenleytown. They cheap slizes that taste better than any jumbo slice I’ve ever had. They also have quite a few meals under $10 and they are super filling.
This place has been around since forever and is open 24 hours. You can get some amazing food here. Everything is made fresh and right in front of you. The prices are super reasonable but don’t go with a big group. This place seats about 10 people but in the summer a lot more will be able to sit outside. I do know they are about to close down so they can build an apartment complex above it and I believe they will have more seating inside in the future. We have to wait and see.
3. Masa 14
If you go here various days of the week, you will be in for a treat. They have a daily happy hour from 5pm to 7pm everyday including weekends. On Monday, they have half price bottles of wine. They have happy hour drinks all night on Tuesdays. There is half price sushi on Wednesdays. On Sunday, they have a Sunday aftermath with a DJ and happy hour with food starts at 5pm.
So we all know about Busboys & Poets but did you guys know one opened right off of Takoma Metro station?! It’s not as small as I thought it would be. It is still pretty new so they are working out the kinks but this is a way to escape the busy U street and K Street area and go to a small artsy neighborhood. At this one, you are least likely to run into anyone you know. Shhh…our little secret. 😉 If I’m not mistaken they have a Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday but I will double check.
This place is a hidden gem for you sushi loves. Everything is $22 or under but for the most part under $15. It is super affordable. They have a great set up and the food is amazing!
6. El Tamarindo
This is one of the best home-style mexican & salvadoran cuisine restaurants. The food tastes better than any of these chain mexican restaurants. It is authentic and fresh. The prices are extremely reasonable and their happy hour has crazy great prices for various food items and drinks.
I have never personally been to this location but I was recommended it as a good cheap eat. This place has crazy good deals on sushi. You can get a 6 piece roll for $3.75. Sign me up! This place also has thai food as well. I might be by here this week. Yum! They also have a happy hour Monday through Friday; 5pm to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday; 4pm to 6pm. Weekend happy hours are the business!
8. Fast Gourmet
This place is a hidden gem. This is one of those places you would be afraid to enter because it is attached to some generic gas station. Please don’t be afraid. LOL! This place has amazing things to eat. I’ve had quite a few things here and have never been disappointed. I also heard about their cuban sandwich. Although I am not a huge mustard fan, I might have to give this sandwich a try. Prices range up to $10.
9. Hashi Sushi
Maybe it’s time for me to get some sushi! LOL! This spot is not a big restaurant nor is it super cheap. The reason I decided to add this spot is because of their lunch special. Go for lunch! They have an amazing bento box for $12.95. This is available Monday through Friday 11:30am to 3pm excluding holidays.
Why did I not hunt this place down while in Amsterdam?! I might have to make my way back just to find this place is Amsterdam. This one is for my vegetarians! This was one of the first places I ever tried a falafel and I was hooked! This spot has two locations. One is in Adams Morgan and the other is on 14th street. The 14th street location apparently serves beer. The falafel should be no more than $8.
I hope this list helps you crave your hungry when on a budget or you just don’t feel like spending a bunch of money.
To good eats!