LAC Budget Dining Guide

Here is an A to Z list of D.C. restaurants for thre budget traveler. Add your own bookmarks with the tag NMRTdiningguide.  Thanks To Carrie Ansell for bringing it all together!

Amsterdam Falafel Shop
2425 18th St., NW
Washington, DC
(Adams Morgan/Woodley Park)
Middle Eastern/Vegetarian/Vegan
Sunday/Monday 11 AM -12 Midnight
Tuesday/Wednesday 11 AM - 2:30 AM
Thursday 11 AM - 3:00 AM
Friday/Saturday 11 AM - 4:00 AM
This restaurant only serves top-it-yourself falafel, french fries, and brownies. Delicious and one of the cheapest eats in DC. This is little bit of a hike from the Metro, but within walking distance of the Washington Hilton, if you are staying there.

Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U St., NW
Washington, DC
(U St/Cardozo/African-American Civil War Memorial)
Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 2 AM
Friday/Saturday 11 AM - 4 AM
Sunday Noon - 8 PM
A Washington Institution.  In addition to chili and burgers, Ben's also serves breakfast.

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St., NW
Washington, DC
(U St/Cardozo/African-American Civil War Memorial)
American (Pizza/Burgers/Salads)
Sunday - Thursday 10 AM - 12 Midnight
Friday/Saturday 10 AM - 2 AM
Beyond food, Busboys and Poets is also home to a great progressive bookstore and offers free Wi-Fi.

Capital Q
707 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(Gallery Place/Chinatown/Verizon Center)
Monday - Wednesday 11 AM - 9 PM
Thursday - Saturday 11 AM -  12 Midnight
Sunday Closed
Sandwiches can be had for under $10. Platters (with two sides) will likely put you in the $15 range.

1114–18 U St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
(U St/Cardozo/African-American Civil War Memorial)
Sunday - Thursday 11 AM - 2 AM
Friday - Saturday 11 AM - 3 AM
If DC were to be known for any type of ethnic food, it would be Ethiopian.  Dukem is the elder statesman of the "Little Ethiopia" neighborhood, around 11th & U Streets NW.

East Street Café
Union Station, Mezzanine level
50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(Union Station)
Monday – Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM
Sunday 12 Noon - 5 PM
In addition to this yummy sit-down restaurant, Union Station also has a food court with budget-friendly vendors.

Eastern Market *
7th Street & North Carolina Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(Eastern Market)
Farmer’s Market
Tuesday - Saturday 7 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM
The South Hall of Eastern Market contains vendors offering everything from fresh produce and flowers, to deli, bakery, meat, poultry, cheese and dairy products. The South Hall also has a lunch counter restaurant - Market Lunch. On the weekend there are also local farmers outside the hall, as well as a flea market across the street.

*Due to a fire at Eastern Market on April 30th, the South Hall which
contains the Market Lunch and other food vendors is now closed.  It is not
yet certain when it will be able to reopen.  The open air farmer's market
continues every weekend.

Eli’s Restaurant
1253 20 th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(Dupont Circle)
Sunday - Thursday 11 AM - 9 PM
Friday 11 AM - 2:30 PM
While Eli’s is barely within the cheap eats confines of this guide (sandwich prices can rise over the $10 mark), it is the cheaper of the only two kosher restaurants in DC.

Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries
808 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(Gallery Place/Chinatown/Verizon Center)
Sunday - Thursday 11 AM - 10 PM
Friday/Saturday 11 AM - 11 PM
Five Guys is now a chain of burger restaurants all over the East Coast – but they got their start in Northern Virginia in 1986 and are locals!

Corner of E. & 10th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(Metro Center or Gallery Place/Chinatown/Verizon Center)
Ice Cream
Sunday - Thursday 10 AM - 10 PM
Friday - Saturday 10 AM - 11 PM
Giffords has been making homemade ice cream and candy locally since 1938.  They have interesting and yummy "Flavors of the Month".

Java Green
1020 19th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(Farragut West or Farragut North)
Monday – Friday 7 AM - 8 PM 
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday Closed 
All vegetarian menu, with many, many vegan options. Sandwiches, salads and Asian-inspired entrees.

Julia’s Empanadas
1221 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(Dupont Circle)
Latin American
Monday - Saturday 11 AM - 2:30 AM
Sunday 11 am-7 pm
Julia’s empanadas may just be the cheapest eats in DC (outside of McDonald’s). There is a daily vegan empanada selection. Storefront location – no seating – close to Circle.

Moby Dick House of Kabob
1300 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(Dupont Circle)
Middle Eastern
Monday – Thursday 11 AM – 10 PM
Friday 11 AM – 11 PM
Saturday 12 PM – 11 PM
Sunday Closed
Named after the owner's favorite restaurant in Tehran, Moby Dick's serves kabobs and fresh baked pita bread.  The lamb is Hallal.  There are daily lunch specials on weekdays.

Mocha Hut
1301 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(U St/Cardozo/African-America Civil War Memorial)
Coffee Shop/Sandwiches/Breakfast
Daily 7 AM - 9 PM
Mocha Hut is neighborhood coffee shop (with free wi-fi) that also serves yummy food.  Try the fried chicken and waffles!

1810 K St., N.W.
Washington, DC  20006 
(Farragut West or Farragut North)
Monday – Thursday 11:30 AM - 3 PM; 5 PM - 9 PM 
Friday 11:30 AM - 3 PM; 5 PM - 10 PM 
Saturday 12:00 Noon - 3 PM; 5 PM - 10 PM 
Sunday Closed
Daily lunch buffet for $9.95, highlighting a different region of India every day. All food is vegetarian, most is also vegan – just ask your server when you are seated.

Reeves Restaurant and Bakery
1306 G St., NW
Washington, DC  20005
(Metro Center)
Monday - Friday 7 AM - 6 PM
Saturday/Sunday Closed
Reeves Bakery has been around (in various locations) since 1886. Famous for their strawberry pie, Reeves also serves a full lunch menu in their restaurant downstairs.

Saint's Paradise Cafeteria
601-A M St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(Mount Vernon Square/Convention Center)
Soul Food
Monday - Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM
Saturday/Sunday, 8 AM to 6 PM
This church cafeteria serves up delicious soul food 7 days a week. With its location in the basement of the United House of Prayer, you will definitely be eating like a local! Breakfast is served until 11 AM.

Sala Thai
1301 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(U Street/Cardozo/African American Civil War Memorial)
Monday - Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday 11:30 AM - 11 PM
Saturday 12 Noon - 11 PM 
Sunday 12 Noon - 10:30 PM
Although not a vegetarian restaurant, Sala Thai is very vegan-friendly!  The restaurant also features live jazz on weekends.

Sticky Fingers Bakery
1370 Park Rd NW
Washington, DC  20010
(Columbia Heights)
Monday - Friday 7 AM - 7 PM
Saturday 8 AM - 7 PM
Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM
This vegan bakery has been a favorite of locals (and they ship!) since 2001.  They recently moved to a new location and have now added vegan cafe fare (soups/salads/sandwiches).

Taqueria Distrito Federal
3463 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(Columbia Heights)
Monday - Wednesday 7 AM - 10 PM
Thursday - Saturday 6 AM - 12 Midnight
This storefront taco joint is your best bet for Mexican food in the District.

Zorba’s Café
1612 20th St., NW
Washington, DC
(Dupont Circle)
Monday - Saturday 11 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - 10:30 PM
Zorba's serves tradition Greek food - and has a sidewalk patio if the weather is nice.