Best Cheap Eats in DC

Even though DC is somewhat insulated from the current economic crisis, it’s always a good time to think about getting a great bargain.  That’s why we’ve come up with the following list of places in DC to get an amazing dish at an affordable price.

Bar Pilar – This hipster hang-out is known for it’s fantastic dinner menu, particularly its generous array of small plates.

Sushi-Ko – Widely considered one of the top sushi restaurants in the DC area, Sushi-Ko is also one of the city’s cheapest.  What it lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in cuisine.

Ben’s Chili Bowl – A DC staple, Ben’s Chili Bowl has hosted some of the most recognizable individuals in the area and abroad.  Just make sure you don’t mind smelling like fried food after you eat there.

Pho 75 – The only decoration in the Arlington pho house is a wall full of awards and accolades for the delicious, steaming hot bowls of pho the restaurant serves.  Lines have been known to extend out the door especially on weekend afternoons.

Palena (Cafe Menu) – Palena is one of the top fine dining restaurants in the DC area.  While its restaurant menu is a bit pricey for the budget-conscious individual, its cafe menu certainly qualifies as fiscally responsible.

Pasta Mia – I sometimes find myself wondering whether Pasta Mia has an actual restaurant license or is just some Italian person in a house in Adams Morgan cooking authentically delicious cheap Italian dishes.  Then I realize I don’t care and stuff my face.

3 Responses to “Best Cheap Eats in DC”

  1. Alex February 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    That’s a good list. Bar Pilar and Palena are both fantastic restaurants and great, great deals.

    But Sushi Ko? Cheap? Sure, it might be the best sushi restaurant in DC, but I’ve found it to be among the most expensive (Kaz is in the running too).

    I think the moules frites at Granville Moore’s ($10 on Mondays) merit a mention, as do the dirt-cheap tacos at Taqueria Distrito Federal, the daily “Meat and Two” deal at Hank’s (~$17 for a too-big-to-eat plate of meaty delicious) and Chic’s Chicken on U St is also a tasty, low-key, inexpensive spot.

  2. Jiyan March 1, 2009 at 1:14 am #

    Hey Alex, thanks for sharing…we have to check those places out…and as for Sushi-Ko I didn’t find it terribly expensive but maybe not the cheapest.


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