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Dining Out

Inexpensive Restaurants & Cafes

Comments below are drawn from many sources and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Folger Shakespeare Library staff members.

Burrito Brothers 202.543.6835

205 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

This take out place specializes in quick Mexican foods such as tacos, fajitas, burritos, and more.

Cafe Recess

209 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Cafeteria-style hot and cold food bars with an Asian flair, as well as a made-to-order deli in the rear, make this a quick and versatile lunch spot.

Pret a Manger

301 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Sandwiches, salads, soups, breads, and coffee using natural, preservative-free ingredients, with upstairs seating and a patio.


215 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Best known for its delicious bakery, Firehook also serves soups and sandwiches at lunch.


211 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

An unassuming liquor store with an authentic deli that draws the local lunch crowd.

Good Stuff Eatery

303 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E.

Owned and operated by Top Chef contestant, Spike Mendelson, Good Stuff boasts a wide array of handmade burgers, hand-cut fries, and handspun milkshakes, sure to keep you coming back for more.


La Lomita Dos 202.544.0616

308 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Another Mexican restaurant, renowned for its fresh salsa; open for lunch and dinner.


Le Bon Cafe 202.547.7200

210 Second Street, SE

Here you can find a Parisian-styled caféand espresso bar with a short menu of gourmet sandwiches on excellent bread.


Pete's Diner 202.544.7335

212 Second Street, SE

Sit down at the formica counter or take lunch to go from this traditional diner that veers from the ordinary with its daily Chinese specials.


Starbucks 202.544.9783

237 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Get your daily fix at this stand-by coffee shop on the corner of Pennsylvania and 3rd Streets.


Sweetgreen 202.547.9338

221 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Offers all-natural salads and refreshing frozen yogurts made with local, farm-fresh ingredients.

More Expensive Restaurants with Table Service

Acqua al 2

217 7th Street, SE (across from Eastern Market)

315 Pennsyvlania Avenue, SE


Belga Café

514 8th Street, SE

Bistro Cacao

320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Boxcar Tavern

224 7th Street, SE

Cafe 8

424 8th Street, SE

Charlie Palmer Steak

101 Constitution Avenue, NW
(at the base of Capitol Hill)

The Chesapeake Room

501 8th Street, SE

Johnny's Half Shell

400 North Capitol Street, NW

Lola's Barracks Bar and Grill

711 8th Street, SE

The Monocle

107 D Street, NE
(near Union Station)


327 7th Street, SE

Senart's Oyster & Chop House

520 8th Street, SE


223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Ted's Bulletin

505 8th Street, SE

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