Inexpensive Restaurants & Cafes
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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.
Café Recess 202.544.3049
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.
301 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
This fast-growing chain offers hand-tossed salads, flatbread sandwiches, pizzas, and soup 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 202.543.8222
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 Café 202.547.7200
210 Second Street, SE
Here you can find a Parisian-styled café and 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.
237 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Get your daily fix at this stand-by coffee shop on the corner of Pennsylvania and 3rd Streets.
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)
514 8th Street, SE
320 Massachusetts Avenue NE
224 7th Street, SE
424 8th Street, SE
Charlie Palmer Steak
101 Constitution Ave., NW (at the base of Capitol Hill)
The Chesapeake Room
501 8th Street, SE
Johnny’s Half Shell
400 N. Capitol Street, NW
Lola’s Barracks Bar and Grill
711 8th Street, SE
107 D Street, NE (near Union Station)
327 7th Street, SE
Senart’s Oyster & Chop House
520 8th Street, SE
223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
505 8th Street, SE