Eating on the Avenue
In addition to the Folger Shakespeare Library, Capitol Hill is home to Congress, the Senate, the Supreme Court, and the Libraries of Congress just to name a few. Close to it all, the 200-400 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, have a myriad of inexpensive but tasty lunch options, listed below.
Burrito Brothers 202.543.6835 – 205 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
This restaurant specializes in quick Mexican foods such as tacos, fajitas, and burritos.
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.
Firehook 202.544.7003 – 215 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Best known for its delicious bakery, Firehook also serves soups and sandwiches at lunch.
Gandel’s 202.543.1000 – 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, SE
More than just a burger joint, Good Stuff offers handmade burgers, hand-cut fries and handspun ice cream. Be prepared to wait during the noon lunch hour, when lines go out the door.
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.
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
Graze on a wide selection of freshly made salads and refreshing frozen yogurts made with local, farm-fresh ingredients.
Cosi 202.546.3345 301 – Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
This fast-growing chain offers hand-tossed salads, flatbread sandwiches, pizzas, and soup with upstairs seating and a patio.
Young Chow 202.544.3030 – 312 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Look no further for inexpensive Chinese food on the fly. Serves lunch and dinner.
We, The Pizza 202.544.4008 – 305 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Boasting an array of pizza’s by the slice, giant salads, hot & cold subs, gelato and Italian soda, this popular pizza joint is sure to satisfy whenever that lunch craving hits.
Wellness Café 202.543.2266 – 325 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
This unsuspecting café and vitamin shop has a delightful selection of fresh made deli sandwiches, burgers, panini’s, salads, soups and smoothies, including many vegetarian and vegan options.
Hungry for more? Check out our complete Eating on the Avenue Restaurant Guide if you're looking for something fancier or a bit further afield.