It is not uncommon to pay what seems like a year’s tuition for just a sandwich and a soda in Washington. This insider’s list will give you the best places for good eats for less than $10.
Chipotle (1837 M St., N.W. and 3255 M St., N.W.) – This Mexican chain restaurant always uses fresh ingredients to craft its tasty signature burritos. And the huge portions are at the right price.
Julia’s Empanadas (1221 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) – Julia’s Empanadas is a refreshing alternative from the myriad grab ‘n’ go lunch spots all over the city. Featuring authentic Latin American cuisine, the empanadas are handmade and freshly baked, and there are a ton of vegetarian options. Plus, they are open until 4 a.m.!
Baked and Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W.) – If you have heard of Sprinkles and Magnolia, you will love Baked and Wired. The District’s own posh bakery features gourmet cupcakes, pies, muffins, cookies and other sweet treats.
Crepeaway (2001 L St., N.W.) – Sweet and savory crepes are stuffed with everything from Nutella to prosciutto. Most of them are between $4 and $7.
Chop’t (730 7th St., N.W. and 1300 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) – This classic make-your-own-salad shop offers five types of lettuce and 27 different salad dressings.
Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries (1335 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) – The lack of greasy fast food joints in the District is disappointing, but Five Guys fills that void. They specialize in delicious burgers and fries at a fast-food price.
Pizza Movers (1618 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) – This is arguably the best pizza within GW’s delivery zone. A medium cheese pizza is just under $10.
K Street Bagels (2000 K St., N.W.) – They have more than a dozen different types of cream cheese and their bagels are always toasted just right. And they accept GWorld!
Café Tu-O-Tu (2816 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) – This hole-in-the-wall Mediterranean/Turkish cafe is easy to miss on your way to Georgetown. They have delicious sandwiches and salads, which are fresh and between $6 and $9.
M. E. Swing Coffee Roasters (1702 G St., N.W.) – Why wait in the line at Starbucks when you can get a real cup of coffee at M. E. Swing – without the froth, mocha, whipped cream or ridiculous price? This is one of the few non-corporate coffee shops near campus and one of the best cups of coffee in the city.
The 10 things you will forget
Alarm clock, Cleaning supplies, Cell phone charger, Rugs, Frozen food, Tool kit, 5-tier bookcase, Headphones, Extra toilet paper, Surge protector