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1. El Rinconcito Cafe

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1148 reviews
El Rinconcito Cafe
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1129 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 789-4110

Guy: Salvadoran restaurant


Review: "Nice small place and you can always get cheap plates"

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Food Enthusiast: Great food, reasonable prices, and large portions! The restaurant is small but cozy and very clean. The staff are very kind and welcoming. I will definitely come back and try their other dishes. One of the best Salvadorian food restaurants I have been to in DC!

Asif Rehmani: Food is very tasty. I had the beef chimichanga and I thought it was pretty good. Also the pricing is very reasonable. The platter for chimichanga was $11. This place is in the heart of downtown DC so it's hard to get a better deal than that. I was there at the time that they were going to close and most of the clientele that time are people at the bar. I noticed many people coming and going with their takeout orders and those sitting at the bar. All 100% Mexican it seemed. Good friendly crowd. However don't expect to hold a conversation with anyone unless you speak Spanish yourself 🙂

Elizabeth Tate: This place has the best horchata and the best enchiladas I have ever had. Every bite of this meal has bursts of flavor! The refried beans were 💯, and the salad on the side with the sour cream and guacamole wasn’t just that, it had a bit of salad dressing on it too! Ever been part of the clean plate club? This place will make you a part of it so fast you will want to come back for more 🤩

Michael “Newmie” Newman: #Update 5/24/2022 — pupusas de queso para llevar! Que Rica Comida! Y no tan caro! 🤠 The best pupusas in the NW DC quadrant! This eponymously named “Little Corner” restaurant sits just enough patrons, including a few bar stools, to make a simple weekend lunch feel like a Fiesta con Familia! With a flair for Comida Latina, especially from El Salvador 🇸🇻, there is plenty of La Vida Feliz to meet everyone’s particular “el disfrute” wish. Pupusas, tacos al carbon, fajitas, nachos… the standard fare expected and well-glamored… and thusly prepared finely by a hidden kitchen that certainly possesses the culinary culture deeply ingrained. Mi Contessa had two chicken enchiladas (“rojas”) which she found to be quite delicious and served warm, not too hot. With the small salad (“pico de gallo”) and an illuminating beans & rice combo on the platter, her hope for a blessed Mother’s Day meal was realized. The can of ginger ale was a surprisingly pricey addition to an otherwise very, very good bargain lunch celebration at this hidden hacienda. For me, my enchiladas were filled with frijoles (currently necessity requires eating less meats, though proteins are crucially important). The tortillas themselves were the best part, quite refined and baked evenly. Nicely evened “queso” melted on top, with a bit less smattering of the salsa than i was hoping for. Still, quite flavorful, even with a slight disappointment over the refried beans wrapped up. (Not so sure, but perhaps not homemade but from a can.) Overall the meal was quite what one will want when seeking a simple meal alone or small group desiring traditional Central American cuisine. However, the happy vibe of this hard to find place must not be underestimated, and the two mesera gentlemen really enjoy doing the serving to please — a service not found easily as well during our Covidmess times. *** ⚽️ on the televisions also! … Barca o Real Madrid??? You decide, Caballero!*** 🤠✌️✌🏽

Shaughnessy Miller: I hadn't had pupusas in years and was craving them on my visit to DC. This hole-in-the-wall did not disappoint. I ordered the 2 pupusas, 1 tamal de elote combinación and the yuka frita. The food came out quickly and was super rica! Everyone was very friendly, and the music also added buen ambiente. Definitely stop in!

Logan Gore: Yum! Yum! Yum! It’s hard to find good and authentic pupusas that aren’t too greasy but this place has them! Sooooo good! I ordered two chicken and two pork pupusas. They are huge! I didn’t need four haha! And a side of fried plantains! Small hole in the wall very much worth visiting!!

Cory Laws: My kind of place. My wife finds us interesting eateries. It was late and we needed lunch. This was highly rated, within 2 blocks of our hotel, and we didn't even need to cross a street. It was almost empty when we arrived, but there was a steady flow of take out customers. Then eat-ins. I didn't think the nachos would be sufficient, but boy was I wrong. Well done, generous, fresh, and a Negra Modelo for each of us. The Salvadoran seafood soup delivered to the next table was both great looking and smelling. The customer took his time to enjoy it all. I'd love a return visit to try a "real" dinner, not just a huge appetizer.

Elliott McClelland: Highly recommended! This neighborhood find was a great surprise. Authentic Salvadoran food with friendly staff. The pupusas were great, and I loved the chicharrones. If you are in town near the convention center, give this place a try!

Gaelle Claude: Nobody does Salvadoran food like they do at El Riconcito Cafe. I first found out about this place from my boyfriend and his coworker who had been there once before. They raved about how great the food was but I honestly underestimated how good it was until I tried it. It’s a nice, small cozy restaurant with the authentic vibes. I have been there a couple of time by now but the first time I ordered chicken enchiladas which came with a side of rice and beans, guacamole and sour cream — 9/10. They have great portions for fairly low prices. I also tried their horchata with a shot of Hennessy; it was pretty good. The next time I went I got a chicken chimichanga which was also a hit. Their customer service is on point. This place is a must try! Overall the experience is 10/10

Melissa Davis: This place is phenomenal !!! the food is very delicious, the coffee and the natural juices tasted very good, the owner and the waitresses are very friendly and we found the place to be cozy and very clean.

2. Bub and Pop's

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Bub and Pop's
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1815 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 457-1111

Guy: Sandwich shop


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Larry “Big Schlim” Mcleod: This place comes highly recommended when looking for a hoagie in DC. So as you know, I’m on a hunt for the tastiest cheesesteak/steak n cheese (Native Washingtonian way of saying it) in the area. I’m late but I’m ready…Let’s go see what they’re hittin on!! . Where I am: @bubandpops . Location Reviewed: 1815 M St., N.W. Washington D.C. . Menu Includes: Craft Hoagies; Fried Chicken Cutlet Hoagie, a Chicken & Tuna Salad Hoagie, Cheesesteaks, Beef Brisket, Roast Turkey, Italian, Chicken or Eggplant Parm, a4 Cheese Hoagie, Salads, Soups, Desserts, Craft Pickles, Beer, & Wine. . Items Reviewed: Their Bub’s Italian Hoagie (with LTO, Genoa Salami, Sweet Capicola, Hot Capicola, Pepperoni, Aged Provolone, Hot & Sweet Peppers, Pickles, Mayo, Bub’s Vinaigrette, Pecorino Romano $13.50 half). STAMP!!! I see why this is their most popular sub!! Decadent!! Get this!! Heats up well too!! Their Brisket, Turkey, & Bacon Hoagie (with LTO, Mild Provolone, Hot & Sweet Peppers, Bub’s Vinaigrette, Pecorino Romano $13.50 half). Absolutely DELICIOUS!! The meat was super tender like butter!! The bread got soggy quickly, but that didn’t make a difference…DELICIOUS!! Their Cheesesteak/Steak n Cheese (with Provolone & Onions $13.50 half). Absolutely DELICIOUS!! This is the BEST one I’ve had yet!! I should’ve thrown some mayo, & if they had it, green peppers on this. Their Oatmeal Chocolate Chip ($2.20). STAMP!! They put love into making these!! . Customer Service: Attentive & Welcoming . Online Navigation: Easy, 3rd party Delivery . Parking: Metered & Highly Enforced. . Recommendations: Get that Italian Hoagie. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️=STAMP ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️=DELICIOUS ⭐️⭐️⭐️=DECENT ⭐️⭐️=PASS ⭐️=NAH #Bigschlimsreviews

Heriberto Gonzalez (Heri): Holy poo! This sandwich spot was legit! My wife remembered seeing Guy Fieri show this joint on Triple D. We got the Italian and the Roast Pork with gremolada...the first was good but that pork sammich was next level! Every bite left me wanting more! The folks at Bub and Pops are deserving of high praise...great food and they were super fast too!

Simon H: I absolutely adore this place. Great sandwiches. The half size plus chips is definitely enough! Full size is enough for 2 people. I usually get the Italian, and although the butter on it is probably controversial, I really REALLY like it. I also love their cheese steak and I've had the eggplant Parm as well and it's quite good. They prefer cash so bring it if you can, but they will accept credit card as well.

Jonathan Taylor: More than just a sandwich shop, this place is a top notch DC favorite diner even with Philly Cheese Steaks on the menu. I was delighted with the fresh ingredients, real flavors and generous portions to say that this is a real gem. If you have to wait, it's because everyone else wants some too. Bonus tip: closed on Monday BUT open on Saturdays! If you are downtown, then get some of the goodness.

Paul G: One of the worst customer service places in the country. Staff is openly hostile. First experience in 2018 was a driver with their logo on their car crossing a red light and almost hitting pedestrians and then flicking everyone off. Today was I’m guessing the grandma yelling “f you” to me when I let my umbrella get their carpet wet. I’ve actually had their food once and it’s some of the most overpriced garbage that only DC would be able to sustain. They don’t put themselves in a neighborhood part of town because locals would eat them alive. They feast off of tourists and old diners drive in and dives promotions. Additionally their online business practices are outlandish - they first off charge in store prices of over $20 for a sandwich, but the markup they allow for their delivery partners or pickup partners are over 100%. They have control over that but don’t care. They may have some tasty sandwiches in comparison to what is in the area (frankly I think they’re too dry) - but it’s not worth the patronage. Hoping they close and are replaced by business people who care about their local community, not try to exploit it. Get ready for the crybaby owner response below. Also check out their health code violations online. Gross

Jackie Ndebeka: I needed a cheesesteak hoagie like home (Philly), they made me a cheesesteak like home. The family who run Bub and Pops are super friendly, run an amazing hoagie joint, and make some damn delicious food. Worth every penny.

Tan Sav: Ordered takeout from here. I got the cheesesteak with mushrooms. It was definitely delicious. A little pricey, but delicious.

Eric Gor: Great restaurant, delicious food. Got the Hebrew hammer and chips. The big sandwich is 2.5 pounds (40 ounces), for those unsure of the size. The house-made chips were delicious but maybe slightly salty. Didn't stop me from devouring the whole bag though! Expect lines!

Stedman Paris: The customer service isn't the greatest plus the cooks don't wear gloves anymore. The shrimp Po Boy is gone! They always ask for cash. This place makes you feel like you are in the 1950's. There is more to a business than just a good product. It would help if they focused more on the total customer experience. Did I mention gloves?

All Good Home Inc David Pugh: One of the better steak subs in the dmv. Provalone was the star of the show for my Cheesesteak this morning, the roll did the splits on me on the 2nd half but was lite and had a great skin texture, was very good, steak needed a little seasoning but was cut perfect overall great experience super friendly staff definitely will be coming back again.

3. Ollie's Trolley

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1156 reviews
Ollie's Trolley
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.9
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 425 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 770-8614

Guy: Hamburger restaurant


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Patrick Young: Outstanding food that is affordable! I loved their burger and the fries are so delicious!Seriously, if you come here you have to get the fries! I couldn’t believe how inexpensive the food was while being this close to the capital! The inside reminds you of a burger joint from better times. Do keep in mind that they only accept cash, but that also keeps in theme with the hand written signs and the nostalgic feel of the place

Mary Brown: Yep, cash only. Don't assume they have everything listed on the menu. (No crab cakes, rootbeer or bacon tonight.) Service started out not terribly friendly, but warmed up a bit by the end. We waited about 15 minutes for an order of 2 fish sandwiches, a veggie burger, 3 pops, and an order of fries. The food was very good, and a good amount, too, one fish fillet was split onto 2 buns.

Shana Cheney: Ollie himself takes your order! Not the most personable guy but he's old and probably tired of everyone's $#!@. The food is absolutely delicious! We came yesterday for the 1st time and it was so good, we came back today. The fries are probably the best I've ever had. Try it...you won't be disappointed!!

Samantha García: The Ollieburger and french fries were great! Old fashioned style, and all the place looks very retro. I'm giving it 4 stars because they only take cash, however, they have ATMs inside the place in case you didn't bring any cash with you. Highly recommended! They also have a veggie burgers.

Zoey :D: Amazing food! I had a turkey burger with just provolone and house sauce, my father had the steak and cheese sub and we shared fries. We have no complaints on food! It was delicious, they give good portions and the fries have an amazing spice. The house sauce was super good, a bit tangy, can’t get enough of it. If I’m ever back in town I will definitely suggest this! And I suggest it to you to! Only complaint is the place needs some fixing up here and there. Besides that it is a clean, cute, quiet, tasty place!

Corey Scott: There are a hundred hand written signs here, but none of them mention cash only. They also have an ATM if you're into paying an extra 5 bucks to pull cash for your meal. The food was okay. The steak and cheese sandwich was good, the fries were very good, but the burger and hot dog were not very good. Do not believe the sign that says it's their specialty, it ain't. The antiques They have out are worth a look.

Dominic LA St name: The location does not serve crab cakes any longer. The fries are shoestring fries with a five guy style seasoning. Pretty good meal but for 20$ not sure if I'll be back until the crab cakes are available.

Carmen Cather: It was very busy at the time I went but they handled it well. The cheesesteak was delicious, burger was very medium rare,jeep in mind the sign states that is how they cook it unless specifically different. Yes this is cash only, but there is and ATM. The prices are so reasonable especially for location!! Great amount of food too. 2 people could split the cheese steak and fries. I loved it.

George Soliman: Best steak and cheese in the history of United States 🇺🇸Cash onlyOld style authentic

Aaron northcutt: Food was very good. It was greasy and had large portions - just what I wanted and knew I was getting. They only accept cash, which wasn't an issue for me at all. It's a pretty cheap place too, so don't expect something super fancy. The atmosphere is unique and nostalgic. Definitely not a cookie cutter magazine restaurant type place.

4. &pizza - K Street

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1343 reviews
&pizza - K Street
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 1400 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 335-5991

Guy: Pizza restaurant


Review: "Cheap and quick service"

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Kevin commodore sr: Awesome Employees everyone has an awesome attitude and the food is fresh and great tasting! The place was clean and smelled like fresh pizza! Would recommend everyone that comes into the area to try this location!!!

Frederick E Stidam Jr: Very good service at this location. Friendly professional staff. Ordered 3 pizzas in which all made exceptionally well.

Ieasha Jones: Best pizza we’ve had in a long time. Quan and David were so knowledgeable, kind and helpful. It was our first time so we needed a little patience to be added to the mix. The spicy honey topping was the bees knees, pun intended! We were here yesterday and decided to come back today on the way to the airport for one last taste of yum mines before heading back to Atlanta. Thanks for being so hospitable &Pizza at K Street! We will definitely be back!

GCARD: This pizza is so good, small enough to eat on your own and not have to split, as well all the employees were very nice

Cassandra Carter: The facility was extremely clean, service was wonderful. Emma our server was amazing and was very helpful with our order. She created the pizza exactly how I wanted it! The foods delicious 😋

R Oki: Usually no issues once my order wasn't ready when ordering g with Ritual app. The extra fabulous cashier handled it with grace and made sure was happy prior to leaving. My food always tastes fresh and delicious. Tip: Get the american honey on the side and dip or drizzle. Quickly my new favorite and there is always a deal on the &pizza app
Response: Hey R, thanks for the review! We're glad to hear our Tribe members left you with a great experience. See you back next time!

Tamara Lewis: It has been over 2 years since I ate at &Pizza, but I’m glad I decided to go yesterday. The pizza was delicious, the staff was very friendly, but Quan stood out the most. I loved his energy and customer service, he just made the pizza taste better. Great job!

Bogi Yohannes: Thank you for the great and friendly service from Demargeo and David.The pizza is amazing and hope to be back there real soon.I appreciate you.You guys are awesome. Great time again at &pizza.Emma and Trina took great care and made it a work of art.The best pizza is &pizza.Thank you for the great service.

Tanesha: Absolutely amazing service! I went into this location today at 1pm to grab a pizza on my lunch and was greeted with a wonderful smile and great commentary. The service was fast and friendly. I would definitely recommend.

Nihan Cinar: The worst I ever seen and experienced!!! I ordered from their website at 12:42pm and I’ve an email confirmation and text message that my order will be ready between 1:10-1:15 pm. I went there around 1:05pm. They were not aware of the order. And keep saying it will be ready soon. At 1:30pm it wasn’t ready - it was just cheese pizza with no toppings just that simple!! And they are basically lying to you looking at your face!!!! And one of the staff told me I can order from other places???!!!( which really I couldn’t think!! 😀😤😤) very poor management and customer service.. Don’t ever order again !!
Response: Hey there, Nihan. We're sorry you had a bad experience with the shop you visited. Reach out to us at 200-03 and will do our best to make right the situation! 🍕❤️

5. Corner Bakery

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1246 reviews
Corner Bakery
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 500 North Capitol St NW Ste 110, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (202) 627-3139

Guy: Sandwich shop


Review: "Very good cofee for cheap price."

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Calvin Bryant: We we were trapped in DC because of the snow storm Jan 2022. We needed food and a place to escape from the Hilton capital hill for breakfast. Upon discovering Corner Bakery we found both. Great food, service and warm friendly atmosphere. Broccoli Cheddar soup saved the day!

Brian Hammer: This place was close to our hotel so convenient for some breakfast. A good variety of dishes and a great hazelnut coffee. I can also recommend their overnight oats with fruit. Very fair prices for washington dc.

Ukvayat Hanak: I am from rural America and this place was the closest to the prices I enjoy in the Midwest. The flavor was perfect and I will surely be seeking out a Corner Bakery the next time I am exploring DC. I felt more at home by sitting and enjoying breakfast here.

Alileiro: The food was cold. Eggs and bacon don't taste good when it's cold. The place wasn't very busy and staff was very helpful and friendly too!

Brett Daviau: Great place for a quick bite. Everyone comes here. Always a line out the door and a pile of bikes outside. Plan on wain the morning.

Athanasios Chantis: We had to wait 45 min to get our order. After the first 30 min of waiting I went to find out what is going on, only to realize that they had forgotten about it. We had ordered a plain bagel with cream cheese (not even toasted), oatmeal, scrambled eggs with bacon and latte coffee. Instead, they brought us a bagel with sesame seeds and butter, scrambled WITHOUT bacon, and NO latte. They said they could not give us a plain bagel because they were frozen! How do you call yourself a BAKERY when you serve prepacked frozen bagels?! I had to go back to o remind them that according to what is in my receipt I ordered a latte. The quality of the food and the way it looked was like a $0.99 breakfast you can get in some places. Only we paid 30x that. In fact, I'm sure that other than the latte, they bought this stuff for that amount from a place like 711, warmed it up and served there. Avoid, avoid, avoid! I'd rather have no breakfast than have it there. The word "bakery" in the name of the place is deceptive. I'm pretty sure NOTHING is actually baked there. They serve prepacked frozen food.

Daniel Sheffer: Strange location in DC. Closes early at 3. Low staff I guess it’s the times but ordering a simple sandwich was a challenge , lady didn’t know I just wanted a full sandwich not the half combo. I said ok fine give me the soup too , we don’t have soup. Bizarre experience. Needs better Management.

Jason Alipio: My wife and I are visiting DC and decided to try breakfast here. I was shocked by how bland everything was. I had to douse everything in Tabasco, salt, and pepper to give it some flavor. The onions weren't grilled, so they added a very harsh taste to the potatoes. On a positive note, the coffee was delicious.
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Brandyce Hill: Great looking menu but food was cold! I got the Breakfast power bowl which has eggs and when i tasted them, they were cold. I thought no big deal because it's with salad which is cold. But my husband got the pancake combo with bacon and EVERYTHING WAS COLD. He refused to take it back. Good flavors but won't be coming back.

Tamry McCauley: There are certain foods that feel like home whenever I travel... if I can find a Corner Bakery restaurant to grab some soup or a chicken pomadoro sandwich, I'm good. The soup is rich and creamy and even after walking 2 blocks it was still steaming hot when I got back to my hotel. It's a refreshing break from eating in a hotel, and the short walk was just right...this location is busy, but they got our food out pretty quickly... There are some changes with the drinks and seating area due to covid, so you may want to take that into consideration.

6. Shouk

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1154 reviews
Shouk
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.6
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 655 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 945-4747

Guy: Israeli restaurant


Review: "Fairly cheap and the taste was good."

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Elias Chelala: Lot's of delicious and healthy Mediterranean vegan inspired food. I got the Za'atar Cauliflower bowl with extra spicy sauce. The meal was prepared in about 15 minutes and cost $14.57. They have both indoor and outdoor seating if you want to dine-in. Overall, I was extremely satisfied and will be visiting this establishment again.
Response: Thanks, Elias!

Ryan Briggs: Super yummy. I stopped in for dinner, ordered the mushroom bowl over greens with hummus and falafel added; plus a cardamom chocolate chip cookie. The bowl was both tart and savory with the pickling and mushrooms. A good mixture. I was really glad that I added the falafel since this was for dinner, it made the dish feel filling and was nicely complimentary. The cookie was nice, moist and chocolaty, but I like a regular chewy chocolate chip cookie more. It was good for being vegan :) The service was good, the eating area was clean. I liked the Israeli music that was playing. No reason to not come back for more :)
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Mike Walker: UPDATE 4/11/22: 2 days since first review, and I got back for the falafel. The falafel itself, not sure I've ever tasted the difference of flavor in the falafel itself, BUT... the whole thing put together with the ingredients on it, way better than almost ever place I've had it. I really liked falafel, but I think it's been taken to another level here. But, don't trust me, please, go taste it for yourself. And if you're not vegan or vegetarian, it really is worth going to this vegan restaurant. Wish I could try the burger, but I won't eat mushrooms. Sorry Carla. Looking forward to going back before I leave town. And thanks to the restaurant for responding. So I really wanted to give this a 4.5, but it's not an option. The food was good, don't get me wrong. I had the sausage pita. With the harrisa it was super spicy and the added veggies gave it a good amount of texture and crunch. The sausage itself, was fine, but tasted like any of the veggie sausages that you can get at a store. I was hoping for a little more. Other than that, I really like the place. The decor is fun and interesting, and there's a cozy seating area with long tables that fit 6-8 people. And yes, by cozy I mean small... BUT this is Israeli street food, so you should take it to go anyway! I do really like it and I'm looking forward to trying the falafel, and some of the other tasty sounding dishes. And I would order the sausage again, just wasn't as great as I had hoped for. I hear the burger is great. There's a video on their website of this woman raving about it. Check it out, it's what helped make up my mind about going there. Thanks Carla. And the reason for the half point deduction... There was no bathroom. Didn't hear if it was out of service or if they just didn't have one. Will update, post falafel visit.
Response: Hi Mike, thanks for the comprehensive review and we'd love to have you back to taste the falafel!

Luke Chang: Restaurant layout was unique. Kiosks we’re simple to figure out. There were both indoor and outdoor seating options. 2 unisex bathrooms. Foods was delicious. Restaurant was clean. Bathroom was clean. Service and staffs were spot on. First time here, had a positive experience. Definitely recommend grabbing a bite here, especially if you’re looking for a non-meat option.
Response: Thanks for the kind review, Luke! We appreciate it.

JT Mitchell: Too many great options but I settled on the Shouk Burger. The burger is meaty and has great flavor. Pickled veg adds a satisfying crunch. Pita is like a soft pillow. Hummus was so creamy it made me wanna cry. The cookie was the most average part of the meal and even so had a memorable cardamom flavor. Highly recommend.
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Haleigh Eppler: I loved the plant based concept. It was a great place to take my vegan family. They also had numerous gluten free options available. I had a fried mushroom shawarma with a rice and lentil bowl. It was great. I loved the harissa Mayo on top.
Response: Thanks for the kind review, Haleigh!

Cortney Palm: Good food, fast service, cute location. Not great parking anywhere - street parking. The flavors can get annoying halfway through the meal. But otherwise it’s very good, creative and flavorful and feels healthy. I like the shouk sauce and the “chicken” made from mushrooms. The shouk burgers are good and the sweet potato fries are tasty. The cookies are pricey and I’d give the 🍪 a “B”. I love the eco friendly packaging.
Response: Thanks for the review, Cortney!

Nicole Romano: One of our favorite places in DC. It's easy to overlook that it's completely vegetarian because it's completely delicious!!! Fave is the shouk'n caesar salad but Falafel is a close second
Response: Thanks, Nicole!

Avraham Hermon: I was visiting DC on business. I was fortunate to be staying near this restaurant, which is certified Kosher. I had the Hummus one day, and it was done well. The mushroom based shawarma was unique and tasty. They use real Tehina from Har Bracha The next time I ate a plant based burger and lentil soup. Good, satisfying food. I will be back next time I'm in DC.
Response: Thanks for the kind review, Avraham! We'd be happy be happy to see you again.

Vanessa S.: Great place! We were looking for a lunch spot and I am so glad we stumbled over SHOUK. Pretty ambiance and very nice dining area. It was hard to choose a dish because everything on the menu sounds delicious. We decided to try the Mushroom shawarma, the dizengoff salad, spice fries and hummus. Everything was so good!! Hummus is amazing, great job. Highly recommend it
Response: Thanks, Vanessa! We appreciate the review!

7. Wiseguy Pizza

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2722 reviews
Wiseguy Pizza
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 408-7800

Guy: Pizza restaurant


Review: "Cheap lunch and fast service."

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Q: Solid pizza slices with interesting choices. It's the version of NY pizza where the slices are a bit thicker and you have that crunchy bottom, not the foldable slice ones. We had the Nashville Hot Chicken, Korean Chicken, Mushroom Truffle, and Buffalo. I personally would have liked the hot/spicy slices to have been spicy, but it was pretty much offset by the ranch or cabbage mix on the slice. Wasn't too busy before the Caps game... perhaps because it's a few blocks from the Arena. I'd return to try some of the other flavors.

Sajud Hamza: If you looking for a late night snacking wise guy pizza is a great option right in the middle of Washington DC.. you get all kinds of pizza plus the garlic breads are soo yummy you can’t stop eating !! It has outdoor seating but lacks parking and it’s a problem all over the Washington DC for parking!! Open till late on the Washington street!! Best for after party food!!

Tommy Byler: This is the best pizza place I’ve ever been to. I can’t recommend enough the Korean Chicken and Buffalo Chicken pizzas. They are pictured below. It’s around 5 bucks a slice, but totally worth it. The chocolate chip cookies are warm and but underbaked, perfect.

Maggie Wei: Really good pizza! I’m not really a pizza person because I’m usually not a huge fan of dough-related products but their pizza is pretty good! I tried the grandma, Margherita and supreme. All are really good. Pizza’s crust is thin and not too dry. I’ll definitely recommend the Margherita, it has a special flavor (I think it’s the mozzarella cheese they use have a really rich flavor). Staff are also all really friendly! I’ll say they’re probably the top 2 pizzas I’ve had in ny life so far (my top one is in NY Hudson valley area) If you’re visiting DC and don’t know what to eat, this pizza place definitely worth a try! Food is good and the price is reasonable.

Katlyn Martin: This place is great! The slices are huge and affordable, and there are so many options to pick from. Highly recommend the Buffalo Chicken and the Supreme… the Mushroom Truffle isn’t bad either. The only recommendations I have are maybe for signage (so people who haven’t been there before know how/where to order) and take away spices (pepper, cheese, garlic) - as it is, you just scoop them out of a community container directly on your pizza which isn’t the most sanitary option.

Anthony: Solid 5/5! I went here on a late Saturday night with a friend after carousing around DC. Hungry as we were, pizza would do the trick. The Food: After browsing all of the different pizza selections they had, I went with the Chicken Paneer and Buffalo Pizza. They were specialty slices so they were $4ish per slice. The flavor of the Buffalo pizza was delicious and the size of the slice was big as well. I'd say, the chicken paneer pizza was the best I had so far, all of the ingredients worked together and was delicious! I almost went back for another slice. The Service: The staff were friendly and got the orders/line moving quickly. My order came out in a timely manner as well. Overall, solid place for a late night pizza spot! I'll be back for sure.

Tim G: Tasty specialty pizzas. Nashville hot chicken and Korean chicken are delicious choices – interesting flavors, balanced with fresh crispy cabbage on top, and a wonderfully thin and crunchy crust.

Vishrut Shelat: In this world it seems like the "Ratings-Rich, get only Richer!" My family and I tried this place for lunch after dropping a friend off at the Union Station. We ordered the Paneer Tikka Pizza, which was absolutely delicious. All pizza slices are 18-inch and a whole pizza order comes with 8 slices. The order took about 20 mins to make, despite the heavy order flow, and the service from the staff was great. The pizza was crisp, full of different toppings, and topped with chutneys and different sauces. I can eat a whole pizza, from chains like Dominos, myself, but after 3 slices of the 18 inch Paneer Tikka Pizza, I was full. The pricing is not cheap here but it is reasonable considering the large 18-inch size of the pizzas, 8 slice quantiity, and the fact it is DC. The only points to consider are that the restaurant doesn't have much indoor seating (3 tables), but there is ample outdoor seating, and that the menu posted on google maps is outdated (ex. there is no Mediterranean Pizza there anymore). Overall after years of dealing with mediocre "NOVA Pizza chains," I am glad I found this spot. This place is my new "go to pizza spot" whenever I visit DC.

Yessenia C: Really good pizza with delicious flavors. Crispy yet chewy crust. Lots of great options to choose from. Open late night. They warm up the pizza to the perfect level.

Matthew Cook: Pizza by the slice. Whole bunch of different pizzas. All of the ones I tried were very tasty. Couple of salad options. Open late. Good price for the size of the slices

8. District Taco

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District Taco
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 1309 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 347-7359

Guy: Mexican restaurant


Review: "Not cheap but not expensive."

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Luke Chang: Food was okay. Not a lot of space to eat in-door. Layout is different, with up-stairs level. Services was okay. 2 unisex restrooms. Cleanliness needs improvement. I like the setup so I can see the food being made. Not bad, not great, just average. Overall, I would come here again.

Kevin Rayan: Always a favorite for lunch or even dinner when I am in DC. It’s reasonably priced for DC and the tacos are so delicious. They replaced the soft drink machine in the photo that was unique to them with coke products modern machine and I am happy about that. I always get water but now my options improved. Highly recommended that you try them.

Emma Heys: Great food! Delicious veggie options and a fab selection of fountain drinks. Charming art deco building

Darmesha Holland: I used To visit this location almost everyday for lunch as I worked Right across the street, I haven’t Been here since before COVID before today. I was Not happy with my service today as the salsa bar was closed the employees had to place my salsa in containers, I was Told by a male employee that I was Limited on the amount of salsa I could Have because they charge for extra. I have no issue with paying extra for condiments but the way I was Told was very rude
Response: Thank you so much for reaching out to us with your feedback on your recent visit with us. We have had to discontinue the use of our salsa bars for the time being, and apologize for the disappointment surrounding that. We will make sure our team is more informative when it comes to explaining and offering our new limits on dispensing sides of salsa. I apologize for the inconvenience, regardless, and want to make this right for you. Can you please send a copy of your receipt to taco@districttaco.com?

Love Isbeautiful: Before the pandemic I used to eat here often since I work one block away. Since we are now back at work, I decided to eat here again….twice. The first time, my order was completely incorrect. I didn’t have time to contact the store because I had a meeting to get to. Needless to say I tried eating some of the food and it just wasn’t good. The rice was hard and tasted old. Everything else wasn’t fresh like it used to be. The second time, which was today, again the rice was hard and tasted old, the bacon wasn’t cooked all the way through, and the chicken tasted old as well. I’m not sure if we can blame the pandemic for the poor quality of the food but I won’t be eating here anymore.
Response: Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback on this recent visit with District Taco. I'm so sorry to hear about the conditions of the order you received, and we definitely want to make this right for you. Our ingredients should always taste fresh and we pride ourselves on the high quality of our products. When you have a moment, can you please send a copy of your receipt from this order if it is still available?

Amy Tucker: I had the three tacos on flour tortillas with carne asada. Hubby had three tacos on corn. They were EXCELLENT. The meat was smokey and tender, super juicy. The habanera salsa was perfectly balanced. Enough acid with the heat to make it sing on the pallet. I really loved their mission to have a low carbon footprint. The vibes inside were authentic and comfortable and they even have us access to their WiFi!

Melissa Marie: The chips and queso, with pico added, was perfect for an evening craving in the hotel. The salsa was pretty good, but not as good as the queso. They have kiosks inside to order quickly and pay. Dedicated area to pick up orders.

Sir Hiltons: A pretty straightforward experience here. Enter on the left side, order on the right, fill a drink whilst you wait for your food and then I went and ate at one of the tables outside. I had a burrito but there are a range of things to try plus the drinks can be tailored at the machine. This doesn't feel like a large branch from the outside but it was fairly busy at 5pm on a Saturday and there were a fair few people getting orders. Worth a visit if you are looking to eat and be on your way somewhere else within 45 minutes.

Hannah Feldman: I love district taco. The corn tortillas are gluten free and they are delicious. They are thick and they warm them up and they are a joy to eat. The whole set up for District Taco works really well, since you tell them everything you want when you order. I would eat here every day if I could.

Katrina: They scraped the times off the door and won't respond to knocks. Fair enough, but the website says 10. Only the online ordering says 11am. We just wanted to know what time it opened so we tried knocking on the glass because we could see staff. None of the staff would even look us in the eye. They could have at the very least put up a paper sign like the other note. Update: They open at 11 and the food was fine. I think I was already put off by the awkward avoidance of eye contact. so this is a biased 1 star review. People love it here I'm just not coming back. Hundreds of other places to spend my money. Enjoy your tacos people.

9. Amsterdam Falafelshop

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Amsterdam Falafelshop
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 2425 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 234-1969

Guy: Falafel restaurant


Review: "Not cheap, but quick and world-class."

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Christopher Lew: tl;dr: Subpar falafel bowl, but amazing fries and curry ketchup & long service time for "fast food". Falafel Bowl - 3/5: Falafel was kinda dry, and also drenched in sauce. The pickles and other toppings were not bad, but I couldn't shake the feeling that other established chains just do it better for bigger portions. Fries - 5/5: These steak fries were delicious and perfectly fried and crispy even after my drive home as a takeout order. And I wasn't expecting the ketchup to elevate the fries to a whole new level. I'm glad I took the recommendations to get fries at a falafel shop! I would go back just for the fries. Service - 3/5: Just felt like the cashier didn't want to be there and it was very quiet. They blocked off where the food is assembled due to covid, which is acceptable, but I wish I could see my bowl being assembled and seeing the toppings instead of just hoping they were good enough. Also there was only 1 person in front of me, and it took what felt like 15-20 minutes to complete my order. I was looking for something quicker.

Kevin Shim: Quirky spot with good falafels. I was looking for a light, refreshing meal on a Tuesday night. This place didn’t disappoint. The falafel bowl with everything was good. A bit pricey considering the size of the bowl, but quality over quantity. The fries were a bit meh. It comes with curry ketchup which is an interesting twist. A pleasant surprise. Overall, a good place for a light meal. The interior decor is unique. It’s worth stopping by.

sanaz moein: A bite to remember! I’m a big fan of falafel, and here was just great! Price is reasonable and u have many great choice to add to your falafel with no extra charge. Also it’s located in one of the coolest street of dc occupied with bars, cafe n restaurants.

D Brown: A trip down memory lane to summer days at one of the real deal falafel spots in Amsterdam. The only thing missing is the endless self serve salad and veggie bar.. $7,50 for a regular sandwich with 3 falafels was delicious and worth it. Small dining area with an Amsterdam kind of decor.

Priyanka Dangol: my fav falafel place in the DMV area! it's cheap, quick, and so so tasty! I could eat here every single day and not get tired.

Mischa: Very good falafel and French fries. Very nice staff as well. Nice cozy little place.

Prahalad Pateel: Very very tasty falafel. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options. They offer a lot of toppings and all of them are really really good. The falafels were really crispy on the outside but very soft and tender inside. The service was very fast and the staff really friendly.. We ordered a regular bowl and the portion size was good. Would definitely visit again.

Raghukumar S: Food was great, only problem is seating and parking.

R Raghu: Very good place if you are craving for Mediterranean food. Mostly to go, however there are few seating arrangements outside. Food is delicious. Made upon order. Their falafel tastes delicious and freshly made. Hummus and other toppings are really good. I would come back here when I am in the area again. Their menu is simple and easy to chose from. Kids surely will like fries. Price is decent too..

Ivan Maertens Aramayo: Safe ordering. Delicious menu. ORDER the fries and mayo! Dr Brown sodas, La Croix waters. Love the peach mango kombucha. Seating outside is comfortable and spacious. 3 regular tables and 1 bistro table inside.

10. Ben's Chili Bowl

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Ben's Chili Bowl
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 667-0909

Guy: Family restaurant


Review: "Good cheap food and friendly service!"

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Joseph McAndrews: A classic lunch counter in the heart of DC! Right across the street from the U street metro station on the yellow/green line. Fast, friendly service. Counter order and then seat yourself. The meal combo deal is an extra $5 for a fountain drink and fries. I recommend skipping it because it's not quite worth it. Spend the money on a milkshake instead! The walls are filled with pictures famous people who have eaten there. This place is great! Definitely check it out.

Oi Lin “Chinagirl568” Wong: Walk in and order, they will bring you your food. There are a few tables up front, in the middle and in the back. Pictures of famous people all over the walls. Even have a TV playing with more pictures. This is a DC landmark. The place is fun to check out. But the chili was just ok... Service was good.

Evan S: A must try when coming to DC! I loved eating here.. everyone wears masks and are nice and friendly.. the hot dog was okay.. the burger and chili bowl with rice is what shined.. check it out

Trent Hinek: I don’t know what else can be said of this diner. The half smoke is one of the best Chile dogs you can have and their milkshakes just compliment the spiciness of the chili. You really should seek it out if you’re anywhere near U Street in DC. Just make sure you go to the original one. Their new one in the convention center is only open during events.

Sam M: One of the more famous restaurants in DC and rightfully so! I visited this place several times after the venues in U street. From Obama to Bourdain, a lot of famous people have been to place and it is been tourist’s attraction for DC. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you can tell this place has been around for a long time. I ordered their famous half smoke chili dog, chili cheese fries and milkshake. Probably one of the best chili I ever had and beef dog was cooked really well. Even the milkshake was pretty good too. It is a perfect late night food after the venue or a few drinks. I was there pretty late during the weekend and there were plenty of drunk people there. I highly recommend this place for some good chili and half smoke dog!

Chad H (xlr231): Mediocre food at hugely inflated price. Service wasn't good either. It was $27 for a cheeseburger, chili cheese fries, and a bottle of (warm) Dr Pepper. They don't have prices posted on the menu, if they did I probably would've left. Ordered the cheeseburger and even though I explained to the guy three times no lettuce but I want everything else on it (tomato, onion, ketchup, mayo- they still managed to screw it up. When I got the burger (with only lettuce and tomato) it was dry and not very good. Definitely worth nowhere near the $11 it cost. I could have gone to Five Fuys for that and gotten something that was infinitely better. For $8 their portion size on the chili cheese fries was pretty pathetic. The fries were kind of cold and stale the chili was okay- maybe one step better than something you'd get out of a can. And the bottle of Dr pepper they pulled out of the fridge was room temperature. I asked for a cup of ice because of it and they gave me a shot glass size cup. I had to refill it about five times, but all the ice and melted after about the second time filling it.

Michelle Clogan: The restaurant appeared clean and the employees were... Not friendly, but tolerable. The food was mediocre at best. The actual dog in the chili smoke was really delicious and smokey. The chili was mostly tomato sauce, which wasn't super satisfying, was hard to eat, and made the bun so soggy. I also got chili cheese fries, but the fries were barely cooked. Again, edible, but not worth $8 and certainly not worth going out of your way to visit.

Jean Ng: Milkshake ☑️ Chili Bowl ☑️ Hot Dog ☑️ Onion Rings ☑️ What else are you waiting for !? Get your bum here already at this most soulful diner in town. Its definitely a DC institution with wonderful food. Many famous people have frequent this joint over the years and you can sit where Obama sat. It was a weekday lunch hour and thank god its not filled with tourist and the line moves quickly at the counter. By the way the white outdoor tents doesnt belong to Ben’s Last but not least, it was the google ad about BEN’s that brought us here from NYC. So thank you google !!

Lucy Leon: Can not come to DC and not stop here. Im so happy it didn't disappoint! The food and service is amazing. I cant indulge like I used to so I had a salad before I had my chili fries. Everything was fresh and delicious. My friends had half smokes but per usual I was too busy eating to take pictures.

John David Suayan: So my older millennial self visitor's our nation's capital for the first time ever. I succumbed to the siren song of the half-smoke. And that's how I ended up at Ben's. Ben's has been around since the time of the fight for Civil Rights. Located in the neighborhood that was once known as "Black Broadway", the eatery had a front row seat to history, as well as hosted those made it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ate here. Stokely Carmichael ate here. Pres. Barack Obama ate here. You get the picture. And yes, I had myself the famous half-smoke with onion rings. It met many of my expectations. I just wished it were bigger for more enjoyment, but other than that, the capital's tube steak answer to the dogs of Chicago and New York deserves the old college try from first-timers to the area. Oh, and another thing. I was fortunate to have met the legendary Virginia Ali, the co-owner of Ben's. She and her late husband, the namesake, got this place off the ground eons and eons ago. Mrs. Ali is still grinding at nearly the century mark.

11. Falafel Inc

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Falafel Inc
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.7
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 1140 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

Telephone: (202) 488-4983

Guy: Falafel restaurant


Review: "Cheap, Inexpensive but not filling."

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Bo Zo: What a great place. The food is simply amazing!! The price is unbelievable. The cause is is such a wonderful bonus! $5 for a whole bowl of food in DC. It just may be the best falafel I've ever had. The sauces are awesome. The green and red were so hot. Two people were running the whole thing when I was there. Doing a great job. Definitely recommend! Definitely will go back.

Tammy Shah: This place is so amazing. The falafels are probably the best I've ever eaten. Light and fluffy. Cheap eats in DC. $5 for a bowl. $3 for a sandwich. $3 for fries. The sauces are excellent. The red and green sauces are hot and tasty. The white sauces are great. Would definitely recommend and definitely will go back. Everything is vegetarian and they support such a worthy cause. Thanks!

C Lilakos: Literally one of the best values in DC. The falafel bowl is loaded with spinach, falafels, toppings, and as much sauce as you want for $7. You can add fries for $3. The fries are bomb, have great flavor, and they are generous with the serving. This is hands down the cheapest meal I have had since moving from Queens to DC. The food and sauces taste great. The red sauce is SPICY. I love spicy sauces but a little goes a long way with this one.

Alisha T: It’s THE falafel spot in DC. Fresh and tender! Love the $6 falafel veggie bowl with garlic sauce 💯 Wish they sold tabbouleh as a side. Try it and you’ll be back soon!

Alexander: Wow, really tasty! Workers weren’t the most chipper/ chatty, but that’s all right as I knew what I wanted. Falafel was fantastic, and the fries, well, you have to try them with their tasty sauces. There is a reason people are saying it’s Washington D.C.’s hottest new restaurant. It was worth it, and the prices were pretty fair! I would recommend you try it for yourself!

Larry “Big Schlim” Mcleod: On this episode of BIG SCHLIMS LITE POCKET MEALS it’s been a long while coming, but, I finally made it to 1140 Maine Ave., S.W. Washington D.C.… @Falafeldc !! You can truly get inexpensive and fufilling food here. On top of that it’s also healthy food. Everything in here is vegetarian or vegan. Every meal you buy helps to feed a refugee in need, so they can eat with dignity. DOPENESS!! . . . This place adorns one of my most favorite things about a eatery… A simplified menu. . . So first up you have a falafel sandwich (pictured with falafel, lettuce, red cabbage, Pali salad, tabouli, tahini, with red sauce on a fresh baked pita $4)…STAMP!! Fresh falafel ingredients, Stuffed in a sizable pita…WINNING!! . Second up is your falafel bowl (pictured with falafel, red cabbage, tabouli, tomato, cucumber, pickles, and Zatar chips on greens with special sauce $5). STAMP!! The freshness of the falafel sandwich w/o the bread!! . Thirdly there’s their 100% Vegan Shawarma sandwich (pictured with vegan meat, red umami cabbage, lettuce, pickles & special sauce $5). STAMP!! I know you’ve heard this before “You really can’t taste the difference!!” In this instance…it’s ABSOLUTELY TRUE!! . . Oh it’s not over!! I copped their Zaatar fries, Zaatar chips, & Hummus all for $3 each!! All these items were DELICIOUS too!! . . With stand up tables outside this spots customer service was on point, online navigation was smooth, the store cleanliness was decent, but parking was difficult. This is the perfect BIG SCHLIM LITE POCKET MEAL spot!! On another note places like these would be life changing in local disenfranchised neighborhoods…$3 bucks for a delicious healthy sandwich would go a long way, AROUND THE WAY. Try it. That’s it. #bigschlimsreviews #litepocketmeals #falafel #hummus #shawarma #falafelbowl #vegan #vegetarian #healthyeats #inexpensive

Krishna Bhavithavya Kidambi: What a great place at an amazingly cheap price point. $3 for a Falafel sandwich without compromising on the taste and it was a small menu. We went almost at the closing time still the falafel was crunchy and hot. The bow was also good. Get the sandwich with added hummus. They are following good covid protocols. The staff were wearing masks and they are allowing only 5 people at once. There is no parking here but there is street parking but it might be tough to find. Overall an amazing place and if you want enjoy falafel this is the place to go.

SG: This place has a huge demand. I didn't expect so much demand for a vegetarian place. A small and neat setup. They only have external stand only tables with a shade. The falafels bowls and the zattar fries were delicious. One thing I loved about Falafels Inc is that they use a portion of their revenue to feed refugees.

Ashley Romnosky: The food was delicious and the various sauces made every bite very different and exploding with flavor. The flafel and shawarma were both tasty.

Yvonne T: One of the best bargains at The Wharf. I love the sandwiches and the salads, with or without hummus. I don't know how they can charge so little for their food, which is also a healthy alternative. The fries are well seasoned.

12. Corner Bakery

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Corner Bakery
Location
3.9
Price/Quality
3.9
Service
4
Parking
3.9
Wifi quality
3.9

Address: 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (202) 662-7400

Guy: Sandwich shop


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Swastika Nohara: Nice Cafe with good selection of pastries and egg for breakfast and lunch. We had ham sandwiches and omellette that comes with bread and a cup of fresh fruit. Loved it! Cinnamon roll is also good. The Coffee is just average. But for warm breakfast we are happy!

Sahar Bayounis: I ordered the half chicken sandwich with a side of tomato soup. It was so good! I also recommend the sweet crisps. They’re really addictive. I just didn’t like the attitude of the cashier lady, she was rude and unwelcoming unfortunately.

Marcy: Pricy. But the food is good. I got a full sandwich with a cup of soup as a $2.99 add on with a small coffee and everything cost $17.68. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is right next to marshals where we bought a charger. There are a few seats next to wall outlets to recharge. Perfect place to eat and charge your phone.

Heather Wing: Staff shortages and limited menu as of April 2022. Food was decent, but when we visited (Saturday noon), half the fountain drinks were out, no coffee beverages were available. Ordered 2 salads and one was great (see pic), another (Caesar) was pretty bad. Brownie was a frozen brick, and half the dining area was closed. Both trash cans overflowing. My kids liked their food, my meal was good, but I would not return anytime soon.

Mandi Mouser: Great place to eat while trying to warm up!! Sandwiches, soups, salads, and delicious bake goods. Every staff member that we encountered was 10/10! The cashier lady was very warming to my son who is shy and indecisive. She helped us figure out what was the best choice. The food was amazing!!!!!!!!! Would definitely eat here again. ***Plus side…very very close to the White House***

Lezlea Loves Real Estate: While staying at the Willard, we stopped by for a quick breakfast a couple of times. It was "good enough" and didn't cost $20 each. I liked it more than my husband did. The fruit and bagels were fresh. The staff was friendly and it is a very popular place at certain times of day.

Michelle Dombrowski: I wanted to express my gratitude & appreciation for an employee at this Corner Bakery location. The employee is Melinda T. As my family & I visited DC for 7 days for a family vacation, we stayed at the Willard Hotel (which is across the street from Corner Bakery). We frequented this Corner Bakery for breakfast and met Melinda among our travels. It was Melinda’s charming personality that kept us wanting to come back to dine in. Not only is she so sweet & friendly, Melinda is also so damn hilarious. We couldn’t get enough of her humor. Corner Bakery is lucky to have an employee like Melinda because she makes customers feel so welcome, like we were eating at home. Thank you so much, Melinda, for your welcoming hospitality. You are the best & we hope to see you the next time we visit DC. Your friends from Michigan, the Dombrowski family 😉

Drewe Zanki: Good sandwich. Great coffee. Super nice staff.

Karen Zachary: The staff literally yelled at one another. One cashier had her kid there. It’s completely unclear where to go for espresso drinks. You can’t read the menu until you’ve walked in a line line and are standing at the cashiers.

Sam Bonson: Ordering through this bakery was my worst experience when visiting this city. I asked the cashier lady to help me out with my order as it was my first time in this bakery. And I only got the same answer multiple times: if you’re not ready to order then leave the line. I didn’t know that you cannot get the menu nor ask for it or ask for what is available. The menu was on the wall but too far for me to read. I guess it was a very bad day for that lady. Nonetheless I would not advise any tourist to go there. There are many other options around.

13. Burrito Brothers of Capitol Hill

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Burrito Brothers of Capitol Hill
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.2
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.2

Address: 205 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 543-6835

Guy: Mexican restaurant


Review: "Great place to get a solid & cheap lunch."

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Melissa Buckingham: Come for the food, stay for the personalities. After an incredibly long day of walking, I decided that I needed to have a burrito. Now where was I when I decided that I needed a burrito? I was at the Lincoln Memorial. So no, I could not have found a further spot to put myself at on the National Mall. I was willing to walk quite a ways to get this burrito based on the reviews of others. If I had been smart, I would have taken public transportation but I figured how far could it be? I would highly recommend that you take public transit or a bike or a scooter or literally anything but your feet to get here if you've been out all day. The gentleman at the counter is so incredibly nice. He engages in conversation with every customer that comes in and wants to know all about your day. Come in and support them!

Naomi Abrego: This is authentic mexican food. Not to mention they had an amazing homemade salsa. The staff was super friendly and the place was very welcoming. Especially since me and my friends were incredibly homesick and craving mexican food. We were on a sponsored trip called youth tour and we had come all the way from south texas to visit washington dc for a week. We were free to get lunch wherever we wanted so we looked up places and Burrito Bros, as we like to call it, popped up. I got a lunch plate which was three tacos well served and a bowl of beans and a bowl of rice. The rice was perfect and the beans were good. I got chicken fajita tacos and the chicken was really juicy. I also got a carnitas taco and it was amazing. The flavor was just like home. We even got emotional a little bit because the place made us miss our hometown. An experience to remember.

Porschia Kinney: 6 year old daughter wanted tacos, thought we would try this place out since it had good reviews. First and last time. Didn't notice how much grease was at the bottom of the container until she was done...

George Owino: Had a long night and had work early in the a.m. so .....I stopped by on my lunch break today I ordered chicken burrito with everything on it🌯 (Moist,fresh,flavorful ) Also had a fajita platter...beef Was also great .... Side of plantains 🌋🌋🌋Stop by here if your in the area🌋🌋🌋

Katie Warren: We ate here after visiting Library of Congress. Our 8 year-old loved being able to get pancakes for dinner, and we loved that we could get wonderful burritos at the same time. The pancakes were huge and came with 2 eggs and sausage for $11! This place is a solid choice if you’re in the area. I wish we found it sooner in our trip!

Christina & Jason: Just needed a little bit of food before going into the library. This was the perfect place to stop. We split a burrito and loved it. It came out quick and was delicious.

Gina Dipierro: I ate the carnita bowl! It was really delicious! Worth every penny. It was huge! Not much in the way of seating but the food is worth a trip to DC!

John G: I'm from California so I was initially very skeptical of this place. But it has the condiments bar with the salsas, limón, and jalapenos that I'm used to so, I can flavor every bite. The flavors are really good. It's not very spicy at all though which might be good for some. I definitely took at advantage of the hot sauce collection

Aisling Lydon: Burrito was decent but not very flavorful. The regular burrito is not overly filling. Pricey for the relatively small portion.

James Wang: Fantastic burritos! Highly recommend if you're craving an authentic burrito as they are quite filling. I appreciate that they have 5 different types of tortillas, 3 sizes, 10+ different types of meat fillings, 2 types of salsas, and they're willing to cut it in half.

14. Timber Pizza Company

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Timber Pizza Company
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 809 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 853-9746

Guy: Pizza restaurant


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Mischa: This is a very cute little place that serves mainly Argentinian-style empanadas, pizza, coffee, beer, and more. On weekends they open from 8am to 1pm, then they reopen again at 5pm. Unfortunately (as of this writing at least), they only serve breakfast empanadas and no pizza during the first opening. So you have to come back after 5pm if you want pizza or pork empanadas. Another downside is that there are three empanadas in each order, and they all have to be the same kind, so you cannot get one squash empanada and one pork empanada. Other than that, all else was good!

Onyinyechi A: Came by here because I was looking for some good pre π day pizza and they didn't disappoint. I did the half Bentley half pepperoni. Had some pork empanadas and ended it with a la mode vanilla gelato and a cookie. Everything was amazing. Staff was awesome 5 out of 5

Brie W.: Okay. Listen here. This place is WONDERFUL. I’ve never had a pizza this good. It’s really inexpensive for such high quality food and we have plans to bring family here when they visit from out of state. It’s interior is tiny but SOOO cute. We will be coming back to this place again. The sweet bar tender was very knowledgeable as well so don’t be afraid to ask questions. The whole staff seems to care about you and it feels really welcoming.

R N: Excellent pizza! The dough is amazing very fluffy and light. The outside seating was very rustic and the vibe as real! The staff was very helpful and courteous. Highly recommended!

Michael Roosa: Amazing window seat with awesome empanadas, Penelope pizza, and a nice cold iPa. Couldn't get much better. Another satisfied customer :-)

Amber Anderson: One of my favorite spots! The Bentley pie is my go-to, but the pies are on the smaller side so it's fun to get a couple pies to mix it up (and have leftovers for a day or two). For brunch, get the veggie, egg, and cheese biscuit sandwich with hot honey for dipping. The biscuits are basically dripping with butter and that's how it should be.

C J.: Great pizza, you can customize a pizza to be more vegetarian-friendly, but I’m not sure have many mods are allowed! It can get busy, so prepare for a wait, but pizza comes out fast and hot!! Call before to make sure they're still open if you come on Monday or Tuesday!! Love it

Aminah Imani: They don’t do slices. So I didn’t eat pizza, I didn’t want to waste food. I saw plenty of ppl with take out boxes. So come extra hungry if you want pizza. The bar is a cool spot. I only came here because I was in the area.

Remo Molino: Awesome pizza and amazing salad. All fresh ingredients. Thin crust. Wood fired oven. Local spring mix salad with fresh radishes and peas. All healthy and amazing taste. Two picnic tables inside and two outside. Lots of take out. Order takeout online or call. Wine, beer and gelato dessert. Restaurant is super clean as is the unisex restroom. All employees are quiet and super efficient. They have a good system here.

Christopher Hyde: -Food was good.-Soda’s were warm-Rude bartender: I asked for a cup and he said no. Then gave everyone at the bar cups for their beer. I had to use this super small medal cup for water.

15. Zorba's Café

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Zorba's Café
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.4
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1612 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 387-8555

Guy: Greek restaurant


Review: "The food is delicious and cheap"

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Jessica Martin: A delight of a place with kind and considerate workers. Very conscious of multiple allergens including peanut and gluten. Their gluten free pita, while a bit expensive, is DELICIOUS and filling! I got the yero in a GF pitta and when I arrived the lady clarified and made sure I knew the yero meat was not gluten free. I’ve a minor allergy so it was alright but it struck me that she’d take the time to make sure I understood. It was worth eating for the flavor haha I was just sad when it was all gone.

Julian Fishov: Friendly staff. Love how efficient this place is. You order what you want, right away you get your drinks, sit down at any table, within 10 min they bring you your food. Chicken slouvaki was delicious. Pita was soft and hot. Highly recommend this place. Very reasonably priced, good portions.

pooria riahi: I have liked this place since long time ago. It is about efficiency, you order get the food quickly and enjoy sitting outside near dupont and leave. Since it is more like a fast food spot, your experience is somewhere between a restaurant and a fast food location. I would generally rate the location 10/10, food quality 7/10 and service is 7/10.

Hanna Ozbeki: chicken sandwich was so flavorful!! and kebab plate was good but not amazing!

Leah Lambart: Delicious food and fast service. We ate outside in the street area. You order at the counter, they give you a number, and you seat yourself. The food was fast to arrive and we enjoyed all of it. We had a salad, soup, and some of the dips. A spicy hummus and cucumber one. They were all great!

Yas NA: Average to mediocre food, gyro is dry with very little portion. Bread was dry and crunchy from being on the grill. The meat was flavorless. DC is not the place for Greek food, I tried 2 spots and neither one was good. The portions are less than half the portions in New York and New Jersey and the taste is not even close.

Stephanie Senkevich: This place is awesome! Extremely friendly delicious and options for everyone. We were having trouble finding dinner as some wanted pizza and some had a gluten allergy and this place solved all our problems. I am in the area visiting and this place has the most gluten free options available I was so excited to have gluten free pita. Definitely give this a try if you are in the area

Adrian Perez-Tamayo: Very bad experience. Got the combo plate, and all the food on the plate was borderline cold. The rice was mushy and gross. The side salad contained a few pieces of lettuce, a slice of tomato, a single olive, and a laughable amount of feta cheese. The meat was seasoned okay but was bone dry and also cold. The tzatziki was extremely watery and the hummus was gritty and gross. Even the pita came out cold and crusty. If you want good Greek come to Salt Lake City’s “Best Chicken & Ribs” which blows this place out of the water.

Paula Kaufman: This is some of the worst food I’ve ever had. It’s not Greek. The falafel pita was a joke. A tiny handful of lettuce, two miniature tomato slices and a few super old, old falafels. I paid about 14 for that. First I sent of back for more lettuce, then tomatoes. It did not help a thing. The sauce was not even the right sauce. It tasted like a bad grocery store Cesar. This is my second disappointing meal at the terrible place. I keep thinking one dish will be good. Nope. The problem is that there are no chefs, just a punch of people hired to follow a paper. Nothing is cooked on spot except fries. Nothing. Do not go to this awful and overpriced restaurant. Not worth my one star.

Eddies: I've been here number of times over the years and I don't have a problem with the food, per se. It's actually pretty good. My problem is with the price vs portion size. Recently got a gyro sandwich which was very underwhelming both in flavor and portion of meat vs bread. $12ish plus? Today ordered chicken kabob plate and received a plate with two tiny skewers of chicken with tiny portions of meat and veggies on each skewer. The plate included a tiny measured portion of flavorless rice (orzo?), a decent size piece of bread and a tiny salad for $16 plus tax. I understand that this is DC but I get Greek kabob in other expensive cities like Boston and New York area for same price or less that are "loaded" with food. My other complaint is each time I have ordered ahead for pickup they wait until I arrive to get the food together, thereby defeating the purpose of ordering ahead. I'll be looking at other options going forward. If you like bread this is the place to go, just bring your wallet.

16. Chaia Georgetown

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Chaia Georgetown
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 3207 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 333-5222

Guy: Taco restaurant


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Emma Rose Wooten: Fantaaaastic and delicious fast-casual vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free food!!! I got one mushroom taco and one sweet potato taco – sweet potato is definitely the best. The girl who took our order was super friendly, and our food came out within 5 minutes of ordering. Just be aware that there is very little seating inside so you’ll probably have to take it to go and eat outside.
Response: Thank you for visiting our Georgetown shop. The sweet potato taco is a favorite of ours too! We also love the rainbow chard quesadilla. It is a new seasonal item on our menu. We hope to see you again soon.

Andrew Davis: The egg/bean and the sweet potato hash tacos were decent, but the asparagus taco was not good - the flavor and texture were both unpleasant. I can see this being a fine restaurant if you're a vegetarian and really want some more variety, but if you want decent tacos and aren't vegetarian, look elsewhere.

Melissa Buckingham: Ran in here before the forecasted snow started and asked the employee for their top three tacos. He told me about the braised mushroom, creamy kale and potato, and chipotle sweet potato hash. I used the kiosk to order the taco trio and an iced hibiscus tea then found myself a table. The service was very fast and the food was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised with the tea because I've had bitter versions before. This was perfectly sweet and if I lived here, I'd be back.
Response: Thank you, Melissa!

Vikram Seshadri: One of the best Vegetarian and Vegan restaurants I have visited. Must try the Brussel Sprouts Quesadilla. Loved their Herbal and Green tea as well. Ton of options and definitely will recommend to anyone who is in DC.

Mario Morales: Very interesting but healthy and delicious. All vegan options but with so much flavors. So good! We had a variety of tacos and all were so good. I had to order seconds! Staff was friendly and the girl behind the kitchen counter was very nice and helpful.
Response: Thank you, Mario!

Aramis Penland: Full disclosure - I have eaten Chaia no less than 20 times over the years and it is one of my 5 favorite small/quick bites in the DMV. So yes I am biased. DELICIOUSLY BIASED. For a vegan place, it is ridiculous how tasty the food is here. I am a carnivore, though I routinely choose Chaia over the 100s of carnivore-centric options I could go to instead because it simply TASTES. BETTER. My favorites (all 5/5s) are as follows: 1) Creamy Kale & Potato Taco - One of the best tacos I have ever had (so good that when I order the taco trio, I sometimes just order 3 of these rather than mixing and matching). The creama and salsa verde go perfectly with the kale and potato. Plus the pickled red onion on top provides a perfect sweet/sour contrast. 2) Brussels Sprouts Quesadilla - This would easily be $9-11 at a sit down restaurant, but at Chaia it is $5 and might be one of the best deals/values I can think of anywhere. Granted the quesadilla isn't big, bit it is gooey cheesiness + healthiness + delicious jalapeno dipping salsa = YAS. 3) Chips w/Tahini Black Bean Dip - Yes this is just a small bag of chips. But my goodness THAT DIP. Just try it. 4) Iced Hibiscus Tea - What are most iced teas like? Watered down. What are most hibiscus drinks like? Not strong/flavorful enough. What is this? Not watered down and max strength/flavor. MOAR. To be completely objective, not everything at Chaia is great. I haven't been a fan of the enchiladas, several of the other tacos, or the rice and bean stand alone sides. But when you have so many incredibly delicious options (as listed above), just get these over and over and over again and be happy (over and over and over again).

Devin Boe: Overall pretty good tacos, and I love the idea of a plant-based taco place. The sweet potato tacos are great, but the asparagus tacos were not good, both texture and flavor wise. The black beans with crema are tasty, but could have used more jalapeno. This location has a nice patio to eat on right outside by the canals, great for nice weather! Also, service is excellent. The people who work there are quite kind and friendly!
Response: Thanks! We appreciate the feedback on the asparagus taco and the black beans. The chipotle sweet potato taco is a customer favorite. Delicious vegan or with cheese. We hope you come by again. Our menu changes with the seasons.

Amy Suchodolski: Fantastic vegan & vegetarian taco shop in Georgetown. The tomatillo gazpacho was cool and refreshing. Hibiscus tea was great. Tacos are delicious.
Response: Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your vegan and vegetarian tacos and gazpacho. We hope you visit again soon and try our new kale salad. It’s delicious.

mithilesh shivapuram: The tacos are one of best and fresh of all.I can make suggestion of introducing some different tortilla varieties would be great
Response: Thank you!

Natasha Shokouhi: I loved Chaia when they first opened. While I still like it, it's not as good as it was when they first started. The service isn't good anymore. They used to be warm and friendly. Now they are extra slow and not really that welcoming anymore. My favorites are... Roasted Eggplant Mushroom Charred Green Beans - super spicy! Creamy Kale and Potato Smokey Greens Roasted Butternut Squash I really love the green rice and beans together! The rice is a little too bland on it's own. I'm not into the sodas here, they taste very sweet even though they are more "natural". Prices are fair for the quality of ingredients you are getting. Overall - I love how plant oriented they are. This location is my favorite because the food is most consistent here and I love the atmosphere. The second floor has a small little dining area in addition to the tables on the first level.

17. El Sol Restaurante & Tequileria

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1333 reviews
El Sol Restaurante & Tequileria
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1227 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 815-4789

Guy: Mexican restaurant


Review: "The price - pretty cheap."

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SophiaAntoinette Jackson: The water was tasty… the margaritas we’re awesome!!! I throughly enjoyed the food. The customer service was good and the restaurant was packed. I would come back here for sure. I love mole and they do it right here.

Miguel Curiel: Best Mexican place in DC so far and that alone can grant a 5-star rating. Worth noting that outdoor sitting has a nice view but indoors could use some music to create a more pleasant experience. Other than that, food and drinks are good and authentic!

Cory Schwab: Delicious food and awesome margaritas! Chips and salsa were great too! Service was a little slow but did not bother us.

Corinne: We stopped by El Sol Restaurant & Tequileria after paddle boarding on the Potomac and wandering around Georgetown. El Sol was ranked one of the the top 10 taco spots in the DMV so we had to give it a try! We sat down in a corner booth and were quickly greeted by El Sol’s employee of the month, El Insecto. 🤪 It was the authentic taco experience we were looking for. We started with margaritas and guac that left us speechless and inspired to try and recreate at home. Then it was time for the tacos. Between the two of us we tried the Chicken, Shrimp, Steak, Chorizo and Pastor. They were all tasty but we loved the Chorizo and Chicken. The tacos came on perfectly crispy corn tortillas which we have a found to be a delicious rarity.

Tejas Vernekar: I was in DC and this was my go to place for food. Amazing grilled Oysters. Lots of creative items and drinks on the menu. Shrimp in chipotle sauce was good too. Would visit again next time I go.

Joel Lemus: I had tostadas de tinga, an horchata and pozole and it tasted great. Took the waiter forever to get my check once I was done so -1 star

David Hong: Pretty good restaurant. Like their salsa for their Chips. The food is authentic enough and spicy. Be prepared for spice! Their prices have risen so be prepared. Ultimately the food is pretty good.

Paul Hudson: This is some damn good Mexican food!! The burritos and tacos taste delicious and have a bit of a kick too!! Highly recommend!!

Ali Elreichouni: Tasty food with nice outdoor seating. Staff was also nice, polite, and quick. The only reason I’m giving four stars is the serving of guacamole was rather small for the price (11 dollars at the time this review was written), but otherwise great experience.

Judy Blanco: On our trip to DC this was actually our favorite stop to eat ! We got the Aztec tacos & nachos...probably the best Hispanic food I've had in the states!

18. Falafel Inc

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Falafel Inc
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.7
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1210 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 338-2969

Guy: Falafel restaurant


Review: "Its not just cheap, it’s Arab approved"

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Gabriel Mendez-Frances: I cannot believe these prices. Seriously, $1 for hummus, $1 for pita bread? $3 for a whole sandwich?! In the day and age of high inflation, you'd think the owners would have skyrocketed their prices, but they haven't, and the food quality is by no means compromised. Visited this place on the recommendation of a friend of mine and I was not disappointed. Their entire menu is pictured below and it's all extremely affordable and delicious. They also have a wide variety of sauces for your fries or to add to your bowl or sandwich. Plus, the owners have made it their mission to donate some of the proceeds to World Food Programme. I love businesses that give back in some way to a good cause and I admire this place for doing so. I'll go out of my way next time I'm around another Falafel Inc.

Jereth Tolentino: Love this place. A Falafel bowl for $5.00! Super tasty and definitely a food value. They also have a $4 sandwich and $3 fries. Only down side is long line but that’s expected on a good place. The line moves pretty well so I dont mind waiting. Definitely recommend and will go back.

R Al-Dulaimi: Best falafel in town! I hope they plan to bring back the outdoor seating at this location

Krystal: Wow. Amazing prices, amazing food, and you can feel good about eating out!!The shawarma sandwich is amazing. The falafel is great, and the zaatar fries are crisp and delicious. The sauces are all good and fun to try one of each while there!

Devin Boe: Simple, straightforward menu with shockingly low prices, and the best falafel sandwiches I have ever had. The salad bowls are a nice option as well; all the ingredients are fresh and high quality, and the sauces are fantastic. Only downsides are the service (the workers are really really REALLY busy and sometimes it takes a while to get an order in, but generally friendly and helpful) and the long waits during peak hours. Still, always worth it, and apparently for a good cause too!

Lu Mad: I loved everything about my experience here. Healthy, flavorful, and affordable food is just unheard of in general, but specifically in Georgetown. I support the simple, easy to understand menu, the support of Palestinian refugees, the use of traditional spices, and the non pretentious decor. Everything is just sweet simple and to the point. I love it. Although the wait was long, it must have been user error because once I ordered I had my food in less than 5 minutes. I biked to Georgetown and needed something healthy and full of nutrients to fuel my ride back home and the falafel salad did just that. I was extremely pleased to see a bowl full of spinach and not romaine lettuce. The sauces are absolutely delicious. I will say that the falafel is authentic. No one seems to make traditional falafel anymore and I was so happy to come across those familiar flavors. I ordered the falafel bowl and coconut water and my total was less than $10. I obviously recommend this spot and I will be back!

M Bish: We strolled through for a quick lunch and this place was phenomenal! Very quick service, and the food was delicious, can’t believe how low the prices were! Would love if they had some tables nearby outside to eat

Meenakshi Rajasekar: Their zaatar fries and red sauce is to die for. With a plethora of vegan options, price parity and quality their options have become a comfort choice. Usually with a wait time in a queue outside this joint doesn't have dine-in options. Their pita wrap with falafel and hummus is a must try. Also tried their vegan meat but didn't like it much.

India Lindsay: Best cheap and healthy eats in DC, nothing beats $3 falafel pita. The bowl is pretty good too and they offer vegan shawarma. Highly recommend their zaatar fries. They have a delicious variety of sauces available, Habibi was our favorite. No outdoor seating is available but if you walk down the street towards the waterfront, there’s a small amount of outdoor tables in the shade near the canal. Best spot to enjoy this yummy food.

Manasi Suryavanshi: Delicious all veg and vegan menu!! they have very few items on menu which makes the decision much easy. Very reasonably price food especially for georgetown and it was fun exploring the sauces. Friendly folks.

19. Keren Cafe & Restaurant

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Keren Cafe & Restaurant
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 265-5764

Guy: Eritrean restaurant


Review: "Cheap and excellent food."

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Yongjian Si: A cute family style Eritrean restaurant near Dupont Circle in Washington DC. Friendly staff and tasty dishes! The dishes and stews were flavorful and fresh. They also offer American style breakfast, but I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try a new dish here. Vegetarian friendly. If it’s your first time trying Eritrean cuisine, don’t hesitate to ask the staff for recommendations. Plenty of options for meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans alike.

Melissa Unzueta: This is my second time eating Ethiopian food and it was a true delight. I was feeling under the weather and needed a wholesome nutritious meal and decided to get their Special Shiro. It was creamy, flavorful, scrumptious. I was also pleasantly surprised when I found out my order came with an extra of Enjera bread filled with their lentil sauce and spinach. Thank you for a wonderful culinary experience!

alex clark: After hearing raving reviews from our friends, we finally tried this place…..which quickly became our favorite Ethiopian place in the city. Get the Ethiopian beer, it’s tasty and cheap!! The meal was fabulous and Uber filling. We got there right at the right time because it became packed on a Friday evening!

Fiona Alison Kibblewhite: We had a fantastic experience here! Amazing food and such good prices. We ordered the Keren special (#4) with chicken and thought it was delicious! It was also big enough for two of us to share (granted we don’t have huge appetites). I cannot recall having such good food for dinner in a sit down restaurant for less then $10 each. The wait staff were super kind and helpful, especially helping us decide what to order. I would highly recommend!

Sam OB: I would say Keren is the best breakfast spot in DMV. I would always go there anytime any day. Very cozy and reasonable price. Check them out you won’t be embarrassed.

Ray Moreno: Keren is a Washington DC jewel! It isn’t glamorous, but it’s authentic, down to earth culinary delight. An Eritrean guy told me about it years ago and I’m a repeat customer. The Ful is a great way to start your day with some yogurt, diced tomatoes, jalapeños & an egg or two. The two French rolls help wipe away the last few bites. The pasta nicely combines Italian & East African flavors. The tibs are over the top tasty and plenty juicy. I often enjoy the vegetarian combo that includes cabbage, spinach, potatoes & carrots, fresh green salad, spinach, spicy lentils and yellow split peas. Two pieces of Enjera is a perfect proportion to enjoy your communal eating experience. They’ll offer more if you ask. I love to end my meal with an individually brewed coffee or even a spiced tea. You can also make it a latte or cappuccino. Let me add, it’s extremely inexpensive! $10-$15 for one which is difficult to find in DC.

Nils Hünerfürst: Keren is a really good place for a devent veggie platter. Not so pricey but super tasty. Super nice team.

James Wang: Amazing restaurant for Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine with large portions and some of the best food in D.C.! Very friendly staff who came to check on us up all the time. The restaurant is a little small, so make sure to get there early, but the atmosphere is very cozy and I truly appreciated the experience.

Anna Sun: So, SO good!! I just wish my friend and I ordered one dish to share instead of struggling to finish two. Food came out quickly, and the service was friendly.

Josh Axelrod: Great prices for an authentic meal. For newbies to the wonders of Ethiopian cuisine, go for a veggie combo or the Keren special to sample as many things as possible on a heaping platter of Injera, spongy Ethiopian flatbread. A perfect place to grab beers with friends while you share a plate of Tibsi and other treats.

20. &pizza - Hotel Hive

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&pizza - Hotel Hive
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 2224 F St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 335-5991

Guy: Pizza restaurant


Review: "Quick and cheap and tasty!!"

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Brad Brundage: The service was non-existent if you aren't drinking alcoholic drinks. I should have gotten it to go. Can you eat just the pizza crust without any ranch from here? Yes I got the pizza with the hot honey, goats cheese and arugula. Ingredients: they were of higher quality then the typical chain restaurants and overall pretty good. Execution of cooking: it was fully cooked but not as hot as it should have been when it was delivered to the table meaning it sat out for a while when the bartender picked it up too much time has passed and they were not existent at their post half the time I was dining there. Presentation was good attention to detail for the toppings was taken.

Jackie Wishart: So good!! The employees were super nice and we had a great experience. The crust is fantastic!! And so many ways to customize. Probably the most topping options. I've ever seen!

Stephanie Corte: I LOVE &pizza so much ever since I tried them for the first time back in 2015. Every time I visit DC, I have to eat there a couple of times at least. It’s always so well-made with great ingredients. I downloaded the new app just this week and was super excited to get a discount. The quality and service has always been fantastic at their various locations.

ty: Eaten here 3 times. Each time has been absolutely great. Their pizzas are really good and most importantly, really cheap for what you get! They have a lot of options to customize your pizza and I love how they don’t try to tack on a whole bunch of extra charges if you want a lot of one item. Would recommend!

A. Smith Williams: Look at my yummy &Pizza. Location: GWU at Foggy Bottom. I ordered &pizza with extra sauce, extra cheese, extra pepperoni and topped with garlic oil…yummy!!!!! I was very impressed!!! My first visit to a location In Arlington, VA was NOT impressive; I picked up my order after an online order. It was not good…not enough cheese, pepperoni, nor sauce. ADVICE: Place your order in-store only and watch your pizza being custom made! Yummy!!!!

Donna Carroll: Excellent Flatbread pizzas. All fresh ingredients. Must try when in DC

Linden Yee: Low-key &pizza texts me more than some of my closest friends, but they give me lots of coupons so I'm not even mad. The pizza is good and super customizable. If you hold out for the $3 or $5 pie coupons it tastes even better.

Moises Arias: Great customer service, attention to detail on how I requested my pizza to be made!! Definitely coming again

Joel Rhine: I love &pizza. I love it because the people are very friendly and because Dro gave a $5 pizza today just cos he felt like it. He also offered a soda for free. Also the lady who was finishing up my pizza called me honey. If everyone was like the people at &pizza we’d have world peace.

Breanna Wright: Fee, Thomas and Cynthia were amazing! Last night, my friends and I walked in literally as they were packing up to close. Many places would've turned us away or had an attitude but they welcomed us in, unpacked the materials and made us the best pizza ever. They were incredibly kind and had great customer service! I would absolutely return!