There are many more excellent establishments in Washington DC, but only five could make the cut. In order to make it onto the list, the restaurant must have entrees for fewer than $20 and be located in the Washington DC area. They also needed to make the top ten Yelp scores for that category.
1. Falafel Inc.
Falafel Inc. is consistently listed as one of the best budget-friendly restaurants in the DC area. For just $3, visitors can dine on a massive falafel sandwich that should only be lifted with two hands. Falafel Inc. also has a noteworthy mission. Every time a customer spends $10, the restaurant makes a donation to the World Food Programme’s Share the Meal campaign. Each donation feeds a refugee for one day.
Address: 1210 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007
2. Keren Restaurant & Coffee Shop
Washington DC is home to the largest population of Ethiopian Americans in the entire nation. As such, the DC area is also home to several delicious, Ethiopian restaurants. For authentic and affordable Ethiopian dishes, stop by the Keren Restaurant and Coffee Shop. We recommend ordering the ful. This flavorful blend of beans, eggs, and vegetables is best eaten with plenty of bread. Oh, and everything on their menu is also less than $10.
Address: 1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
If you like chicken, you’ll love Farmbird. For less than $10 (plus tax), visitors can get an antibiotic-free, humanely-raised chicken breast or thigh on a bed of basmati rice plus a side of your choice. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Farmbird’s chicken is brined in several herbs and spices and roasted in a high-temperature oven. The thighs are even pan seared for extra crispiness.
Address: 625 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
4. Cucina Al Volo
The next destination on our list started as a humble food cart in Union Market. The food cart is still alive and well, but Cucina al Volo has expanded into a sit-down restaurant in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Both locations offer sizable servings of hand-made pasta with sauces that range from lamb ragu to spinach and ricotta. Prices are between $10 to $20, and portion sizes are generous.
Address: 1790 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009