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1. Amsterdam Falafelshop2425 18th St NW, Washington
2. Ben's Chili Bowl1213 U St NW, Washington
3. Dangerously Delicious Pies1339 H St NE, Washington
4. Fast Gourmet1400 W St NW, Washington
5. Jumbo Slice2341 18th St NW, Washington
6. GBD1323 Connecticut Ave NW , Washington, DC
7. Taylor Gourmet 14th Street1908 14th St NW, Washington
8. Oohh's & Aahh's1005 U St NW, Washington
Amsterdam Falafelshop slings everyones favorite deep-fried chickpea mash across Adams Morgan, and it's some of the best in the DC area. It comes with a big pile of fresh veggies wrapped up in a flatbread or in a bowl, and there's never even a slight ponderance over whether or not you should pair them with fries. They're Dutch-style, meaning they're thick cut, freshly fried for crunchy outside and light and fluffy insides.
Ben's Chili Bowl has been an iconic part of the DC food landscape since first opening its doors in 1958. Its hot dogs, burgers, and subs are time-tested, Obama-approved classics. Of course, you're really there for the signature smoky chili, which tastes great in a bowl but even better atop a cheesy, onion-y hot dog. Ben's might be cramped, but the sizzling smell is too enticing to pass up.
Serving up a crazy variety of sweet and savory pies (and quiches too!) is H Street's Dangerously Delicious Pies. Check out their Broke Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays for a $10 quiche, salad, and giant mimosa.
Sometimes lunchtime glory can be found in the most unexpected of places, and in Fast Gourmet's case, that's alongside a grungy gas station. Instead of cigarettes and lottery tickets, you'll find a counter serving Latin-influenced "urban street food," which means sandwiches like the Milanesa with New York strip, golden empanadas, and pulled pork with pineapple and lemongrass slaw. All the sandwiches come with a side of fries, and the only thing you have to pump is your ketchup.
Jumbo Slice is open late in Adams Morgan and serves up slices so big they could be used as a blanket, leaving it up to you whether your sleep or eat through the aftermath of your boozier evenings.
GBD, or "Golden Brown Delicious", is really a misnomer, as their food is actually way sweeter than even Betty White and Rue McClanahan combined. That's thanks to the crew from Birch & Barley, who're frying birds & doughnuts in this skinny Dupont spot split into three sections: counter-service in the front, bar in the middle, and pin-cushion booth seating (lit by fryer baskets!) in the back.
Bringing you the tastes of home (in their case, Philadelphia), the owners of Taylor Gourmet serve up quality ingredients on quality bread for delicious Philly-street-named sandwiches that you're going to want to try. This 14th Street location is open late, so feel free to come by for your fix anytime before 9p on weekdays, and 330a on Friday and Saturday.