Washington DC Keep your wallet AND stomach full this weekend with these five picks for (fairly) new cheap eats. That way you’ll have some extra scratch to spend on more important things. Like scratch-off tickets! Which will lead to more money. Which will lead to more eats. It's an airtight plan.
Naan Pizza (From $6.65 to $9.49)
Spice 6, Hyattsville, MD
Pizza meet India. India meet pizza. For less than a ten-spot you can try warm naan bread topped with your choice of protein (go with lamb!), drizzled with flavorful curries and chutneys, and topped with cheese. If you dig Chipotle’s style, you’ll like this fast-casual spot that imitates the speedy build-it-yourself model. Everything at Spice 6 is made from scratch, making the price tag all the more pleasing.
Hours: 11am-10pm daily
Pop’s Beef Brisket Sandwich (Half $8, Whole $13)
Bub & Pop’s, Dupont Circle
It should be no surprise this is a mom and pop shop. Arlene (who you’re going to want to hug) runs the shop with her husband and their son, Jonathan Taub, who’s a chef-turned-deli-king. Try his slow-braised beef brisket sando with apple-horseradish cream, five-year-aged Gouda, and veal jus. Don’t think twice about adding a fried egg for $1.
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Saturday 12-7pm
Ebi Katsudon ($11) or Pork Katsudon ($9)
Donburi, Adams Morgan
Donburi is a Japanese dish that basically translates to something awesome on top of rice. Choose between panko-breaded shrimp or pork at this counter eatery and get ready to be wowed by the sweet and savory sauce, half-cooked egg, and accompaniments like pickled radish and jalapeño. There’re also fried chicken and salmon sashimi options, among others.
Hours: Mon-Tue 4:30-10pm; Wed-Sun 11am-2:30pm and 4:30-10pm
Regular Pita ($7.21) or Bowl ($7.95 per lb)
Amsterdam Falafel, 14th Street
DC’s favorite falafel shop recently opened a second location on 14th Street. Along with serving as a new stuff-your-face late-night option, this location lets you take full advantage of the toppings bar by offering bowls. Fill your bowl of balls with pickled, garlicky delights before heading to the weigh station. They will also give you a REAL fork, unlike at their AdMo location that leaves you hanging.
Hours: Sun-Mon 11am-midnight; Tue-Wed 11am-2:30am; Thu 11am-3am; Fri-Sat 11am-4am
Slice of Pie (from $2.75 to $3.75)
Pizza Parts & Service, H Street NE
The Taylor Gourmet guys are back, but this time they’re flipping homemade pizza in a space that celebrates Casey Patten’s motorcycle obsession. They’ve retooled the former Taylor Charles Steak & Ice to serve cheap gourmet slices to the hungry H Street crowd -- like one topped with Genoa salami, soppressata, bacon, red onions, mushrooms, cherry peppers, and fresh mozzarella.
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-3:30am
Head to Hyattsville to score some modern Indian cuisine from Spice 6 -- you can get down on classics like rice bowls and kabobs, or you can build your own naan pizza, with your choice of sauce, protein, and other toppings.
This charming mom & pop shop in Dupont Circle has a whole host of hearty hoagies at their disposal, like their traditional Italian, roast pork, or our favorite, Pop's Beef Brisket, with apple-horseradish cream, five-year-aged Gouda, and veal jus.
Donburi is a Japanese dish that basically translates to something awesome on top of rice -- so just hop on up to their counter and choose your something awesome: panko breaded shrimp, pork, sweet and savory sauce, half-cooked egg, pickled radish, and jalapeño are all in the mix.
DC's favorite falafel shop's 14th Street location offers the same goodness as its older brothers in the city -- open late, especially on the weekends, expect to stuff your face with pitas, falafel balls, and bowls that you can fill up at their toppings bar (they charge by the pound, so exercise some restraint if you want to keep it cheap).
Brought to you by the Taylor Gourmet gang, Pizza Parts & Service is assembling homemade pizza with the same quality ingredients you've come to expect from those guys -- go ahead and pick up a slice (or a whole pie) topped with Genoa salami, soppressata, bacon, red onions, mushrooms, cherry peppers, and fresh mozzarella.