Cheap Eats 2009: Punk’s Backyard Grill

Great food, low prices, lots of fun.

Why go: This high-concept fast-casual spot is like walking into a patio cookout—umbrellas, grill smoke, and all. And although the words “thrifty” and “locavore” don’t often go together, here they amount to a mission statement. Area purveyors supply the sausages, beef, even the ice cream; the sangría is made with Tempranillo and Triple Sec; and nothing tops $10.

What to get: Sangría; shrimp skewers with mango salsa and buttery, salt-sprinkled pita; sausage-and-pepper sub; burger with Gorgonzola on a glossy bun; sweet-and-sour cucumbers with dill; white-cheddar mac and cheese; Key-lime pie; an ice-cream sandwich with two chocolate sugar cookies and one of four rotating flavors of Gifford’s ice cream.

Best for: A break from shopping; a cheap alternative to lunch or dinner in downtown Annapolis.

Insider tip: Many of the meats are locally sourced, but the chicken sandwich and chicken skewers smack of fast food.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.