Your Ultimate Guide to Eating Cheap in Washington, DC

What you need to know about dining on a budget in the district.

Your Ultimate Guide to Eating Cheap in Washington, DC
Xao long bao, or soup dumplings, at Bob's Shanghai 66, one of our restaurant picks for cheap eating. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Check out our list of 100 inexpensive restaurants—including 25 we’re calling out as the brightest stars on the scene—where we’ve had some of our most thrilling meals of the year. Find out which chefs are stars in the cheap eats dining scene, see which fancy restaurants you can eat for cheap, and find beloved barbecue joints in the DC area.

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Recipes From Our Favorite Cheap Eats Restaurants

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 Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.