Here Are the Brand-New Cheap Eats Restaurants (And Those That Fell Off the List)

The Burger Royale–with Gouda, dill pickles, garlic mayo, and mustard–at Crisp Kitchen & Bar, one of the new additions to our 2016 Cheap Eats list. Photograph by Scott Suchman


Baan Thai

The BBQ Joint

Cafe Azul–Caracas de Ayer


Chase the Submarine


Crisp Kitchen & Bar


Gom Tang E

Gringos & Mariachis

Iron Age


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MGM Roast Beef

Nanjing Bistro

Northwest Chinese Food


Queen Amannisa

Ray’s Hell Burger

Sabai Sabai Simply Thai

Shagga Coffee & Restaurant


Silver Diner

Spice Xing

Teddy’s Roti Shop



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You’ll be missing DCity Smokehouse on this year’s list. (Though, it’s still one of the best places to get barbecue in the city). Photograph by Scott Suchman

Abay Market

A&J Restaurant

Banana Leaf

Black Jack

Cafe Divan

DCity Smokehouse

DGS Delicatessen

Duck Chang’s

El Catrachito

Elephant Jumps

El Pike (Pike Pizza)

Eyo Restaurant & Sports Bar

Hunan Taste

Just Jerk

Kabul Kabob House

KBQ Real Barbecue

Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant


Meats & Foods

Moby Dick House of Kabob


Sugar Palm Thai

Thai Square


Wiseguy NY Pizza

Ya Hala*

*Restaurant has closed.

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.

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.