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16 Spots for Dirt Cheap Meals, All $5 or Less

These restaurant will fill you up for $5.

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Finding a dirt cheap meal in this city of politico power dining requires careful hunting. Sure, many restaurants pack the crowds for happy hour food specials, but where should money conscious diners go during all those other hours? Eater scoured the city, looked past the side dishes and asked readers for recommendations. This list includes meals from banh mi to breakfast sandwiches for $5 or less.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. A. Litteri, Inc.

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517 Morse St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 544-0184
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Choose the six-inch half Italian sub, perfected by the family owners in of this deli and grocery store opensince 1932, stuffed with choice of meat, cheese and toppings for only $4.50.

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2. Banh Mi DC Sandwich

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3103 Graham Rd #C, Falls Church
VA, 22042
(703) 205-9300
The Vietnamese sandwich is meant to be cheap, so try the full selection (under $4.00) from pate to the combo versions at this Falls Church eatery.

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3. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-0909
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Stick to the regular chili dog versus the half smoke to keep under budget ($4.40) at the counter of this iconic city spot.

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4. Bullfrog Bagels

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1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Start the day off right with an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on one of D.C.’s new favorite hand-rolled, artisan bagels for $5.00.

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5. China Boy Noodle Shop

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815 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
This no-frills Chinatown shop with homemade rice noodle in a few forms offers crepes filled with shrimp, pork, beef ($1.95-2.95).

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6. Copycat Co.

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1110 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 241-1952
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Plenty of cheap eat choices here like potstickers (2 for $1.50), a skewer ($4.00 each) or the bao buns ($1.25 each).

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7. DCity Smokehouse

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8 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 733-1919
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Five pit smoked wings, either with green chile rub and creamy garlic sauce or sweet red chile rub with cilantro ranch for $5.

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8. Duccini's

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1778 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 483-0007
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Love or hate jumbo slices, some people swear by these floppy slices when sloppy drunk—their cheese version costs $4.99.

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9. Florida Avenue Grill

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1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-1586
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The hotcakes ($4.50) may not be “world famous” like the diner claims, but they are pretty great, served since 1944 and offered all day long.

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10. Julia's Empanadas

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1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
D.C., 20036
(202) 861-8828
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Take a freshly baked, decently-sized empanada to-go, with plenty of flavorful fillings like chilean, chorizo, or curry.

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11. Mama's Kitchen Pizza

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2226 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
Slices here are solid, but locals also love the unexpectedly awesome homemade bread for sandwiches, like the tangy pulled pork for just $4.99.

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12. Meats & Foods

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247 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 505-1384
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Both the sloppy joe and cheesey chilito at $3.00 leaves enough room for a side of chips ($1.00) and a Gordy’s pickle ($0.50) or two.

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13. Naan & Beyond

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1710 L St NW, Washington
D.C., 20036
(202) 466-6404
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Two samosas ($1.50 or $2.00 each) or eight puri puri, fried and filled with chickpeas, potatoes, chili, chat masala served with tamarind water ($5.00)—work for a quick lunch.

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14. Pupuseria San Miguel

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3110 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
This Salvadoran hole in the wall offers meat or vegetarian pupusas for only a few bucks each in Mount Pleasant.

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15. The Pretzel Bakery

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340 15th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 450-6067
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Two bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on a fresh everything pretzel roll for $5.00 sell out fast on the weekends for good reason.

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16. Tippy's Taco House

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5912 N Kings Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22303
(703) 960-1431
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A bean and cheese burrito ($3.75) or four tacos for $4.50 is a pretty great deal at this place open for decades in Alexandria.

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1. A. Litteri, Inc.

517 Morse St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Choose the six-inch half Italian sub, perfected by the family owners in of this deli and grocery store opensince 1932, stuffed with choice of meat, cheese and toppings for only $4.50.

[Photo: Facebook]

517 Morse St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

2. Banh Mi DC Sandwich

3103 Graham Rd #C, Falls Church, VA, 22042
The Vietnamese sandwich is meant to be cheap, so try the full selection (under $4.00) from pate to the combo versions at this Falls Church eatery.

[Photo: Julie H/Yelp]

3103 Graham Rd #C, Falls Church
VA, 22042

3. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Stick to the regular chili dog versus the half smoke to keep under budget ($4.40) at the counter of this iconic city spot.

[Photo: Eater.com]

1213 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Bullfrog Bagels

1341 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Start the day off right with an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on one of D.C.’s new favorite hand-rolled, artisan bagels for $5.00.

[Photo: Mike D./Yelp]

1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

5. China Boy Noodle Shop

815 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This no-frills Chinatown shop with homemade rice noodle in a few forms offers crepes filled with shrimp, pork, beef ($1.95-2.95).

[Photo: Quaker W./Yelp]

815 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Copycat Co.

1110 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Plenty of cheap eat choices here like potstickers (2 for $1.50), a skewer ($4.00 each) or the bao buns ($1.25 each).

[Photo: Facebook]

1110 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

7. DCity Smokehouse

8 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Five pit smoked wings, either with green chile rub and creamy garlic sauce or sweet red chile rub with cilantro ranch for $5.

[Photo: Don C./Yelp]

8 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Duccini's

1778 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Love or hate jumbo slices, some people swear by these floppy slices when sloppy drunk—their cheese version costs $4.99.

[Photo: Bakri J./Yelp ]

1778 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The hotcakes ($4.50) may not be “world famous” like the diner claims, but they are pretty great, served since 1944 and offered all day long.

[Photo: Paul D./Yelp]

1100 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

10. Julia's Empanadas

1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20036
Take a freshly baked, decently-sized empanada to-go, with plenty of flavorful fillings like chilean, chorizo, or curry.

[Photo: Kimberly K./Yelp]

1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
D.C., 20036

11. Mama's Kitchen Pizza

2226 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
Slices here are solid, but locals also love the unexpectedly awesome homemade bread for sandwiches, like the tangy pulled pork for just $4.99.

[Photo: Jovonne A./Yelp]

2226 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

12. Meats & Foods

247 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Both the sloppy joe and cheesey chilito at $3.00 leaves enough room for a side of chips ($1.00) and a Gordy’s pickle ($0.50) or two.

[Photo: Facebook]

247 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

13. Naan & Beyond

1710 L St NW, Washington, D.C., 20036
Two samosas ($1.50 or $2.00 each) or eight puri puri, fried and filled with chickpeas, potatoes, chili, chat masala served with tamarind water ($5.00)—work for a quick lunch.

[Photo: Jack F./Yelp]

1710 L St NW, Washington
D.C., 20036

14. Pupuseria San Miguel

3110 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
This Salvadoran hole in the wall offers meat or vegetarian pupusas for only a few bucks each in Mount Pleasant.

[Photo: Eater.com]

3110 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

15. The Pretzel Bakery

340 15th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Two bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on a fresh everything pretzel roll for $5.00 sell out fast on the weekends for good reason.

[Photo: Yaroslav H./Yelp/a>]

340 15th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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16. Tippy's Taco House

5912 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303
A bean and cheese burrito ($3.75) or four tacos for $4.50 is a pretty great deal at this place open for decades in Alexandria.

[Photo: Facebook]

5912 N Kings Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22303

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