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25 Dishes Under $5 That Eater Readers Love

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These aren't just affordable dishes; they're dirt cheap eats. For those who only want to spend $5 or less on bar bites, lunch or even a full meal, Eater readers have obliged. In response to our Open Thread, this list includes the city's best in cheap tacos, banh mi, appetizers, sliders and more. Feel free to keep the conversation going in the comments section.

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1. Green Pig Bistro

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1025 N Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-1920
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Fried pimento cheese at Green Pig Bistro is $5.

2. Ravi Kabob House

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305 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 522-6666
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Samosas at Ravi Kabob are $1.50 for vegetable, or $2.99 for special with chana.

3. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-0909
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A half-smoke at Ben's will take you out of the $5 range, but get a regular chili dog and only pay $4.20.

4. DGS Delicatessen

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1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-4400
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Head to DGS during its new happy hour, and the chopped liver is only $5.

5. Estadio

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1520 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 319-1404
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Estadio in DC sells spicy Marcona almonds for $4.

6. Pho 14

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1769 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-2288
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The banh mi with pork skin at Pho 14 is $4.49.

7. The Pretzel Bakery

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340 15th St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 251-0953
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Spend $2 and get a pretzel at Capitol Hill's Pretzel Bakery.

8. Cava Mezze

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2940 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-9090
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Lamb sliders are only $3 at happy hour over at Cava.

9. Carmine's

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425 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-7770
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Cheap $4 bites at Carmine's during happy hour include fried zucchini and meatball sliders.

10. Pizzeria Orso

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400 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 226-3460
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Head to Pizzeria Orso and try a lamb slider for $3.50.

11. 2 Amys

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3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-5700
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2 Amys has several affordable bites, from $3.95 deviled eggs to $4.95 cannoli.

12. Vidalia

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1990 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-1990
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Vidalia is known for its happy hour, where items under $5 include fried pickles and quail nuggets.

13. The Big Greek Cafe

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8223 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-4733
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At both locations of the Big Greek Cafe, get a gyro for $5 all day Wednesday.

14. Pica Taco

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1629 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 518-0076
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You can get two tacos for $5 at both Pica Taco locations.

15. Tippy's Taco House

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8632 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 560-0511
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At Tippy's Taco House (multiple locations), 4 tacos are $4.50.

16. Greek Deli & Catering

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1120 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-2111
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The widely praised avgolemono soup at Greek Deli is only $3.50.

17. Radius Pizza

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3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 234-0202
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Meatball sliders and mussels are priced at $5 at Radius Pizza.

18. Alegria

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111 Church Street NW
Vienna, VA 22180

Sample the mushroom taco at Alegria for $3.

19. Julia's Empanadas

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2452 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-6232
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Any Julia's Empanada variety is priced at $3.59 each (multiple locations).

20. Taylor Gourmet

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1116 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 684-7001
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The arancini at Taylor Gourmet are priced at $4.50 (multiple locations).

21. Levi's Port Cafe

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1102 8th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-6500

For $4.59, get a pork chop sandwich at Levi's Port Cafe.

22. MGM Roast Beef

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905 Brentwood Road NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 248-0389
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The breakfast sandwich at MGM Roast is $3.49.

23. Tortilla Cafe

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210 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-5700
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The Yuca y Chicharrones at Tortilla Cafe runs customers $3.49.

24. Ambar Balkan Cuisine

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523 8th St, SE
Washington, DC 20003

The Balkan kabob at the new Ambar on Capitol Hill is $4 during Happy Hour.

25. Boqueria

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1837 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 558-9545
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Cojonundo, a quail tapas dish at Boqueria, costs $4.

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1. Green Pig Bistro

1025 N Fillmore St., Arlington, VA 22201

Fried pimento cheese at Green Pig Bistro is $5.

1025 N Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201

2. Ravi Kabob House

305 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

Samosas at Ravi Kabob are $1.50 for vegetable, or $2.99 for special with chana.

305 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203

3. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

A half-smoke at Ben's will take you out of the $5 range, but get a regular chili dog and only pay $4.20.

1213 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Head to DGS during its new happy hour, and the chopped liver is only $5.

1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Estadio

1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Estadio in DC sells spicy Marcona almonds for $4.

1520 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Pho 14

1769 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

The banh mi with pork skin at Pho 14 is $4.49.

1769 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. The Pretzel Bakery

340 15th St., SE, Washington, DC 20003

Spend $2 and get a pretzel at Capitol Hill's Pretzel Bakery.

340 15th St., SE
Washington, DC 20003

8. Cava Mezze

2940 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201

Lamb sliders are only $3 at happy hour over at Cava.

2940 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

9. Carmine's

425 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Cheap $4 bites at Carmine's during happy hour include fried zucchini and meatball sliders.

425 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. Pizzeria Orso

400 South Maple Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046

Head to Pizzeria Orso and try a lamb slider for $3.50.

400 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046

11. 2 Amys

3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

2 Amys has several affordable bites, from $3.95 deviled eggs to $4.95 cannoli.

3715 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016

12. Vidalia

1990 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Vidalia is known for its happy hour, where items under $5 include fried pickles and quail nuggets.

1990 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

13. The Big Greek Cafe

8223 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

At both locations of the Big Greek Cafe, get a gyro for $5 all day Wednesday.

8223 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

14. Pica Taco

1629 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

You can get two tacos for $5 at both Pica Taco locations.

1629 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

15. Tippy's Taco House

8632 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22031

At Tippy's Taco House (multiple locations), 4 tacos are $4.50.

8632 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22031

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16. Greek Deli & Catering

1120 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The widely praised avgolemono soup at Greek Deli is only $3.50.

1120 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

17. Radius Pizza

3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Meatball sliders and mussels are priced at $5 at Radius Pizza.

3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

18. Alegria

111 Church Street NW, Vienna, VA 22180

Sample the mushroom taco at Alegria for $3.

111 Church Street NW
Vienna, VA 22180

19. Julia's Empanadas

2452 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Any Julia's Empanada variety is priced at $3.59 each (multiple locations).

2452 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

20. Taylor Gourmet

1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The arancini at Taylor Gourmet are priced at $4.50 (multiple locations).

1116 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

21. Levi's Port Cafe

1102 8th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

For $4.59, get a pork chop sandwich at Levi's Port Cafe.

1102 8th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

22. MGM Roast Beef

905 Brentwood Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

The breakfast sandwich at MGM Roast is $3.49.

905 Brentwood Road NE
Washington, DC 20018

23. Tortilla Cafe

210 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003