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Chefs' Favorite Cheap Eats: 25 Picks from D.C.'s Cooks

Eat cheap where the chefs go.

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Chefs always have the best intelligence on great places to eat, whether they specialize in specific cuisines, after hours eats, or in this case, cheap eats.

Of course, there are the usual suspects: tacos, Chinese food, sandwiches, pizza, ramen and pho. But they have also found some undiscovered grocery store finds and Indian food.

One chef, Josu Zubikarai of SER, even treks out to Hooters, his personal favorite cheap spot, on his Harley mounted with a set of horns from a buffalo he hunted 15 years ago. He's a sucker for the Daytona buffalo wings.

Eat like a chef and save at these 25 favorites.

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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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Recommended by: Brad Deboy, Blue Duck Tavern, Chef de Cuisine
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2. Ba Le Bakery & Deli

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2822 Graham Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 876-9062

Recommended by: Tim Ma, Water & Wall, Chef and owner
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3. Bangkok Golden

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6395 Seven Corners Ctr
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 533-9480
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Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
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4. Cho Eden Supermarket

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6763 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(571) 730-4430

Recommended by: Tim Ma, Water & Wall, Chef and owner
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5. Copycat Co.

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1110 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 241-1952
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Recommended by: Shannan Troncoso, Brookland's Finest, Chef
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6. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Recommended by: Douglas Alexander, Art and Soul, Executive Chef; Garret Fleming, Executive Chef, Barrel
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7. Donburi

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2438 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Recommended by: Robb Duncan and Violeta Edelman, Dolcezza, Owners
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8. Il Canale

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1063 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-4444
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Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
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9. Indigo

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243 K St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 544-4777

Recommended by: Shannan Troncoso, Brookland's Finest, Chef
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10. Jam Doung Style

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1726 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002-2184
(202) 483-2445

Recommend by: Anthony Lombardo, The Hamilton, Executive Chef
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11. La Chocita

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4800 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, MD 20710

Recommended by: Josu Zubikarai, SER, Chef
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12. Market 2 Market

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116 E Del Ray Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(571) 312-3010
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Recommended by: Caitlin Dysart, 2941, Pastry Chef
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13. Meat In A Box (Two Locations)

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2005 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Recommended by: Travis Weiss, Mad Fox Brewing, Executive Chef
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14. Mr. Henry's Restaurant

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601 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 546-8412
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Recommended by: Ivan Zivkovic, Ambar, Chef
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15. Panda Gourmet

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2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 636-3588

Recommended by: Katsuya Fukushima, Daikaya, Chef
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16. Pho 75

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1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 525-7355

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Why: The obvious.

17. Pho Viet

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3513 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 629-2839
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Recommended by: Jenna Pool, Pool, Macon Bistro & Larder, Chef de Cuisine
[Photo: Yelp]

18. Piola (Two Locations)

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2208 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 986-8729
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Recommended by: Joel Hatton, 1905 Restaurant, Executive Chef
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19. Shake Shack

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1216 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 683-9922
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Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
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20. Surfside Taco Stand

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1800 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 466-1830

Recommended by: Travis Weiss, Mad Fox Brewing, Executive Chef
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21. Taqueria El Sol

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3911 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 704-2526

Recommended by: Brad Deboy, Blue Duck Tavern, Chef de Cuisine
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22. Taqueria Habanero

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3710 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(301) 789-7407

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Why: Stellar tacos.

23. Thai Square

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3217 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 685-7040
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Why: Authentic Thai food.

24. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3086
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Recommended by: Brad Deboy, Blue Duck Tavern, Chef de Cuisine
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25. Yekta Kabobi & Market

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1488 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 984-0005
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Why

1. A. Litteri, Inc.

517 Morse St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Recommended by: Brad Deboy, Blue Duck Tavern, Chef de Cuisine
[Photo: Facebook]

517 Morse St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

2. Ba Le Bakery & Deli

2822 Graham Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042

Recommended by: Tim Ma, Water & Wall, Chef and owner
[Photo: Yelp]

2822 Graham Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042

3. Bangkok Golden

6395 Seven Corners Ctr, Falls Church, VA 22044

Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
[Photo: Yelp]

6395 Seven Corners Ctr
Falls Church, VA 22044

4. Cho Eden Supermarket

6763 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

Recommended by: Tim Ma, Water & Wall, Chef and owner
[Photo: Yelp]

6763 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

5. Copycat Co.

1110 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Recommended by: Shannan Troncoso, Brookland's Finest, Chef
[Photo: Facebook]

1110 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

6. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Recommended by: Douglas Alexander, Art and Soul, Executive Chef; Garret Fleming, Executive Chef, Barrel
[Photo: Facebook]

705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. Donburi

2438 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Recommended by: Robb Duncan and Violeta Edelman, Dolcezza, Owners
[Photo: Facebook]

2438 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

8. Il Canale

1063 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
[Photo: Facebook]

1063 31st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

9. Indigo

243 K St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Recommended by: Shannan Troncoso, Brookland's Finest, Chef
[Photo: Facebook]

243 K St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Jam Doung Style

1726 N Capitol St NW, Washington, D.C. 20002-2184

Recommend by: Anthony Lombardo, The Hamilton, Executive Chef
[Photo: Yelp]

1726 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002-2184

11. La Chocita

4800 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710

Recommended by: Josu Zubikarai, SER, Chef
[Photo: Yelp]

4800 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, MD 20710

12. Market 2 Market

116 E Del Ray Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Recommended by: Caitlin Dysart, 2941, Pastry Chef
[Photo: Facebook]

116 E Del Ray Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

13. Meat In A Box (Two Locations)

2005 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Recommended by: Travis Weiss, Mad Fox Brewing, Executive Chef
[Photo: Facebook]

2005 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

14. Mr. Henry's Restaurant

601 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Recommended by: Ivan Zivkovic, Ambar, Chef
[Photo: Facebook]

601 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

15. Panda Gourmet

2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Recommended by: Katsuya Fukushima, Daikaya, Chef
[Photo: Facebook]

2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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16. Pho 75

1721 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

[Photo: Yelp]

Why: The obvious.

1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

17. Pho Viet

3513 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Recommended by: Jenna Pool, Pool, Macon Bistro & Larder, Chef de Cuisine
[Photo: Yelp]

3513 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

18. Piola (Two Locations)

2208 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Recommended by: Joel Hatton, 1905 Restaurant, Executive Chef
[Photo: Facebook]

2208 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

19. Shake Shack

1216 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
[Photo: Yelp]

1216 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

20. Surfside Taco Stand

1800 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Recommended by: Travis Weiss, Mad Fox Brewing, Executive Chef
[Photo: Yelp]

1800 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

21. Taqueria El Sol

3911 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011