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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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A. Litteri, Inc.

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

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

Bangkok Golden

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Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
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Cho Eden Supermarket

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

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Recommended by: Shannan Troncoso, Brookland's Finest, Chef
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Daikaya

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Recommended by: Douglas Alexander, Art and Soul, Executive Chef; Garret Fleming, Executive Chef, Barrel
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Donburi

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

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Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
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Recommended by: Shannan Troncoso, Brookland's Finest, Chef
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Jam Doung Style

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

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

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Recommended by: Caitlin Dysart, 2941, Pastry Chef
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Meat In A Box (Two Locations)

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

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Recommended by: Ivan Zivkovic, Ambar, Chef
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Panda Gourmet

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Recommended by: Katsuya Fukushima, Daikaya, Chef
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Pho 75

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Why: The obvious.

Pho Viet

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Recommended by: Jenna Pool, Pool, Macon Bistro & Larder, Chef de Cuisine
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Piola (Two Locations)

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Recommended by: Joel Hatton, 1905 Restaurant, Executive Chef
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Shake Shack

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Recommended by: Garret Fleming, Barrel, Executive Chef
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Surfside Taco Stand

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

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

Taqueria Habanero

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[Photo: Yelp]

Why: Stellar tacos.

Thai Square

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[Photo: Yelp]

Why: Authentic Thai food.

Toki Underground

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

Yekta Kabobi & Market

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A. Litteri, Inc.

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

Ba Le Bakery & Deli

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

Bangkok Golden

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

Cho Eden Supermarket

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

Copycat Co.

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

Daikaya

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

Donburi

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

Il Canale