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D.C. Cheap Eats 2015: 20 New Dishes Under $10, Mapped

The best new options in affordable cuisine in the D.C. area.

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When it comes to D.C. area cheap eats, many people can name the standards: a bowl at Pho 75, a banh mi from D.C. sandwich, some pupusas from...anywhere. But are D.C.'s hottest and newest restaurants delivering when it comes to affordable cuisine.

Here are 20 new affordable eats worth checking out in a variety of neighborhoods around town, all priced under $10. Give each of them a try when it's not a good day to spend half a paycheck. Another idea: visit new locations of existing restaurants for further affordable options, including Bonchon (now in Navy Yard), the Rosslyn Wiseguys and the Atlas District Ben's Chili Bowl.

—Missy Frederick and Meredith Bethune

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Arepa Zone

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Moving Target (Check Twitter for current location)
Arlington, VA

This hot new food truck dishes up a jamon and queso arepa for $6.50.

2. B-Side

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8297 Glass Alley, Ste. 110
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 676-3550

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3. Bar Civita

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2609 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 588-1211
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4. Beefsteak

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800 22nd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
(202) 296-1421
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5. Bethesda Barbecue Company

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4917 Elm St
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 718-0550
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6. BKK Cookshop

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1700 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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2431 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 733-3921
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8. Buredo

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825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

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9. Chuy's Fairfax

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11219 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 364-5933
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10. Duck Donuts

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300 Elden St Ste A
Herndon, VA 20170
(571) 297-2298
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Outer Banks favorite Duck Donuts has been making its mark on Northern Virginia, with new locations in Fairfax and Herndon (Arlington is next). A half dozen fresh doughnuts from these guys costs $6.75.

11. El Camino

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108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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12. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 838-9972
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13. Maki Shop

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1522 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

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14. Melt Shop

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1901 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 794-8400
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15. Peter Chang

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2503E N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 538-6688
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16. Provision No. 14

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2100 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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17. Rito Loco

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606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(703) 626-3212

The beloved food truck now has a brick and mortar restaurant, serving a Rito Bowl for $9.

18. SpinFire

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1501 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 243-3000
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19. The Big Stick

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20 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 750-7724
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20. Thip Khao

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3462 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

Columbia Heights residents have figured out it isn't too pricey to be a regular at this Lao restaurant. Chicken hearts are $6, crispy tofu with honey is $7 and many vegetarian mains are $9.

1. Arepa Zone

Moving Target (Check Twitter for current location), Arlington, VA

This hot new food truck dishes up a jamon and queso arepa for $6.50.

Moving Target (Check Twitter for current location)
Arlington, VA

2. B-Side

8297 Glass Alley, Ste. 110, Fairfax, VA 22031

[Photo: Missy Frederick]

8297 Glass Alley, Ste. 110
Fairfax, VA 22031

3. Bar Civita

2609 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

[Photo: R. Lopez]

2609 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

4. Beefsteak

800 22nd St NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

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800 22nd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

5. Bethesda Barbecue Company

4917 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814

[Photo: Facebook]

4917 Elm St
Bethesda, MD 20814

6. BKK Cookshop

1700 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

[Photo: Facebook]

1700 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. BUL

2431 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

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2431 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

8. Buredo

825 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

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825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

9. Chuy's Fairfax

11219 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030

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11219 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030

10. Duck Donuts

300 Elden St Ste A, Herndon, VA 20170

Outer Banks favorite Duck Donuts has been making its mark on Northern Virginia, with new locations in Fairfax and Herndon (Arlington is next). A half dozen fresh doughnuts from these guys costs $6.75.

300 Elden St Ste A
Herndon, VA 20170

11. El Camino

108 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

[Photo: R. Lopez]

108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

13. Maki Shop

1522 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

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1522 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

14. Melt Shop

1901 L St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

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1901 L St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

15. Peter Chang

2503E N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207

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2503E N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207

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16. Provision No. 14

2100 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

[Photo: R. Lopez]

2100 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

17. Rito Loco

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The beloved food truck now has a brick and mortar restaurant, serving a Rito Bowl for $9.

606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

18. SpinFire

1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

[Photo: Official]

1501 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

19. The Big Stick

20 M St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

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20 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

20. Thip Khao

3462 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Columbia Heights residents have figured out it isn't too pricey to be a regular at this Lao restaurant. Chicken hearts are $6, crispy tofu with honey is $7 and many vegetarian mains are $9.

3462 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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