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Eight Plate Lunches Under $10

One order and one meal for very little money

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Peter Chang
| R. Lopez

Being in a hurry for a quick, affordable meal and waiting in line for 20 minutes for an overpriced bowl of vegetables are two very different things. There are lunchtime deals to be had at many of the region's ethnic restaurants, and these deals combine lots of food for one low price. From the heart of the city to the region's suburbs, here are eight places that offer cheap plate lunches. For those looking for specifically Latin American plate lunches (most of which are super affordable), check out this map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bob & Edith's Diner

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2310 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 920-6103
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At one of the most iconic diners in the region, hungry eaters can order the hamburger steak with two sides for $7.89.[Photo: Facebook]

2. Donburi

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2438 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 629-1047

Not a plate lunch per se, but more like a bowl lunch. While getting some pushback for some recent price increases, this casual Japanese spot on 18th Street still has quick and delicious deals. The Oyakadon has sous vide chicken thigh for only $10. Or diners can build their own donburi bowls and save even more money depending on the toppings.[Photo: Facebook]

3. El Rinconcito Cafe

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1129 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 789-4110
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The Salvadoran specialty chicharrones fritos (fried pork) comes with white rice, vegetables, refried beans and two tortillas for $10.95. There are two locations to choose from – one in Mt. Vernon and one in Columbia Heights.[Photo: Facebook]

4. Gharer Khabar

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5151 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 973-2432
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This is homestyle Bengali food, so expect plenty of affordable curries and samosas. One of the house specialties is the beef curry for only $6.[Photo: Facebook]

5. Joe's Noodle House

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1488 Rockville Pike Ste C
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-5518
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On Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., there are 24 chicken, pork or tofu dishes that are $6.75. All the meals come with a vegetable spring roll or soup.[Photo: Facebook]

6. Kabob Palace

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2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 486-3535
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Kabob Palace in Crystal City has a weekday special for $8.95. Sometimes it's chicken curry. Sometimes it's lamb curry. But it's always plenty of food.[Photo: Yelp / Ian O.]

7. Peter Chang

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2503E N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 538-6688
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The weekday lunch menu is where all the deals are at this Arlington favorite. Starting at $9 on Mondays through Fridays until 3 p.m., diners can choose from 16 different Szechuan meals.[Photo: Yelp / Quaker W.]

8. Zenebech Injera

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608 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 667-4700
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Ethiopian cuisine is certainly one of D.C.'s culinary strong suits. Despite rumors this restaurant could possibly close, it's still offering an incredible deal for Shaw eaters. For $10, diners can have classic doro wat (stewed chicken) for lunch or dinner with injera (or brown rice for the gluten-free crowd). (UPDATED)[Photo: Facebook]

1. Bob & Edith's Diner

2310 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

At one of the most iconic diners in the region, hungry eaters can order the hamburger steak with two sides for $7.89.[Photo: Facebook]

2310 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

2. Donburi

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

Not a plate lunch per se, but more like a bowl lunch. While getting some pushback for some recent price increases, this casual Japanese spot on 18th Street still has quick and delicious deals. The Oyakadon has sous vide chicken thigh for only $10. Or diners can build their own donburi bowls and save even more money depending on the toppings.[Photo: Facebook]

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

3. El Rinconcito Cafe

1129 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Salvadoran specialty chicharrones fritos (fried pork) comes with white rice, vegetables, refried beans and two tortillas for $10.95. There are two locations to choose from – one in Mt. Vernon and one in Columbia Heights.[Photo: Facebook]

1129 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Gharer Khabar

5151 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

This is homestyle Bengali food, so expect plenty of affordable curries and samosas. One of the house specialties is the beef curry for only $6.[Photo: Facebook]

5151 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207

5. Joe's Noodle House

1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

On Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., there are 24 chicken, pork or tofu dishes that are $6.75. All the meals come with a vegetable spring roll or soup.[Photo: Facebook]

1488 Rockville Pike Ste C
Rockville, MD 20852

6. Kabob Palace

2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202

Kabob Palace in Crystal City has a weekday special for $8.95. Sometimes it's chicken curry. Sometimes it's lamb curry. But it's always plenty of food.[Photo: Yelp / Ian O.]

2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202

7. Peter Chang

2503E N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207

The weekday lunch menu is where all the deals are at this Arlington favorite. Starting at $9 on Mondays through Fridays until 3 p.m., diners can choose from 16 different Szechuan meals.[Photo: Yelp / Quaker W.]

2503E N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207

8. Zenebech Injera

608 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Ethiopian cuisine is certainly one of D.C.'s culinary strong suits. Despite rumors this restaurant could possibly close, it's still offering an incredible deal for Shaw eaters. For $10, diners can have classic doro wat (stewed chicken) for lunch or dinner with injera (or brown rice for the gluten-free crowd). (UPDATED)[Photo: Facebook]

608 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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