Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the Washington Corridor
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|The beef fajita tacos are fall-apart tender at our No. 3 spot.|
This old-timey taqueria almost always has a line out the door. And for good reason. Freshly hand-made tortillas (just like your abuela used to make) are soft, supple and perfect for holding mounds of fall-apart chicken, pork and fajita meats. Add beans, rice and hot sauce and call it a day. For about $2 a taco (cash only), you can't go wrong. We suggest frequenting the place so you can get better acquainted with their daily lunch specials, too.
2. Soma Sushi
Photo by Mai Pham We could eat the ramen from our No. 2 pick every day of the week.
While the specialty rolls at this sushi bar are understandably over $10, there are enough other lunch choices that certainly fit the bill. And did we mention they are incredible? Come for a bowl of decadent and luscious pork belly ramen ($9), filled with handmade noodles, caramelized, fork-tender pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, greens, pickled ginger and a partially boiled egg. The yolk oozes into the tonkotsu (pork-based broth), adding the most amazing richness and velvety mouthfeel. For a bit more heat, try the spicy miso ramen ($9). But if it's still sushi you're feeling, the lunch sushi combo -- with three pieces of nigiri, a four-piece California roll and a four-piece spicy tuna roll for just $8 -- is the way to go.