Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Old Downtown
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. (See the complete list at the end of the post.)
Photo by Troy Fields You'll find this delicious ramen and more at our No. 5 pick.
Today it's old downtown that gets a closer look. With plenty of bars and restaurants popping up around Market Square Park and the expansion of the METRORail, we have high hopes for the area's continued success.
Though there are tons of great dining options, here's our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots that this area has to offer:
5. Goro & Gun
Though the ramen and wing joint started offering lunch service just a few months ago, it has quickly become one of our downtown go-tos. Come in for standouts like the bonito-flake-topped seared tuna salad, a pulled short rib and brie grilled cheese, or their signature pork belly ramen, all just $10. The menu is constantly changing, but we think that's all the more fun.
4. Phoenicia Specialty Foods
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Warning: Come to our No. 4 spot and you may accidentally eat a bowl of Lebanese queso for lunch.
It's worth the trip to Phoenicia's downtown market just to see the custom pita bread conveyors, which transport piping hot, freshly baked bread around the store all day long. Stop by the shawarma station for fried falafel or succulent chicken, beef, lamb or sausage pitas ($6), and don't forget to ask for the spicy tahini. Seasonal soups are just $3.50 to $5, and freshly made salads and sides (we love their baba ghanoush and walnut beet salad) are all sold at the salad bar. Dining at the upstairs MKT Bar may cost you a couple of extra bucks, but the hip wine and beer cafe's unique pizzas, sliders and small plates are worth it.