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Interesting places for the luncher on a budget near the White House?

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Interesting places for the luncher on a budget near the White House?

the clerk | Dec 10, 2003 10:27 AM

I'm wondering what type of interesting yet affordable places there are to eat lunch near the White House. The standard chain places (Corner Bakery, Cosi, the fifteen different types of lunch-buffet places, Potbelly's, ABP, etc.) are all good, but get rather dull very quickly. Thus far I've found a few gems, but I'm always looking for other new places to try.

The gems:

Beaujolais Cafe- the best NY style pizza I've yet had in DC. Doesn't compare to the best thin-crust style pizza in the world (Aiello's, a place in upstate NY), but still very good. They use real crumbled sausage unlike the gray lumpy stuff most pizza places use.

Breadline- already been noted and discussed on this board, and yes, it's still open. Their prosciutto sandwich with arugula, a gorgonzola cheese spread on one slice of bread, fig spread on another on walnut wheat bread is one of the best sandwiches I've ever had.

Julia's Empanada's- across from the Corner Bakery, this place is a local chain that sells hot empanadas at a very reasonable price ($3.45, might want to grab a salad for another dollar more so you don't go hungry).

Cafe Phillips- A nice local sandwich shop with good atmosphere. They cut the meat right off the bone in front of you and aren't stingy with portions.

Any other downtown favorites that fit the luncher on a budget?

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