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Late night eats in DC

amsterdam falafel on 18th st in adams morgan (woodley park/ zoo/ adams morgan stop on the redline) is open until i think 4 am on fridays, has an excellent toppings bar and the french fries are delicious as well.
Ben's chilli bowl on U St (U st metro on the green line) is a DC staple which also happens to be open late; delicious and enormous chili cheese fries and milkshakes

Best cheap eateries + bars in Oakland/ Berkeley ?

I'm moving from DC to either the Rockridge area of Oakland or near UC Berkeley with my boyfriend. He's in grad school and I'm currently unemployed, so when we do go out we want it to be cheap and delicious or exotic enough to be worth it. I absolutely love going out to bars, but that's not an option unless the drinks are dirt cheap.
I have eaten at Lanesplitter and had drinks at The Graduate in Oakland but that's it.

1. Must be CHEAP, like under $6 a person for a meal. I'll take under $10 into consideration as well, and feel free to leave more expensive favorites. Who knows when we'll win the lottery.
2. Must be relatively close to public transportation as we don't have a car.
3. Please no Thai recommendations, as I'm allergic to peanuts.

I'm really clueless about the bay area so any info you want to offer would be really helpful. I'd like to have a few special meals or drinks even on such a budget!

Mar 16, 2010
lauraz in San Francisco Bay Area

Best cheap DC?

I'm new to the message boards but not to DC. I'm moving away soon, and I want to make sure I hit the best food before I go.
Criterium :
1. I'm unemployed right now, so I'd like to stay under 10$/ person, the cheaper the better.
2. Must be close to public transportation as I don't have a car.
3. No Thai (allergic to peanuts), or chains unless they are truly local, and I'm already a frequent at Amsterdam Falafel.

If there's anything left after this that you can think of I will be eternally grateful.

While we're at it, if there are any reasonably priced bars you want to mention, that'd be great too.

Planning a trip to D.C., have a couple specific food questions...

I would say the most happening place to be in DC if you're on a budget is the Adams Morgan area. 18th street (which is about a 15 minute walk from the Woodley park/zoo/ adams morgan metro) has tons of salvadorian, ethiopian and even west african resturants that are pretty cheap, and many have live music or happy hours as well.

I'm a broke college student, who has also lived in SF, so places that I've enjoyed in my very low price range are as follows:
Amsterdam Falafel in Adams Morgan: They have great falafel for about 5 dollars but the real uniqueness is their toppings bar which is extensive and insanely delicious. Their fries are also out of this world. I've had falafel in SF and this is way better. Also on 18th st is Madam's Organ which does southern cooking, which is something SF is lacking.
Bens Chilli Bowl on U st: the food isn't that amazing but definitely a DC stable, Obama and Bill Cosby are frequents. I usually get chilli cheese fries which are enormous and pretty cheap, and I ALWAYS get a milkshake because they can combine flavors (I get banana cherry). U St also has good soul food.
Sticky Fingers: a vegan bakery in Columbia Heights. Columbia heights, Mt. Pleasant and Adams Morgan are all pretty much in walking distance from each other and have an excellent collection of Central American food and eclectic bars. Mt. Pleasant st also has Radhius pizza and Marx Cafe, which have excellent food and a cool atmosphere.
2 Amys: a bit of a walk from the tenleytown metro stop, but It's some of the best pizza I've ever had. About 12 dollars for a large one, get salami if you eat meat.
- I'd recommend Eastern Market for breakfast or the crab cakes. They have a great flea market type of set up.

As far as upscale venues, I've heard good things about Marvin (also on U St, and a cool bar at night), Indique (the best Indian food I've ever had, but pricey). Citronello, Dino, and Komi.

How to Eat Less Meat

What about um... protein?
mmooshil- I'm allergic to peanuts, which essentially rules out all nuts. I've found that eggplant and sweet potatoes are great substitutes for a main meat, and learned that you can get a ton of protein from yogurt and other diary products. One of my favorite non--nut or soy veg. dinners is roasting chopped sweet potatoes in curry powder, and serving with a greek yogurt/ lemon juice/cilantro sauce. I usually eat this over brown rice with some dried fruit and coconut thrown it . Also good are spicy stir-fried eggplant dishes or roasted eggplant spears over the same rice.

Mar 16, 2010
lauraz in Features

How do YOU use Sriracha sauce?

I went to a bar in Oakland CA that serves free popcorn with a bottle of sriracha sauce. Also, I love using it in my mother's spicy eggplant dish :
chopp and stir fry eggplant, jalepenos (fresh or from the jar), green pepper and some garlic and ginger (optional). Then add soy, vinegar, sugar, and sriracha. So good.

Mar 16, 2010
lauraz in General Topics