Oct 12, 2021 - Food and Drink
Low-cost lunches: Columbia Heights
Three open-face tacos on a bright yellow plate with a lime wedge and radish on the side.
Taqueria Habanero tacos. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

D.C.’s restaurant scene is enormous, so we’re targeting specific neighborhoods for some of our food roundups.

Today, we’re zoning in on affordable lunch options around Columbia Heights, because it’s one of our favorite neighborhoods and it has quality food that doesn’t break the bank.

Taqueria Habanero: The 99% Mexican restaurant has some of the most flavorful tacos you’ll eat in D.C.

  • What we’re ordering: One chorizo and one carnitas taco ($3.50 each) and a side of Arroz Mexicano ($3.50). If you have a little extra to splurge, order the agua fresca of the day for a refreshing drink ($3). 

Heat Da Spot Café (technically Park View): The Ethiopian restaurant has a menu full of filling, affordable entrees. Plus, they serve breakfast all day.

  • What we’re ordering: The pancake with heat special for $9.99. It comes with eggs, potatoes, onion, green pepper, and a choice of sausage, bacon, or ham.

El Chucho - Cocina Superior: The popular restaurant is a great lunch option, but keep an eye out for their weekend brunch specials too. 

  • What we’re ordering: Chicken tacos (2 for $6) and elote callejero ($4.75). 

Sonny’s (also technically Park View): Thanks to the highly coveted elementary school pizza party, pizza continues to be a top-tier lunch, ioo (in our opinion).

  • What we’re ordering: A slice of pepperoni ($4.25) and a slice of arugula and chili oil ($4.25). 

What’s next: You tell us. Which neighborhoods should we scour next for lunch deals? Let us know at [email protected]

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