Going Out Guide: The $20 Diner


Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 04/10/2014

At TD Burger, Timothy Dean needs to adjust the contributions to his retirement plan

The $20 Diner finds high ideas and disappointing execution at Timothy Dean’s upscale burger joint.

By Tim Carman  |  06:18 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/27/2014

The $20 Diner visits Bub and Pop’s sandwich shop

The sandwiches are packed as tightly as the shop, and that’s a good thing.

By Tim Carman  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014

La Fondita, Hyattsville’s tiny taqueria with the big flavors

The wait for a parking spot is worth it at La Fondita in Hyattsville.

By Alex Baldinger  |  06:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Where the $20 Diner ate in his first year, by neighborhood

Tim Carman’s cheap eats column turns 1.

By Margaret Ely  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Thomas Foolery in Dupont Circle, where everybody plays the fool

At Thomas Foolery in Dupont Circle, customers are expected to drop their D.C. seriousness.

By Tim Carman  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/27/2014

At vegan Loving Hut, a carnivore’s search for inner peace

The salad is a standout in a bland field, but it isn’t enough to get the $20 Diner to give up meat.

By Tim Carman  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 02/20/2014

The $20 Diner: A taste of southern Pakistan at BBQ Delight in Springfield

BBQ Delight’s buffet may be a bargain, but the menu delivers explosions of flavor.

By Tim Carman  |  01:35 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014

At Indigo, homestyle Punjabi cooking transports diners to northern India

The $20 Diner finds exuberant, free-form northern Indian cooking in NoMa.

By Tim Carman  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/30/2014

KoChix, where Korean fried chicken gets a sticky, open-ended approach

By Tim Carman  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Taqueria el Poblano: Mexican cuisine by way of California

Taqueria el Poblano serves up tributes to Cal-Mex tacos and burritos.

By Tim Carman  |  04:10 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Peruvian pollo a la perfect?

The $20 Diner hunts for the best Peruvian chicken in the Washington area.

By Tim Carman  |  05:29 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 08/08/2013

The regular crowd shuffles into Peter's Carry-Out in Bethesda

Peter's in Bethesda isn't about the food, it's about the family.

By Tim Carman  |  05:52 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 08/01/2013

The $20 Diner: The zen of BonChon Chicken

The wait is part of the BonChon experience, a reflection of the time necessary to double-fry and rest these wing sections until they reach that perfectly rendered state in which the golden skin crackles under tooth.

By Tim Carman  |  03:06 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Cheap eats for discerning interns

The $20 Diner helps Summertime transplants find sustenance.

By Tim Carman  |  04:11 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Rus-Uz: Uzbek cooking, hold the liquor

The $20 Diner enjoys the tastes (and the price) at Rus-Uz in Ballston, but a little vodka will make it complete.

By Tim Carman  |  02:49 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 06/27/2013

At Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant, spices, not flames, bring the heat

Lucy serves skillfully made dishes, many of them uncooked, in the area's newest Little Ethi o pia.

By Tim Carman  |  06:02 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 06/20/2013

La Familiar, a pupuseria that even a dorm rat could love

La Familiar in College Park serves Salvadoran specialties — and less-traditional eats — with care.

By Tim Carman  |  12:10 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 06/13/2013

The $20 Diner finds chef-driven restaurants that pass the bar exam

Grab a bar stool for a cheap way to taste the work of some of Washington's most creative chefs.

By Tim Carman  |  01:43 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Finding satisfaction in small soups at Vannipa Thai

Soups and sauces take diners on a tour of Thailand.

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Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 05/23/2013

El Paraiso in Takoma Park is more Sal-Mex than Tex-Mex

It's not Tex-Mex as advertised, but El Paraiso sometimes hits the mark.

By Tim Carman  |  01:31 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 05/16/2013

China meets India at Akshaya in Sterling

Behind the unassuming facade is an interesting take on Indo-Chinese cuisine.

By Tim Carman  |  04:58 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Pho for the soccer-mom set at Pho & Rolls

Pho moves into the suburban mainstream in Rockville Town Square.

By Tim Carman  |  01:29 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Mothership is Park View's new refueling zone

"Mothership is not just an iconoclastic punk, bent on blowing up all traditions. The place bows before the past, too, whether [chef Stephan] Boillon's Florida-Caribbean roots or the Caribbean bakery that previously occupied this space on Georgia Avenue."

By Tim Carman  |  02:15 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/25/2013

A survivor that's missing its soul

A taste of Florida Avenue Grill finds little evidence of the old magic.

By Tim Carman  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Getting sweet on Panjshir in Falls Church

"This is what I love about America: That in some remote kitchen in Falls Church, a man and a woman from vastly different cultures can find common ground over seasoned rice and braised lamb, an alliance seemingly as organic as cross-pollination in a field of flowers."

By Tim Carman  |  01:23 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 04/04/2013

With a little DIY seasoning, Little Ricky's can satisfy

The Brookland Cuban spot charms with its sights, sounds and service, but the tastes could use a little mojo.

By Tim Carman  |  03:01 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/28/2013

New Big Wong: Good fortune, if you can find it

If you know what to order on New Big Wong's menus, you're in for some bold flavors and textures.

By Tim Carman  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Get in gear to try these food trucks, while you can

As DC food trucks face new rules, fans of cheap eats should get in line. Here are three good bets.

By Tim Carman  |  11:26 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Kantutas, meaty Bolivian fare in Wheaton

When it's open, this Bolivian outpost packs meaty — and inexpensive — meals onto the menu.

By Tim Carman  |  01:12 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Nha Trang, vibrant Vietnamese in Falls Church

Hidden in a decrepit section of the Eden Center, Nha Trang turns out star-worthy dishes.

By Tim Carman  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Kenyan mash-ups make for thrilling cheap eats at Swahili Village

In Beltsville, Tim Carman finds a trove of international flavors from Kenya, Ethiopia, Britain and the Indian subcontinent.

By Tim Carman  |  05:04 PM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 02/28/2013

The $20 Diner Manifesto: Finding flavors to savor with none of the hype

Our inability to cover a tab at Minibar is no reason to shed a tear into our deconstructed beer. We simply need to widen our dining worldview.

By Tim Carman  |  01:52 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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