An intern’s guide to Washington: Lunches at the right price

June 5

The District has plenty of cheap sandwich shops, but if you're looking for something more exciting (and still cheap) go here. 


(Joseph Victor Stefanchik/For The Washington Post)

The Well Dressed Burrito

Well Dressed serves a burrito so massive that to finish it is a great feat. Located in an alley along 19th Street NW near Dupont Circle, the lunch-only Well Dressed and its marinated-chicken burrito is worth a walk even if your office isn't nearby. That "Price Is Right" joy you'll feel when your number is called at this literal hole-in-the-wall is normal, but there's very little seating, so take your burrito back to the office and make your co-workers jealous. 1220 19th St. NW. www.thewelldressedburrito.com.

GBD

This Dupont Circle breakfast, lunch and dinner spot is named for three of its fried chicken's most appealing adjectives: golden, brown and delicious. It's good, but what's great for lunchgoers is the $8 Tendie Lunchbox, with three crispy Chick-fil-A-like strips, a side, a creme-fraiche biscuit and one of GBD's signature sauces. New here? Then you must order the mumbo sauce, a faithful interpretation of the District's most beloved condiment. 1323 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.gbdchickendoughnuts.com.

Good Stuff Eatery

Created by "Top Chef" alum Spike Mendelsohn, this is where Capitol Hill and Georgetown interns can go to feel like they're part of the D.C. scene while chomping on a Prez Obama burger and enjoying a toasted-marshmallow shake. (For a more Michelle spin, you can replace the bun with lettuce.) Good Stuff is ideal for a Friday afternoon treat, but prepare for an exceedingly long and hot line between 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Capitol Hill, 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; Georgetown, 3291 M St. NW. www.goodstuffeatery.com.

Roti

For hungry interns in need of something other than a sandwich or burger, Roti serves reliable, inexpensive Middle Eastern food at several locations throughout the District. It's set up like a Chipotle: Choose between a pita wrap, salad or rice plate and add falafel, choice of meat and a variety of sauces, sides and toppings for about $8. Seven locations in Washington, including Foggy Bottom, 2221 I St. NW.; Farragut Square, 1629 K St. NW. and 1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; L'Enfant Plaza, Seventh and D streets SW; and Metro Center, 1311 F St. NW. www.roti.com.

Jetties

Jetties has a fervent fan base thanks to its signature (and most delicious) sandwich, the Nobadeer. Think of it as Thanksgiving between two pieces of bread, with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, all on sourdough bread. All sandwiches and fresh salads hover around $10, but what you're paying for is freshness and creativity. Jetties has four locations; the most convenient for the intern crowd is downtown at 1921 I St. NW. www.jettiesdc.com.

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