Post food writer Tim Carman is on a hunt for the area’s best cheap eats, places that exude energy and comfort in a way that often escapes some overpriced, over-conceptualized haunts. Here are some of the restaurants he’s scouted.
Donburi Chef Seungjoon Jang prepares stripped-down Japanese rice dishes at Donburi in Adams Morgan. The $20 Diner's favorite dish is the unagidon, a rice bowl topped with irregular squares of carmelized eels. The fish goes down like foie gras, at once soft and buttery. Read the review. 2438 18th St. NW. 202-629-1047. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post