Weekend Picks: Fine Dining on an Intern Budget

Lindsey Andrekovich is serving as the Program Advisor for the 2011 Summer Institutes at the Fund for American Studies. Her blog entry is the third in a series of “Weekend Picks” for TFAS interns spending their 2011 summer in DC.

Everyone knows the great things about DC: museums, sites, shopping and most importantly, food. But with all the food options out there it can be hard to decide what restaurants are worth visiting. And nothing is worse than sitting down at a restaurant and realizing that you can’t even afford to use the silverware.  Have no fear! These places are perfect for an intern’s budget and worth every penny.

Brunch: You know the best way to start your day is with breakfast and these are the best breakfast places in town.  You will find an “eggscellent” brunch buffet at Whitlows on Wilson in Clarendon, VA. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm for only $17.95 you can have as much bacon, pancakes, and eggs as you desire, as well as some unique treats like pulled pork or crab legs.

Now if it is French toast you are after, than head to Teaism. This place is also perfect if you are into organic food or are a vegetarian.  Brunch is Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-2:30 pm. With locations in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter, you can’t miss it. The location at Penn Quarter also contains a shop where you can purchase all your ‘tea’ needs.

Lunch:  Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s We, the Pizza proves to be the perfect lunch stop on Capitol Hill. With pizza slices for only $3, subs for $7, and old fashioned soda-pops for $3 it provides the prime place to grab a quick and low cost bite to eat for the on-the-go intern.

Dinner: Interested in dinner and a show?  Choose a Busboys and Poets location in the U Street Corridor or Mt. Vernon Square, to enjoy an open mic poetry slam or an author lecture plus fantastic food. Whether it’s paninis, burgers, or salads you are after this place has it all. It has a menu full of fresh, organic, and vegetarian options.

For a late night meal along with some entertainment, no place is better for interns than Hawk and Dove. This is DC’s oldest Irish bar with great Irish food and dancing. Located on Capitol Hill, it is a favorite for after work meals.

Dig in!

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