Skip to main content
DC's Best Cheap Eats for Summer Interns


August 5th, 2015

DC's Best Cheap Eats for Summer Interns

three asian pork tacos In the heart of summer, Washington, DC’s massive population of summer interns is reaching the breaking point of burning through savings accounts and miniscule work stipends. Capitol Hill caters to these future leaders of America with our extended stay program, and a few suggestions for cheap-yet-delicious restaurants around town.

District Taco

District Taco is a convenient option throughout DC with locations in trendy Dupont Circle, the Eastern Market and near the White House on F St NW. Three tacos for $8 made with fresh ingredients and classic toppings make this a great spot for diners on a budget.

Tune Inn

This American dive bar and restaurant is a Capitol Hill intern favorite. Featured on the hit show Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, the Tune Inn offers tasty affordable dishes including three mini cheeseburgers for $7, an $8 chicken fingers entree and a $2 bowl of grits.

Cafe Recess

The name of this easy and quick cafe speaks to the student spirit instilled in most of our local interns. Embrace the struggle and indulge in Cafe Recess's $3 grilled cheese sandwich, $4 hamburger, or $3 bagel with cream cheese.

Tortilla Cafe

Another Guy Fieri favorite, the Tortilla Cafe in Capitol Hill is one of the best Mexican and Salvadoran restaurants in Washington, DC. A roasted chicken platter makes for an affordable dinner with a $5.29 ¼ chicken option, and $6.49 ½ chicken choice. Furthermore, burritos, fried plantains, and quesadillas can all be enjoyed for under $5.

Tony’s Breakfast

We all know that the time you need to save your money most is after a night of overspending at the bar. Sop away that hangover affordably with a $3.75 breakfast BLT or a $5 bacon and avocado wrap with cheddar and eggs at Tony’s Breakfast in Northeast DC.

"We stayed at the Capitol Hill Hotel for 3 nights and LOVED our stay there! Staff was very accommodating, pleasant, and considerate!

Jainemh62, TripAdvisor

Book Now