Homestyle D.C. Restaurants Will Fill Your Belly without Emptying the Wallet

Over the past few years, Washington, D.C. has morphed into quite the foodie destination with world-renowned chefs setting up restaurants here. We love exquisitely plated courses that stimulate each part of our tongue but sometimes we just want a good home cooked meal our moms or grandmothers would have cooked for us if we would visit more. (Sorry, mom.)

Check out venues like Ted's Bulletin and Florida Avenue Grill which serve breakfast all day long. While meat is the main attraction at Oohs and Aahhs Restaurant, the macaroni and cheese dosh is hard to be matched. Two comfort food classics are prepared to perfection at Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken.

But because the nation's capital is a melting pot of diverse culture we have included several eateries that offer traditional meals from different countries. Filomena Ristorante offers homemade pasta dishes that will make you think you are in Italy. If a bowl of ramen sounds delicious, Toki Underground is the spot for you.  

Most of these restaurants offer a large amount of food for a small sum of money so grab those stretchy pants and make your stomach happy by stopping at one of these destinations.

Bistro Bohem
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Czechoslovakian food may not be well known in the United States but this restaurant will leave you wanting to know more after a visit. Some of the dinner specialties include grilled cauliflower steak with mushrooms, pork shank and gulas. The...  Read More

Oohh's and Aahh's Restaurant
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The eatery's website has a whole section devoted to famous celebrities who have chowed down here – Allen Iverson and Lebron James are two of them but the food is the main attraction of this soul food restaurant. The late night menu offers...  Read More

Art and Soul
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The product of celebrity chef/owner Art Smith and executive chef Wes Morton, Art and Soul serves up Southern comfort dishes with style. Nosh on buttermilk lemon pancakes or a three egg omelet off the breakfast menu. Lunch favorites include free...  Read More



Devil-ish eggs, Yankee pot roast, meatloaf, chicken pot pie and rotisserie chick are just a small sample of some of the menu items at Founding Farmers. With a focus on quality and natural ingredients, the restaurant prepares dishes with...  Read More



There is just something about a bowl of warm soup and ramen that feels like home. Taiwanese cuisine reigns supreme at this H Street NE venue featuring ramen and dumplings. Try Toki classic, Taipei curry chicken, vegetarian, red miso ramen. Pick...  Read More

El Tamarindo #2


When Jose and Betty Reyes founded the restaurant in 1982, they envisioned a place where people could have a hearty meal with Central American flavor. More than 30 years later, their dream continues as a great spot to find Mexican and Salvadorian...  Read More

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
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Pairing crispy fried chicken with fresh out of the oven doughnuts is a winning combination at this eatery. Both are prepared daily and made on-site. Procuring ingredients from local farms, the menu does change seasonally. Every day doughnut...  Read More

Florida Avenue Grill
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Founder Lacey C. Wilson Sr. saved up tips from shoe shining in order to open a restaurant dedicated to serving home cooking to the masses. Marking its 70th anniversary this year, the eatery continues to delight diners and fill their bellies with...  Read More

Filomena Ristorante
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Born from the idea that dinner can be more than just a meal, Filomena Ristorante has been providing traditional Italian home cooked meals to the masses in Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years. The late owner's family originated from the...  Read More



This classic American diner with a 1920s/1930s vibe offers patrons multiple comfort food dishes to chose from all day long. Buttermilk chicken fried steak, the walk of shame breakfast burrito, the Ty Cobb salad and Ted's famous grilled cheese...  Read More


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