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T H E B E S T O F W A S H I N G T O N , D. C . , O N A B U D G E T

Washington landmarks. See p. 124 and 119.

  • Best for Kids: Famous Luigi’s Pizzeria Restaurant, 1132 19th St. NW (& 202/331-7574), serves up some of the best pizza and spaghetti in town, plus the place is loud and indestructible. See p. 132.

  • Best Chinese: Tony Cheng’s Seafood Restaurant, 619 H St. NW (& 202/371-8669), in the heart of Chinatown, is consistently good and a great place for Hunan, spicy Szechuan, and Cantonese specialties. See p. 126.

  • Best French: For French staples and bistro atmosphere, head to Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar, at 1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW (& 202/333-0111), or Bistrot du Coin, 1738 Connecticut Ave. NW (& 202/234-6969). See

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      154 and 140.

  • Best Southern: At Vidalia, 1990 M St. NW (& 202/659-1990), chef Jeff Buben calls his cuisine “provincial American,” a euphe- mism for fancy fare that includes cheese grits and biscuits in cream gravy. See p. 134.

  • Best Mexican: Lauriol Plaza, 1835 18th St. NW (& 202/387-

      • 0035)

        , isn’t completely Mexican (it’s also Salvadoran and Cuban). But it’s all delicious and well priced, and worth standing in line for, since the restaurant does not take reservations.

  • Best Pizza: At Pizzeria Paradiso, 2029 P St. NW (& 202/223-

      • 1245)

        , peerless chewy-crusted pies

are baked in an oak-burning oven and crowned with delicious top- pings; you’ll find great salads and sandwiches on fresh-baked focaccia here, too. If you like thick, old-fash- ioned pizzas, head to Famous Luigi’s Pizzeria Restaurant, 1132 19th St. NW (& 202/331-7574). See p. 143 and 132.

  • Best Healthy Meal: At Legal Sea Foods, 2020 K St. NW (& 202/ 496-1111), follow up a cup of light clam chowder (made without but- ter, cream, or flour) with an entree of grilled fresh fish and vegetables and a superb sorbet for dessert. It’s guilt-free dining. See p. 133.

  • Best for a Bad Mood: At Al Tiramisu, 2014 P St. NW (& 202/467-4466), the waiters, the owner, the convivialit , and the Italian food gently coax that smile upon your face. See p. 145.

  • Best Spot for Romance on a Bud- get: Bistro Français, 3124-28 M St. NW (& 202/338-3830), is trés romantique, but you must ask to be seated in the more intimate, candle- lit dining room section. For something exotic, try the Bom- bay Club, 815 Connecticut Ave. NW (& 202/659-3727), where the food is ambrosial and the serv- ice royal. Here you can linger over a meal as long as you like, enjoying the mood created by the pianist’s music, in a dining room that recalls the days of the British empire. See

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      150 and 131.

  • Best Breakfast: Stuff yourself at an all-you-can-eat buffet at Reeves Restaurant & Baker , 1306 G St. NW (& 202/628-6350), for just $6.95 daily. See p. 127.

  • Best Brunch: For something a little different (like drag queens slinking around the room), go to Perry’s, in Adams-Morgan, at 1811 Columbia Rd. NW (& 202/234-6218), where brunch is $23. For best value, make a beeline to Old Glory Barbecue, 3139 M St. NW (& 202/337-3406), and pay $12 ($6.95 for kids 11 and under) for a limitless buffet of waffles, omelets cooked to your liking, muffins, bis- cuits with sausage grav , fruit salad, complimentary beverages, and more. Live music is sometimes an added feature. See p. 140 and 152.

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