"Where are some good places for a hot, healthy lunch in the
downtown area? Too long has a healthy lunch meant a salad or some other
middling pile of vegetables. I'm looking for something affordable,
filling and of a temperature better than lukewarm." - Brendan
Soup is the first thing that pops to mind for a hearty, healthy and inexpensive hot lunch. Check out the new Pho DC in Chinatown or spots like Breadline or Freshii, where you can choose your ingredients from brown rice to grilled tofu.
Java Green and sister spot Cafe Green
(limited lunch hours) serves hot and healthy soups like udon noodle
with tofu, carrots and seaweed ($9).
Zola Wine + Kitchen
dishes up a daily $10 lunch special like pork enchiladas, as well as
regular hot entrees for $10 including a curry and yogurt marinated lamb
gyro and herb roasted chicken breast with sauteed local peppers. And at
Zola sibling Potenza's bakery, you can find some healthy lunch options like Tuscan vegetable soup and a portobello panini.
Food trucks are another good source for warm food on the cheap and, if
you navigate carefully, there are some healthy options. I'd go for some Fojol Bros. curry or CapMac DC tomato soup.
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