Falafel bowl from Falafel Inc.
Falafel bowl from Falafel Inc. Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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So you’ve found yourself in Georgetown, hallowed home of retired politicians, an Anthropologie, and not one but two high-end macaron bakeries. You need a little something to sustain your M Street NW shopping spree, but you’re having trouble sniffing out a place that balances the cheapness of fast casual dining with the quality and portions of classier fare. Follow the children’s lead: Here are five food deals in Georgetown to which college students flock again and again.

First Bake at Farmers Fishers Bakers 

3000 K St. NW

A go-to study spot during midterm season, First Bake boasts unlimited refills of regular coffee and a food menu that caps off at $5. Only available on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., this FFB gem offers a filling breakfast for a fraction of what Georgetown restaurants typically charge. Try combining an order of the fresh beignets with a breakfast sandwich for a savory-meets -sweet start to your day. 

The Tombs 

1226 36th St. NW

The storied university saloon touts a number of budget-friendly deals, including half-priced bottles of wine on Sunday nights. But “Burger Monday” is popular among students starved for red meat. Enjoy half-priced, 6.75-ounce burgers served with a side of fries, fruit, or salad for a little over $7 from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Pair it with a glass of Tombs Ale, if you’re so inclined. 

Falafel Inc. 

1210 Potomac St. NW

The mission-driven falafel joint has preserved its original low prices, meaning you can still devour a pita sandwich stuffed with falafel, lettuce, red cabbage, and a melange of sweet and spicy sauces for $3. For those who crave greens and a bigger portion, try the falafel bowl for $4 and stock up on the rainbow of condiments at your fingertips. 

90 Second Pizza

1077 Wisconsin Ave NW

Try 90 Second Pizza for a lightning-fast pie that doesn’t skimp on portion size for $9.99. Look for employees giving out free samples at the door, allowing you to try it before you buy it. The “Bianca” is a must-order take on a classic white pizza with cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.

A Free Cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake 

3301 M St. NW

It’s hard not to scoff at the block-long line filing out of the doors of this M Street NW darling. But did you know that with a quick social media scan and a commitment to showing up at the storefront soon after it opens at 10 a.m., you can receive a free cupcake? Just look for a Facebook post or tweet advertising Georgetown Cupcake’s “Flavor of the Day,” request it when you arrive, and walk away with a morning treat while supplies last.