The sixth and final gen ed area is learning how to eat on a budget. In college, there will be days you will be upset. There will be days in which you will feel tired. There are some days where you will just say, “f*ck it and not go to class,” but there will not be a day that goes by that you will not be hungry, broke or both. It’s the college way. Therefore, it’s important to learn this lesson; food costs money. Unfortunately, most college students don’t have a lot of money to support their foodie ways. Luckily, you have this guide. The second rule of Ryan’s Black-ified American University Survival Guide is learning how to occasionally eat out at a restaurant on a work study budget. If you’re an incoming freshman or a rising sophomore, you may be asking yourself, “how can I eat good food off campus at a reasonable price?” A dozen or so Black men at American University came together to answer that very question. We’ve all been broke and hungry at one point, so who else would be better to give you this advice?

Adrene’s Carribean Soul Food Cafe

308 Kennedy Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

Average Price: $10-$15

Travel By Uber: $11-$15

Travel By Metro: Take the E4 Bus to Kennedy Street & 3rd Street

It’s a bit of trip, but it’s worth it. Andrene’s is home to arguably the best soul food in the district. On top of it all, it’s owned by a Howard University graduate, Ms. Andrene, who offers the best atmosphere you could ask for. All in all, it’s great place to grab lunch on a Wednesday afternoon when you’re not in class.

Ben’s Chili Bowl

1213 U Street NW, Washington D.C. 20009

Average Price: $8-$12

Travel By Uber: $9-$12

Travel By Metro: Take Metro to U Street Station

Arguably the most famous restaurant on U Street, Ben’s Chili Bowl offers decent fast food at a competitive price. If it’s been good enough for Barack Obama, Wale and a load of other D.C. luminaries, why can’t it work for you? Also, if you go late at night, you can eat some decent fast food with friends and partake in my favorite pastime, people watching as D.C. locals and college students make their way around U Street.

Appioo’s

Average Price: $15-$18

Travel By Uber: $9-$12

Travel By Metro: Take Metro to U Street Station

Admittedly, this is the most expensive option on the menu, but depending on how you work it, it can be cost effective. Try pooling together and splitting the food two ways with your roommate or close friend because trust me the food at Appioo’s is worth it. Better yet, you get a free trip to U Street out of it.

Sunrise Caribbean Restaurant

5329 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

Average Price: $11-$15

Travel By Uber: $10-$13

Travel By Metro: Take the E4 Bus to Kennedy Street & 3rd Street

They sell quality jerk chicken with macaroni and cheese and collard greens for nine dollars. I don’t want to hear anything else. It’s worth it. Get on the N2 Bus ride out to Friendship Heights and then switch to get on the E4 Bus. It’s really that simple. Just do it. Listen to me now. Believe me later on.

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