When you are trying to enjoy a gourmet experience in an expensive town like DC, it is important to not only choose a place that will be worth the cost, but also remember to "Share or Save".
Share- Food portions are HUGE at most restaurants. Instead of trying to eat the whole portion in one sitting, share several dishes "family style"with a friend or two. This way, you get the chance to try multiple entrees without busting the bank. You may also have room in your stomach (& wallet) for dessert!
Save- This may sound like common sense, but save half of your entree to be boxed up for later. A lot of us grew up with parents telling us to clean our plate, but don't you think you make your mom proud when you stretch your one meal into two?