Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Teaism
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Teaism - Penn Quarter
Address: 400 Eighth St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-638-6010
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Pan-Asian, Japanese, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Bento boxes; beef ochazuke; Thai chicken curry; salty-oat and chocolate/salty-oat cookies; ginger/limeade.
Price Details: Small plates $2 to $6.50, bento boxes $8.75, entrées and sandwiches $6 to $8.50.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
There are reasons these urban teahouses are packed during the lunch rush—the food is fast, healthy, cheap, and tasty. And don’t forget those salty oat cookies ($1.95) that devotees can’t leave without.

But first eat your veggies. Bento boxes ($8.75) have everything you need for a filling lunch. The fried-chicken version arrives with sweet potatoes, rice sprinkled with nori and sesame seeds, and a cucumber-ginger salad, while the lighter salmon box trades the sweet potatoes for edamame.

Beef ochazuke ($7.75) is a refreshing green-tea soup poured over brown rice. Thai chicken curry ($8.50) is another delicious bet. Wash it all down with one of the many flavors of tea or an addictive ginger limeade ($2). Not all menu items are available at every Teaism; the Penn Quarter location has the most expansive menu.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

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