Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Teaism
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Teaism - Dupont
Address: 2009 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-667-3827
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cuisines: Japanese, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM, Friday 8 AM to 11 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 11 PM Sunday 9 AM to 10 PM
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Accepted
Price Details: Small plates $2 to $6.50, bento boxes $8.75, entrées and sandwiches $6 to $8.50.
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.

Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle locations open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner; Lafayette Square location open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch.

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