Cheap Eats 2013: Lighthouse Tofu (Vit Goel)

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.


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Make these cafes your destinations for deeply satisfying soondubu, a soft-tofu soup with beef or seafood. A five-point system determines whether the burbling broth comes “white” (chili-free) or searing, and if you want your server to crack an egg over the bowl, ask. Also excellent: the pancake studded with scallops, as big as a pizza and fried till dark brown around the edges.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.