Cheap Eats 2013: Toki Underground

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


Pan-fried seafood dumplings. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Toki Underground


Japanese, Ramen
1234 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Few restaurants in the area come with as much hype as this graffiti-scrawled Taiwanese perch, where waits can stretch up to four hours. But score a stool—or order carryout—and you’ll be rewarded with Washington’s best ramen. Three meaty stocks go into the milky broth for the Toki Hakata Classic, bolstered with pulled pork, a runny egg, and pickled ginger. Almost as addictive: just-baked chocolate cookies with red-miso buttercream.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Food Editor

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.