100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Toki Underground

Toki Underground Restaurant

At this tiny hipster ramen house, loyal fans sit elbow to elbow on 27 wall-facing stools. If there isn’t much comfort in the chaotic room, crammed with Taiwanese action figures, there’s plenty in the bowls of ramen that the place is known for (and that command long waits on weekends). Three kinds of stock go into many of the earthy, richly milky broths—all but the vegetarian version—and they’re bolstered with chewy noodles, pickled ginger, shredded pork, and softly boiled eggs. The deep, wide bowls are meals in themselves, but it’s worth paying attention to the specials menu, which might hold such pleasures as sesame-laden dan-dannoodles and galbi-style Wagyu beef.

Open: Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Toki Classic and red-miso ramen; steamed chicken and pan-fried pork dumplings; chocolate-chip cookies with red-miso buttercream and milk; Little Clouds cocktail, with sake, lemongrass, and ginger.

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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.

Anna Spiegel
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.