Saturday in the Museum with Hokusai

Image: Katsushika Hokusai, Poem by Emperor Tenchi (Rice Farmers) (c. 1835). For our Saturday art post about where food comes from, we return to Japan. Katsushika Hokusai is probably Japan’s most famous artist. His “Under the Great Wave off Kanagawa” is one of the world’s most iconic images. The piece we highlight today comes from […]

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Donburi

Image: Chicken thighs over rice. Last Updated: November 2022 Current Status: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery. Overview: Donburi is one of those places that makes one appreciate how far D.C. has come as a food city.  Though the original spot in Adams Morgan (with its cramped counter more evocative of Japan) was a pandemic […]

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Hatoba

Image: Stir-Fried Noodles with pork belly. Last Updated: September 2022 Current Status: Open for dine-in service with indoor and outdoor seating. Take-out and delivery available. Overview: Hatoba does ramen like the other excellent shops in the Daikaya constellation, specifically it has piggy-backed off the flagship’s Sapporo-style bowls with some variations.  But it also does more […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Kiyomasu

Image: Torii Kiyomasu II, Planting in Summer (c. 1724-1736). For our Saturday art post we go back to Edo Japan to a scene of summer planting of rice. The artist is Torii Kiyomasu II (there is a Kiyomasu I, also of the Torii school, but the relationship is not clear). This painting is called Planting […]

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Menya Hosaki

Image: Big pieces of pork in Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen. Last Updated: March 2022 Current Status:  Dine-in and Take-out options.  They are open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner (5:00 to 9:00) and also Saturday for lunch (12:00 to 2:30). Overview: Menya Hosaki does ramen.  With the exception of a very good version of Karaage (pieces of […]

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Sushi Ogawa

Image: Spanish Mackerel and Baby Squid. Last Updated: March 2022 Current Status:  The dining room and bar are open for sit-down.  Take-out and delivery available. Overview: It is tempting to start any review of Sushi Ogawa with the setting, but to do it justice you must start with the food.  Chef Minoru Ogawa has worked […]

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Toki Underground

Image: Underground Front (Door). Last Updated: February 2022 Current Status: Open for sit-down, take-out and delivery.  Reservations recommended on busy nights. Outdoor seating also available, but no reservations for those. They are also hosting a yakitori pop-up on Sundays. Overview: Seating is at a winding counter that jumps across the paths that servers cut to […]

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Teaism

Image: Salmon Bento Box Last Updated: February 2022 Current Status:  All three locations are open for sit-down, take-out and delivery.  Hours, however, vary by location with Lafayette Park open for lunch and afternoon tea break weekdays, but closing at 4:00 currently.  The other locations are open til 8:00 and are open on weekends as well […]

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