Sakuramen isn't Ippudo, but it doesn't have to be. Given the current state of ramen in D.C., Sakuramen's soft open this week is a step in the right direction for the city. If nothing else, once it introduces late-night hours, expect to hear fewer drunken Jumbo Slice stories in Adams Morgan and more involving latenight ramen.
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Amsterdam Falafel in the Adams Morgan nabe of D.C. should really be called Amsterdam Toppings with Some Falafel Buried Underneath. The falafel is fine—golfball-sized fritters made of crushed chickpeas and all sorts of spices—but it's really about the serve-yourself toppings bar, stocked with 21 scoopable options. You have your hummus, baba ghanoush, tahini, and tzatziki, as well as pickled cabbage, pickles, crunchy salads, and torator, a fiery green herb sauce, at the very end.