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.
'Adams Morgan' on Serious Eats
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.