400 8TH St NW, Washington, DC | Directions 2000438.895159 -77.023001
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Northwest Washington, Northwest
Great for brunch, too! – Don't forget that Teaism serves brunch in addition to its tasty bento boxes, shrimp ochazuke (rice, veggies and shrimp with tea -- my favorite!), and great shrimp rolls.
Even though its known for being veggie-friendly, Teaism has great bacon in the mornings. The waffles and french toast are fluffy and light, and the cilantro scrambled eggs have just enough of a kick. And of course, there are all the normal cookies.
In the summer, you can get any of the teas iced! A cup of iced Teaism chai and french toast is perfect start for a Saturday on the mall (from the Penn Quarter location) or exploring further uptown (from Teaism at Connecticut and R).
Healthy, Simple Pan-Asian – I tend to swing by Teaism about once every couple weeks or so because their locations are pretty convenient (Penn Quarter, Dupont Circle, etc.) and it's easy to grab a cheap, relatively healthy snack here on the go.
I'm a big fan of their ginger scones, which they serve with butter and marmalade - a very yummy combination and perfect with morning or afternoon coffee. I also like their chicken bento - it's large and filling, and includes chicken breaded in panko with a Korean curry-like sauce, sweet potato salad, rice and other sides like pickled vegetables. I've also come to Teaism on more than once occasion for afternoon tea, being that it's one of the few places in DC where you can get afternoon tea. And you can get it here for relatively cheap - 2 people can share one for about $20 and it's perfectly satisfying. The cookies and sandwiches are all cute and tasty, and they have a variety of teas, at least once of which you're sure to like.
The only downside to Teaism is their occasional culinary miss - some dishes are just not appetizing. I've had a curry chicken here that was bland and disappointing, and have ordered a sandwich that was pre-shrink-wrapped and tasted like it had been sitting readymade for a couple of hours. Not what I'd expect from a healthful, fresh tea spot.
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