262017May

Discovering a Pleasant Purgatory

Utah may not be known for the bar scene, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t gems in the town of Salt Lake City. Take Purgatory, a place where you can go for a drink, a meal, or both. They opened in 2017 nearby a mortuary which will make you think twice now about its name. But hey, if this is where I need to go to cleanse my soul then order me up a few drinks. Cause I’m going to enjoy this place the best way I can, at the bar.

That’s the main thing you’ll notice when you enter the establishment. But along the wall and toward the back, there are tables for your dining needs. And for those looking for libations and fun, well, there’s plenty of bar games inside and out in their open area. The place is full of energy. And since it’s still relatively new, you and your friends may still find room here for a get together without waiting forever to waited on. We didn’t. After we ordered, the drinks came out fast, then the food. The portions were large, especially when we were looking for small late night bites. We got toast for goodness sakes. What we got were full on dinner meals. This place was definitely not your average bar food kinda place. That’s pretty cool. Just gotta be mindful next time I order food here.

I hope this place doesn’t get too popular because I do want to come back without dealing with elbow to elbow crowds.

Purgatory

62 East 700 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
+1 (801) 596-2294
www.purgatorybar.com

Verdict: Great spot for late night eats followed by drinks till closing.

302015Dec

Toki Underground

Every major city has seen an influx of ramen restaurants. Washington D.C. was no different. However, in 2012, Toki Underground hit the scene. Not only did they bring ramen, but they brought their creativity along with some new takes on Taiwanese favorites. In my opinion, saying this stuff was fusion really takes away from their creations. It’s more like New Asian in my book. Something you’ll find in Taiwan or Japan, but refined for the critical foodies here in the city.

We showed up for lunch right when it opened and saw a few groups already lining up. Once the door opens you walk upstairs into a place that I’ll describe as hip. You got a good view into the kitchen, a bar, and decor that’s a cross between street art and Anime pop. That’s cool in my book.

There were surprisingly a lot of seats and they were set up bar style. That it, you’re either sitting at the bar where they serve alcohol or along the walls where you sat side by side with everyone. In the middle was the table where the servers hung out. Pretty simple to turn around to flag one of them down. So you can say they were pretty attentive given this layout. I can’t say much about speed since we were about the third order to hit the kitchen and yes, our food came out quick, very quick.

Overall, I think this would be a regular spot for me, especially for dinner, if I lived in the area. But either way, I will be back at some point to try out more bowls.

Toki Underground
1234 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
+1 (202) 388-3086
tokiunderground.com

Verdict: Great bowl of ramen that’s full of taste, but don’t leave without trying their fried chicken gua bao.

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