tokyo coffee & eats
other than the heavenly wagyu tasting at sumibi yakiniku nakahara, we kept our eating and drinking pretty casual in tokyo. here are some of our favorites.
Little Nap Coffee Stand
this sunny, tiny coffee shop is near a dog park and makes for great dog watching (in a post to come) in addition to its excellent coffee. cash only!
About Life Coffee Brewers
about life is even tinier and even cuter, a short walk from shibuya station. the craft of coffee suits japan really well - finding these little shops and watching the care with which every espresso is pulled and ever coffee poured was one of my favorite things about this trip.
the kogashi (or burnt) miso ramen at gogyo is a bowl of ramen i've been dreaming of since my last trip to japan seven or eight years ago. the miso is literally set on fire before the dish is put together. it's not on any of the best-of ramen lists out there, but i couldn't not come back.
Other Casual and Street Food
it's nearly impossible to not find good food in tokyo. wandering street food stalls near train stations and tourist traps is so satisfying, and the hardest thing is deciding which of the amazing stalls to actually stop at! even the sushi from the supermarket, or food available on the high-speed rail or at 7-11s are deeply satisfying.