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Hashi Ramen House Adds an Inexpensive Evening Dining Option for Little Tokyo

By Pamela Rouse
Published: Monday, October 11, 2010, at 04:23PM
Hashi Pamela Rouse [Flickr]

The restaurant space at 442 E. 2nd Street has housed several different concepts over the past few years. Most recently it was the 2nd Street Cafe, which opened in November of 2008 but closed its doors earlier this year.

Next in line at the Honda Plaza spot is the Hashi Ramen House, and last week the new restaurant's owners held a soft opening to test their menu and tempt customers off the street.

Hashi, which is Japanese for "chopsticks,” puts its focus on ramen dishes, cutlets, and other familiar favorites including Don Katsu (pork cutlet) and the Katze Nabe (which is a pork cutlet with egg and house sauce). Ramen dishes come hot or cold, like the cool ramen which has Chaschu, cucumber and egg in a cool broth or flavored with miso. Side items include steamed dumplings, fried tofu or edamame.

The menu is still a work in progress, but should settle in within the next week or so. Entrees average $9 to $11.

Beer is served in bottles and on draft along with sake, soju, green tea and fountain soda.

Hashi is open six days a week for lunch and dinner hours, closing in-between for prep. A website is in the works and should be up within the next week.

Hashi Ramen House / 442 E. 2nd / 213-617-0237 / Hours: Tue- Sun 11:30am-3pm and 5pm-midnight; Mon: CLOSED

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