Oct 11, 2021 - Food and Drink

We tried it: Akebono 515's tofu fries

Tofu fries with two dipping sauces.
Tofu fries from Akebono 515 ($6.50). Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Tofu is our versatile friend and at Akebono 515, the Japanese restaurant in downtown Des Moines takes a playful spin on it by transforming the thick soy sticks into "tofu fries."

What I liked: It satisfied my perpetual fried food craving without the grease hangover.

  • They're lightly battered, while retaining tofu's light, spongy texture.
  • And just like with french fries, Akebono offers addictive red and white dipping sauces. Dive into the spicy sweet sauce (think sweet & sour) and the tangy Japanese mayo.

Open: 11am-10pm, Tues-Fri; 5-10pm Sat-Sun; 215 10th St., Suite 120, Des Moines

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