Apr 15, 2024 - Food and Drink

Spicy, saucy, delicious: Modita's mapo tofu

A bowl of tofu cubes

The spice level is not for the faint of heart! Photo: Arika Herron/Axios

I've been on a tofu kick lately, probably spurred by those Brew Link tacos.

My latest stop: Modita, Cunningham Restaurant Group's Asian-inspired spot in the Bottleworks district.

  • The menu is a mix of Asian cuisine — a selection of sushi rolls, a few Chinese dishes, Japanese-style grilled items and Thai-inspired noodles.
  • The meatless options are few, but delicious enough that it doesn't matter.

What to order: The mapo tofu.

  • Firm, slightly chewy cubes of tofu and tender half moons of lotus root are tossed in a sauce made from fermented beans and chili paste. You wouldn't necessarily know that's what it's made from, though — no beans in sight.
  • It's saucy, spicy and delicious.

Cost: $19.

Plus: The fried Brussels sprouts ($11) are, as a friend of mine would say, "a solid win" — but still not as good as The Bulldog's.

If you go: 850 Mass Ave.

  • Open 5-10pm Monday to Thursday, 4-11pm Friday and Saturday, 4-9pm Sunday.
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