Noodles in No Man’s Land

“There’s something about the Hong Kong Film Festival that always makes me want noodles afterwards,” my friend Gina sighed, tossing her anime red hair.

Indeed, even though last night’s showing of “Dragonblade” was a CGI fantasy, they still managed to work in the obligatory scene of a guy eating noodles…

So we headed over to Sushi Aoi at 11th & NY Ave, opposite the wasteland demolition site of the former Washington Convention Center, for some yummy ramen and udon soups to slurp to our hearts’ content.

Sushi Aoi and Haad Thai are two great little restaurants at this corner of no man’s land. They are always packed for lunch with the downtown office crowd but do minimal business at night. Which is really a shame because both serve up excellent and consistent fare. Aoi does a great toro special – the fatty cuts of tuna, salmon, and yellowtail – pure heaven in my book.

So head on over if you’re in the mood for Japanese or Thai tonight. It won’t stay no man’s land for long, which will be interesting to watch as the development rises.

You could hit the National Museum of Women in the Arts first. There’s plenty of parking on NY Ave if you’re the driving sort (near the homeless camp-out. And if that sort of thing freaks you out, you really shouldn’t be anywhere near a city anyway!)

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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