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!)

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