Alejandra’s Back With a Visit to DC Noodles

by Borderstan.com March 3, 2011 at 5:15 am 4 Comments

DC Noodles, U Street NW

DC Noodles, 1412 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens. She also writes about food at her own site, One Bite At A Time. Follow Alejandra on Twitter @frijolita.

I’ve been sick, and when I’m sick I want soup. I even cried out publicly for some help in obtaining said soup. Had I been a smarter, less medicated woman, I would have chartered myself a taxi cab and taken my butt to DC Noodles for a bowl of what can only be described as slurpy, noodly comfort.

Yes you can get pad thai or pad see eew, but the real draw of DC Noodles is their noodle soup options. Start with the broth — clear, spicy, soy or coconut curry — then pick the noodle — wide or thin rice noodles or egg noodles. Then go for a choice of meat; in most cases you have options ranging from chicken to beef to tofu to shrimp to Vietnamese pork sausages.

I opted for the spicy soup on my first trip and embarrassed myself when an over-anxious slurp caused a fit of chili-fire coughing. My friend, thankfully, suggested I get another bowl of broth to water down the heat a bit. (Can I just defend myself here for moment? I can totally handle a jalapeño, chilis in adobo or any Latin type of heat. I promise. Asian spices… not so much.)

From the second sip on, I was hooked. I see why people love the place so much. It’s addictive. It’s comforting. The large bowl and steaming broth nearly inspire you to curl one arm around it and hover over the bowl while you eat. Good thing they deliver, because I’ll be eating this stuff on my couch for weeks to come!

What do you guys think of DC Noodles? Favorite spot? Do you prefer the likes of pho?

Where Am I Going? 1410 U Street NW (between 14th Street & Portner Place).

When Am I Going? Monday through Thursday, lunch 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; dinner 5 to 10:30 pm; Friday through Saturday, 11:30 am to 11 pm; and Sunday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm. Delivery every day from 5:30 to 10 pm with $17 minimum.

What You’ll be Eating: Traditional “Asian” starters like spring rolls and garden rolls are mixed in with fun, off-beat items like pumpkin empanadas. Main dishes are just what the name of the restaurant implies, large bowls of noodles in various broths and sauces with your choice of meat, veggies and noodle type. Add a dash of heat and make it spicy if you like.

Paycheck Pain: The average bowl of noodles runs $12, with coconut curries going for $14.

Say What? A casual, comfortable conversation spot with low lighting and tables that bring you closer to your dining partner.

  • Ooh, they deliver!??! Love it.

  • khelan

    This place kept me alive during Snowmaggedon last year. In addition to the food being delicious, the wait staff is friendly and efficient.

  • MerleBob

    LOVE DC Noodles. I am always amazed at how good the food is and how little they charge for what you get.

  • OTBerbur

    DC Noodle offers fine soup and great value. We eat there often enough we qualified for the free bowl of soup available to customers who order 10 soups over a three-month period. It’s too bad the same ownership doesn’t do nearly as well with Rice on 14th St., which I’ve always found mediocre and overpriced.


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