Definition: Boom

Boom Noodle, the latest project by the folks who brought us Blue C Sushi, is open on Capitol Hill.

The name comes from a Japanese cultural phrase; my boom means my thing, my obsession, what I'm into. As in, my boom is underwater basket weaving. Or my boom is punk rock. Or my boom is ramen.

Boom's menu is chock full of Japanese street food, from ramen (choose from "Tokyo," "Miso," or "Boom" styles) and okonomiyaki to yakitori and gyoza, but there are also playful riffs on Japanese favorites. I'm most curious about the roasted red beet soba noodle soup, made with pickled plums and served in a beet broth, and the citrus beignets, served with a honey-miso sauce.

Boom Noodle, 1121 E. Pike St., 701-9130. CAPITOL HILL

Open Mon. - Thurs. 11:30 a.m. - Midnight, Fri. 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sat. 12 p.m. - 2 a.m., Sun. 12 p.m. - Midnight

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