When I moved to Florian Gardens over four decades ago, there were only a couple of grocery stores nearby and hardly any fast food shops. McDonald’s that sits on the corner of Georgia Avenue & Peabody was non-existent. Now, there are plenty of eating places throughout the neighborhood.
In addition to burgers, you can get Chinese Food, BBQ, and even a Thai meal. The ImmThai restaurant, located at the intersection of Georgia & Missouri Avenues, is on the ground floor of a building that for a decade housed the once popular IBEX club. The club which featured performers like Rare Essence, the Junkyard Band and Gil Scott Heron was shut down by the city following the heartless murder of D.C. police officer Brian T. Gibson in February 1997.
I don’t know if that corner has bad feng shui or is simply jinxed, but since the IBEX closed restaurant-life in that building is short-lived. I’ve seen a few dining places come and go including the Meridian and the Brightwood Bistro.
The most recent eatery whetting appetites along the avenue is Oohh’s and Aahh’s. Yes, it finally had its Grand Opening in mid-October, and it is not in the IBEX club building. It occupies space alongside Walmart.
The service at Oohh’s and Aahh’s is respectable and friendly. The meals are a bit pricey, but not unreasonable. For instance, a dinner with two sides will cost you nearly $14.00 including tax. But it’s worth the price. I’ve had the fish dinner with yams, mac & cheese, collard greens and a piece of cornbread a few times. I also had the ribs. I do not exaggerate when I tell you that the Oohh’s and Aahh’s meals that I’ve eaten are the closest thing to home cooking that I’ve consumed from a soul food restaurant. I’ve also asked others who have eaten there for their opinion of the food and so far I’ve not heard a single negative comment.
The 85-seat restaurant serves diners on the ground floor and upstairs. There is a small bar, and if you choose not to eat-in, you can order carry out. The restaurant is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays. For weekend hours and further information call (202) 882-2902.