Ooohs and Ahhhs has four stools and makes Minibar look spacious in comparison. It was started nine months ago near 10th and U St., NW by a young black woman from Connecticut whose interest in filling the belly with fresh, quality soul food instantly puts her near or at the top of Washington's Soul Food scene. My lunch there was so good, I didn't want it to end.
Forget about the menu and ask what's cooking. I had a Turkey Chop, which turned out to be a thick slice of Turkey with some rib bone still attached. It was fried, covered in gravy and freshly grilled onions and peppers. Man, was that satisfying, especially when the gravy oozed over the onions and the juicy turkey. Collards had a smooth transition between the earthy greens and their vinegar kick. Normally I prefer my iced tea unsweetened and my yams plain, but I 'm not going to quibble with the delicious choices she's made. In fact the yams were in stark contrast to a deflavorized, baby food puree I had at Kinkead's the other night.
The lunch cost $8.50 including tax. It's open from 12/12:30pm (it depends) to about 10pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.