Thursday, August 1, 2013

青島食堂 (Aoshima Shokudo in Nagaoka, Niigata)

青島食堂

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Everyone in Nagaoka, from the hotel staff to the random guy sitting at the dive bar next to me, recommended Aoshima Shokudo.

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The menu is as absurdly simple as it gets. Go for the chashu, it was only 100 yen more than the regular bowl.

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On a government-holiday Monday at 2pm there were about 20 people in line.

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The ramen here is tinged with ginger, an unlikely match that for some reason isn't as wide-spread as it could be. The heat of the ginger is known to be almost medicinal, giving the diner an added boost of genkiness. I can attest, as my plan for the day was to drive a few hundred miles along the coast to my next destination, and a post-ramen nap was definitely undesired.

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This shop, by the way, has a few branches. The closest branch is directly across the street, with a shorter line. The furthest branch is down in Tokyo. Akihabara to be exact. Keep that in mind before you set out on a grand adventure to Nagaoka.

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Official Site Here



新潟県長岡市曲新町3丁目487番地1号
Niigata-ken, Nagaoka-shi, Magariaramachi 3-487-1
Closest station: Miyauchi

Open 11:00-20:00