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Best Place to Eat Noodles and Fried Rice while '90s Hip Hop Blares: Dope! Noodle and Dumpling Shop

Best Place to Eat Noodles and Fried Rice while '90s Hip Hop Blares
click to enlarge HAILEY BOLLINGER
Hailey Bollinger

In October — and in an act of restaurant musical chairs — Dope! Noodle and Dumpling Shop opened in the old Lalo spot, which replaced Asian-fusion restaurant Huit (both eateries are from the same owners). Like its blood relatives, Dope! serves ramen bowls, dumplings and lighter fare like green papaya salad. The big difference is the theme — the music, artwork and names of some dishes are a paean to the 1990s, the era when owners Kam Siu, Trang Vo and Toby Harris (co-owner of Huit) came of age. Noodle bowls are graced with names like Baby Got Beef or Wu-Tangy chicken noodle, and rice bowls have punny names like Ice Ice Baby chicken. To complement the ’90s dishes, iconic movie posters of Mrs. Doubtfire and Boomerang hang on the walls and old-school Hip Hop blasts while customers slurp their noodles. The 36-seat restaurant also offers carry out and delivery, but those methods don’t come with as much ’90s dopeness as dining in. Dope! Noodle and Dumpling Shop, 29 E. Court St., Downtown, dopecincinnati.com.